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’?
Been a few weeks since my last one of these (which is a pattern, then I mention again that it’s a pattern), but it’s been difficult with all of the traveling and other work things I’ve been up to lately! Last week, I was in Chicago all week for a conference and barely had time to put together the two blog tours I participated in. The week before that was, of course, Bout of Books, so reading progress was tracked on those particular posts. However, this week, now that a lot of the excitement has died down, there’s a lot more me time to just focus on what I need to get done, blog wise. Phew. AND I’ve given myself a four-day weekend, so I can relax, read, and get some writing done.
This book was my main project while I was traveling to and from Chicago last week. (Spoiler alert: there’s going to be an upcoming blog tour with this book in a few weeks!) Rise of the Sea Witch, if you couldn’t tell by the title, is the “unofficial” origin story of the Little Mermaid’s Ursula and how she came to the dark side of the sea. I’ve actually never read a Disney retelling, so this was a pretty fun read! The first little bit had me kind of uninterested, but as the book moved along, my interest grew. Dare I say…I actually sympathized with Ursula? Quel surprise!
So one of my best friends works for Marvel TV and her literal job (the best job in the world) is to read the comics and make sure that there’s consistency between the comic and television worlds. Her comic recommendations come with high esteem and regard because of her expertise, so I’m glad that The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl was yet another home run of a comic. In this comic, Doreen Green is a young superhero flying just a little bit under the radar of the likes of the X-Men and Avengers; yet she’s the only one that can save Earth from an attack by Galactus: Devourer of Worlds. READ THIS COMIC PLEASE DO IT.
Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel is one of those dozens of ebooks that I’ve had sitting in my iBooks for what feels like decades. I was initially drawn into the book for promising a narrative that provided a voice for queer girls of color — which really don’t get any attention at all within the YA space, let alone in real life. However, by the end of it, I felt like there was a lot of inconsistent and stereotypical characterization, and even demonization of bi girls within these pages! Come on, y’all, how are you going to lift up one section of queer girldom and put down another? Review is forthcoming.