Hello, book lovers! 💕
I’m not sure if these types of posts have been done before because I don’t see them often. But I think I’m going to try to do this as a more regular kind of post because I want to shine some light on authors who might not necessarily be the most hyped or ones that people don’t talk about a lot either in blog posts, on YouTube, or on Goodreads. Either that, or authors I find recently who I want to gush about.
The first author who comes to mind when I think about authors who aren’t necessarily as hyped as much they should be is Elizabeth Acevedo. I know she’s pretty popular of an author, but I just want to give her more love because she honestly deserves it. Her books are amazing, and I feel like everyone needs to read them.
I first read her debut book, The Poet X, back in 2018. I picked it up on a whim when I found out that my local library had it on audiobook. I had known that it had good ratings, but going into it, I didn’t know what it was about other than the fact that it was written in verse. But that’s really all I needed to know because I hadn’t read a book written in verse in a while.
It was such a powerful read, and I loved the fact that it was centered around poetry and words and how those can give a voice to someone who might otherwise feel like she doesn’t have one. I’m pretty sure this book made me cry at the end of it. That’s how much of an impactful book it was.
I read her second book With the Fire on High last year, and again, it was just so powerful. Not only that, this one had to do with cooking and food, and everything that the main character made sounded amazing. It had me drooling as I was reading.
Her recent release came out in May of this year, and I couldn’t be more excited to read it. I’m actually currently reading it and absolutely loving it. Elizabeth Acevedo just has a way of creating so much emotion in her characters that make you feel so deeply for them. She gives her characters so much depth that you forget that you’re reading a book; you have to stop to realize that the people you’re reading about aren’t actually real people but fictional characters. But they feel so real.
I also want to briefly mention that these books are extremely diverse not only with the subject matter but also with the characters. Their struggles are real and especially poignant in today’s society. Some of the situations that these characters deal with real people deal with on a daily basis, and it truly is an honor to be able to step into their shoes while reading these books.
So there you have it. Have you read anything by Elizabeth Acevedo? I’d love to know in the comments below! And if you haven’t picked up any book by her, I strongly recommend that you do so. You won’t be disappointed in the slightest.