The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo |Audiobook Review


How did I get it? I borrowed it from my library via my Hoopla app

Genre: YA Contemporary, Poetry

Release Date/Publisher: 3/6/18 by HarperCollins

Narrator: Elizabeth Acevedo

Rating: 5 stars!

Recommend it? I cannot recommend it enough! Everyone should read it.

My Thoughts:

The Poet X is a story told in verse about Xiomara Batista. Xiomara is 16 years old and feels silenced in her own home by her mother’s strict religious beliefs and her father’s dismissive demeanor. Xiomara finds her release in the words that she uses to fill up her journal. She has so much to say, so many frustrations to let out and her words come out in the form of poetry.

“I am the baby fat that settled into D-cups and swinging hips so that the boys who called me a whale in middle school now ask me to send them pictures of myself in a thong.”

Xiomara poetry is very personal and deals with all the social issues she is confronted with on a daily basis. She talks about body acceptance, rape culture, love, self-love, abuse, religion, how women are portrayed in the bible, sexism, and bigotry. She is struggling to understand her place in the world and who she wants to be.

“When I’m told to have faith in the father, the son, in men – and men are the first ones to make me feel so small.”

I could keep pulling quotes from this for days but I won’t spoil it for you. I would recommend you listen to the audio book version. There is something so powerful about hearing Xiomara’s story in audio format. The performance was beautiful, empowering, and heartfelt. I think everyone should read it. It is undoubtedly my favorite book that I’ve read so far this year.


Get Your First Look at BENEATH by Maureen A. Miller!


Here’s your FIRST LOOK at USA Today’s bestselling author Maureen A. Miller’s upcoming young adult novel, BENEATH! Join us as we get our first peek at this dark YA adventure with a touch of romance. where an accident in the Atlantic Ocean brings a fate, no one could imagine. Check out the excerpt and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!


Title:  Beneath

Author: Maureen A. Miller

Release Date: March 26, 2018

Publisher: Self-published

Genres: YA

Page Count: 340

Format: Print and digital


An overnight fishing trip on the Atlantic Ocean…

It was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill’s family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.

As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.

With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend’s brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.

Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?

On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.


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 Colin moved, shaking Stella from her daydream.

“Come on. Stay close,” he instructed.

Close. There was no problem with that command. There was no way she was being left behind in this subterranean abyss.

As they started forward, her toe clipped Colin’s heel causing her to stumble and plant a palm on his back for support.

“A little too close,” Colin muttered over his shoulder.

Stella’s hand snapped back. It wasn’t the first time she had inadvertently touched her best friend’s older brother.

In high school, she had taken many fishing trips with the Wexlers. It was common for them to spend the night out at sea so that Jill’s dad could reach the best fishing spot. The cabin was tight on the STARKISSED, and normally Colin would sleep on the bench seat beside the kitchen table while the three females monopolized the v-shaped bed.

On one occasion she, Jill, and Anne Wexler retired into the cabin for the night, while Colin and his father remained up on deck. Stella and Jill took the bunk on one side of the V, and Anne slept on the other. At some point the boat pitched slightly on a wave and Stella rolled off her tight perch into the gap between the mattresses. Expecting to hit the floor she instead landed on something pliant. Something strong. Something that smelled like the sea and Irish Spring.

Stella was a junior at the time. She had already been kissed and maybe pawed a little, but she still had very little knowledge of what a man felt like. Now she was pinned to a wide chest with her legs twined between his. Planting her palms on the carpet, she clambered for balance. Heat rushed to her cheeks and it seemed every move she made to dislodge herself only made matters worse.

Colin didn’t say a word. Powerful arms hefted her back onto the mattress and just like that, his silhouette climbed through the hatch and back onto the deck.

Ever since that incident she had a tough time looking him in the eye. It wasn’t just because of the awkwardness of the situation. The truth she concealed was that she had a big-time crush on her best friend’s brother.


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About Maureen A. Miller:


USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.

Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!


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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW93


What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?


  1. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
  2. “Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, both dark and bright, and they will ensnare your soul.”
  3. So far it seems like a fairly normal place. I don’t know if I would want to live in the basement or chase rats but I think I would like to visit the estate. It seems like a beautiful home.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!


Blog Ahead | March ’18 Mini Challenge

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Blog Ahead is a blogging challenge hosted by Anna @herding cats and burning soup. The Mini Blog Ahead challenge is a great way to get ahead of your blogging by increasing your amount of scheduled posts by 15. You can find out more about the challenge by clicking on the link to Anna’s blog. This year there will be two mini-challenges in March and May, along with the month-long challenge in October. I like that the challenge will be held multiple times through the year because I need that slight kick to my blogging rear to prep and schedule posts ahead of time. I’d love to be at the point where I’m blogging a month in advance someday. Who knows maybe I’ll do that this year. Haha, no promises though.


I have a very busy schedule that has been even more hectic since I started my YouTube channel in addition to my blog. Scheduling my posts ahead of time for the blog and channel has eased some of the stress of managing my new routine. Since there will be 3 challenges throughout the year I think it will help me to maintain my pace in scheduling my posts ahead.

My goal for the March round (March 24 – April 7) is to plan, prep, and schedule 15 blog posts. They will be a mix of book reviews, book chats, book recommendations, and tags. If you have any tags you would like to see me do here on the blog please let me know down below in the comments section.

Are you going to participate in Blog Ahead? If you are on the fence about it, I can’t recommend enough that you give it a try. Let me know down in the comments if you are, and we can motivate each other to the finish line!

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!


MUST READ MONDAYS | #MiddleGradeMarch Recommendations


Happy Monday book nerds! Since #middlegrademarch is going on right now I thought I’d share the middle grade books that I have read and loved. I will admit I do not read nearly enough middle grade fiction and that is something I would like to change. I do occasionally stumble upon a gem or go back and re-read old favorites. Here are some middle grade books that I love.


Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi is magical and full of adventure. If you like rich settings filled with color and whimsical writing then you need to give this series a try.


Wonder by R.J. Palacio is such a beautiful book with a hopeful and inspiring message. Choose to be kind. I love this book. It had my FEELS all over the place. The movie adaptation is pretty great as well. If you like contemporary fiction that will hit you right in the FEELS than you need to pick this one up.


Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. Yes, I know I push this one at everyone during #BorrowAthon since one of the challenges is to read a book with a library in it. This is such a fun and quick read that I can’t help but keep on recommending it. If you like stories set in bookish settings that are fast paced, adventurous and filled with puzzles then you should check this series out.


Ah the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary brings back memories. I loved this series as a kid. Ramona is such a lovable and exasperating character. Beezus and Ramona is the only book in the series told from Beezus’ point of view. As the oldest I can totally relate to Beezus so this particular book holds a special place in my heart. If you like contemporary fiction filled with humor then definitely give this oldie but goodie a try.


The Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin is a fun contemporary with a great set of independent and smart young female characters. I remember reading this when I was younger and wanting to start my own babysitting business. I found it to be both a fun and empowering read.


“Everybody has a heart. Sometimes you gotta work hard to find it.” 

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan is a heartfelt and multi-faceted story that is told from multiple perspectives revolving around a magical harmonica. It reads like a fairy tale with intricate plot lines that come together to build a fantastic story. I can’t recommend this one enough. It has a rich setting, endearing characters and beautiful writing. You will not want to put this one down.


Those are all the middle grade books that I wanted to recommend to you  today. Like I stated at the beginning of this post I don’t read very much middle grade. I’m hoping to fix that this year so if you have any recommendations for me please leave them in the comments section.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!


Good-bye February | Hello March


Happy March book nerds! Can you believe the first two months of the year have come and gone already? It feels like we just finished bringing in the new year to me. So far 2018 has been a pretty stressful year. My reading seems to be the one thing I am on top of so far. Everything else is just a mess. I’m doing all I can just to keep myself from drowning under all the day to day crap. I’m not going to get into all the details about that but I will just say that I finally went back to my doctor to get help with my anxiety and depression.

Personal and work life aside I did manage to jump ahead on my reading schedule. As of this post I’m sitting at 29 books read so far this year which is way ahead of schedule. Of course that just means I’m super behind on posting book reviews again. Story of my life…seriously. I can’t seem to find a happy medium. Anyway enough of the rant session. Let’s go ahead and wrap up January and February so I can catch up on my wrap ups at least.


Books Read: 15

I participated in Bout of Books 21, #readyourfaceoff, and the 24-in-48 readathons.

DW 2019 Project Total: $26.00


Books Read: 14

I participated in ContemporaryAthon 2.0, ThrillerAthon, and ViewAthon. My wrap-up videos for all three challenges will be going up on the channel in the next week or so.

DW 2019 Project Total: $17.00

All my weekly wrap-ups can be found here:

Now let’s talk about my plans for March. There are so many great RATs scheduled for March that I had to be realistic with myself on what I could handle. I wish I could do them all, but time is kind of an issue. I posted a video with my reading plans for March, you can check that out here.

My #ThrowbackThursday read is not included in there of course. Is it an overly ambitious tbr? Well of course, sheesh you should know by now that I like to be an overachiever when it comes to building a tbr. This is why those monthly ones never really work out for me. Some of these books are actually pulled from my quarterly tbr project. If you have not already watched it you can catch my Spring tbr here.

I have a full video schedule planned out for March. I will be posting videos on the channel at least three times during the week. Many of them already pre-filmed and scheduled. Of course one of those videos will be my Winter TBR revisit.

In addition to the content coming out on my Booktube channel, I also have some plans for some posts here on the blog. I’m going to try and get in at least two posts a week and I already have some outlined in my bullet journal. I just need to get them prepped and scheduled here on the blog.

That’s it for my Jan/Feb wrap-up and March plans. Here’s to hoping March will be a better month than Jan/Feb were for me. Let me know down in the comments what your reading plans are for March. If you did a tbr post I’d love to check it out so please leave a link.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!