Book Review Haiku: February 2019
Written by Georgia Hunter
Based on true events
Fiction fills the unknown gaps
Written by Dani Shapiro
23 and Me
Brings her pieces together
Reveals new story.
Written by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Worst sister ever.
Gave me writing ideas*
but parts uneven.
*I LOVE the structure of both of these books.
Sing a Song of Tuna Fish inspired a great Family of Writers invitation. Codell begins every chapter with this phrase: Let me tell you something about…We borrowed her phrase and began pieces the same way she did. I wrote a piece called Let Me Tell You Something About Names.
In Been There, Done That, Mike Winchell compiles stories from many different middle grade and young adult authors. Each author shares a personal true story. Then, the same author follows it with a fiction story that’s based on some part of the true story. As a writer, it’s so interesting to see where ideas originate.
While I don’t love all the stories in each of these books, I did enjoy reading them and both inspired me to say to myself, “Hey, I’m going write under the influence of this writer and borrow their structure for my own writing.”
Finally, I would preview each book before reading to younger kids.
That’s a wrap for February Book Review Haiku.
On my nightstand right now:
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World)
Atomic Habits by James Clear (An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones)
Guy -Write by Ralph Fletcher (What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know)