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’?
Wowza, two consecutive weeks of WRW, huh? Everything’s in retrograde right now, so this seems like the time for me to actually get my ass in gear. This week was pretty significant for me in my personal life — six year anniversary with my partner!!! — so I actually wasn’t anticipating having too much time to read, but I surprised myself by giving myself the time where applicable. I was able to start a new book, read a graphic novel trade paperback, and enjoy time with my partner to celebrate our coupledom. I’m hitting a bit of a wall in one book, but I’ll elaborate on that in a moment.
Truth be told, I probably haven’t read more than a page of this particular book since last week. I tried sitting down and tackling a big chunk on Sunday afternoon, but found myself reading something else instead. Don’t get me wrong, the premise is great and I’m glad these women are finally getting their stories told after being used solely as case studies for nearly 100 years. However, this shit is absolutely depressing; it would be for anyone with a soul. As much as it’s important to learn about the stories of these women’s suffering through radium poisoning, holy shit, it is so hard to be able to read the gruesome details of their final months on this planet. I know I need to power through, but it’s a struggle.
What hasn’t been giving me lots of issues has been Groupie, by C.M. Stunich. As y’all know, I don’t read adult romances often, but I figured that, with summer coming up, it might be the season for turning up the temperature with my reading habits. Groupie follows Lillith Goode immediately after her father dies of cancer. Broke, newly single, and homeless, Lillith’s last-ditch effort at getting some cash turns into a whirlwind of wild sex with hard rock heartthrobs Beauty in Lies. In this reverse harem tale, Lillith has to decide: what’s the best way of honoring her father — mourning him constantly or living her life to the fullest? It’s absolutely porn with a tiny bit of a plot, but it makes the morning commute more interesting for sure!
With this graphic novel trade paperback, I’m branching out of my usual reading habits — again. You may recognize the character of Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the 90’s show starring Melissa Joan Hart, but this is not the joyful romp you remember. However, this horror retelling of Sabrina’s origin story gives readers a frightful look inside this witchy coven and might even convert some folks into exploring some more daring retellings of their childhood faves. When I was reading through this on Sunday on the patio, eerily enough, the weather changed from warm, clear skies to a chilly, gusty storm. It totally set the mood and made the experience that much better.