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Happy Verse Day, Valentines! ;)

Today, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Versenovels is hosting another round of verse related posts.

Today’s featured post, by Guest Blogger Tim Sinclair speaks about love-true love. Not the mushy, gushy, over-the-top, fancy dancy, unrealistic love. The real, messy, dirty, hard, and sometimes even angry love that comes from real life. Definitely worth the read!

And, as an additional treat, check out the post over at Marcie’s blog. She is offering up an annotated list of haiku for Valentine’s Day.


2013 Run Down … so far…

I have been reading.

I promise!

But, shortly before Thanksgiving 2012, I fell into the awful habit of starting a book, setting it on my nightside table, going to bed, possibly reading it again the next night, but before long, I would switch books before the first one was finished. I currently have 12 books – all partially finished – sitting on my nightstand.


But, I have FINISHED 3 novels since the start of January. Yay me!

I will be posting reviews, soon, of the following:

1. Zombies vs. Unicorns – or is it Unicorns vs. Zombies??? I always have to check, because I can never remember. And, I still don’t know which side I am on…grrr.

2. Warm Bodies. And, I saw the movie. And, I was not impressed. 😦

3. The Racketeer. John Grisham I ❤ you…4EVER.

I have just started World War Z and will be slowly finishing the books sitting on my nightstand. Soon. I promise!

Verse Day #6 – Verse at ALA Midwinter

Hey all!

Verse Day #6 is up and running over at


I will be writing next week’s verse day post, so be sure to check back next week!

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.

I am still reading…

I am currently in the middle of:

The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum


Sex God by Rob Bell


The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (I finally got my iPad back, which is where this book resides…lol…MiniQ had it over the summer to keep her occupied and reading!)

I am also still working on my review of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I LOVED this book and want to do it justice.


National Poetry Month (2) – Music Swims Back to Me A.S.

While prepping for working with my students during National Poetry Month, I remembered I had purchased a copy of the book/CD set The Spoken Word Revolution. I pulled it off my shelf and gave it a listen. And I can’t help but wonder why I hadn’t listened to it before!

I enjoy live performances of poetry and have followed the Poetry Speaks website for years. I am excited about sharing poetry with my students this year and we are working hard on reading, listening, writing, and reflecting on the world of poetry. One of the first pieces I shared with them this year is Anne Sexton‘s poem Music Swims Back to Me, as performed by Cin Salach. I love the musical rhythm Cin added to make the rhythm of the poem flow.

Music Swims Back to Me

Wait Mister. Which way is home?
They turned the light out
and the dark is moving in the corner.
There are no sign posts in this room,
four ladies, over eighty,
in diapers every one of them.
La la la, Oh music swims back to me
and I can feel the tune they played
the night they left me
in this private institution on a hill.
Imagine it. A radio playing
and everyone here was crazy.
I liked it and danced in a circle.
Music pours over the sense
and in a funny way
music sees more than I.
I mean it remembers better;
remembers the first night here.
It was the strangled cold of November;
even the stars were strapped in the sky
and that moon too bright
forking through the bars to stick me
with a singing in the head.
I have forgotten all the rest.
They lock me in this chair at eight a.m.
and there are no signs to tell the way,
just the radio beating to itself
and the song that remembers
more than I. Oh, la la la,
this music swims back to me.
The night I came I danced a circle
and was not afraid.
-Anne Sexton

Musing Mondays (1)

Musing Mondays is hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

This week’s musing asks…

Do you belong to any book clubs — face-to-face, or online? If so, how long have you been with the group(s)? If not, why?

I do not belong to any book clubs. It’s not necessarily because I don’t want to be. It’s more due to schedules and fitting it into an already burgeoning life…lol. That’s actually one of the reasons I started this blog–to get out there and communicate with others who read. I read book blogs, share comments, invite feedback, and work to create a sense of community here online, since I can’t have it face-to-face. Someday I will. But, for now, my online community works for me!

National Poetry Month (1) – A Book E. D.

I will not let the fact that I didn’t publish this post on April 1st get me down. My intent was to start on April 1st and post a poem or something poetry related once a day for the month of April in celebration of National Poetry Month. So, today I shall post two 🙂 !

The first poem I chose is one of my favorites from my favorite poet:

A Book

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

-Emily Dickinson