Weekly Wrap-Up: Dec 12 – 18, 2022

Happy Monday, Boozie Book Nerds!

Friendly reminder that not all lives can matter until black lives do.

Sam’s Update

Argentina won the fucking World Cup

What Sam is Finished:

  • Bloodmarked by Tracey Deonn: this is the second book and sequel to Legendborn, an Arthurian set in NC with a POC woman main character and there’s magic. This was great. Not as good as 1 but still great.

What Sam is Currently Reading:

I just finished Bloodmarked so I haven’t picked anything else yet.

Ginny’s Update

Yay Argentina!

What Ginny Finished:

  • The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd: Nell’s father dies and she ends up involved in a mystery involving maps. The book is a fantasy novel except the fantastic elements don’t show up until nearly the 50% mark which feels a little late to get into it. Regardless, I really liked the way the fantastic elements played in and I enjoyed the varied personalities. 
  • Hunger Pangs: True Love Bites by Joy Demorra: First off, the author wrote two versions of this book, one with love scenes and one with extra flirting scenes – what a cool idea. Vlad Blutstein is the heir of the vampire lord and Nathan Northland is the son of a werewolf lord and they end up in the same area and in a relationship. There’s also a mysterious woman who is researching the death of the elder trees. And the hints of the beginning of a polyamorous relationship. This book had some amazing humor and I loved the way that the story built up the world and brought it to our characters!
  • A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers: Sibling Dex is a monk in a rebuilt world, and decides they want to be a “tea monk” or kind of a traveling therapist/tea store. They then decide to travel into the woods and run into one of the “long-lost” robots. Man, I so love this book. I got such a sense of peace at the ending of it. I’m planning on reading the sequel soon and I can’t wait. 
  • Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah: Joy runs away from her life when she learns her sister is pregnant by Joy’s cheating ex-husband. After a plane crash she ends up in a small town where she meets a young boy who just lost his mother, and the boy’s father. She insinuates herself into their life. Man, this book had some really creepy stuff in it. There’s also a mystical element. And boy this book wasn’t my cup of tea. 
  • Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk: Not sure it was best to listen to this book. The narrator did a good job, but…. The main character is a magical detective who sold her soul years earlier and gets a deal to get her soul back if she can catch the White City Vampire. Even if I can’t remember the names, this book was really interesting. I loved the way the book weaved magics and the 1930’s together. I would absolutely read more books in this world.

What Ginny is Currently Reading:

  • Breaking Night by Liz Murray: Liz had drug-addicted parents and ended up living on the streets before pulling herself out of poverty. This book reads like fiction, even as a young child, she was dealing with a lot. 
  • Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb: This is the second book in the Farseer Trilogy. So far Fitz is back in Buckkeep and is an errand boy to the king-in-waiting Verity. I’m really enjoying having a main character who gets as tired and irritated of political intrigue as I do.

Minda’s Update

What Minda is Reading Now:

  • Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly (audio) – This is the prequel of sorts to Lilac Girls, which I just finished, following Caroline’s mother. This is a WWI novel following the same deal as it’s predecessor, except the women are from America, Russia, and maybe one other country that I can’t figure out yet. Stay tuned.

What Minda finished

  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (audio) – A WWII novel told from the perspective of three women in America, Poland, and Germany, respectively. The women each have a unique role during the war and their paths set them on a collision course to each other. Based on the real life of Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist who dedicated much of her life to supporting the women who were experimented on at the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Really enjoyed this one, but definitely heavy themes. Kasia, the woman from Poland, was absolutely the best part of the book and her story was very powerful. I found Caroline’s character a bit grating and Herta… wasn’t what I expected. Would recommend.
  • Run, Rose, Run by Dolly Parton and James Patterson – AnnieLee rolls into Nashville determined to launch her new life as a country singer. And, once she meets a bonafide country star based on the real life Dolly Parton, she may get more than she ever dreamed. But can she outrun her past? Eh, this wasn’t very good. Read for book club, not one I would normally pick up for myself. We all felt the same about the book. It felt very contrived, unbelievable, and I wasn’t a fan of the characters, especially the main heroine. Would not recommend.

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,

— Sam, Ginny, and Minda

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