some books I’ve read recently + my favorite ONLINE bookstore!


Hey hey! Today I am going to be talking about some of my recent reads. I wanted to do a review on all of them separately, but since there has been so many I figured it would be best to pile them all into one long multi – book review.

Again But Better (1/5 stars)

Review: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio — The Book and I

There is nothing I hate more than giving books negative reviews. I try not to as much as possible, for I know how much work + dedication it takes to write a novel… but this was horrible. I thought I would like this book more than I did but things turned out the opposite.

The book follows Shane, a twenty something pre – med who spontaneously moves from NYC to London to study abroad. A few things that bothered me in the book, some of them being:

– The plot. God was it horrible! For most of the novel you read thinking it is. a fiction/contemporary kind of read and then the author decided to throw in an unnecessary and poorly written time travel element, along with pages and pages of meaningless dialogue.

As much as I hate to say it, after reading this I was convinced that it is time for me to stop taking chances with these kind of YA books and move on to the ones I know i’ll like 🙁

The Poet X (4.5/5 stars)

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Omg! Beautiful, beautiful novel right here. I am obsessed with every element of this book – the characters, plot, and so much more!

The Poet X follows Xiomara, young african american girl growing up in NYC. At the time she is going through some issues in her life and is having trouble finding herself. Her mother is a strong christian and forces her own ways onto Xiomara, making it hard for Xio to be her own self. Anyways, the book beautifully shows how Xiomara finds her true passion and overcomes the family pressure she faces on the daily.

I can’t say too much about this book without giving it away, but truly… GO READ IT!

Oh, and I almost forgot – my favorite part about this book is that is it *completely* written in poetry stanzas! What?!? So cool!

One of us is Lying (3.5/5 stars) One of Us Is Lying (9781524714680): McManus, Karen M ...

Ahh! So fun fact – this book had been on my TBR for so long before I finally got to reading it a few weeks ago! It is a mystery surrounding five high school kids that all go into detention together, though only four come out alive. The four that survived are immediently pegged as suspects, considering they all have motives.

Overall I truly found this book so fun. It was a bit predictable, but the plot twist at the end was shaking is definitely why it made this list.

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (5/5 stars)

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Because of the recent worldwide events, I figured it would be a great use of my time to re-read Harry Potter. I don’t think that there is much to say here 🙂

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (4.5/5 stars)

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel: Honeyman, Gail ...

OMG! This book made me so so happy! I want to do a full in-depth review of it soon because there is so much I have to say!

The book follows Eleanor, a thirty year old working the average day job in Glasglow. Her co-workers here greatest joy is to laugh at her, for she is a little weird. That all changes when she meets Raymond, the new computer guy at her office. They don’t immediently become friends, but after they work on saving someone together (trying not to give anything away here!) they get closer and when Raymond realizes how scarred (emotionally and physically) and he begins to look deeper than anyone has into Eleanor and her shocking past and help the girl who is convinced she doesn’t need helping.

There is SO MUCH in this book that I couldn’t even begin to describe – you truly, truly need 1. go read it, 2. read the goodreads reviews afterwards, and 3. come back here and chat with me about it!!

Anyways, what also makes this book so good is simply Eleanor. She is a beautiful character and I found myself relating to her and her thoughts quite often. She is odd, stuck in her ways, and confident all the while damaged. It truly is impossible not to root for her and getting a peek inside her brain with this book is truly a highlight of my month.

I also love that this book doesn’t really include romance. Raymond and Eleanor have a beautiful friendship and she truly needed someone like Raymond in her life. They are opposites yet they create the most stunning friendship and connection that simply doesn’t need romance. Soulmates can be friendships too, and I am convinced this is what they are. Too often in books friendships turn into horrible relationships (Izzie and George in Greys Anatomy…) and it ruins the whole story. Ehh!

All in all, I am aware this is a very messy review and I promise to write a more in-depth one super soon! In the meantime, please go read!

Twilight (3/5 stars) Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) (9780316015844 ...

To be honest, I read this because I didn’t have anything else to read in my house and libraries everywhere are closed (insert crying face emoji)

I loved Edward, his family, and even Jacob – and I truly think I would’ve enjoyed this a lot more anyone other than Bella was narrating it. I disliked her character a lot and she came off as selfish, making it hard to continue reading her thoughts.

I don’t have much to say other than that – the story was okay but I just didn’t like Bella narrating 🙁

The Hate U Give (current read) The Hate U Give (9780062498533): Thomas, Angie: Books

I am not too far into this yet but am hoping to finish it in these next few days. I like the story enough, though I am not too amused with Starr’s character. I am hoping she grows throughout the story like Xiomara did in The Poet X and becomes more likeable.

Oh, and side note: there is a recent movie adaption of this book and I am so excited to cozy up and watch after reading this! 🙂

That’s it for today’s post, everyone! Book posts seem to always be a reader favorite around here so I figured now with the start of quarantine would be a good time to write one (and I plan to write some more soon!)

P.S: and are amazing places to buy used books for cheap since all libraries are closed! I have already ordered so many 🙂

Xo, Libby

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