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Mondays with Megan-Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon & Cybils Awards-10/5/15

Happy Monday! It’s a gorgeous day here in Cleveland and I have the day off. Lucky me! I have gotten my reading groove back and have read and listened to some great books this week. But first, a couple of bits of news. First, it’s time for another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! I missed the spring readathon because I was meeting my new nephew in April, but I am all registered for the October 17th event. You can sign up too! The second bit of news is that I was selected to be a judge for the Cybils Awards again. This time around I will be a Round 2 YA Speculative Fiction. There is still time to nominate titles, so head on over to the Cybil site if you are interested.


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


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Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett and Manhattan Project, vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman were both recommended to me by patrons-♥♥♥

The others were all amazing! I am really loving the Ms. Marvel series and Lockwood & Co has taken an interesting turn. Walk the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson is the first book in a new trilogy. Who new westerns could be so awesome? ♥♥♥♥♥ to all four!

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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On Deck:

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I am off to enjoy my day off!

Happy Reading!



Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine Review (or My Further Adventures With the Alex Awards)

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Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine
January 7, 2014
Spiegel & Grau
Hardcover, 304 pgs
2015 Alex Award Winner

What it’s about:

Bingo is a 15-year old orphan in Nairobi. He’s a grifter, a survivor, and the slum’s greatest drug runner. His days are spent running the “white,” hanging out with his friend Slo-George, and trying to stay out of trouble. But in the drug business, trouble is always just around the corner. After witnessing a murder Bingo is sent to an orphanage for protection. Here he learns even more about corruption, hustling and running.

Why you might like it:

You might enjoy Bingo’s Run because it is a gripping portrayal of life in an impoverished African city. Despite Bingo’s flaws and the hardships he endures, the story is full of mythology, humor and hope. A fascinating read.

Want more like it?

Try Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese or Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Lock In by John Scalzi Review (or My Adventures with the 2015 Alex Awards) 4/9/15

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Lock In by John Scalzi
August 26, 2014
Tor Books
Hardcover, 336 pgs.
2015 Alex Award Winner

What it’s about:

In the near future a virus sweeps through the world population. For a small percentage the result of the disease is a condition known as lock in. They are fully awake and aware, but unable to move their bodies. With 1.7 million Americans affected, new medical technologies emerge, including systems that allow the locked in, also known as Hadens, to use the bodies of the healthy. Things get really tricky when an Integrator is found at the scene of a murder.Who is the guilty party? The Haden who is using the body of the Integrator or the Integrator who’s body did the killing?

Why you might like it:

You might like it because it is an engrossing and thought-provoking science fiction read. Lock In offers a disturbing look at humanity, medical ethics, political corruption, and technology. And there are robots. So far, this is  my favorite of this year’s winners.

Want more like this?

Try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline or Eye of the Mind by James Dashner.

Mondays with Megan-Staycation Reading! 2/23/15

Happy Monday, friends. I still feel like I am neglecting this poor little blog, but I am certainly not neglecting my reading! This brutal winter weather is a perfect excuse to read and binge watch Supernatural. If you aren’t already a fan, I highly recommend checking out some demon slaying action with the Winchesters. These guys are dreamy! You don’t meet Cas until Season 4, but he’s my favorite!

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Anyway. That’s my current obsession. I am currently rationing Season 7. I may have also mentioned before that I am reading my way through the Adult Graphic Novel collection at work. As I am newly responsible for maintaining this collection I feel obligated to really get to know it. So far it has been a lot fun.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts


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  • Crossover by Kwame Alexander-♥♥♥♥♥. This 2015 Newbery Winner SIZZLES. A heartfelt novel in verse about brothers and fathers and basketball. Loved it.
  • The Walking Dead 21: All Out War, Part 2 by Ron Kirkman-♥♥♥♥. Rick and crew have a final showdown with the villain Negan.
  • The Walking Dead 22: A New Beginning by Ron Kirkman-♥♥♥♥♥. The survivors face many changes. Don’t get too comfy though because an insanely disturbing new twist is revealed!
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkin-♥♥♥♥♥. This debut thriller is being compared to Gone Girl. I never read that one, but I devoured this one in a day. I love unreliable narrators! This one lives up to the hype.
  • Zahra’s Paradise by Amir-♥♥♥♥. Set in the aftermath of the highly contested 2009 Iranian presidential elections, this graphic novel tells the story of one young protester who has disappeared, seemingly without a trace. Fact and fiction blend in this engrossing book. Many times I set it aside to search out more information.
  • Lock In by John Scalzi-♥♥♥♥. This Alex Award winner is fascinating and disturbing. An excellent choice for science fiction fans and fans of Ready Player One and James Dashner’s Morality Doctrine series.

Current Audio: (I didn’t do much driving or walking the dog this week!)

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I will finish Wild Rover No More in this week!

Currently Reading: (I am once again all over the place, picking up and putting down a number of books)

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On Deck:

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Before I sign off, one quick question. Have you played Superfight, the card game? Is it worth the investment? Good for teens? Thanks!

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-2014 Cybils Awards Announced-2/16/15

Good morning, friends! As you may recall, I was a Cybils Awards Round 2 Judge for the 2014 Young Adult Fiction. It was such a fun experience full of great reads and lively discussions. I hope to have the opportunity to participate again in the future. The hard work is finished and winners have been announced. You can see the complete list of 2014 Cybils Awards Winners here. My group selected Pointe by Brandy Colbert as our winner! Here’s what we had to say:

by Brandy Colbert
Putnam Juvenile
Nominated by: Kelly Jensen


Pointe is a remarkable debut from Brandy Colbert with an excellent, compelling story. Colbert isn’t afraid of having her characters face murky, sticky, really difficult situations, and she doesn’t shy away from the darkest parts of life. The issues the characters face are real, honest, and messy. There aren’t any soft-balled conclusions or answers here, either, which is refreshing.

Full of deeply flawed characters, the novel is a standout largely because of how Colbert draws her protagonist Theo. Theo’s voice is wholly authentic. She’s smart and motivated but also a teenager and marked by the traumatic events of her past. Her slow realization that she’s more affected by her past than she realizes is authentic, raw, and very compelling. The fact that the other characters who inhabit Theo’s world are also fully-realized helps make this story memorable and offers plenty of appeal for teens.

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  It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts


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  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale-♥♥♥ 1/2. Cute series opener about a geeky girl turned model. I had a few qualms with the handling of a stalker issue and some over-the-top stereotypes. Still, a fun read.
  • An Age of License by Lucy Knisley-♥♥♥♥. A graphic travelogue and journal of the best-selling cartoonist’s 2011 European journey. Full of romance and food, fans of Relish will enjoy this new offering.
  • The Tale of One Bad Rat by Brian Talbot-♥♥♥♥. From 1991, this graphic novel explores the world of sexual abuse victims and teen runaways. The life and works of Beatrix Potter are artfully woven in as well. Both sad and lovely.
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin-♥♥♥♥♥. The final, thrilling chapter of the Mara Dyer trilogy. All is revealed…eventually!

Current Audio: (still)

wild rover last vampire

Currently Reading: (More like casually hanging out with a bunch of books. I can’t seem to commit to one right now)

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Since I am not really sure what really want to be reading right now I will continue to work my way through the library’s graphic novel collection. I need a slump buster, for sure!

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan-Groundhog Day, Youth Media Awards Day, Snow Day! 2/2/15

Hi Everyone! Happy snowy Monday. My 2015 got off to a very rocky start and I hardly blogged at all. Well, it’s a new month and a new opportunity to get back into the routine. And what a day to start! There is so much happening today! Here in Northeast Ohio most schools are closed today-lucky ducks, enjoy your snow day! I am here at the library and it is eerily quiet. It’s going to be a long day! As for the rodents’ predictions for spring…our local groundhog, Buckeye Chuck is calling for an early spring! His pal, Punxsutawney Phil, disagrees. Though I hear Staten Island Chuck is also predicting an early spring, so, *fingers crossed*

Most importantly, the American Library Association announced this year’s Youth Media Awards.

I am so excited that I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson won this year’s Prinz Award! This was one of my absolute favorites from last year. The Prinz Honor Award went to the strange and delightful Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. (I am congratulating myself for having read both of these in 2014).

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“The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.”

The Morris Award went to Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. I read this one too, but I still can’t talk about my thoughts until after the Cybils have been awarded…stay tuned. The Morris Honor Award went to The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston. *runs to shelf, snatches up copy*

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“The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.”

And once again, I have read NONE of the Alex Award Winner…sigh.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia

Bingo’s Run, by James A. Levine

Confessions, by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Lock In, by John Scalzi

The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice, by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles

Those Who Wish Me Dead, by Michael Koryta

Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle

I have my work cut out for me! Good thing I am on a roll with my reading (canceling cable has helped!)

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Finished: (I took 4 days off last week and spent most of my time reading!)

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  • Funny Girl by Nick Hornby-♥♥♥1/2. It’s been a while since I have read a Nick Hornby novel. Clever and witty.
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer-♥♥♥♥♥. Give me Winter!!
  • Battling Boy by Paul Pope-♥♥♥♥. YA graphic novel full of gods and monsters.
  • Ghosted, vol. 1 by Joshua Williamson-♥♥♥♥. A graphic novel for the Supernatural fans. A motley crew of characters set out to steal a ghost.
  • American Vampire, vol. 5 by Scott Snyder-♥♥♥♥. Volume 5 moves the story forward, while looking back on Pearl’s past.
  • American Vampire, vol. 6 by Scott Snyder-♥♥♥♥. A collection of “lost stories”.
  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie-♥♥♥. My first high fantasy since A Dance with Dragons.
  • All the Rage by Courtney Summers-♥♥♥♥♥♥. AMAZING. Grab it up when it comes out!

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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What are you reading?

Happy Reading!


2014 Cybils Awards-I am a Round 2 Judge!

Cybils-Logo-2014-Rnd2I am so excited to report that I will be one of the Round 2 Judges for the 2014 Young Adult Fiction Cybils Awards! What are the Cybils, you ask? Check out this mission statement:

Cybils Awards Mission

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

Round 2 judges read and discuss the 5-7 finalist that the Round 1 judges select from the hundreds of nominated titles. Sounds like fun, right? Want to join in on the fun? You can, by nominating your favorite books. Nominations begin October 1. Be sure to check out the Cybils website for all the details about nominating books. In the meantime,  I should get busy meeting my fellow Round 2 judges! We are going to have lots to talk about when we start our reading in January!

Happy Reading!