Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Well, now I'll tell you who you can blame. : )
You can blame Amy, at The Green Bathtub. Amy is a writer and loves good books AND she now lives in the town I grew up in. Finding her online was a cyber match made in heaven that I'll have to blog about another time. I love her blog, and when she mentioned she was a part of a challenge to read five verse novels this year, I thought, "What's a verse novel?" I was mildly interested, but wondered if I would actually like reading a whole novel written in poetry.
Uh...I liked it a lot. Just ask my sink full of dirty dishes.
I know many of you are thinking, "Yuck!" Trust me, it isn't like reading Shakespeare or a whole book of poetry that you have to interpret in order to understand. I read Heartbeat by Sharon Creech outloud to my daughters, and they were begging me for a sequel. If second and third grade girls can "get" it, so can you. : )
I've loved many of the ones I've read, liked most of them, and disliked only two, but even the ones I disliked, I had to respect for the writing and creativity.
I found out recently that it isn't too late to join the Verse Novel Challenge hosted by Caroline Starr Rose for a chance to win an advanced copy of her new book, May B.
Here's a list of the verse novels I've read so far in the order I read them. I put an asterisk by my absolute favorites and a little note or disclaimer by the ones that need it. I hope you'll add a verse novel to your reading list and let me know what you think:
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
These next two were the ones I didn't like. The first one was funny, but I didn't relate to the main character very much and it has a different world view than me. The second one was creative and I respected the concept, but it was not an easy or entertaining read. It was more like a collection of poems and was VERY depressing.
6. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
7. Split Image by Mel Glenn
These next two are HILARIOUS and fun to read, but definitely not G-rated. They aren't R-rated either. I guess I'd say PG-13. They are meant for teens, are pretty steamy, and remind me of watching Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles back in my day-
8. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
9. What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
One of the appealing things about verse novels are how quickly you can read one. If you end up getting addicted and read five before the end of the year, you should enter Caroline's challenge on her blog, Caroline By Line.
Have fun reading!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Today Stacey from I'm a Lazy Mom is hosting a blog hop called, A Lazy Walk Down Memory Lane. Each Wednesday in December, she's inviting moms to go the lazy route during the holiday season and repost a favorite blog post from the past instead of writing a new one.
I can do lazy!
In fact the post I decided to repost is a perfect example of being a lazy mom! Hee Hee.
I hope rereading it makes you feel really good about yourself and that you'll have mercy on me and not judge me too harshly. : )
Don't Bother Me, I'm Sleeping!
(Originally posted 6-17-10)
Ahh, is there anything more glorious for a mom than to realize the stars have aligned and you have been given the gift of an afternoon nap?
My body sunk deeper into the mattress. I pulled the pillow over my eyes and felt a magnet pulling me deeper into the sweet bliss of unconsciousness.
Then the inevitable. The door creaked open and tiny footsteps tiptoed toward my bed.
Silence. I willed myself to stay asleep. If I ignore her, maybe she'll go away.
Ugh! She's not giving up easily.
"Are you bleeding? Dying?" I asked without moving the pillow off my head.
"No, Mommy, but I was playing outside and I think I see a TORNADO coming."
Oh brother, does she think we live in Kansas? She is such a DRAMA QUEEN!
"We don't have tornadoes here. Go back outside and LET ME SLEEP!!!"
"But Mommy, I'm scared. What if it really is a TORNADO?"
I will not wake up. I will not wake up. I will not wake up.
"Go away. All I ask is for 20 minutes to sleep. Is that too much to ask?"
She shut the door and left. And went outside to wait for her imaginary tornado to carry her over the rainbow like Dorothy. I laughed at her vivid imagination and drama queen antics. A tornado, ha! I gave into the sweet, well-deserved sleep of a hard working super mom.
When I woke up, I turned on the news and guess what I saw:
(Photo from KTVB website)
Here are a few of the local headlines:
Violent Wind Storm Produces Funnel Cloud.
Funnel Cloud Rips Through Neighborhood, Uprooting Trees,
Knocking Down Fences
Knocking Down Fences
You get the idea. Sure glad I sent my CHILD out to play in THAT. I can add this one to my Super Mom resume.
Tornado about to touch down? Don't bother me. I'm sleeping! : )