Deb at San Diego Momma is hosting PROMPTuesday #37: Book Club.

This week’s prompt: What was the best book you’ve ever read and why? If you’d like to creative this week’s PROMPT up, write your post as a poem, in the voice of the main character, as a review, or a book jacket teaser.


When this war is over, the South will give birth
An abundance of cotton will spring from red earth
High in their saddles the gentry will ride
While ladies await them glowing with pride

A confederate victory is undoubtedly close
But no triumph for love, only love’s ghost
Mine will come home to the arms of another
And I, the young widow of my nemesis’ brother

Donning black everyday is rather unbearable
Making that ill-fated marriage all the more terrible
Still, a faint stir developed under my corset tight
When the swarthy dark captain stood by the light

At once I felt dizzy, which he knew and enjoyed
He looked at me and through me; I grew annoyed
Then quivering with feelings I could not name
I knew that he wanted me, and I felt no shame

He tipped his brimmed hat as a gentleman would
And laid eyes on my bosom as no gentleman should
I turned up my chin, my green eyes flashed with ire
But from bonnet to boots, I burned with desire

He walked out of the room with no backward glance
My eyes fixed on the door as if in a trance
“Fiddle-dee-dee!” was all I could say
After all . . . tomorrow is another day.

I would love to know what was your favorite novel and why?

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22 comments on “PROMPTuesday #37: Book Club”

  1. Well done! I am in awe of people who can easily write verse – I totally can’t do it.

    I have to admit, I adored this book, no matter how un-PC it is. I think I was about 12 when I read it first. The scenes between Rhett and Scarlet were hawt!

    I saw the movie first in a drive-in, from the back of my family’s station wagon. When Rhett carried Scarlet up the stairs it was TOTALLY hawt!

  2. I should I have known you would do the poem. I can always count on you for the creative!

    I loved the movie and am ashamed to say I’ve never read the book!

    I must get on that. But isn’t it 4,003 pages? Maybe I’ll make it my 2010 resolution.

  3. Your poem is great! Hmm, favorite book. One of my all time fave classics – Madame Bovary. I just love the details, right down to the lemon to brighten her fingernails. Fave modern novel – Bridget Jones Diary. I felt she was channeling how I used to think, as a single woman trying to date, lose weight and cut back on the cigs.

  4. Oh how I devoured that book when I was a teenager–for a long time that would have been my favorite.

    Now, there are so many books it is hard to pick just one. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck always pops to mind though.

  5. I’ve read so many books, and so many of them have become my favorite!

    The first one that comes to mind is The Diary of Anne Frank. I read that when I was 12, and much of it has stayed with me. Every time I peel a potato I think of Anne eating rotten vegetables in the annex. Strange, but true.

    Books are awesome.

  6. Awesome poem – I can only rhyme by accident. It’s usually when I’m yelling at my kids and I end up sounding like Dr. Seuss. It doesn’t hold much weight when they’re laughing at me.

    My current favorite book is The Last Lecture – but I devour books one after another so it probably won’t hold it’s #1 spot for a very long time.

  7. LOVE the poem…you know I’ve never seen GWTW or read the book…I’ll be remedying that soon now!

    My favorite book of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird.

  8. Way too many favourites to mention but a “changed the way I look at life” one? The Women’s Room by Marilyn French.

    (Loved your poem, Scarlett…)

  9. Woman! What a terrific poem!

    My favortie book from childhood is Heidi. I know it sounds so mundane. But to this day I hear the wind in the pines outside her bedroom window whenever I see a pine tree. I longed to be loved by anyone, as a kid, the way her grandfather loved her.

    Today, I, too, devour books whole, and have too many favorites to name.

  10. My all time favorite classic is JANE EYRE because she’s resilient and spunky and full of life even in the midst of hellish circumstances!

    I have a lot of favorite contemporary fiction books. Two stand out: A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley and SHE’S COME UNDONE by Wally Lamb.

    And damn you’re good at this Prompt Tuesday thing!

  11. It took me a minute to realize that “Gone With the Wind” isn’t a poem and that I wasn’t reading Margaret Mitchel’s words.

    I feel like a fool,
    You’re so cool,
    I wanna drool,
    Like a nasty ghoul,
    Cause your rhymes are a jewel,
    I’m going back to school,
    So I can write like you (l).

  12. Incredible poem!
    And yes, I love the book, I love the movie, and I’ve repeated experiences with both many times.

    My recent favorite is The Book Thief. As I ran through choices in my mind, it is clear that I love historical fiction.

  13. That is just too, too awesome. I’m stunned. And I want to read the book now.

    I adore ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Jane Eyre’ too, now that they’re mentioned. I just read and loved Tim Winton’s ‘Dirt Music’. ‘Less Than Zero’ by Bret Easton Ellis would also be up there and ‘Monkey Grip’ by Helen Garner. Oh and Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’. That book rocked my little teenage world. Don’t make me choose! Ooo, one more ‘And the Ass Saw the Angel’ by Nick Cave. I’ve read that book so many times.

  14. CHERI!

    I totally gave a shout out to Hawt Green Beans the other day and you totally missed it.


    But Ohhhhhhh Snap! It’s still posted! So go on, go read about my hawt green beans. LOL


  15. Wow, very impressive!

    GWTW is my favorite book, too. I even wrote a college history paper about women in GWTW and got an A+.

    My second favorite is The Witch of Blackbird Pond. (Oddly, I don’t own a copy.) I have wanted to visit Barbados ever since reading about Kit’s memories of a colorful, warm, happy childhood there.

  16. I would have to say it was The Hobbit, since it started my love of different worlds 🙂 I picked it up in a bookstore when I was 14 … it led to “Watership Down”, “Stranger in a Strange Land” and who knows what else! I also discovered the poetry of Richard Brautigan at this time, along with his novels… different, yeah, but wicked interesting! Don’t know how well it would translate since he wrote in the 1970s…

  17. You are writing poetry? And you can’t use a glue gun? I think your creative streak is very much alive! That was a fantastic Scarlet!!

    I just totally got the chills when I read Janet’s favorite is Richard Brautigan! He is my very very very favorite and I can recite LOTS of his stuff and I lerve him. He was a crazy alchoholic and killed himself but I lerved him anyway.

    As a kid, I LOVED A Cricket in Times Square, Flowers in the Attic, ALL of the Bobsey Twin books and A Wrinkle in Time.

    Can’t really name a favorite now. If I don’t like them I put them down. Just read a book called Backroads that I liked, and of course I loved all the Philippa Gregory books. Ahh. But the book YOU WRITE will be my favorite. Umm. When you get around to it!

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