Scribbles on the Back of January started when I was looking for a place to jot a few ideas down for a poetry unit I was teaching. The only scratch paper I could find was an old desk calendar, so I tore off the month of January and started composing on the back of it.

That, of course, became the title for my poetry anthology that year. I write one every year along with my students. It’s a fun assignment (most of them would agree with me, anyway). 🙂

This is a new endeavor for me. I have always loved to read — always loved to write — and I’m an English teacher to boot. So, it naturally follows that reviewing books would be a great way to channel all those passions. Since I’m new at this, I imagine my reviews will get better and better with time. In the meantime, I’m just going to enjoy the reading and write about what I love.

I’ve set up a “Quill” rating system on a 1-5 scale. Five quills would be the highest rating; one quill would be the lowest rating. Don’t expect too many low ratings on here. If I didn’t like the book, I won’t want to review it. If I come across a bad one, I’ll list it in my Books Read page, but I won’t post a review unless I feel utterly compelled.

Five Quills

With that said, I rarely give up on a book (or a movie, for that matter). I’ll read it to the end if it kills me, because I’m always holding out hope it will get better. 🙂

I hope what I do here will help readers and authors alike.


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