Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

Recently acquired:

1 thing this week:

  • Happy New Year! It feels like I was just ringing in 2019 and it’s already 2020!

Song of the week:


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Book Review: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Rating: ★★★★★
Links: AmazonTBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Source: Borrowed

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

I tend to avoid hyped books like the plague. Show me a book with 33,760 ratings and a 4.43 star Goodreads average and I will probably be very apprehensive about reading it. When averages are that good, I get scared away. What if I’m the only person on the entire planet who dislikes it?

Well, that fear is what happened with The Poet X. I knew it was supposed to be amazing. I’d read countless reviews saying so. So, naturally, I didn’t read it for a good year and a half. And then the mood struck, and I checked out the audiobook, which is narrated by the author and is absolutely incredible.

I am blown away. I loved this so much.

Xiomara’s struggle with religion really reminded me of my own feelings when I was her age. I’d been raised in a religious family, I’d gone to 13 years of Catholic school, and all of a sudden it was like these things I’d grown up taking as fact were now questions in my mind. I think this is a 100% normal and healthy thing that happens in your late teenage years and it was so nice to see that struggle showcased in such a well-written book.

Another thing that I thought the book addressed well was sexism and underlying misogyny. I appreciated that, more than anyone else in her life, it was Xiomara’s mother who perpetuated the idea that women needed to be pure and perfect in order to be desirable for marriage. (Because, of course, heterosexual marriage is The Most Important.) Even seemingly innocuous things that Xiomara does, like using a tampon instead of a pad, cause issues. And when she’s caught kissing a boy? Oh no.

I can really go either way with books that are written in verse. A lot of the time, it just feels like sentences broken up into several lines, but it really, really worked here. The emotion was right there, in every word, and Xiomara just felt so real. I already have a hold on With the Fire on High and can’t wait until I have the chance to experience that book too.


Have you read The Poet X? Is it on your TBR?
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Monthly Favorites: November 2019

Better late (in the day) than never, here are the best books I read in November!

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
★★★★★
Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
★★★★☆
Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
★★★★★
Goodreads | my review will be posted soon!


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Weekly Update

In case you missed it, here are this week’s blog posts:

I’ve been reading:

DNFs this week:

Recently acquired:

  • nothing this week!

1 thing this week:

  • Normally I push through books that I don’t like or don’t connect with, but this week I actually DNFed THREE books. It felt good. Maybe I’ll do it more often.

Song of the week:


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WWW Wednesday

I’ve decided to add another weekly meme to the blog rotation, so here’s the first edition of WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted over at Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!


What are you currently reading?

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    • reading challenge: a book set in Scandinavia
    • I’m about halfway done with this one and enjoying it a lot more than expected since I didn’t love American Gods
  • Jealous Revenge by Octavia Singleton
    • this is one of the more entertaining books I’ve read recently and there will be quite a review coming when I’m done

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
    • reading challenge: a book with an astrology term in the title
  • Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
    • it’s been a loooong time since I read an adult romance, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Did you do your own WWW Wednesday post today? Let’s talk in the comments!

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