3rd Annual Verse Novel Week!

It's hard to believe, but we're getting ready for our 3rd Annual Verse Novel Week! This year's week of celebrating all of the awesomeness of our beloved verse novels will once again take place in the last week in April, starting on April 28th.

We've already got an extra-special podcast episode planned with an extra-special Guest of Awesome and we're spotlighting some wonderful verse novels from a number of genres. As we did last year, we're opening up Verse Novel Week for guest contributions. 

So, if you'd like to write about your favorite verse novel, sign up to read a verse novel for the first time or if you're a verse novelist, fill out the form below and we'll be in touch to coordinate!

3rd Annual Verse Novel Week!

Novel in Verse Week 2013

Remember last year when we bombarded you with a week of posts about the awesomeness of novels in verse?

This year, we're hoping to make it bigger and better and awesomer!

Like last year, 2013's will be that last week in April, beginning on April 21. We'll be posting features about verse novels and their authors, but some folks have also reached out to us and asked if they could get involved. (It is so weird to me that people want to collaborate with us, but it's also extremely awesome.)

Novel in Verse Week 2013


As I've mentioned a time or a thousand, I've been working on revamping the functionality of Clear Eyes, Full Shelves so it will work better with some of the Very Cool Things we have kicked around to add to the blog.

So, I've launched the site on a new version of our existing content management system in hopes that the third time's a charm. *fingers crossed* 


Quick Housekeeping Notes

I’ve got a few announcements today. I’ve spent the last week or so doing some cleanup and maintenance on the blog, with a few changes you may notice.

Reading Lists

Due to the popularity of our List-O-Rama posts, I’ve started compiling some “best-of” type reading lists that you can find in the navigation bar. I have several more I’m going to put together, and I’m happy to consider your requests. My pet project is the “Sex Positive YA” list, which is way too small for my liking. 

Review Policy

I continue to tweak the CEFS review policy, as we are getting more and more requests for reviews these days. I am considering requiring that requesters fill out a form in order for their request to be considered. I’d love to hear if any of you have had success with that type of requirement. 

Quick Housekeeping Notes

Introducing... The CEFS Multi-Generational Readalong, Story of a Girl Edition

Whew… that’s a mouthful, eh?

Awhile back, I made the flip obversation on Goodreads, that I think our reading and understanding of books—especially those in the young adult category—is often very influenced by the generation whose culture with which we most identify.

I gave the example of how often I come across reviews of books I’ve read where the reviewer is very critical of what she reads as “slut shaming” in the novel (check out the reviews of Fracture, for example). And, honestly, it’s not something I particularly notice (I’m at the tail end of Generation X)—and I’ve got a couple of women’s studies degrees. (I’m not saying it’s not relevant, it’s just not on my radar, because that was a big issue long after I was solidly in Grownupland.)

Condom usage (or lack thereof) is another time this division seems to show up. When I read a novel and there’s sex and there’s no condom, I freak the hell out, because I grew up in the 80s/90s where AIDS was an automatic death sentence and well before teen pregnancy was glamorized with all this Teen Mom malarky. I’ve been told by people older than me that they don’t care for mention of condom usage because they think it’s “disruptive” or “jarring.” (Their argument is that the condom usage is implied.) And I’m all, “Dying is disruptive!” And, now, interestingly, I’ve heard the same from people in their 20s on this topic. (Which boggles my mind, but that’s another subject.)

My mom (60s) has very different reactions to things than I do, which I always think is fascinating. And, when we got into this discussion on Goodreads, folks in their 20s had very different thoughts that I. Obviously, a lot of that is just different tastes and other things such as geography, but I think generational contexts are enormous. 

So… where am I going with all this?