It’s that time of the week again where we ask the lovely blog owner: WHATCHA READIN’? In this weekly segment, I give a brief glimpse into the books that are currently occupying my spare time, as well as a little recap of the past seven days, overall.
So, Amber, whatcha readin’?
So I completely forgot to do this post last week, since I was trying to get the monthly update post out, but LMAO neither of those things happened last week. What did happen, however? A metric ton of reading and getting actual shit done. Once again, I traveled out of DC for a work trip and up to New York City. During the train rides up and down, I got a ton of reading done — almost more than I did when traveling to Dallas a few weeks ago! And, yes, the monthly post did end up going up…Tuesday. If I play my cards right, I might be able to finish another book this week (in between a major picket at a Known Nazi’s house). And, hey, maybe I can maximize my bathtub reading time, too, to combat stress.
Here it is: the monolithic FINAL Netgalley book that I need to tackle based off of the ever-looming back log of galleys accumulated when I first started this blogging project. Furthermore, I’m on track to finish this one before it actually goes to print in April, which is always exciting! Claudia Gray is the author of a few different books within the new Star Wars canon, so to read another spacey book by her is really exciting. Defy The Stars takes place in a distant future where Earth has completely depleted its resources and relies on imports from other planets they’ve colonized. Noemi, a soldier from the planet Genesis, goes off course after a surprise attack from Earth. After stumbling upon an old Earthling rescue ship among the wreckage of wars past, can she unravel the mysteries that led it to its demise?
Me Before You was a surprising delight when I read it last spring while I was dealing with a lot of personal dilemmas. It’s one of the rare books that left me sobbing in the shower once I finished it because it was so sad, yet gripping. Naturally, After You has become my latest bath time reading project this spring. This sequel takes place around 2 years after the events of Me Before You, and Louisa is just starting to come to terms with Will’s passing. However, a dramatic accident of her own leaves Louisa severely damaged physically — and emotionally. So far, this fast-paced novel has made me flip pages quicker than it takes for me to sip a gin and tonic. Trust me, I can drink g&t’s hella fast.
A year and a half after the release of the Star Wars episode VII, I’ve finally gotten around to re-reading these mini books by Valerie Estelle Frankel. Expect reviews tomorrow, honestly. They were quick little one-offs that I could slam back on my train rides to and from New York City this week. AGAIN, WE’RE CLEARING THE BACK LOG OF OWED REVIEWS, WHEW.