Friday, January 18, 2013

Storyteller's Journey

Novels in Verse
2013 Reading Challenge

Every so often in life two things come together in a wonderful way. You know what I mean: like coffee and biscotti, or skiing and powdered snow, or maybe even a writer and an agent! Well, although the latter has not yet happened for me, something else has...

My journey as a writer began many years ago writing poems. Having had a few poems published (none recently) I have always really thought of myself as a poet. The more recent leg of my writing journey has caused me to feel like a poet striving to be a novelist. Earlier this week I visited the blog of a good online friend, Ruth Schiffmann. She had posted about the Novels in Verse 2013 Reading Challenge. Prose, Poetry, Verse in a Novel! The perfect partnership! I was so excited I signed up within minutes. How I had previously missed this opportunity, I do not know!

I am making a list of titles to zero in on for the challenge, so you can be sure that many of my book reviews will be novels in verse this year!


Here is my favorite novel written in verse that I read last year - it's also a Newbery Honor book!

To view the book review I posted for Thanhha Lai's, Inside Out & Back Again - click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the Novels in Verse 2013 Reading Challenge, click Amanda's blog - Born Bookish.

Do you enjoy reading a novel in verse? If so, what is your favorite?

8 comments:

  1. I haven't read a lot of novels in verse. It's an area I need to expand so I'll be looking forward to your reviews.

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    1. Thanks, Sara. I just returned from the bookstore with my first NIV title. It should be on Bibliophile's Corner in a week or two. Have a great weekend!

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  2. I LOVE Novels in verse. Your example is one of my favorites. Also check out Lisa Schroeder and Jacqueline Woodson. Ellen Hopkins writes gritty ones.

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    1. Wow! Thanks for the recommendations, Theresa. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. The challenge sounds like a great fit for you Victoria! I'm so glad your going to be participating =) I to read Inside Out & Back Again last year and enjoyed it very much. Although, my favorite verse novel from 2012 was May B by Caroline Starr Rose. I also highly recommend Lisa Schroeder, her books are my absolute favorite.

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    1. May B by Caroline Starr Rose is on my list! Thanks, Amanda. (I love your blog!)

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  4. Oh, Victoria, I'm so glad this resonated with you. I look forward to participating in the challenge alongside you and reading your reviews =)

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    1. Ruth - Your blog is always an informative site, but Monday your post was one of my favorites...needless to say. ^_^

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