Poetry Friday ~ Books & A Poem

6 Sep

Hi, Everyone!


Today I’d like to share my most recent reads along with my poem. This is an Etheree poem written by me for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.



are worlds

between the

covers of books

Why fly, ride or walk?

To take us lands away

there is nothing like a book

So spread out your wings untiring

get to a book store or library

good books are fun and thrilling things to own.


The first book I’m sharing is called Strange HWY by Beem Weeks.

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f you ever find yourself on the Strange Hwy—don’t turn around. Don’t panic. Just. Keep. Going. You never know what you’ll find.
You’ll see magic at the fingertips of an autistic young man,
•A teen girl’s afternoon, a lifetime of loss.
•A winged man, an angel? Demon—?
•Mother’s recognition, peace to daughter.
•Danny’s death – stifled secrets.
•Black man’s music, guitar transforms boy.
•Dead brother, an open confession.
•First love, supernatural?—family becomes whole!
You can exit the Strange Hwy, and come back any time you want.
See, now you know the way in, don’t be a stranger.



Strange HWY brings together 18 of Author, Beem Weeks’ strange and wonderful coming of age stories about the madness and sadness, courage and vulnerability of youth.

This collection of eclectic short stories explores a vast range of topics including, suicide, cancer, prostitution, mental illness and even the paranormal. My favorite stories are Alterations, Constant of the Day, Demons, Songs of the Lost, and Looking for Lucy but to be honest, I was captivated by each well-written story in this book.

Author, Beem Weeks is a talented writer that’s very attuned to detail. His writing style is unique but also fun and easy. He seems to see the world as a reason to create with his straightforward, unusual, traditional stories.

The stories in this book are meant to be read slowly and savored and are filled with lovely and disturbing moments that will stay with you for some time to come. I highly recommend it.

Connect with Author, Beem Weeks on Social Media!



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The next book I’m sharing is a short story called Open, Shut by Nonnie Jules.

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Darcy Lynn has a few problems: her sister, Lola, killed by a drunk driver, leaves her with an eerie message right before her death; her parents are atheists; her father drinks a little too much, and her brother, Bud, is just annoying. But, her most pressing issue is that things are mysteriously opening and closing around her and she hasn’t a clue as to why…or how.

In this short “sad but uplifting story with a wonderful message,” as one reader tags it, Author, Nonnie Jules flexes her writing chops once again, by introducing her readers to a normal, everyday family, whose lives are altered, not once, but twice by unexpected and unusual circumstances.

If you came into this story only believing in things seen with your own two eyes, and things heard with your own two ears, you walk away with a new and refreshing added sense…the ability and the courage to change, based on where your heart leads you.



Open, Shut by Nonnie Jules is a poignant short story about a seemingly happy and normal family who experience the death of a loved one.

Darcy Lynn’s parents were atheists and prayer and reading the Bible were strictly prohibited in their household.

However, Darcy’s older sister, Lola was curious about Christianity and began secretly studying the Bible. She was caught once by her mother, who had a fit but that didn’t deter her from continuing her secret Bible studies and prayers. Lola also received visits from an angel who seemed to be preparing her for something.

Later, Lola became ill. During the course of her illness, she continued to pray and read her Bible, even in the presence of her mother who no longer made a fuss about it.

On one of Lola’s better days, she walked to school with Darcy and their younger brother Bobby. When she stepped off the sidewalk to cross the street she was struck by a car.

After her sister’s death, Darcy began to feel a presence in her room and strange things began to happen. She would come home to find her bedroom door and windows, closet door and dresser drawers opened when she knew she had shut them prior to leaving for school.

One day Darcy walks into her sister’s bedroom which her mother kept intact and finds Lola’s diary. While reading Lola’s diary, she learns a lot about her sister. Her sister’s words opened her eyes to many things hidden from her and changed her life.

What I enjoyed most about this short story was the author’s writing style which was believable, easy, and captivating.

Overall, Open, Shut is a worthwhile, easy short read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading Christian stories.

Author, Nonnie Jules is president of the Rave Reviews Book Club of which I’m a proud member.

Rave Reviews Book Club is a friendly and helpful community of talented writers and avid readers.

Learn more about the club here.

Connect with Author, Nonnie Jules on Social Media!



Watch Nonnie Write! (Blog)

Amazon Author Page

In the spirit of sharing, I’d like to share a poem by the late Julia Donaldson called

I Opened a Book

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Photo by Fabiola Peñalba on Unsplash



I Opened a Book
By Julia Donaldson

I opened a book and in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.

I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.

I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.

I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.

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Photograph by David Lezcano

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41 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Books & A Poem”

  1. olganm September 6, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

    Tanks, Vasthi. The books sound great and I adore the poem. Have a fantastic weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 6, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

      Hi, Olga! I’m always happy to see you here. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. You have a wonderful weekend too, my friend! Thank you! ❤ xo


  2. Gwen M. Plano September 6, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

    Thank you, Vashti, for sharing yourself – through reviews and a wonderful poem by Julia Donaldson. Beautiful!! ♥

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 6, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

      Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. ❤


  3. John W. Howell September 6, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

    Thank you for the reviews, Vashti. The poem is beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 6, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

      Hi, John! You’re very welcome. It’s my pleasure. I’m happy you enjoyed it. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Teagan R. Geneviene September 6, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

    I love the poem, Vashti. That’s a great reading list too. Hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

      Hi, Teagan! Thank you, my friend! I LOVE your new picture! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Colleen M. Chesebro September 6, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

    Vashti, Not only do I love your Etheree poem but I also think the way you used the poem to segway into some book reviews was brilliant. Fabulous, work my dear, Sister. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  6. balroop2013 September 6, 2019 at 4:11 pm #

    Nice reviews Vashti. Thank you for the lovely poem you have shared. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi, Balroop! Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. You have a great weekend too. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Priscilla Bettis September 6, 2019 at 5:31 pm #

    I enjoyed both your and Donaldson’s poems; both made me smile. Thanks for posting your reviews!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

      That makes me so happy, Priscilla! Thank you! It’s my pleasure. ❤


  8. Annette Rochelle Aben September 6, 2019 at 6:25 pm #

    Love me some books too! Awesome tribute to the world of our written words. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm #

      Like Stephen King said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Thank you, my friend! Enjoy the weekend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  9. D.L. Finn, Author September 7, 2019 at 4:20 am #

    What a great themed post today, Vashti! One of these days I’m going to attempt a etheree. I’m really intrigued at it construction and presentation. Two good books you reviewed and really captured the writing styles of both authors. Your poem was fantastic and the one you shared was a peek into the joy of reading. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Vashti:)

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    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 6:09 pm #

      Hello, Denise! I would love to read an Etheree written by you. I’m sure it would be awesome. Thank you very much for the cool comment! You have a wonderful weekend too! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Jill Weatherholt September 7, 2019 at 7:10 am #

    What a wonderful poem. Thanks for the review, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi, Jill! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. I love it. You’re welcome. It’s my pleasure. 😀


  11. Natalie Ducey September 7, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    A fabulous post and poem, Vashti! Bravo to Beem and Nonnie. Wishing you a lovely weekend! XO

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

      Hello, Natalie! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. You have a great weekend too! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  12. yvettemcalleiro September 7, 2019 at 11:17 am #

    I’m pretty sure I have both of those stories on my kindle. I’ve read that poem before. I actually display it in my intensive reading classes sometimes during the changing of classes. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

      I’m happy to hear that, Yvette. That’s a great idea. It’s such a beautiful and fun poem. Enjoy the weekend! 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Jan Sikes September 7, 2019 at 11:19 am #

    Your Etheree is so spot-on! It’s easy to disappear into the pages of a good book and travel to places that could never be attained physically! I love your reviews of both of these books! Beem is such a great storyteller, as is Nonnie. Thank you for sharing, Vashti! Have a great weekend!

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    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 6:22 pm #

      Hi, Jan! Your comment has made me so happy! 😀 You’re right, Beem and Nonnie are great storytellers. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the weekend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. September 9, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

    A wonderful combination Vashti. And your poem reflects all that is magical about reading and books..hugs

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  15. Miriam Hurdle September 11, 2019 at 2:35 am #

    I enjoyed your poem, Vashti. It’s nothing like a good book that takes us everywhere. Thank you for the great book reviews. Have a wonderful week. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 12, 2019 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi, Miriam! I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you! You enjoy the rest of the week too! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Ben Naga September 11, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

    In response to your etheree here’s a little something of mine:


    I went to the library
    It was full of worlds

    The library is in town
    And the route to town

    Is stored away safe
    Here in my mind

    I am writing this
    Sat at home

    Think TARDIS
    … and then some


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    • Vashti Q September 13, 2019 at 10:51 am #

      Very good, Ben! Thank you for sharing your poem. 🙂


      • Ben Naga September 13, 2019 at 11:17 am #

        I’m glad you enjoyed reading it. 🙂 It seemed appropriate to yours.

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      • Vashti Q September 13, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

        They did go well together. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  17. Elizabeth September 13, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

    Two wonderful poems, they describe so perfectly what books mean to me, and I believe to many other book lovers. Thanks for the reviewers, add them to my list!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 15, 2019 at 8:22 pm #

      Hi, Elizabeth! I’m so happy you enjoyed the poems and reviews. Thank you! 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

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