A Novel Challenge

Last year I surprised myself by reading a novel in verse and liking it. I read my second novel in verse earlier this year. Now that might not sound like a lot, but I’ve never been a person who really liked poetry. Yet both of these books, Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas and Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate, pulled me in quickly and impressed me with their sparse, beautiful use of language.

So I was fascinated when I saw this challenge from Caroline Starr Rose. The rules are simple:

1. Read five novels-in-verse by December 31
2. Create a post about the contest (and link to the original post)
3. Report back in December on your books (nothing fancy…just share your titles and any thoughts you might like to add)
4. One participant will win an ARC of MAY B., Caroline’s debut historical novel-in-verse

I’m not familiar with a lot of novels in verse, but I’m looking forward to discovering more. I bought I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder a few weeks ago. It’s a book I’ve thought about reading for a while so that will be my first book for the challenge.

If you’d like to join in the challenge, follow the link to Caroline’s blog. And if you’ve got suggestions for some other novels in verse, tell me in the comments. Because my TBR pile isn’t big enough already 😀

Have a fabulous weekend!

24 thoughts on “A Novel Challenge

  1. I think that's too much of a challenge for me, but books in verse sounds like an interesting concept. I've never been one much for poetry, either. I might need to check one of those books out…

  2. Ellen Hopkins has several. My niece devours them as soon as they hit the shelves. I've delved into them myself and found them to be quite awesome. Have not sat down and read one cover to cover yet though.

    Julie Williams has Escaping Tornado Season. One of my personal faves, but it got killed by a bad review.

    I believe Stephanie Hemphill has one or two out there as well.

  3. I've read a couple of novels in verse and struggled with them – they feel choppy to me. (Though I do love reading Shakespeare's plays…)

    I applaud you for doing this! Do you think you'll someday write a novel in verse?

  4. Caroline: Thanks for the link 🙂

    Janet: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed these books. I don't know if I was expecting rhyming or totally esoteric commentary, but they were so much better than that. Great stories. Hope you try one!

    JEM: I thought it would be hard to read, but these authors surprised me. Let me know if you read one. I'd love to know what you think!

    Carolyn: I don't think I could write a novel in verse. Every word absolutely has to matter. It's amazing what these authors have done. Give one a try and let me know what you think!

    Creepy Query Girl: They were quite interesting and I really need to find out your name!

    Gwen: I couldn't agree more 🙂

    Laura: I think Caroline might have a list.

    Sarah: I heard Ellen Hopkins talk last summer at SCBWI and I was in tears. I can't imagine what one of her books would do to me!!

    Suzette: I couldn't write a book in verse. Poetry was never my strong suit and I'm WAY too wordy 🙂

  5. How exciting! Caroline is always so full of wonderful ideas. And to win her ARC… perfect. I'm off to check it out.

    Thanks, Sherrie!

  6. Here are a few suggestions for you as you tackle this challenge:

    by Karen Hesse: Out of the Dust, The Aleutian Sparrow, Witness

    by Sharon Creech: Heartbeat, Love that Dog (I love love love that book!), Hate that Cat

    by Lisa Ann Sandell: Song of the Sparrow

    The first novel-in-verse I ever read was Out of the Dust and it made me completely fall in love with verse novels (and Karen Hesse's writing).

  7. What a fun challenge, Sherrie. I've only read about 2 or 3 novels in verse to date, and really enjoyed them.
    I may take the challenge and customize it a bit with my reading goals.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. I don't know if I'm up to the challenge of 5 books in verse (busy writing, researching and of course, there's the summer LA conference!) but I will read one, at least.

    I'm a new follower but I see your comments on many of the blogs I follow.

    I have a giveaway contest going on right now on my blog so stop by if you have a chance!

  9. You might try Susan Taylor Brown's Hugging the Rock. First (okay, and only!) novel in verse I've read–but I was impressed at the tight plot! And this was before I knew Susan. 🙂

  10. I'm looking forward to Caroline's book as well. I've read very few novels in verse (Out of the Dust being the only one that comes to mind right now) .. but I'm open to it.

    I'm actually impressed w/ anyone who can write them. I imagine that would be a challenge!

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