ellen hopkins tilt

I hate how relationships

Are so fragile . How they
Crack
Shatter
Fall to pieces .
And the hammer is
Time
Distance
Moving forward .
Why can’t people grow
Close
Tighter
Welded together ?
Instead they go
Looking
For the next
Frail connection .
There must be a way to
Stay
In love
No matter what .

I hear
Nobody thinks so. But I do
Sometimes people whisper.
Sometimes they yell.
Sometimes they say mean things.

I see
more than the TV. It’s my friend.
I don’t have any others, like the kids
on Barney do. Why are people afraid
of me? I don’t want to hurt them.

I taste
Only the sweet air, whooshed
through tubes to help me breathe.
If I’m lucky a bit of flavor comes
with the wind or skin or clothes

I smell.
I wish my mouth would let
me tell Mama I love her.
Let me tell Daddy I miss him.
Let me tell Shane how good

I feel
when I see him happy with Alex.
I like when I swim because when
I float, I am free. I like when I sleep
because I dance when

I dream.

—  Shelby, Tilt (Ellen Hopkins)
What’s the LONGEST BOOK you’ve ever read?

At the Brooklyn Book Festival last Sunday, we asked readers to name the longest book they’ve ever read. Here are some of their answers: 

IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME, Marcel Proust (3031 pages)

WAR AND PEACE, Leo Tolstoy (1440 pages)

A SUITABLE BOY, Vikram Seth (1368 pages)

THE LORD OF THE RINGS, J.R.R. Tolkien (1216 pages)

THE STAND, Stephen King (1153 pages)

CAPITAL: PART 1, Karl Marx (1152 pages)

2666, Roberto Bolaño (1126 pages)

IT, Stephen King (1116 pages)

INFINITE JEST, David Foster Wallace (1104 pages)

GONE WITH THE WIND, Margaret Mitchell (1037 pages)

DON QUIXOTE, Miguel de Cervantes (982 pages)

THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON, Robert A. Caro (960 pages)

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF HENRY VIII, Margaret George (939 pages)

1Q84, Haruki Murakami (925 pages)

MIDDLEMARCH, George Eliot (904 pages)

OUTLANDER, Diana Gabaldon (896 pages)

THE MISTS OF AVALON, Marion Zimmer Bradley (876 pages)

CHE GUEVARA: A REVOLUTIONARY LIFE, Jon Lee Anderson (814 pages)

THE DIVINE COMEDY, Dante Alighieri (798 pages)

THE POWERS THAT BE, David Halberstam (792 pages)

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY, Irving Stone (776 pages)

THE GOLDFINCH, Donna Tartt (771 pages)

THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING, Celia Thomson (771 pages)

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, J.K. Rowling (766 pages)

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, J.K. Rowling (759 pages)

THE FOUNTAINHEAD, Ayn Rand (720 pages)

MOBY DICK, Herman Melville (663 pages)

TILT, Ellen Hopkins (608 pages)

THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR, Pierre Razoux (580 pages)

THE STORY OF THE STONE, Cao Xueqim (544 pages)

THE CANTERBURY TALES, Geoffrey Chaucer (504 pages)

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X, Malcolm X (466 pages)

TITANIC, Filson Young (236 pages)

THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, Mitch Albom (196 pages)


Which long books have you read? Reblog with the title of your thickest tome! 

And check out the 2015 National Book Awards Longlists for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature at www.nationalbook.org!