Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mini-Challenge Picture Titles

Time to pause and participate in a mini-challenge. This one is all about using pictures to describe a book title. We (Stacey’s here with me!) picked four titles, two teen and two adult.

The first teen book is a hard one!

Hints: The first image is the first two works of the title and the last 3 each represent a syllable of the last word.

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The second teen title should be easier!

   

The first adult title is tricky!

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Phew! Did that make any sense?

Now for an easy one:

 

Ok, back to reading, Anna Dressed in Blood is getting super creepy!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan and Stacey

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Read-a-Thon Hour 1-Introductions

*Yawn*

*Streeeeetch*

*Lace up sneaker, it’s time for hour 1 reading!*

Hi fellow readers. I am starting my day by walking my poor dog (it’s been really rainy). I will be listening to the last little bit of The Killing Floor by Lee Child on Playaway.

To answer the into questions:

1)Where are you reading from today?
2)Three random facts about me…
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?

1. My name is Megan and I am reading in *finally* sunny Cleveland, Ohio

2. Three facts about me:

a. I love coffee and can’t wait for the opportunity to drink TONS of it today!
b. I am one of the few people around who didn’t totally love Shiver.
c. I am a Teen Librarian

3. My TBR includes books I need to finish (The Killing Floor by Lee Child and Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin) and ones I plan to start. I hope to read Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, and Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. If I have time I would like to finish Fables #6 and 7 by Bill Willingham.

4. My goal is to participate in all 24 hours!

5. This is only by second time and the last time I cold only do part of it because I had to work. I do recommend participating in all the challenges!

Off to walk the dog! Happy Reading!

˜Megan

It’s Time For Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon

What is a read-a-thon, you ask? Well, Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon is an online reading event. Beginning Saturday October 22 and ending Sunday October 23 participants will read, blog, play fun games, and earn chances to win great prizes. Sound like fun? It’s not too late to join. Simply stop by the website here, fill out the form, and get ready to read. So far 356 people are planning to read. I have been working out my own plan and this is what I have so far:

The first book of the read will be Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. I have heard that it is super creepy and I am a big scaredy-cat so I need to enjoy this during daylight hours.

 

 

I have already read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, but I need to give it a quick reread for my book club next month.

 

 

 

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier has been on my TBR list FOREVER. It’s time to finally read it!

 

 

 

I started Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin on vacation last month and somehow got side tracked. I WILL finish it during the read-a-thon.

 

 

 

These will probably keep me busy, but some runners up include:

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

 

 

 

 

Fables # 6 and 7 by Bill Willingham

Or maybe none of these? Who knows?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Hourglass by Myra McEntire Review

I just realized that I haven’t reviewed a book in ages. Shame on me! I apologize and offer you this review:

Hourglass by Myra McEntire 2011

Four years ago, shortly before the death of her parents, Emerson Cole began seeing ghosts from the past. Institutionalization and medication helped for a while, but once she stopped taking the drugs that left her in a fog the images returned. Resigned to being crazy, Emerson is skeptical when her brother Thomas hires a young man who claims to be able to help. Michael Weaver works for a mysterious organization called The Hourglass. While the attraction between Michael and Emerson is immediate and electric, his refusal to answer questions makes him more infuriating than helpful. Once Michael begins to open up, Emerson finds herself caught up in world that is seemingly unbelievable yet frighteningly real and dangerous.

This debut science fiction novel is a refreshing break from all the gritty dystopian novels that are out there in the post-Hunger Gamesworld of teen books. The plot is smart and seamless, the characters are realistic and perfectly flawed, and the twists, turns, and surprises will keep you on the edge of your seat frantically turning pages. The tension between Emerson and Michael is palpable, but never becomes inappropriate for teen readers. I also love the positive support network that Emerson has in her brother, sister-in-law, and best friend.This is not your typical teen-has-a-secret-power-and-will-deal-with-all-the-problems-by-herself-because-she-doesn’t-need-anyone-but-the-hot-guy stories. She confides in the people who care about her and in return they help her. Shocking, I know! I highly recommend this amazing book and eagerly await the sequel, Timepiece, which isn’t due out until June…sigh.

Pair this book with Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier and Forgotten by Cat Patrick

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Judging Books by Their Covers and Titles

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we are talking about the covers that were too amazing to ignore and the titles that were clever enough to make us dive right in. I’ve talked about the covers I didn’t like, now here are the ones that I love:

1.

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare has awesome covers! I like both the covers and the story even better than her Mortal Instruments series (and I totally love that series).

 

 

2.

The cover for Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is absolutely perfect. It’s certainly eye-catching and it totally fits the story.

 

 

 

3.

I like the cover of Divergent by Veronica Roth because it is eye-catching, appropriate for the story, and gender neutral! As a teen librarian, I love a gender neutral cover on a book that both girls and guys will love. I will give this one to all fans of The Hunger Games!

 

4.

Historical fiction is not usually my thing, but I could not resist the gorgeous cover of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelley. And thank goodness I was drawn to the cover because the story is absolutely wonderful!

 

5.

The cover of Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern is pretty darn cute, but it was the title that made this one a must read for me. It did not disappoint!

 

 

6.

I love everything about Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. The shiny cover, the great title, and the awesome, feel-good story.

 

 

7.

I love this cover for Matched by Ally Condie. It’s simple, elegant, and fits the story. The cover to the sequel is just as lovely.

 

 

8.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is on the top of my TBR pile because of both the clever title and super creepy cover!

 

 

 

9.

The cover of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride is creepy enough, but the awesome title is what makes this a must -read for me (I’ve heard it’s really good!)

 

 

10.

Since I appear to be wandering off to the dark side with my cover loving, let’s finish the list with another amazingly creepy cover-The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Tis the season for changeling story!

 

 

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Teen Top Ten Edition

 

The people have spoken, the votes have been counted, and the winners of the 2011 Teen Top Ten poll are in! These books (along with 15 others, see list here) were nominated by members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries. Teens between the ages of 12 and 18 voted for their favorites. And the winners are…

  1. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  6. Matched by Ally Condie
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

There are some great titles on this list! I have read all of them except for I am Number Four, Angel, and Nightshade.

If it were up to me, which it is not, the list would look like this:

1. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
2. Lies by Michael Grant
3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
4. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
5. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
6. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
7. Matched by Ally Condie
8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

So now that you know which books are totally awesome, get busy reading !

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

It’s Tuesday and time for another Top Ten Tuesday list. As always, I need to thank the bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish for providing me with an outlet for my list-making mania. This week is an opportunity to get lost in a bit nostalgia as I think of the Top Ten Books I Wish I Coud Read Again For the First Time.

1. 

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved these books so much as a kid. I wanted Laura’s life so badly (how young and foolish I was, her life was HARD). I need to add these to my TBR list ASAP.

 

2.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was another childhood favorite. Honestly, I barely remember the story, but I know without a doubt that I loved this book. I thought everything about it was cool, including the fact that the main character shared my name.

 

3.

I know I am not alone with this one. I would love to discover the magic that is all things Harry Potter for the first time again! I can’t wait until my nephews are old enough. I will live vicariously through them. In the meantime, I will settle for listening to the audiobooks for the first time. They are wonderful!

 

4.

Now that the Gone series by Michael Grant is almost over, I wish I could start over and experience it for the first time again. Genius.

 

 

5.

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Dear Reader, you have to know by now (unless this is your first time here, in which case, welcome) that I LOVE JACKY FABER. I wish I could meet her again for the first time again. Also, I can’t wait for the audiobook of the most recent book in this series,  The Mark of the Golden Dragon.

6.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John is such a fun, feel-good book. I will definitely read it again.

 

 

 

7.

Carrie Ryan is a genius when it comes to writing about zombies. I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth and the Dead-Tossed Waves, but the final book in the series, The Dark and Hollow Places really stuck with me. I want to read these for the first time all over again.

 

8.

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith is another book that stuck with me long after I had finished. It is dark and disturbing and I would love to read it again for the first time.

 

 

9.

Oh, Percy Jackson, how much do I love you? Thankfully Rick Riordan is still writing books about the young demigod and each one is like meeting Percy for the first time!

 

 

10.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was one of the first YA books that I read as an adult. I loved it, I still love it, and I wish I could read it again for the first time. Also, Scott Westerfeld is hilarious in person. He’s awesome.

 

 

Thanks for joining  me on my little stroll down memory lane.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan