Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a TTT Rewind week. I’m going with the topic Books I’m Dying to Read, with a focus on Novels in Verse.
April is poetry month, and I know verse novels aren’t exactly the same thing, but they are poetic in their own way. I like reading the heavier hitting verse novels like ones that tackle issues/tough topics. The books are often quick reads with fewer words on the page, yet powerful and substantial in other ways.
I want to read more novels in verse, and I even have a verse collection on my kindle. Here are 10 that I’m eager to check out:
1. The Language Inside by Holly Thompson – May 14 Delacorte. A multicultural verse novel about identity and post-tsunami Japan.
2. Out of This Place by Emma Cameron – May 14 Candlewick Press. First released in Australia as Cinnamon Rain.
3. The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan – July 23 Bloomsbury USA. A MG/YA coming of age about a Polish girl who moves to England and tries to fit in.
4. Canary by Rachel Alpine – August 1 Medallion Press. This contemporary deals with assault, and the premise kind of reminds me of Daisy Whitney’s The Mockingbirds.
5. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins - September 10 Margaret K. McElderry Books. Companion/sequel to Burned.
6. Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark – October 22 Farrar, Straus & Giroux. A transgender coming of age novel.
7. My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt – A novel in verse about teen prostitution and addiction.
8. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanha Lai - A verse novel about a girl who has to leave Saigon for America when the Vietnam War hits too close to home.
9. Defy the Stars by Stephanie Parent – An edgy, modern Romeo & Juliet inspired novel in verse.
10. Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams – A dark, intense story about sisters going through a traumatic event.
Do you like verse novels and have any recommendations? Let me know what made your TTT list today!