Short Poems Anyone Can Enjoy

Although I grew up copying out Emily Dickinson poems for penmanship practice and giggling over Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, I’ve always been intimidated by this particular form of literature.  It wasn’t until I began reading Novels in Verse last year that I felt poetry might be worth approaching.

8 Short Poems Anyone Can Enjoy

I’ll admit, it’s still confusing and new, but I’m paying more attention now. Poetry isn’t just a sentence with a lot of negative space anymore. I’m even trying my hand at writing a few. So, in honor of National Poetry Month, here are a few short poems that I thought would appeal to fellow newbies.

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Comfort Reads

It’s my belief that there’s a book out there for everyone. Whatever you’re interested in, want to know more about, or need to hear, someone’s probably written a book for it. I’ve also come to realize that there’s a book out there for every mood. Books for when you’re brave. Books for when you’re hurt. Books for when you need a laugh.

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Today, I wanted to talk about comfort reads. Books that have the magical ability to whisk us away to a happier place, lift our moods on a crummy day, and read like they were written just for us.

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5 Reading Challenges You Should Try

I enjoy a good challenge. A challenge gives me the tools I need to succeed. Special criteria or themes allow me to get creative. Time limits provide motivation. Being judged and receiving feedback drives me to make a good impression. If I want to get something done, the first thing I do is turn it into a challenge.

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One of the things I challenge myself to do is read more. And, thanks to Goodreads groups and the bookish community on social media, I’ve found lots of fun ways to conquer my To-Read stack while engaging with other enthusiasts!

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Show & Tell – Finding Books to Read for #Indiecember

This month I’m participating in #Indiecember, a challenge designed to spread some holiday cheer to hardworking indie authors. It’s a great way to give back to the writing community, plus you could discover a new favorite book along the way.

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(check out the official rules and download your own board)

 

So, how do you find good indie books?

  • Check out this epic list of titles that Megan Tennant compiled for #Indiecember! You might be surprised by just how many books and genres there are to pick from.
  • See what other people are reading via Twitter. Those of us participating are usually eager to get more people to read our new favorite book.
  • Do a little research. Bloggers, vloggers, and bookstagrammers know where you should start when it comes to the hottest indie titles. Be sure to check Goodreads lists, too!
  • Ask your friends and get them involved!

 

What do I recommend?

So glad you asked! Here are a few of my personal favorites:

~Meadowsweet by C. J. Milbrandt (first book of a trilogy, completed)
~The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz (first book of a series, ongoing)
~Colors of Fear by Hannah Heath (first short story of a collection, ongoing)
~The Three by Christa Kinde (first book of a trilogy, ongoing)
~The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder (first book of a series, ongoing)

 

What am I reading?

To keep things interesting, I’m only filling my bingo board with books I finish reading in December. Here are the first three books on my TBR:

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FANTASY: The Crystal Tree by Imogen Elvis [YA Fantasy, Action/Adventure]

POETRY OR SHORT STORY: Antiheroes Anthology from the Phoenix Fiction Writers [Speculative Fiction]

20-40 AMAZON REVIEWS: The Tomb of the Sea Witch by Kyle Robert Shultz [Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Steampunk]

 

What are YOU reading?