Author Archives: Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-7/23/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am eagerly waiting for:
young elites
Young Elites by Marie Lu
October 7, 2014

 

From Goodreads:

“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt

.”

Despite the disappointingly plain cover, I expect the story to be epic!
Happy Reading!
∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Characters I Would Want With Me on a Deserted Island-7/22/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about characters we would want with us on a deserted island. Do you pick people with mad skills? How about that literary crush? With ten open slots, it should be easy to find a balance between useful and entertaining!

1. The Gallagher Girls  I am counting Cammie, Bex, Macey and Liz as one. My list, my rules. The Girls stay together! Trained as spies, these four have all the skills, and I am pretty sure they would be great company.

gallagher

2. Halt from The Ranger’s Apprentice series. I am pretty sure I talk about age-appropriate literary crush more often than I should…whatever. If Halt is along I know there will at least be good coffee!

Halt

3. Jacky Faber from the Bloody Jack series. This gal is the complete package! Resourceful and talented. She’ll either have us out of there in no time or living large on our very own island. Either way, it will be a good time.

bloody jack

4. Flavia de Luce from the series of the same name. I am sure Flavia’s vast knowledge of chemistry will come in handy. If not, her precocious nature will make her a charming addition to our merry band of fictional “strandees”.

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5. Jon Snow from A Song of Ice and Fire series.  Thank you Kit for making Jon so DREAMY. Also, Ghost would probably come in handy at some point.

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6. Saba from The Dustlands Trilogy. Saba is a hard-core, bad-ass survivor. I want her on my team, for sure.

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7. Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger. Ed is just a nice guy. I think he would be interesting to hang out with. He seems like a good guy and he’s obviously up for an adventure.

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8. Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instruments series. Immortal wizard/healer? Yup!

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9. Zuzana from The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. She is described as “…a tiny fairy. A rabid one that bites.”  She’s a real spitfire and I kind of want her around. Even though she is scary.

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10. Dumbledore…just because. Someone has to be the voice of reason! And fingers crossed that he thinks to bring Professor McGonagall.

minvera and dumbledore

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays With Megan-Summer Fun 7/21/14

Last week, on the coldest day of the summer, the library hosted a Luau on the Lawn. So much fun was had! We played musical beach blankets, had a limbo contest (boy, those kids were bendy!), there was a Nerf archery contest, an Iron Chef contest, and we topped it all off with a water balloon toss and fight. Good times were had by all!

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 This is just half of the balloons we had on hand! Also, how cool is it that my hibiscus got its first two blooms on the morning of our party?

This morning I gave away another fantastic basket! This week’s prize basket includes a make-your-own slushee kit, the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, cookies, candy, Chipotle coupons, and of course, books! I think it’s another fun one. You can’t win if you don’t play, so be sure to stop in and see us. We are down to our last two prize baskets, so it’s now or never.

I am still working on my Summer Reading Throwdown Challenge. I pledged to finish 12 books in July. I am on track to exceed that number. Nine down, three to go, with ten days left. No problemo!

Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 Finished:

fool moon landline rithmatist in the shadows

  • Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is the second installment of The Dresden Files. I am definitely a fan of this urban fantasy series starring a wizard and the Chicago PD.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell is yet another fun, romantic offering from the author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Big fan, here!
  • The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is the first in a steampunk-y series. It took a while for me to warm up to this one, but in the end I really liked it! Sign me up for more!
  • In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo is a unique collaboration of story and art. Both the text and the images tell the story of a secret society of immortals and the young man who is trying to stop them.

Current Audio:

dreams of gods and monsters that night

I don’t ever want Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor to end. Ever. It is so beautiful and horrific. I also started That Night by Chevy Stevens, a new suspense/thriller.

Currently Reading:

juliet immortal amity chaos of the stars chapel wars

I am still trying to find my next big read. You know, that book you just can’t put down? The one you think about when you aren’t reading it? These books that I am working on are fine and I am enjoying them, but I am not lost in any of them. I want to be lost! Suggestions?

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-Blood of Olympus-7/16/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. 
This week I am eagerly waiting for:
blood of olympus
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
October 7, 2014
From Goodreads:
“Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.”

Ever since I finished House of Hades (a million painful years ago…), I have tried to put this series out of my mind. Now, it is close enough to the publication date that I can start wanting it. Now. Please?

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite TV Shows 7/15/14

 

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This week The Broke and The Bookish are taking a little break from talking about books. Instead, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about our other favorite stories-TV shows and movies! I am not much of a movie watcher, but I do love some TV.

I am a big fan of sitcoms. My favs?

1. The Big Bang Theory. It’s hard to pick a favorite out of this bunch, but I am quite partial to Sheldon and Amy.

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2. Modern Family. Somewhere in the third season I lost track of this show, so I am a little behind. I have been catching some “new to me” episodes on reruns lately.

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3. Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler is HILARIOUS. I can’t wait to get my hands on her new book!

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I also love some shows on premium cable. I don’t subscribe to any of those channels so I rely on my favorite library for them. It also means I am always a season behind. Oh well. Free is free! My favorites?

4. Game of Thrones. I am really missing this one. I am tempted to start rereading the books. Or maybe I will just rewatch the first three season. I love you Jon Snow.

game of thrones

5. Shameless. This one is incredibly addictive and cringe-worth! I just finished binge-watching season 3 and I miss the Gallaghers already.

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6.Dexter. Again, I am behind on this one too. My sister and I watch this one together and it is challenging to coordinate schedules. Maybe in the fall/winter when there isn’t so much to do outside.

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Speaking of free stuff, a few of my favorites are on PBS!

7. Call the Midwife.  After watching the first season I felt compelled to read the first volume of Jennifer Worth’s (Nurse Jenny Lee) memoir. Also, I confess that I actually forgot to watch season 3 when it was on TV. Again, thank goodness for the library!

call the midwife

8. Downton Abbey. Yup, I got sucked in. And yet, I somehow missed the last season’s finale. I love Maggie Smith and her one-liners!

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I am not a huge fan of reality shows, but I will admit to watching every season of this:

10. Project Runway! Make it work, people. I can’t wait for the new season to start next week.

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Runners Up:

castle

house

Friday Night Lights(TV) Wallpaper - 6

 Um, I watch a lot of TV….sigh.

Happy watching!

∼Megan

 

Mondays with Megan-It’s Almost Library Luau Time! 7/14/14

Wow! It has been two full weeks since I last blogged! Since I’ve been gone we gave away two more awesome summer reading baskets. This week’s winner is taking home a tie dye kit, the movie The Outsiders, some books, candy, and more. Next week’s basket has some funky duct tape, The Big Bang Theory pens, candy, books, and more! Stop by the Reference Desk to sign up and get busy reading so you can enter the drawing!

Before I get to my own reading list, I have to mention that Wednesday, July 16 will be the second annual Luau on the Lawn at the Library. Students finishing grades 5-8 should join us at 2pm for fun games (Musical Beach Blankets and water balloon tossing, anyone?), snacks (we’ll have smoothies, watermelon, and candy), and even an Iron Chef competition. Not interested in competing? We’ll have Rainbow Looms and bands handy for you to get crafty.

Now for two weeks worth of reading to report! Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Finished:

harry quebert boys in the boat in real life twenty-one girl with clock bad medice born at midnight invasion

  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker is a page-turner of a mystery. I couldn’t put this one down.
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown is the inspirational story of the 1936 U.S. Olympic crew team. Fantastic audio!
  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang is a yet-to-be-released graphic novel about a teenaged girl and her experience with a multiplayer roleplaying game.
  • Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich is the latest installment in the Stephanie Plum saga. It is exactly what I have come to expect from these novels. They are my summer fluff reading.
  • The Girl With a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson is another mystery/thriller. It wasn’t my favorite, but the audio was engaging.
  • Bad Medicine, vol. 1 by Nunzio DeFilippis is the first volume in a new graphic novel series that pairs an eccentric doctor and a NYPD detective as they investigate a seemingly impossible medical phenomenon. It was pretty good and I will be watching to see where the series goes.
  • Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter is the first in a series about a camp for supernatural teens. I am still not sure how I feel about this one. I was disappointed with the world building. Mostly this was a romance with a love-triangle, set at a camp. I will most likely stop here.
  • Animorphs: The Invasion by Katherine Applegate is the first in the wildly popular middle grade series. I am looking for a book that will interest my soon-to-be second grade nephew. He loves animals, music, trucks and tool. He is quite well-rounded in his interests, but doesn’t have the patience to sit for long while being read to. I’ll gladly take suggestions for books his mom can read to him!

Current Audio:

dreams of gods and monsters rithmatist

Currently Reading:

in the shadows fool moon chaos of the stars amity

On Deck:

landline

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Nantucket Red by Leila Howland Review 7/3/14

Before I review Nantucket Red, I thought you might like a little refresher on the first book, Nantucket Blue. This is what I wrote in March, 2013:

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Cricket Thompson knows that this summer is going to be epic. She has been invited to spend the summer in Nantucket with her best friend Jules and the rest of the Clayton family. In addition to beach parties and sunbathing, she is confident that this will be the summer that her long-time crush, Jay Logan, finally notices her. Unfortunately, all her plans go up in smoke when tragedy strikes. Her invitation is revoked and she faces a summer trapped bouncing between her depressed mother and newly remarried father. Taking matters into her own hands, she heads to Nantucket alone to offer her support to the Claytons. Nothing goes according to plan, but Cricket manages to have an unexpectedly epic summer in spite of everything.

This touching debut novel is the perfect summer read. I loved Cricket and her devotion to Jules and their friendship, even at a time when Jules could not reciprocate. Readers may be eager to criticize either or both of these characters over their treatment of each other, but I have actually been in both situations and have to say that they are both completely realistic and believable. The romance was a bit of a surprise (though admittedly I had hoped for it) and provided an interesting plot twist. The forbidden guy was sweet and funny and the issue of sex was well handled. I enjoyed all of the little side stories and each one plays a role in shaping Cricket into the person she was both when she arrives in Nantucket and who she is at the end of the summer. There is plenty of conflict to sink your teeth into, but the moments of pure joy will warm you heart. I will definitely be watching for more from this author.

You may also enjoy The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

And there is more!

nantucket red

Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
May 14, 2014
Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 288 pgs.

What it’s about:

All of her hard work has finally paid off for Cricket. She is heading to Brown University in the fall where she will play lacrosse. Her scholarships will cover most of her expenses, but she still needs to make some fast cash, so she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. It becomes immediately clear that the island she loved so much last year is not the same, but then again, neither is she. She is bombarded with new people, experiences, and opportunities, but it is when she with her oldest friends that she makes her biggest mistake. One poor decision could jeopardize everything that she has worked so hard to earn. Cricket is forced to reexamine her plans and really think about what she wants for her future.

Why you might like it:

Are you looking for a fun, summer-y, beach read? Look no further! The island of Nantucket is all about sun and surf. Curious about what life after high school has to offer? Cricket and her friends are busy navigating a whole new world and trying to find where they fit in. Do you like your romances to have a little conflict? Are you a fan of the girl who finally listens to her heart and stands up for herself? You will probably enjoy Cricket’s roller coaster of a summer. She weathers the ups and downs like a champ! This book is all about Cricket and the exciting new adventure she is embarking upon.

Want more?

You might also enjoy Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando and Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-Conversion 7/1/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. 
This week I am eagerly waiting for:
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Conversion by Katherine Howe

July 1, 2014

From Goodreads:

“From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible. It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?”

I feel like there are a few upcoming books that deal with or are inspired by the Salem Witch Trials. I am totally down with that.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Classics (and a Few I Want to Read) and Random Reads 7/1/14

Holy Moley, it’s July! We are at the half-way point of 2014. The new month means a new Random Read, a monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

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Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read The Originals by Cat Patrick. This book is perfect for readers curious about science fiction, but maybe worried about it being to science-y. Make sense?

My July selection is #17 on my To Read list, Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White. I actually own this book and still haven’t read it! I added it to the list September 20, 2012.

chaos of the stars

Next order of business, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking classics. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read many classics since I finished school….ages and ages ago. A few that I was required to read have stuck with me, a few I pursued on my own and enjoyed, and some are on some theoretical TBR list. So, my list is a mixed bag. As usual.

Favorites:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love Atticus Finch. I love that he does the right thing, not the easy thing.

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2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I read this on my own, to fill in gaps in my education. It was challenging and rewarding and it inspired me to continue reading classics. That lasted for about a year….

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3. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This book was read to me (and a class of second graders) while I was doing student teaching. I have often revisited Oz and stories of Oz. I adore this graphic adaptation!

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4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I tend to prefer “modern classics” over older classics.

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5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This one is well on its way to classics status.

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6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s been ages since I read this one, but I remember like it.

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7. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. I just read this YA classic for the first time and was surprised by how much I liked it.

chocolate war

Classics I May Read…Someday:

8. Dune by Frank Herbert. I never really read science fiction or fantasy when I was younger. Now that I have discovered how much I enjoy current books in those genres I should check out some classics.

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9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I bought this one recently. Maybe I will read it someday.

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10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. There is much discussion of the Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the great western migration in The Boys in the Boat, the book I am currently listening to. It might be time to visit this classic, now that I have some other context for the story.

grapes of wrath

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays With Megan-Summer Throwdown #3 6/30/14

It’s a new week and we have awarded a new summer reading prize! One lucky winner will take home a basket full of goodies. And guess what? This week’s teen winner had only one entry in the box. The moral of the story is you can’t win if you don’t play! This week’s basket appears to be zombie themed…I see a zombie dice game, a universal battery bank, candy, the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and of course, books! Come see us at the Reference Desk to sign up.

Starting tomorrow I will be participating in the Third Annual Summer Throwdown Readathon, hosted by The Brain Lair. What started as a friendly reading competition between teachers and librarians has morphed into one big reading challenge with everyone competing to reach a common goal. How nice, right? So far it looks like 90 readers are going to try to read over 3,000 books in the month of July! I signed up to read 12 books. Wish me luck. Or better yet, join me!

I took a few days off last week and I don’t know about you, but I often read less when I am on vacation (and I didn’t even go anywhere!). Of course, the books I chose to read were enormous! Here’s a quick Monday check-in.

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Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

 

Finished:

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  • Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona was an interesting look at the Red Sox franchise. I like Francona’s style.
  • Sunrise by Mike Mullin is the spectacular ending to the Ashfall trilogy! I devoured this monster book in a matter of days.

Current Audio:

boys in the boat girl with a clock for a heart

I am on the second to last disc of The Boys in the Boat. I will be finishing this week. I am about half way through The Girl With a Clock For a Heart.

Currently Reading:

amity harry quebert in the shadows

  • I have no idea what possessed me to request an arc of Amity by Micol Ostow! I am too scared to read it at home…
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker was recommended to me by a friend. It is such a fun read. It certainly does not feel like a 600 page book! I started this one on Friday and I guarantee I will be finishing it tonight.
  • I am still plugging away at In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim di Bartolo. I am not in any hurry with this one.

On Deck:

dreams of gods and monsters i'll give you the sun twenty-one

Happy Reading!

∼Megan