Top 10: Books Included If I Taught YA POETICS

I’m going to start off by saying, the last couple weeks we have been doing MAJOR home renos and thus last week I took a slight hiatus from TTT and BTT. But I should be back for good (hopefully–my last semester of college began yesterday so I’m praying life doesn’t get too intense).

In my hypothetical Top Ten World, I like to think I could teach a rocking poetry class. Now if we were being realistic…I’d have to go with something along the lines of EMOTIONAL YA or LOVE IN YA…because let’s be honest, I love a great love story. As long as we are being realistic–although I am an English Major, I have little to no interest in becoming any sort of teacher. But all that aside–I’m dreaming up a situation where I could teach poetry. So each of these titles are books I would include on my syllabus should I find myself teaching a course on poetry in YA. Either I find the writing somewhat poetic, or poetry is a major theme throughout the novel…they have found their way onto my list. Enjoy!

So much thanks to the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish for hosting us crazy bloggers each week!

1. And We Stay by: Jenny Hubbard I just finished this one for none other than my Adolescent Lit class, and I couldn’t not include it. It’s beautifully written and our main character, Emily, has an obsession/serious connection with Emily Dickenson and a wicked talent for writing poetry.

I am just a girl on Earth
Who writes her heart and brain.
The world makes me a Poet;
the world Gives me a name.

2. Matched Trilogy by: Ally Condie This world where paper isn’t even close to permanent, and words are whispers in the wind, it has so much poetic back stories and meaning implemented. Definite winner.

The Pilot. The Poet. The Physic.

They are in all of us. I believe this. That every person might have a way to fly, a line of poetry to put down for others to see, a hand to heal.

3. Elevated by: Elana Johnson One of the few books I’ve read that is written in verse (one of the first actually), and I fell in love with it in a matter of pages.

The lights disappear,
The elevator shudders,
Stalls,
Quits.
All in the same nanosecond.

All that exists is darkness so thick I can’t think,
And Travis so close I can’t breath.

4. Waiting by: Carol Lynch Williams London’s story was so jarring and traumatizing, and the style fit perfectly. It made the tale so gut wrenching.

An accident you’re in? It marks you on the outside, maybe. Scars your face or your skin-breaks bones,crushes skulls,leaves the body changed.

An accident witnessed? You’re different on the inside. Maybe there’s no cut someone else can see, but there’re always injuries on the inside.

Those take a long time to heal.

5. Delirium Series by: Lauren Oliver My last on the list is Lauren Oliver’s Delirium Trilogy. Lauren’s writing in itself is gorgeous and phenomenal. A few of her lines still bring me to tears. Sometimes you can have poetry in your words, and not be in verse.

He who jumps may fall, but he may also fly. Its time to jump.

Top 10: Fairy Tale Retellings

It is no secret I am a Disney Fanatic, fairy tales are my guilty pleasure, and I’m a sucker for anything related to The Little Mermaid and Sleeping Beauty. Surprisingly enough, I haven’t read too many fairy tale retellings (something I hope to rectify soon). I have read Cinder, which was fabulous, but I have yet to pick up the rest of the series. So I’ve compiled a list of my To-Read Retellings. PLEASE send recommendations my way, because I would love to pick up many more! (I am also just shy of 10 again this week…maybe next week!)

Thanks to the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish for the lovely topic!

1. Scarlet by: Marissa Meyer

2. Splintered by: A.G. Howard

3. Entwined by: Heather Dixon

4. Atlantia by: Ally Condie

5. Beastly by: Alex Flinn

6. Wicked by: Gregory Maguire

7. Dorothy Must Die by: Danielle Paige

8. Cruel Beauty by: Rosamund Hodge

9. Ella Enchanted by: Gail Carson Levine

Not Quite Enough.

They are giving us pieces of a real life instead of the whole thing. They have perfected the art of giving us just enough freedom; just enough that when we are ready to snap, a little bone is offered and we roll over, belly up, comfortable and placated like a dog.

~Matched by: Ally Condie

In Reality.

The earth reflects the sky and the sky meets the earth and, every now and then, if we’re lucky, we have a moment to see how small we are.

~Reached by: Ally Condie

Written.

And when I see Ky again, which I know will happen, I will whisper the words I have written in his ear, against his lips. And they will change from ash and nothing into flesh and blood.

~Matched by: Ally Condie

Top 10: Best/Worst Series Enders

This weeks topic is Best and Worst Series Enders. Well I didn’t have any that I thought were THE WORST, so these are my Not The Best because they weren’t fabulous but I wouldn’t go so far as to call them awful. But as it is, I am waiting on the conclusions of a few other series (i.e. Allegiant & Champion). So I came up with my Top 8, these weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. They have a great blog with all things bookish. Here is my list, what are your favorite and least favorite series endings?

BEST

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by: J.K. Rowling This book is flawless. Really. If someone argues otherwise, I may or may not deem them crazy. Just saying. :) Although I was hoping for Malfoy and Harry to have a moment where they shake hands or hug or something. I do realize this is slightly unrealistic, but a girl can dream.

Abandon by: Elana Johnson First off, it is quite possible that I ended this series bawling. And I am not exaggerating. Whenever I think about this book I just remember Elana Johnson smashing my heart to pieces. But all in all it was great!

Requiem by: Lauren Oliver Has everyone seen Les Mis? When I finished this book I kept thinking of the scene at the end with all the characters singing and tearing down the barricades. “When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drum…” Exactly how I pictured the end of Requiem. A lot of people are bitter about the ending, but Lauren Oliver is such an amazing writer that I could not say a bad thing about it.

Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins This is another controversial finale to a series, but as always I adored the ending. I thought everything fell into place perfectly. And the ending lines still give me chills. Well Done.

NOT THE BEST

Breaking Dawn by: Stephenie Meyer I had a really hard time finishing this one, and once I did I thought, “That was it?”. Seriously that large of a book leading up to this major battle, and surprise nothing happened. I was extremely disappointed..

The Death Cure by: James Dashner I didn’t particularly hate this ending, but I kept thinking that James Dashner just kept twisting the knife after he stabbed you. Basically, always keep your eyes open while reading his books. Otherwise, he’ll get you as soon as you let your guard down.

Reached by: Ally Condie I loved this series. Reached has some of my favorite quotes in it because it has some incredible writing. It was a bit slow on some parts and I didn’t think it needed to be as long as it was. Thus it landed on my Not The Best List instead of the Best.

Everafter by: Elizabeth Chandler Bottom Line is I adored the ending when I thought this series was just a trilogy. Then Elizabeth Chandler extended it three more books and it was very drawn out in my opinion. I found myself thinking, “Where else can she take this?” Which is usually not the reaction I normally want when reading. It ended in quite the shocking way, but it could have ended a few books ago…Not to mention the fact that she got me crying again. Don’t judge, I usually end up crying at some point. :)

Earth.

I think of how perhaps the best way to fly would be with hands full of earth, so you always remember where you came from.

~Matched by: Ally Condie