Monthly Archives: September 2015

Waiting on Wednesday-9/30/15

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“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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Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto.
February 2, 2016

From Goodreads:

“The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.

This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.”

They had me at cannibals. And a mechanical arm. I have been thinking about this book since I first heard of it earlier this week. I want it now.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Like This? Try These!-9/29/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about read alikes for popular books and authors.

If you like John Green try these for all the feels:

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If you like Ally Carter try these snarky, sassy heroines:

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If you like James Dashner try these awesome science fiction books:

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If you like John Flanagan try these:

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If you miss Harry Potter try these magical books:

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If you like Anna Dressed in Blood try these ghost stories:

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If you like Cassandra Clare try these gorgeous fantasies:

raven boys daughter shadow and bone

If you like Cinder try these retellings:

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If you like Sarah Dessen try these:

this song will save your life i'll give you the sun my life

If you like The Hunger Games try these survival stories:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

 

 

 

Mondays with Megan-Celebrate Your Right to Read! 9/28/15

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Happy Monday! It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate the right to read and reflect on the book that have been challenged and banned over the past year. According to the American Library Association’s Office For Intellectual Freedom the number one challenged book of 2014 was Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. You can find the rest of the Top Ten most frequently challenged books here. For even more information about why books are challenged be sure to check out these charts.

As a librarian I respect everyone’s right to choose what is best for themselves. If you are offended by something, that is fine because you don’t have to read it! That’s your right and that is awesome. But please don’t try to tell other people they can’t either. How about you just worry about you? Ok? Thanks! Now, let me step off my soapbox and tell you what I have been reading.

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 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop by for more great reading suggestions.

Finished:

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  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis-♥♥♥♥. Grace Mae is banished to an insane asylum when her family discovers she is pregnant. The events that led to her being in this condition were unspeakable, and therefore, Grace stopped speaking. Her silence became her salvation and with the help of a doctor she escaped to Ohio. She and the doctor worked together to prove that the new idea of criminal psychology could help solve crimes. This haunting historical fiction has some great twists and turn. I loved the characters, especially the girls at the Ohio asylum. Watch for this new book from local Ohio author when it comes out October 6th!
  • It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt-♥♥♥♥. RJ wasn’t supposed to die that day, but when her soul is accidentally collected all hell breaks loose, so to speak, in the Afterlife. RJ demands to be sent back to life, but it’s not as simple as that. I will have a full review of this up soon! It’s a quick, fun read full of plenty of things to think about. Stay tuned. Or just trust me know, and add it to your reading list.

Current Audio:

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I will be finished with both of these books in the next couple of days. I really like them both.

Currently Reading:

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I am six books behind on my reading goal. I need to step up my games!

On Deck:

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The Martian is “assigned” reading from a book club teen. I can’t wait to dig in to Stand Off and The Hero of Ages.

DNF:

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I tried. I really tried.

TV binging:

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…and this is why my reading is suffering! It’s time to grab a stack of graphic novels and binge on those!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-My Fall 2015 TBR List-9/22/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is our fall TBR list. I am notoriously bad at completing my seasonal TBR lists. I love making them, but then always seem to get distracted with other things. Such is life…

1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I own this one and can’t believe I have not devoured it yet. I am saving it for a rainy afternoon in a coffee shop. The weather is just too nice for this book right now.

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2. Winter by Marissa Meyer. There will be not delaying reading this when it is available. In fact, I will probably buy it.

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3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I am really excited to see how this book turned out. I loved the Simon Snow fan fiction in Fangirl!

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4. Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I love when we get a new series from Riordan!

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5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I have an ARC of this book, but I think I am actually going to wait for the audio book.

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6. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. A patron has been telling me to read Terry Pratchett for ages. I am overwhelmed by Discworld, but he assures me that I can just jump in with this one. I am going to listen to the book on cd.

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7. Fluke by Christopher Moore. This is more “assigned” reading by the very same person! I really love this part of my job. It’s a fun relationship I have with this patron. He agrees to take my recommendations if I agree to take his. I do love Christopher Moore, and this is one of the very few of his that I haven’t read.

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8. Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan. HALT AND CROWLEY BECOMING RANGERS YES I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW I AM SO EXCITED.

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9. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith. I am waiting until I have a day to read this is one sitting, like I read Winger a few years ago. LOVE.

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10. Graphic Novels Galore! I can’t wait to get caught up on some of my favorite series!

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Teen Think Tank #2 9/20/15

Last week I had the great privilege of attending my second Teen Think Tank conference. This is an amazing group of Ohio Teen Librarians who get together twice a year to talk about teen services. It’s a day of learning, connecting, sharing, and crafting and it is such a valuable resource. I am really excited to try some of the Gross Games I learned about with my teens. I was inspired to add some technology activities to my after school repertoire and I picked up a couple of great craft ideas. One of the most informative presentations was about serving LGBTQ+ teens. I think I have a pretty solid collection of materials but I learned of a few more that I need to add. I myself presented a segment on feed teens on a budget. Basically a griddle and instant pancake mix will turn you into a hero among the teens. I add mini chocolate chips, eliminating the need for syrup and silverware! I have also made cheese quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches on my griddle, all at a fraction of the cost of bags of chips and bottles of pop. In fact, I have completely eliminated sugary beverages from all my programs. It’s all water, all the time and NO ONE has complained! Try it; it can’t hurt!

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 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop over for more great reading suggestions!

Finished:

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  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh-♥♥♥♥♥. The land of Khorasan is ruled by a monster. The young king takes a new bride each night and each morning a silk rope is wrapped around her neck. Sharhzad, who lost her best friend to this man, is out for revenge. She volunteers to be his next wife with the intention of killing him herself. In order to exact her revenge she needs to survive past dawn, so she begins to tell him a story, always leaving the next part for another night. I loved this one! Lovely storytelling, a gorgeous setting, and diverse characters. I am looking forward to listening to the second book.
  • Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore-♥♥♥♥♥. In this sequel to A Dirty Job, Moore picks up where he left off. The souls of San Fransisco are not being collected. The old crew is back in action with the help of a Golden Gate Bridge painter, who may be the key to figuring out who is stealing souls. Lewd, crude, and ridiculously funny. Not for the young reader, but I did just recommend the duology to one of my high school readers.
  • You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day-♥♥♥♥♥. Felicia Day is known in many circles at the Queen of the Nerds. In her memoir she talks at length about her love of gaming, her internet show The Guild, and her health issues. She reads the audiobook and it is truly delightful. This is a must read for fan, but people not familiar with her work can still appreciate her insight.

Current Audio:

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  • Player of Games by Iain M. Banks. Occasionally I like to get recommendations from my teen readers. I have my book club kids write down two titles they think I should read and then I randomly select 1-2. This was my most recent pick. It’s super weird and the person who recommended it hasn’t read it himself. He just thought it would be something I like. At first I was teeny bit miffed (I thought you wanted me to read it so we could talk about it!) but then I realize I do that to them ALL THE TIME. Turnabout is fair play.
  • Lockwood & Co. 3: The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud. This series is great on audio and it is almost the perfect time of year for them! Teenage ghost hunters!

Currently Reading: I have been in a MAJOR reading slump.

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  • A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I have been reading this one forever. It’s really good and I am enjoying it, I just have no time for digital ARCs right now. I should stop requesting them for a while!
  • Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. I love this author, so I hope this book with help me with my reading mojo!

On Deck:

wonderful deathWhat an awesome way to start a Monday! This lovely book arrived in the mail for me! The cover blurb is by Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall Trilogy (LOVED that series!) and he says it is “A snarky joyride of a book with a deep moral core; long after you’ve finished laughing you’ll still be thinking about RJ’s journey and perhaps asking yourself: what defines a life well lived?”

Um, yes, please!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Adult Books With Teen Appeal-9/15/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is a Freebie topic. Blogger’s choice. This year I made a conscious decision to read more of the American Library Association’s Alex Award winners for 2015. The Alex Award is given to adult books with strong teen appeal. I haven’t read the entire list yet and probably won’t. Some of them really do not appeal to me. But I digress.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I have finished the first two books of this series and think it is the perfect series for readers not quite ready for Game of Thrones. It’s like a PG rated GoT, in fact. Magic, political intrigue, betrayals, murder…all the good stuff without all the sexy sex and brutality.

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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. Ok, admittedly private investigator Isabel Spellman is a TERRIBLE role model, but she comes to realize this because of her teenaged sister. For the teen looking for something funny and a little bit dysfunctional.

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Lock In by John Scalzi. This is on the Alex list for 2015 and one of my favorites this year. Science fiction, murder mystery, robots. It’s awesome.

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. This is a past Alex winner. It’s a comical and heartbreaking coming of age story. I can’t really do it justice. Just read it. Be prepared to laugh and cry and love it.

universe versesReady Player One and Armada by Ernest Cline. These two books are perfect for your science fiction fans. One is all about virtual reality and 80’s video games (Ready Player One) and the other is about a gamers chosen to save the world because of their video game skill. Tons of fun!

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is epic fantasy. A powerful sorcerer known as the Dragon protects a village from the dark magic of the woods. In return the village sacrifices a young woman to him every ten years. These women never return home. That is, until The Dragon takes Agnieszka. A little romance, a lot of creepy evil forest and plenty of sass and magic.

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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. This nonfiction book about the phenomenon of public shaming in the age of social media should be required reading for high school students! A chilling look at how social media has the potential to run people.

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The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. This is another nonfiction title and it reads like fiction. It is a terrify look at the origin of the Ebola virus. Super scary and a bit timely.

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. In this graphic novel blogger Allie Brosh lets readers into her life. She chronicles her struggles with depression as well as her hilarious struggles with a really stupid dog.

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays With Megan 9/14/15

Hi All! It’s a little late in the day and I have some Netflix to binge, so this will be a quick check-in.

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

Finished:

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  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson-♥♥♥♥♥. I am hooked on this series. I can’t wait to start book 3.
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware-♥♥♥♥♥. A fast-paced psychological thriller. Solid debut.
  • Con Academy by Joe Schreiber-♥♥♥♥. One of many new YA books with con artists. The summer trend?
  • Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne-♥♥♥♥♥. Another amazing suspense/thriller. Creepy twins for the win.
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson-♥♥♥♥. Classic horror. I am ready for Halloween!

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan