Monthly Archives: April 2013

Mondays With Megan: Earth Day 2013 Edition

loraxDid you know the first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970 and that The Lorax by Dr. Seuss was published in 1971? Coincidence? I think not! In honor of Earth Day I have put together of list books that will get you thinking about the environment. You should also give The Lorax a quick read (or reread!).

Fiction:

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These are just a few books that have an environmental theme. I have only had a chance to read half of them (the bottom row). I have heard great things about Endangered by Eliot Schafer and my readers seem to love My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald!

Nonfiction:

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If these books don’t inspire you to hug (or even better, plant) a tree, I just don’t know what will!

Now for a quick reading week recap. Time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

While I am still way behind in my reading, I FINALLY finished those books that I have been reading for AGES!

Finished:

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Can you believe that this is my first time reading Little Women? I really enjoyed this one! I am so happy that there is going to be one more in the Ranger’s Apprentice series because the collection of short stories left me misty eyed more than once. Saints in the companion to Boxers, which I really enjoyed. I will work on a review this week. And good old Stephanie Plum is always good for a laugh.

Current Audio:

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I am almost finished with The Golem’s Eye by Jonathan Stroud. I think I like this second installment in the Bartimaeus series better than the first! With the weather getting nicer and my neurotic dog getting braver, I am getting in more walks. Which means more Playaways! I am currently listening to Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks.

Currently Reading (print and e-books)

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On Deck:

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My next book on CD is Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I am not sure what books I will read next. I am stock-piling for this weekend’s readathon!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday National Library Week Edition: Books About Libraries and Librarians

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie. A perfectly timed freebie! In keeping with the spirit of National Library Week, I present give a list of books starring libraries and/or librarians.

1. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. I love this book and I love that Doug finds refuge in the library. Of course, the one librarian is presented as a stereotypical old biddy shusher. I suppose this portrayal is fitting of the time period. We aren’t like that at my library!

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2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I love that the young wizards, led by girl genius Hermione, often hit the library in search of answers. Again, a cranky librarian….sigh.

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3. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohls. Finally, an awesome librarian!

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4. The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. I thought I had my dream job until I read this book! Now I realize that my dream job is actually to be a librarian in a magical library, such as one that preserves the knowledge and artifacts related to the Grimm’s fairy tales. Love, love, love.

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5.  Americus by MK Reed. This graphic novel stars a typical (read: awkward) teen struggling to manage high school. He escapes into books and with the help of a dedicated librarian discovers an awesome book…which the towns people want banned. A great read!

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6. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane. The adventures in this book would never have occurred without a friendly librarian putting the right book into the right person’s hands. (We pride ourselves in matchmaking!)

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Here are a few I haven’t read yet…

7. Lirael by Garth Nix. This is part of the Ahborsen series and I will read it some day!

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8. The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry. This one apparently has a handsome librarian. Nice.

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9. Library Wars: Love & War by Kiiro Yumi. I really must get to reading this manga series! It’s government oppression vs. library lovers.

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10. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. This one just came in to the library and I can’t wait to take it home. “Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.” Why, don’t mind if I do.

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BONUS: My favorite book featuring a library and librarians

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger was pretty darn good too!

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Happy Library Week!

˜Megan

 

 

Mondays With Megan: It’s National Library Week

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From the American Library Association:

“National Library Week (April 14 – 20, 2013) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

This year’s theme is “Communities matter @ your library,” reminding all Americans that the library can help you and your family discover a new and exciting world through collections, digital resources and more.”

I have been a life-long library user, even when I left my home state for college. In fact, for the four years that I lived in Washington, DC I had a local drivers license just so that I could get a public library card. I eventually took a very long and winding road back to the library world as a librarian and I love it! Despite my compulsive need to buy books, the majority of my reading, listening, and viewing materials still come from the public library.

I have had so much fun is my position as Teen Librarian. My favorite parts of my job are planning programs and ordering books. Over the past four years I think I have planned some pretty cool things. I have been allowed to host a zombie walk, a library lock-in, a cornhole tournament, an author visit, and numerous craft programs. The library has offered babysitting courses, practice ACT and SAT tests, and financial literacy programs. We resurrected the book club and Teen Advisory Group. I started this blog. I have been inspired and amazed by some pretty awesome teens and while it’s not all sunshine and roses, the good stuff always outweighs the challenges. The shameless gushing about how cool my job and library are is over for now so it’s time to check in with my favorite Monday meme hosts, Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Finished:

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I finally finished Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare! It was, wow. Just wow. I was concerned about the whole love triangle nonsense (Team Jem here), but it was resolved beautifully. Also, there were lots of tears. Based on a recommendation from a patron (I actually love when that happens) I picked up the beginning of the Agatha Heterodyne series. I will definitely continue with this fun steampunk series and look into adding it to my library’s collection. Finally, I devoured Boxers, a new graphic novel from Gene Luen Yang, due out in September of this year.

I continue to lag far behind on my Goodreads reading goal, so this week I am going to focus on finishing some of the books that I have started. Lost Stories, Little Women, and Fearless Fourteen, I am lookin’ at you!

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I do have a couple of e-galleys that I would like to work on as well:

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I am sure I will zip through Saints, the companion to Boxers. I also have The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau to start. I think this is enough. I need to quit dragging my heels and get caught up!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson Review

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Insomnia (The Night Walkers #1) by J.R. Johansson
June 8, 2013
Flux
360 pgs

Parker Chipp hasn’t slept in more than four years. He has a terrible secret, one that is most likely killing him. What no one knows is that he watches the dreams of the last person he has eye contact with instead of having his own. A much-needed reprieve from this burden comes with the new girl at school. Parker has no idea why, but for some reason he can actually sleep in Mia’s dreams. Now, his sleep deprived body and brain crave Mia’s dreams, but working out the eye contact is tricky. The more he pushes, the more Mia runs away from him. As sleep deprivation takes its toll, Parker begins to have blackouts and hallucinations. When Mia begins to receive threats suspicion naturally falls on Parker. Can he convince his friends and himself that he is not a monster or has the darkness taken over?

Insomnia will keep you up all night just trying to figure out what is going on! There are so many twists, turns, and red herrings that I was kept guessing until the very end. Parker’s decent into madness is swift and disturbing. His struggle with The Darkness is reminiscent of Dexter’s Dark Passenger (I love that show!). This is a truly creepy and riveting read and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

Give this to fans of Lisa McMann’s Wake series and Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy for review.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Books From Before the Blog

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a really interesting topic. Favorite books from before I had a book blog? Well, my first blog post was July 13, 2009 so I went back through my Goodreads shelves searching for titles that I added in 2008 and early 2009. This stroll down memory reminded me of two things. First, I did not start reading YA until I was in library school which was in May 2006. I read Harry Potter before that, but that’s it. Second, I discovered that my first YA picks were really awful! I apparently had really bad taste. I am sure that venturing out into the blogosphere really helped and I can say with confidence that I have excellent taste in books these days. This does not help me with today’s list however. It was slim pickings, but here are some of the better books I read prior to starting my blogging adventures.

1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. The haters out there can hate, but I will always admit to getting swept up in this series. I may even reread them some day.

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2. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz. Twilight was like a vampire gateway drug. I needed more. I picked up this series and religiously followed it for a while. I am currently a couple of books behind, but I will probably finish the series eventually.

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3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Everyone else was doing it too!

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4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I read this for a library school class. It was kind of a random pick, like most of my YA choices from that time. I LOVED it and plowed through the entire series and went on to read Westerfeld’s other YA novels. I am a fan. I should try some of his adult books some time. Or he should just hurry up and write a new YA series. Please?

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5. Feed by M.T. Anderson. Prior to becoming a Teen Librarian, my only exposure to science fiction was A Wrinkle in Time. I was a life-long contemporary fiction reader. And then I started reading YA science fiction and I was hooked. I think this one stands the test of time (so does House of the Scorpion. My book club recently read it and they were shocked to learn it was written 11 years ago! But that is beside the point. The point is I really liked Feed).

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6. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Again, not contemporary. A little historical, a little fantasy, and a whole lot of Libba Bray.

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7. Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. I loved the first book in the series and read the second. Why on earth have I not read the third book? Or started her second series? I really need to work on my local author reading!

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8. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. More science fiction! I remember loving this one. I recently gave it to my book club and reread it for the first time in a few years. Still great! I didn’t love the sequel, but I have to know how the story ends so I will definitely be picking up Fox Forever. On a side note, I love the new covers.

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9. Everlost by Neal Shusterman. This one was so creepy and I loved it! Why did I not continue the series. And why can I not seem to ever get into Unwind? We may never know the answers to these questions…

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10. Sea Change by Aimee Friedman. I seem to be alone in my love for this book about mermen. It could be for good reason. I already confessed to my questionable taste during that time…At any rate, I just checked looked up my library’s copy and it hasn’t seen any action in a while. I suspect I will be weeding it soon.

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This may be a record here…a true top ten list with no extras, add-ons, runners-up!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays with Megan: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Here is a quick Monday check in for you. I am off today and headed to the Cleveland Indian’s home opener against the New York Yankees (BOO! HISS!), but I wanted to share my reading progress for the week. There was a marked improvement over last week, but I am still way behind. Oh well.

Thanks to Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for hosting

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Finished:

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. I really enjoyed the audiobook. Old books, new technology, a secret society and a modern-day quest=fun.

Insomnia by J.R. Johansson. This e-galley was a thrilling, creepy, debut. Full review to come.

Ashfall by Mike Mullins was my exercise book of the week. Eerily realistic! Looking forward to the next one.

OMG, I Can’t Believe I am STILL Reading These:

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Plus I Started These:

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I mean, really? What is wrong with me? No time to ponder that now, off to the ball park! Go Tribe!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Crushes

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This week the Broke and the Bookish want to know which characters have swept us off our feet and stolen our hearts, leaving us with no choice but the nurture a literary crush. At first I was over-thinking this one, I mean I read all the swoony teen books, but I am not a teen, so is it weird to crush….see, that line of thinking make me feel weird, so I stopped and reminded myself that it’s not real. See how I almost took all the fun out of an awesome TTT? Shame on me! On to confession time…

1. Halt from The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan.  I think he may be a little grizzly for my taste, but that can be fixed with a hair cut and shave. What I really love is Halt’s sense of humor and stoic demeanor that hides a big ball of emotional mush.

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2. Cassel Sharpe from White Cat by Holly Black. He’s kind of a bad boy who doesn’t really want to be one. His mother is not doing him any favors.

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3. Jon Snow from Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. *sigh* (I also have a bit of a girl crush on Daenerys. That girl is awesome.)

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4. Detective Henry Stone from The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. He’s such a good guy. And a bit of a neat freak. He could wash my dishes!

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5. Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I haven’t finished Clockwork Princess so I do not yet know his fate, but I am solidly on Team Jem.

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6. Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I am not exactly sure what it is about him, but I think it’s the southern charm.

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7. Akiva (with a side of girl-crush for Karou) from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Oh, the feels. I feel them all.

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8. W.W. Hale V from Heist Society by Ally Carter. You ladies can keep your bad boys. Hale is definitely one of the good guys. So it’s totally not about his money. Nope. Good guy.

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9. Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. He’s a little scary. I kind of like that.

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10. Willem from Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I have said it before and I will say it again, Gayle Forman can write one hell of a male character. I love Adam and I know that Just One Year will make me love Willem even more.

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Bonus Favorite Girl Crush: Jacky Faber from the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. I ♥ her so much. I totally want to be her best friend. We would have so much fun together!

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Happy Reading!

˜Megan