Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mondays with Megan

I don’t know about you, but I am finding this back to school year totally overwhelming. Work is busy, outside of work is busy. I have hardly had any time for reading! Luckily what I have been reading has been awesome. I have just enough time for a quick Monday check-in!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.



romeo redeemed life by committee gods of gotham dark triumph

  • Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay-Excellent sequel to Juliet Immortal.
  • Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu-Mixed feelings about this one. I did not like the Tabitha/Joe relationship.
  • The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye-randomly picked this audiobook and loved it! Historical fiction about the beginning of the NYPD.
  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFever-The best of the bunch! The sequel to Grave Mercy, follows Sybella’s heartbreaking story. Intense and awesome!

Current Audio:

last dragonslayer say what you will

Currently Reading:

legend firebug letters from skye

I am rereading Legend for book club, Firebug is an e-galley, and Letters from Skye is this month’s Random Read.

That’s all from me for now!

Happy Reading!



Random Reads September 2014

This one is a little late, but the new month means a new Random Read, a monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

random reads

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 to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read Unremembered by Jessica Brody.

This month I will read #146 on my TBR list,  Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole. I added this title on March 17, 2014. I actually bought a copy of this book recently, so I have no excuse!

letters from skye

Happy Reading!


Unremembered by Jessica Brody Review 9/4/14


Unremembered by Jessica Brody
March 5, 2013
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Hardcover, 320 pgs.

What it’s about:

The only survivor of a horrific plane crash is a sixteen-year old girl with no memories. The fact that she is unharmed is nothing short of a miracle. She captures the attention of the media as authorities attempt to identify this girl with no memories. In the mean time, Jane Doe, or “Violet” is confronted by a world that is utterly foreign. As she tries to piece together her past, she must decide whether or not to trust the boy who claims to know and love her.

Why you might like it:

Do you like stories with a twist at the end? The truth about Violet’s past was a delightful surprise that I did not see coming! Do you enjoy a little mystery/thriller? Violet’s secrets are slowly revealed and the action builds to an exciting end. Do you like when a book makes you think? Unremembered touches on issues such as what it means to be human. If you are looking for a quick read that is not heavily bogged down by complex science, you might enjoy this book. A cliffhanger ending will have you reaching for the sequel.

Want more like this?

For more books that address what it is to be human try The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson, Eve and Adam by Michael Grant, and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. For more science fiction books that are kind light on the science, try The Originals by Cat Patrick or Mothership by Martin Leicht. For more books about memory, try Forgotten by Cat Patrick, White Cat by Holly Black, or We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

Waiting on Wednesday-The Shadow Cabinet-9/3/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson
February 10, 2015

*****SPOILERS FOR BOOKS 1 & 2*******

From Goodreads:

*** Remember, Here There Be Spoilers!***

“Grieving, shaken, and feeling very much alone, Rory’s life as a member of the Shades of London has changed irrevocably. It’s only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from her, possibly for ever. Her classmate Charlotte is still missing, kidnapped by the same people who tried to take Rory. Rory is no longer a schoolgirl haplessly involved in the dealings of a secret government unit. She is their weapon in a matter of life and death.

With hardly a moment to think for herself, Rory is back to work. Charlotte must be found — as must Stephen, if he is even out there. Lines must be drawn and forces rallied. Something is brewing under London, something bigger and much more dangerous than what has come before. The Shadow Cabinet holds the key to everything, and it is up to Rory to unravel its mysteries before time runs out…”

The Madness Underneath ended on crazy cliffhanger! I NEED the end of this series!

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Characters Would Be at My Lunch Table 9/2/14


This week The Broke and the Bookish are in back to school mode and asking about how who be at our lunch tables. I had to dig deep to remember by high school days and I realized that I had a pretty diverse group of friends. I went to a small all-girl’s school. With 67 girls in my entire class, I am pretty sure I had lunch with just about everyone at some point or another. So, I am going to set my dream lunch table. High school me would have wanted to share a table with the following characters:

1. Frankie Landau-Banks. She actually would have been at my table. With her epic pranks and girl-power attitude, she would have fit right in with my high school self.


2. Hermione Granger. Yeah, I totally hung out with the smart girls. Hermione the know-it-all would have fit right in.

3. Violet from Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales. My high school friends and I were mostly good girls ourselves.
mostly good girls

4. Bria from Wanderlove by Amanda Hubbard. “Bria is a good girl trying to be bad.” Again, another rule follower trying to expand her horizons. She would have fit right in at my table. I didn’t quite catch the travel bug like she did, but I was one of only three girls from my class who left the state for college and I did eventually get some international travel in.


5. Liesel Meminger. This fellow book lover would have been right at home with me and my friends.
book thief

6. Flavia de Luce. I would have latched on to this young chemist in a heartbeat. We would have spent lunch studying and she would have been thoroughly exasperated by my lack of science skills.

7. Alexis from Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. I can totally relate to Alexis’ annoying sister and dysfunctional family and back in high school I still enjoyed a good scare in a haunted house.


8. Elizabeth from Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. I didn’t realize I wanted to be a librarian until I was well out of high school, college, and a different post-grad degree. Maybe if Elizabeth had been at my lunch table in high school telling me all about her super-cool library job my search for my dream job would not have taken so long.

grimm legacy

9. Jessie from Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern. I was not a mathlete, but my friends and I were pretty nice; we would have welcomed her at our table (and I would have gotten some math help!).

into the wild nerd yonder

10. Lucy from The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Is a shared love for chocolate a good basis for friendship? I think so! Lucy is totally fierce and loyal. I would want her on my side!
hearts at stake

Happy Reading!