Monthly Archives: January, 2013

Verse Day #5

Verse Day #5 Post

Here’s a sneak peek (written by Gabby) at this week’s verse novel post.

“This week VerseDay welcomes verse novelist Carolee Dean.

One of my favorite verse novels from last year was Carolee Dean’s FORGET ME NOT. I’ve previously highlighted this book as one of the few verse novels that includes a supernatural element but also as one that deals with the issue of teen suicide. This week Carolee dropped into to answer a few questions about FORGET ME NOT

FTWN: You’ve published young adult books in prose before FORGET ME NOT, what made you decide to write in verse?

CAROLEE DEAN: My previous two novels, Comfort (Houghton Mifflin) and Take Me There (Simon Pulse) both featured boy poets as main characters and contained many original poems. I’ve always wanted to write a novel in verse…”


Verse Day #4

Are you following along with the verse day posts, hosted by and If not, you should be.

What is verse day? It happens once a week and blogging verse lovers have all come together to write posts about/for/and in relation to all things verse-verse novels, poetry, and more.

This week’s verse post is hosted over at Verse Day #4

In this week’s post movies about poets are highlighted. Head on over and check it out!

2013 Here I Come!

Well, what can I say. The end of the year flew at me in a mad rush and I forgot about the blog. Okay, I didn’t forget, but I didn’t force myself to post either. Part of it has to do with me not finishing a book in a long time. I fell horribly behind in my reading and didn’t use Christmas Break to catch up too much either. But, I am reading, albeit a bit slower than I would like. I have several novels started, a few non-fiction I have given up on and a few more ready to go.

I will say I finished several novels with my students, as they were reading. So, all in all, I was reading, just not blogging about it.

However, it is a new year. And, with new years come new opportunities. I will begin posting regularly again. I can’t promise when, how often, or always of what, but it will be more. A few new year opportunities include being part of VerseDay 2013, which means every Thursday bloggers all over will be uniting to spread the good word of verse-in poetry and novel form. Join me in celebrating! I found out about it from Gabrielle Prendergast over at AngelHorn, she also moderates VerseNovels.

I have also decided to increase my time spent scrapbooking, it’s an addiction really, that and office supplies, like notebooks, pens, and Post-It Notes. I used to scrapbook frequently, but then life let me know I had to refocus on other things for a bit. Over Christmas break I was on Pinterest, another sad addiction, and found out about Project Life. I have decided 2013 will be my first attempt at Project Life. While it can be a very structured and rigorous endeavor, it can also be whatever you want to make it. So, mine will be a weekly spread focusing on, well, My Life. 🙂 I already have the week one layout completed. I have a bit of journaling and photo printing to do, then I will (I Hope!) post images of it when finished.

Here’s my What’s on My Bedside Table List this week: (all links are to Good Reads Link)

  1. Zombies Versus Unicorns – a coworker got it for Christmas and recommended it. I am almost halfway through!
  2. Warm Bodies – my daughter and I saw the preview for the film version over break and I had no idea it had been a book first. But, aforementioned coworker picked this one up over break as well and let me borrow. (Must remember to return both with cookies!)
  3. The Poisoner’s Handbook – I started this one SO LONG AGO. But, I feel I must finish it.
  4. The Resolution for Women – I started this one over Thanksgiving Break, but stopped after chapter one. Kind of because it said you must be ready for the challenges it encourages one to undertake. So, I might be avoiding this one…

I did finish:

  1. Huck Finn- This is an annual read in my classroom. I love it. The end!
  2. Native Son – This was an interesting read. See my review on GoodReads if you feel you must know what I felt.