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Hi, I’m Serena Zola. This blog is for me to inform people about books, film, and music. Since I’ve been freelancing for other sites, this blog may not get updated too often as it used to.

Disclamer: The only thing that is mine on this blog unless otherwise stated is the writing.

Contact me at serenazola@hotmail.com. 

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Written by Serena Zola

November 7, 2011 at 9:40 PM

21 Responses

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  1. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox Serenade. I hope you are finding lots to entertain you and maybe making some discoveries. If you haven’t visited for a while check it out again. Please feel free to add comments. Good luck with your blog. Regards Thom.

    Thom Hickey

    May 29, 2015 at 11:03 AM

  2. I’ve really enjoyed checking out your blog – your reviews are really interesting and I’m hearing about books and poems I may not otherwise have heard of. Thanks for keeping me informed!

    ahouseofbooks

    December 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

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    http://revolutionforbreakfast.com/2013/08/19/reaping-the-liebster-nominees/

    revolutionforbreakfast

    August 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM

  4. I nominated you for the Liebster Blogger Award! http://wp.me/p2tQjb-bK Cheers!

    Elaine

    February 19, 2013 at 7:15 AM

  5. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! Information about it is here: http://mandarox.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/liebster-award/

    I hope you enjoy answering my questions 🙂

    mandarox

    February 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

  6. Heya! I’ve nominated you for the Daisy Award http://anyonething.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/daisy-award/

    Summer Grant

    August 29, 2012 at 4:06 AM

  7. Thanks for stopping by my “Booker Award” post. Being intrigued with your YA ratings post I was prepared to comment, yet a bit disappointed you closed it after only two comments. It’s a great topic. As a high school teacher, and a librarian at heart, who is also a YA writer, I think the ratings subject you bring up has definite merit.
    Happy Pages,
    CricketMuse

    cricketmuse

    June 15, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m sorry you couldn’t comment on my YA Rating post before; it was set up to close comments after two weeks. However, if you still want to comment, I have disabled that setting now.

      yawriterinthemaking

      June 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      • Okay. YA ratings would be tough since someone in charge would have to create a standard. Another problem is visual versus text. If it’s visual, it’s pretty much in your face; however, text is left up to the imagination. Although swearing and overly-descriptive passage can create some eye-brow raising. If you are familiar with Chris Crutcher you might understand why as a teacher I am reluctant to assign his books, even though they are popular with students. Besides if we say “Don’t” that gives them all the more reason to want to read it.

        cricketmuse

        June 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      • Yeah, I’ve read a couple of Chris Crutcher’s books, so I can see why you would be reluctant to assign them. However, I think that you and other teachers should look at the entire work as a whole before judging the books. It also wouldn’t hurt to ask if students have read the book before and use those students to relate the book to other students who haven’t read the book.

        yawriterinthemaking

        June 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      • It’s not judging the book so much as showing professional discretion. I don’t want to be on the admin’s bad side because of a parent being unhappy about the lit choice. I’ve had parents pull their student for works like Lord of the Flies. Violence or language seems to be the trigger point. Of course we don’t even go there about s-e-x. If the students choose to read it on their own, that’s one thing; if we as teachers select it and assign that’s stepping into a minefield. It’s a fine dance, for sure of providing opportunities of reading, yet respecting parental concerns (let alone district mandates).

        cricketmuse

        June 16, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      • Wow, now I see this is a bigger issue than I thought! I guess that means some parents actually do care about what their kids are reading, which is a good thing. Sometimes though, I wish parents would be happy that their kids are reading at all.

        Also, if the parents are concerned about what their child is reading, are they actually reading the book as well? Another question I have is are YA books assigned to students in high school now? As I’ve already stated in the post, assigned YA books stopped for me in high school.

        yawriterinthemaking

        June 16, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      • I have assigned YA books which I hope will add something to their life: The Outsiders, Stargirl, I Am the Cheese, Runner. There are books that are part of our curriculum that aren’t specifically YA, like Lord of the Flies, which can cause ripples (one parent pulled her student from reading the book). Books are a means of enlightening, depending on the openess of the reader.

        cricketmuse

        June 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      • I remember reading Stargirl for pleasure when I was in high school; it was a decent read for me. I haven’t read I Am the Chesse Runner though. Also, I agree with you when you say books are an enlightening experience. Thanks for your comments! I would have never known to disable the setting without your feedback.

        yawriterinthemaking

        June 17, 2012 at 3:58 PM

  8. Good evening,
    i like your blog. Your post are very interisting.
    I invite you to visit my intercultural blog: http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/
    I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin box” where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories.

    My dream is to create a intercultural blog with authors from around the world.
    Do you want to collaborate for “In parole Semplici”?
    I’ll wait your reply:
    inparolesemplici@gmail.com

    Josè Pascal

    March 26, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    • Thanks for checking out my blog.

      Your blog is very interesting and unique too. While I appreciate the offer to collaborate, I do not feel comfortable doing so.

      yawriterinthemaking

      March 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

  9. Hey thanks for commenting! I really enjoy your blog. Nice content 🙂

    legitmind

    January 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

  10. You write well, have good insights, and have excellent awareness of your self and youth life issues. I can see you weaving your life experiences and observations into books of your own. The challenge could be reaching those who need the right message at the right time. I have heard it said that the Truth is easier to tell in fiction than in non-fiction. You have a gift. I wish you well on your life journey. –WGD

    WGD

    November 23, 2011 at 1:45 PM

  11. Holy cow! We have the exact same intentions! I am interested in becoming a journalist too! 🙂

    @MeghanChipper

    November 22, 2011 at 8:44 PM


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