Hello fellow booze lovers!
Uh, book lovers… right? Welcome to our Boozie Book Blog, a place where we come together, while inebriated, to talk about our favorite books.
Our book club has been together for a while now. We get together about once every one (or two) months to talk about the book we chose read. Like normal book clubs. WHy am I explaining this? There is also a generous amount of alcohol involved. After attending BookCon 2016 in Chicago, we came up with the briliant idea to start ablog. What makes this blog unique you ask? We will not write any post without being drunk. Now, before I get into specifics, yes we are all well over the age of 21. We are young professionals who are avid readers but also enjoy an occasional (read: frequent) adult beverage.
So here’s the deal. We tend to read mostly fantasy/sci-fi fiction but occasionally dabble in contemporary fiction, poetry, biographies, and non-fiction. We guarantee that our blog posts are our inner inebriated thought streams. We’ll only edit to ensure that spoilers are hidden. All typos (already apparent), grammatical errors, and otherwise crazy comments will be left in place. I for one have had 3 generously poured margaritas on the rocks prior to writing this post.
Instead of stars, our ratings will be in shots. 5/5 shots is the best. we also plan on comparing the book to a certain type of alcohol. For example, terrible novels would be compared to something like Steel Reserve 40s, while the best literature is closer to a well-aged scotch. We’ll also give you recommendations on what drinks wouldgo best whilst reading the book. (did I just say ‘whilst’?)
Sam: I have been an avid reader since I was a kid. Harry Potter (obviously), Codex Alera by Jim Butcher, the Ryiria Chronicles and Revelations by Michael J Sullivan, Pendragon by DJ MacHale, The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere universe, and Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan are some of my favorites. I watch a ton of sports, big football and soccer fan. I have been blessed to be a part of this book community. I’ve been actively working to read more diversely, so if you have any recommendations I am ALL EARS.
Ginny: I’m the resident reader of practically everything. I’ll read pretty much any fantasy and sci-fi, plenty of romance (usually more modern stuff, the old fashioned bodice rippers sometimes have consent issues), biographies, or just history (Erik Larson is a great way to get into non-fiction history if you want a way in, he’s amazing) and pretty much anything else that catches my fancy. Unless it’s poetry, I have no patience for poetry.
Fav’s are The Martian, Alyssa Cole (I just love her), Seanan McGuire and her alisas, Robert Jackson Bennett, Erik Larson, and Tasha Suri
Minda: Something that’s totally unique to me, is that I love book. Yes, book singular—apparently? My favorite author is probably Jeffrey Archer, but just generally into historical fiction a la The Century Trilogy (arguably best-ever) and Homegoing. I also love me some intricate and plot-hole-free world building, preferably with magic or some other thing that no one else has done before. Or at least an improvement on it. Except time travel, on the whole. Examples of good world building: Harry Potter (amazing, though not flawless), Gemma Doyle (The Realm), Uglies, A Song of Ice and Fire (hasn’t ended yet, but I think the books will nail it). Examples of bad world building imo: Star Wars 1-6 (fight me). A good mystery always gets me going, too. I read other stuff, but I’d say those are my top genres at present.
Sarah: I grew up reading R.L. Stine and mystery series such as Encyclopedia Brown, Boxcar Children, Cam Jansen, and Something Queer is Going On so naturally I’m into YA thrillers and mysteries. I’m also a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope. I’ll read the occasional nonfiction book in the form of interesting history topics and funny travel memoirs or a combination of the two like Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacation and Tony Horwitz’s Confederates in the Attic. My proudest moment of my reading life is getting Stine to autograph my favorite Ghosts of Fear Street book at a conference and pissing off his publisher PR person. Anyhoo, my preferred choices of alcohol are craft beers and whiskey. I’m picky enough with beers that I no longer consider Blue Moon to be craft and if I don’t like it, it goes into the sink immediately. P.S. GRRM will never, ever finish the Song of Ice and Fire series. That’s why I haven’t started reading them.
P aka aka Parker aka P$ aka ChefBoyarP: A wahoo is a fish that can drink three times its weight. I’ve only made it to 2.2 times mine but I’m determined to live up to my alma mater’s namesake. Good thing my D.C. Squads are all made up fellow lushes/winos/functioning alkies. Takes teamwork, nahmean?
I live for epic fantasy, any sci-if, really, and plot driven YA. Or anything with a character I can fall in love with. Or anything that centers blackness. Or anything with great world building. Basically gimme all ya books. If it’s made of words, i’ll read it.
My drink of choice is a vodka soda or whisky neat or margarita or ipa or miller lite or cuba libre or champagne or a nice carmenere. Mind the blackout.
At the end of the day, I’m trying to be a Real Writer and this is part of my journey y’all. I’m a rambling sonofagun and the code switching champeen of the world. in the immortal words of Samuel L. Jackson, “Hold on to your butts.”
Linz: I’m writing this sober because I will absolutely forget to do it while drunk later tonight.
I am the grandma of this blog. And like my own grandmother, I am a champion and undiscerning reader and drinker. (That’s a blatant lie, I’ve poured entire bottles of chardonnay and moscato down the drain because I. DESERVE. BETTER.) I will try to make as few Real Housewives and RuPaul’s Drag Race references as possible.
Thank u, next.
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