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Poetry Friday: Meditation by Nayyirah Waheed

June 22nd, 2018 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Katy on a Mission by Katy B

if
the ocean
can calm itself,
so can you.

we
are both
salt water
mixed with
air.

- Meditation by Nayyirah Waheed

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Poetry Friday: I went down a million stairs, at least, arm in arm with you by Eugenio Montale

June 15th, 2018 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Light by Sleeping at Last

Ho sceso, dandoti il braccio, almeno un milione di scale
e ora che non ci sei è il vuoto ad ogni gradino.
Anche così è stato breve il nostro lungo viaggio.
Il mio dura tuttora, né più mi occorrono
le coincidenze, le prenotazioni,
le trappole, gli scorni di chi crede
che la realtà sia quella che si vede.

Ho sceso milioni di scale dandoti il braccio
non già perché con quattr'occhi forse si vede di più.
Con te le ho scese perché sapevo che di noi due
le sole vere pupille, sebbene tanto offuscate,
erano le tue.

English translation:

I went down a million stairs, at least, arm in arm with you.
And now that you are not here, I feel emptiness at each step.
Our long journey was brief, though.
Mine still lasts, but I don't need
any more connections, reservations,
traps, humiliation of those who think reality
is what we are used to see.

I went down millions of stairs, at least, arm in arm with you,
and not because with four eyes we see better that with two.
With you I went downstairs because I knew, among the two of us,
the only real eyes, although very blurred,
belonged to you.

- by Eugenio Montale

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Poetry Friday: Blue Arrow Suite from Amelie

June 8th, 2018 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Blue Arrow Suite from the musical Amelie

I know my heart
is speaking with a murmur
making the sound that only I can hear
All I can manage is a whisper
of this heartbeat trapped inside
Here in this place
grant me the grace
to be amplified

- selected lyrics from Blue Arrow Suite from the musical Amélie by Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, and Craig Lucas, based on the film written by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Listen to the song.

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Booklist: After Graduation

June 1st, 2018 (04:40 pm)
okay

Current Mood: okay
Current Song: I Wouldn't Mind by Duncan Sheik

Congratulations to all of my readers who have recently graduated from high school or college. You did it!

Times of transition can be difficult. The summer following the completion of high school is typically an interesting one as teens prepare for more changes in vocation, location, education, and life.

The following books follow characters as they live through that summer...

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
- After learning that they will be roommates, two college-bound girls exchange emails and become friends before meeting each other in person.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Two guys go on a road trip and end up in an interesting little town.
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
- One of my favorite Dessen novels, second only to The Truth About Forever.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
- Another Dessen novel that details one girl's summer between high school and college.
Cubanita by Gaby Triana
- A summer filled with family, culture, heartbreak, and art.
The Temptress Four by Gaby Triana
- Four best friends take a cruise together after high school graduation.
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, and Sarah Mlynowski
- Three girls take a three-day road trip.
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
- Immediately after their high school graduation, four friends head out on tour.
The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
- The protagonist's mother remarries, and two families merge into one.

...and/or that fall, as they make the transition between high school and college.

The Body of Evidence series by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala
- There are ten books in this series. The main character, Jenna Blake, enters college in the first book, Body Bags. The first chapter begins with the line, "It was a beautiful day to grow up." Isn't that perfect?
Cupcake by Rachel Cohn
- The third in the CC trilogy, following Gingerbread and Shrimp.
Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
- Veronica (aka Very) has a difficult time balancing school and fun during her freshman year at Columbia University.
Rocky Road Trip (previously published as Wurst Case Scenario) by Catherine Clark
- Sequel to Banana Splitsville (previously published as Truth or Dairy).
It's Not About the Accent by Caridad Ferrer
- A girl reinvents herself upon entering college.
Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman
- A high school graduate becomes a sort of caretaker to a brain-damaged woman.
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
- Two guys go on a biking trip after high school, but only one starts college.
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
- Two of Scarlett's siblings consider college and work.

Related Booklists at Bildungsroman:
Set in School and Transition Times

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Books to Read (Forthcoming Releases)

June 1st, 2018 (07:00 am)
thoughtful

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace theme song

June 2018
Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

July 2018
Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen

August 2018
Cemetery Girl, Volume 3: Haunted by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden with art by Geraldo Borges

September 2018
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
Sadie by Courtney Summers

October 2018
Blackbird comic by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

November 2018
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Half-Hazard by Kristen Tracy

Sometime in 2018
Dear Miss Sweetie by Stacey Lee
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Sometime in 2019
Magic Camper by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky ‏
The Survival List by Courtney Sheinmel

Summer 2019
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian

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Poetry Friday: Queens belong to no man by Nikita Gill

June 1st, 2018 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Presuming Ed by Elbow

Listen to me, girl,
you have castles inside your bones
and the last time I checked,
Queens belong to no man.

- Nikita Gill

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Best Books of May 2018

May 31st, 2018 (06:28 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Gold by Chvrches

May: 6 books and scripts read

It has been a busy month! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read the new graphic novel version of Speak. This book was the clear standout of the month. Based on the novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrated by Emily Carroll, this fantastic adaptation is absolutely faithful to the original story while utilizing art to dive even deeper into the protagonist's view of the world. Since Melinda's art project is an integral part of the story, it's even cooler to have this new visual art version of Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful story. The graphic novel will surely resonate with readers and artists alike.

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Poetry Friday: Three Questions by Lang Leav

May 25th, 2018 (12:00 am)
artistic

Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: Law & Order: SVU score music

What was it like to love him? Asked Gratitude.
It was like being exhumed, I answered. And brought to life in a flash of brilliance.

What was it like to be loved in return? Asked Joy.
It was like being seen after a perpetual darkness, I replied. To be heard after a lifetime of silence.

What was it like to lose him? Asked Sorrow.
There was a long pause before I responded:

It was like hearing every goodbye ever said to me - said all at once.

- Three Questions by Lang Leav

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Poetry Friday: Halfway from Amelie

May 18th, 2018 (06:00 am)
cheerful

Current Mood: cheerful
Current Song: Halfway from the musical Amelie

Little boat, big ocean
I'm the girl with the copper spyglass
Who prays that today she will spot her shore
All at once a lighthouse
All at once through the copper spyglass
A light telling me to lean in on the oar
I start to row

But before I can get anywhere
From point A to point B
I am at that kitchen table where
I'll always be at sea

Take half of half
And half of that
No matter where I row

- selected lyrics from Halfway from the musical Amélie by Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen, and Craig Lucas, based on the film written by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Listen to the song.

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Poetry Friday: The Most Powerful Spell The Witch Gave Me by Nikita Gill

May 11th, 2018 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Shadowfeet by Brooke Fraser

"No" -
a single, powerful, two letter spell
with the ability to liberate you
if only you learn to use it unapologetically
and cast it without fear.

- The Most Powerful Spell The Witch Gave Me by Nikita Gill

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