Okay, participants. Today’s the day to share what you’ve read. Here’s my list:
Books read before the contest began:
- Three Rivers Rising — Jame Richards (YA)
- Hugging the Rock — Susan Taylor Brown (MG)
- Far From You — Lisa Schroeder (YA)
- Love That Dog — Sharon Creech (MG)
- Things Left Unsaid — Stephanie Hemphill (YA)
- Luddie’s Life — Cynthia Rylant (YA)
- Aleutian Sparrow — Karen Hesse (MG)
- Your Own, Sylvia — Stephanie Hemphill (YA)
- Witness — Karen Hesse (MG)
- Carver: A Life in Poems (YA)
Verse novels I plan on reading soon:
- Exposed — Kimberly Marcus (YA)
- Wicked Girls — Stephanie Hemphill (YA)
- Anything by Helen Frost (Thanks, Pat, for the recommendation)
What have you read? What did you think? Let’s get a conversation going! And be sure to stop back Monday, when the winner of my verse novel ARC, MAY B., will be announced.
Mrs. DeRaps says
I read the following verse novels in 2010:
Crank by Ellen Hopkins (http://derapsreads.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-review-crank.html)
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
Glass by Ellen Hopkins
Planet Pregnancy by Linda Oatman High
Girl Coming in for a Landing by April Halprin Wayland
The Best and Hardest Thing by Pat Brisson
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
This book contains some short stories told in verse:
Free? Stories about Human Rights from Amnesty International (http://derapsreads.blogspot.com/2010/06/book-review-free-stories-about-human.html)
So, I guess I read 8 novels in verse this past year. I never really officially entered this challenge, but I am happy to have read so many novels in verse. My students (there are a solid group of sophomore and junior girls in particular) tend to love these novels in verse, particularly the Ellen Hopkins ones.
Thanks for hosting this challenge! It was awesome to hear about so many more of these books that I haven’t read…Lots more to do in 2011!
mrsderaps @ hotmail . com
Laurel Garver says
I am a total newbie to this genre, but Valerie’s blogfest has whetted my appetite to read more. All these recommendations are great. Thanks!
I’m a bit late to the news your book has been placed with a new publisher, but I’m SO GLAD! Yay!
Thanks so much for hosting this challenge! It’s been so much fun reading more of this genre. I seriously loved each and every one of the verse novels I read this year.
The books I’ve read for the challenge are:
–Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
–Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
–Witness by Karen Hesse
–Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolf
–One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
I did a wrap-up post where I talked about these novels here.
I’m also SO happy for you that your publishing glitch worked out. That is such a tough situation and I’m so happy that May B found a new home. I can’t wait to read it! It’s definitely going on my Verse Novel list for 2011. 🙂
Wishing you and your family all the best in the New Year!
Solvang Sherrie says
The only novel in verse I read before this was Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas. But it so impressed me that I was willing to read more.
This year I read:
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate (my favorite)
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Verse Novels on order for next Year:
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
Thanks for doing this challenge! I’ll be doing my reviews in January.
Caroline Starr Rose says
Mrs. DeRaps, as far as I’m concerned, you’ve entered and will be a part of the (very scientific) drawing.
I love the variety here and the interest to keep reading verse novels!
Laurel, thanks for your kind words. I’m excited, too.
Gabi, thank you for the enthusiasm you’ve brought to this contest. Can’t wait to share MAY with you.
Sherrie, it’s been so fun to “chat” with you these last few days about different titles. Here’s to a great 2011!
Man, I really failed at this challenge. BUT I did read two (Far From You and The Voyage of the Arctic Tern) which was two more than I had ever read. It truly is a great and unique way to tell a story. I’ve really grown to appreciate it! (BTW, SOOOOOO happy May B. has found a new home!)
Thanks for sharing your list–I’ll have to add these to my How-not-to-fail-a-second-time List! LOL!
Happy New Year!
A.L. Sonnichsen says
Here’s my list:
I just finished Three Rivers Rising today. Wonderful!
Carver: A Life in Poems
Far From You
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Hugging the Rock
and my very favorite of all — the first verse novel I read — Out of the Dust
Thank you for this challenge. I am indepted to you for introducing me to this wonderful genre.
Becky Avella says
Hi Caroline, I’m so thankful for the challenge, too. Here’s what I read this year in the order I read them:
1. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
2. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse *
3. Heartbeat by Sharon Creech *
4. Pieces of Georgia by Jen Bryant
5. Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
6. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
7. Split Image by Mel Glenn
8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
9. What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
10. Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown.
Like many of the others said, Out of the Dust was my favorite, and I did not enjoy Split Image at all.
I’m in love with this genre and can’t wait to read MayB. Happy New Year!
Caroline Starr Rose says
Becky, what an impressive list! So glad you’ve discovered verse novels through Amy.