Poetry Friday ~ The Love of Books

6 Dec
Colleen's Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge

The first of the month is ‘Poet’s Choice‘ at Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Prompt Challenge. I chose to share a poem by Julia Donaldson, that’s sure to make you fall in love with books.

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.

I hope you enjoyed the poem. It’s one of my favorite poems about books and reading. I also wanted to share my reviews for a book and two short stories I read recently.

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The Altar Boy is a true to life coming-of-age story. Carl Sanders grew up in the 1960s in a Catholic household. The Catholic Church was revered in those days, and so were its clergymen, but for Carl and his family, a priest brought nothing but pain.

I didn’t like Carl’s mother; she was selfish and hypocritical. His father was not perfect either, but he did try his best to keep the family together and didn’t deserve what happened to him.

Looking at the life of this Catholic family in the 60s through Carl’s eyes as a young boy was both hilarious and heart wrenching. Carl’s mischievous antics made me laugh while his fear, confusion, and unconditional love for his mother chipped away at my heart. Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions.

If you enjoy stories with well-developed characters that make you feel an array of emotions, this book is for you.

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The Author, Rhani D’Chae in Zombie Dawn, brilliantly chronicles the dawn of the zombie apocalypse. The author wasted no time building tension and providing an overall sense of horror from the beginning. I sat at the edge of my seat until the end of the story and then wanted more.

This is the story of a small neighborhood where everyone knows each other. The kind of neighborhood where you can leave your doors and windows open and youngsters can walk the streets at night without fear. That is until an elderly man named Elmer Duncan dies of seemingly natural causes only to open his eerie milky eyes as he was reanimated as a zombie. From this point, the story escalates into a chaotic set of events that’ll have you quaking in your chair. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and read it in one sitting. The story is well written, fascinating, and descriptive. If you’re a fan of zombies or horror, you will enjoy this short story.

This short story is FREE on Amazon Kindle! Click to get your copy.

This short story is a metaphoric expression of the author’s life growing up in an abusive household.

Her mother was a narcissist, and the author did a great job of relating the frustration she underwent dealing with a person who lacked the ability to love and feel empathy for others, including herself. Others were blind to her mother’s abuse because, as a narcissist, she knew how to cover her tracks well. The author’s father and other family members and friends unknowingly defended and enabled her mother, adding to the detriment of the child.

This is an inspiring, powerful, and compelling read that many readers will relate to whether they have suffered abuse at the hands of a narcissist or not. In the end, the daughter escapes her abusive prison.

Connect with these authors on social media!

@psteph55 on Twitter
@ChristinaWinds on Twitter
@rhanidchae on Twitter

Just a quick reminder that all my eBooks are on sale for .99¢ through Sunday! Get your eBooks!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Let me know what you think in the comment section below. Thank you for a visit, and have a Happy Friday and weekend!

38 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ The Love of Books”

  1. Annette Rochelle Aben December 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

    Thank you for sharing the lovely poem and the great deals on your books! Have a terrific weekend my friend!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q December 6, 2019 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi, Annette! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. Thank you, my friend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  2. D.L. Finn, Author December 6, 2019 at 12:05 pm #

    Great post, Vashti! I loved the poem and the idea of the book being inside now. I have The Altar Boy on my TBR list and loved the other two. Have a fantastic weekend xo

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    • Vashti Q December 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm #

      I love that poem, Denise. I’m happy you enjoyed it too. That’s great! You’re such a ravenous reader––a book dragon! Thank you! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. olganm December 6, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    Thanks for the wonderful poem and for the reviews, Vashti. A great selection! Have a fabulous weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q December 6, 2019 at 12:40 pm #

      I’m thrilled to share this beautiful poem and these great reads. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment, my friend! ❤


  4. robbiesinspiration December 6, 2019 at 12:34 pm #

    I love this poem, Vashti. Julia Donaldson’s books are amazing. The cover for Zombie Dawn is gruesome.

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    • Vashti Q December 6, 2019 at 12:45 pm #

      Yay! I love it, too; it makes me happy! Zombie Dawn’s cover is horrifying, but then it should be. I like it when a book cover tells me exactly what I’m getting myself into. 😉

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  5. Priscilla Bettis December 6, 2019 at 1:48 pm #

    Zombie Dawn sounds like a fun read!

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    • Vashti Q December 6, 2019 at 3:18 pm #

      It is, Priscilla. It had me at the edge of my seat the entire time. If you enjoy horror you’ll enjoy this story.


  6. coldhandboyack December 6, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

    I hope your 99¢ sale is going well. I’m considering something similar, but am in no rush.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q December 6, 2019 at 7:23 pm #

      Hi, Craig! Thank you. I wanted to make the sale near the holidays. I read it was good to do it every few months. My goal is to get new readers. It ends on Sunday, so I’ll take a look at how I did then. 🙂

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  7. yvettemcalleiro December 6, 2019 at 5:54 pm #

    I start off every school year with that poem. I teach an intensive reading class for students who did not pass the state reading exam. The majority of them do not enjoy reading, so i like to show them a different perspective to reading. That poem helps! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q December 6, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

      That’s a brilliant idea, Yvette. That poem makes me want to hug a book every time I read it. Ha, ha. Thanks for stopping by, my friend! ❤

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  8. judeitakali December 7, 2019 at 11:09 am #

    This is outstanding, beautiful share

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  9. Jan Sikes December 7, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    Thank you for sharing such an incredibly beautiful poem! I relate to it SO much! Great reviews as well. Thanks, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q December 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

      You’re welcome, Jan. It’s one of my favorites. I relate to it also. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the reviews. ❤


  10. Colleen M. Chesebro December 8, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

    What an amazing post, Vashti! Thanks for the poem. I love it. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Marje @ Kyrosmagica December 8, 2019 at 1:50 pm #

    Love that poem from Julia Donaldson. Awesome! Nice share for poets choice. Good luck with your sale. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. dgkaye December 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm #

    Fabulous poem thanks for sharing Vashti. And thanks for the recommends. I’m going to check out the Altar Boy book. ❤

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    • Vashti Q December 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm #

      It’s my pleasure to share this poem. It’s one of my favorites. That’s great! I hope you like it. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Natalie Ducey December 9, 2019 at 9:42 am #

    A fabulous post, Vashti! Thank you for sharing the festive spirit! xo

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  14. D. Wallace Peach December 9, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    Thanks for the awesome poem, Vashti. It captures the essence of reading. And thanks for the reviews! Happy Holidays.

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    • Vashti Q December 9, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

      This poem is so relatable to those of us who love reading and books. You’re welcome. It was a pleasure sharing the reviews. Happy Holidays! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Annika Perry December 12, 2019 at 2:47 am #

    Vashti, your post starts with a wonderful poem! Julia Donaldson is a natural writer and she captures the inherent magic of books perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing this, a new one to me and one I’ll save in my file! Wow! Your recent reading has been intense and I enjoyed all the reviews. You give a real feel for each one and what to expect. The Altar Boy particularly intrigued me! Happy Writing and Reading, my friend! 😀

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    • Vashti Q December 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

      I’m happy I helped you discover this poem, Annika. It’s one of my favorites. I’m also glad you enjoyed the reviews. Happy writing and reading to you too, my friend! 😀 xo

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  16. parkermccoy January 2, 2020 at 1:41 am #

    I love that poem! Nothing beats a good book to read. It’s a whole world with characters you can get to know. What could be better? Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q January 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

      I agree. It’s one of my favorite poems. You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by, Parker. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

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