Category Archives: Just for Fun

Top Ten Tuesday-My Bookish Bucket List 3/25/14


The Broke and The Bookish are asking for out Bookish Bucket List. I am not sure I have 10 items, but I’ll give it a go!

1. My dream home has my dream library! Walls and walls of books!


2. Reread Game of Thrones. The minute there is an official publication date for book 6, I am diving back into book 1 and plowing through them again. I can’t wait!


3.  Attend an ALA Midwinter Conference. Someday this Teen Librarian will see all the Teen book awards announced. Someday…


4. Take a bookish vacation. Who doesn’t want to visit literary spots and awesome libraries? Joyce’s Dublin, anyone? Closer to home, how about a Carnegie Library tour?

james-joyce5. Reread Harry Potter with my nephews. I kind of want to own this special collection editions as well.

harry potter6. Attend more author events. I have met so many awesome authors, but I want more, more, more! I want the majority of the books on my shelves to be signed! I think Libba Bray is the last signature I collected.

diviners7. Read all of the books on my Spring TBR list! I can do it!

8. Continue my winning streak with gifting books to my nephews. So far one is hooked on The Ranger’s Apprentice and the other two are loving Percy Jackson. Win!

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9. Do more bookish arts and crafts. I want to be artsy and crafty, but it’s so hard…


10. Start a Little Free Library. Such a cool idea! This beauty is only $800. Sigh. Someday.

little free

Happy Reading!


November is NaNoWriMo Month 11/1/13

Have you come out of your post-Halloween sugar stupor? Well then, it’s time to get serious. Are you the creative type who thrives on lack of sleep, deadlines, and caffeine? If so, you might be a writer! Need more convincing? Check out this article in the Huffington Post, aptly titled You Are a Writer If…Did you take the test? Have you confirmed that you are indeed a writer? Great. The next step it to write. You know you want to! And there is no better time than November (aka NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month) to get started.

You’ve taken the all-important first step-admitting that you are a writer who needs to write a novel. The next step is easy! Join the masses of aspiring novelists and sign up at and find all the support and resources you need to start your novel. They even have an entire page for young writers, full of tips, resources, words of encouragement from famous authors, and even a bunch of fun writing prompts.

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Still not convinced? You may not realize that your favorite book was written during NaNoWriMo! Here are few to inspire you:

cinder night circus forest of hands and teeth original pretty girlfangirl anna and the french kiss water born of illusion crewel

Could your novel be next on this list? You won’t know unless you try!

Happy Writing!


Top Ten Tuesday: On the Light Side


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about the light side. Those fun, breezy, or humorous books that are guaranteed to entertain without any effort on the part of the reader. As I was compiling my list I noticed that it is super girly, so my new goal is to find light reads for guys. Any suggestions?

1. The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart. Very cute, very funny.

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2. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman. This is Jane Austen meet Glee.


3. Also Known As by Robin Benway. Spies + kissing=fun times!

also known as

4. Mothership by Martin Leicht. I can’t plug this goofy, campy book enough. Laugh out loud.


5. Poison by Bridget Zinn. I recently enjoyed this charming debut. A must read for the fairy tale lover.


6. Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt. Everything old is new again in this retro-inspired new novel.

going vintage

7. Past Perfect by Leila Sales. Just look at that cover! How can it not be fun?

past perfect

8. No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. Hey! Look at that, I thought of some guy-friendly light reads!

no more dead dogs

9. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. A hilarious and awkward look at being a freshman guy.


10. The Big Book of Barry Ween by Judd Winick. I love this giant collection of Barry Ween adventures. It’s like Bart Simpson meets Calvin and Hobbes. Totally guy-friendly.

barry ween


The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kindgom by Christopher Healy. I love this middle grade book about the Princes Charming and their not-so-princely charms.

hero's guide

How about some Adult reads (that would also probably appeal to some teens)?

The Flavia de Luce mystery series by Alan Bradley. 1950s England, plucky pre-teen sleuth who has a love of poisons.


The Spellman Files series by Lisa Lutz. A totally hilarious and dysfunctional family of private investigators. I am so thrilled that there will be one more new book in this series! spellmansnew

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. My favorite flavor of book candy. Predictable, light, and often ridiculous.

one for the money

What’s one your light and fun list? Any great guy reads? I obviously need them!

Happy Reading!


How to Rock a Readathon in Spring, 2013

Tomorrow is The Big Day! It’s time for another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and I *think* I am ready. I am sure there will be some last-minute adjustments, but the general plan is in place. This will be my third time participating, so I am feeling pretty confident. Here are my tips for a successful readathon:

1. Location, location, location. I take my reading all over town. It keeps me moving and motivated and reduces the risk of dozing off in my comfy chair. I usually start my day by walking the dog (with my audio book, of course). Then I head out to meet my reading buddy at our favorite local coffee shop. By the afternoon we are ready for a break and a stretch, so another walk is usually in order. The rest of the time is spent split between our houses.


2. Food and Beverages. I am a coffee fiend, so that’s my caffeinated beverage of choice. I also recommend drinking plenty of water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! As for snacks, I like to go for variety. Chocolate covered espresso beans, peanut butter pretzels, fancy granola, fruit and nuts. I think the key is to just graze. At least that’s my plan!


3. The Books. This is the first year that I have a strategy in addition to a goal.

  • No books that I am dying to read. I am saving those for a time when I can savor them.
  • I have a wide variety of books on hand. I will be padding my stats with graphic novels for sure and I have audio books on hand for when my eyes need a rest or I am in the car.
  • Short and sweet. I am trying to keep my books to ones that have 300 pages or less.
  • This year I have decided that skimming is ok. I am not a speed reader, I have to make up time somehow!
  • I am going for humor and suspense. I have found that a really creepy page-turner is the perfect book for the painful hours between 4-7 am!
  • Check in this the mini-challenges! They offer a nice break and lots of fun.

4. Wear comfy clothes and have fun!

See you tomorrow!

Happy Reading!


Hi-Ho Ya Scurvy Bilge Rats! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!


That’s right! Talk Like a Pirate Day is totally a real international event and this year is the 10th anniversary. Be sure to check out the website for fun pirate games, and English-Pirate translator, and much more. And once you’ve gotten your pirate name (mine is Bess the Mean), maybe you should check out some of these awesome books that star and/or feature pirates:

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. The.Best.Pirate.Book.Ever. Seriously.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Yup. There are pirates in this one.

Captain Hook: the Adventures of a Notorious Youth by James V. Hart

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

Pirates! by Cecilia Rees

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson.

The Pirate Captain’s Daughter by Eve Bunting

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. Who says pirates have to stay in the sea? This one has air pirate!

These should get you started. Do you have a favorite pirate book?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan, aka Mean Bess







Mondays With Megan-The One Where I Join Another Readathon!

That’s right, folks! I have found another read-a-thon! This week-long event is hosted by On a Book Bender and features mini-challenges and prizes. Here is the format they use for keeping track of things (I tweaked it to count pages read and audio minutes listened to as well):

Number of pages I’ve read today: 100
Minutes of audio listened to today: 1hr 15min
Total number of pages I’ve read: 100
Total minutes of audio I’ve listened to: 1hr 15min
Today #insixwords: Too tired to finish cute book!
Books: Past Perfect by Leslie Sales, Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, The Killing Floor by Lee Child

Number of pages I’ve read today: 270
Minutes of audio listened to today: 1hr 18min
Total number of pages I’ve read: 370
Total minutes of audio I’ve listened to: 2hr 33min
Today #insixwords: finished three, started a bunch more!
Books: The Killing Floor, Past Perfect, Goliath, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Alchemyst, Erak’s Ransom, Chi’s Sweet Home 7


Number of pages I’ve read today: 73
Minutes of audio listened to today: 61min
Total number of pages I’ve read: 443
Total minutes of audio I’ve listened to: 3hrs 34min
Today #insixwords: new series started, old series continued
Books: The Alchemyst, Erak’s Ransom

Number of pages I’ve read today: 56
Minutes of audio listened to today: 58
Total number of pages I’ve read: 499
Total minutes of audio I’ve listened to: 4hrs 43min
Today #insixwords: Lots of listening, very little reading
Books: The Alchemyst, Erak’s Ransom, The Misfits by James Howe

Number of pages I’ve read today: 109
Minutes of audio listened to today: 1hr
Total number of pages I’ve read: 608
Total minutes of audio I’ve listened to: 5hrs 43min
Today #insixwords:
Books: The Alchemyst, The Misfits, Erak’s Ransom, The Ridge by Michael Koryta

Number of pages I’ve read today: 301
Minutes of audio listened to today: 2hrs
Total number of pages I’ve read: 911
Total minutes of audio I’ve listened to: 7hr 46min
Today #insixwords:  Saturday spent with coffee and books
Books: Erak’s Ransom, The Alchemyst, The Ridge, Fables: Wolves, The Paris Wife by Paula McClain

Number of pages I’ve read today: 103
Minutes of audio listened to today:60min
Total number of pages I’ve read: 1014
Total minutes of audio I’ve listened to: 9hrs 20min
Today #insixwords: Scattered reading, totally off TRB list
Books: The Ridge, The Alchemyst, The Paris Wife, Fed Up With Lunch by Sarah Wu

Books on my TBR pile:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (audio)
The Ridge by Michael Koryta (audio)

Books to Finish/Books Finished:

Past Perfect by Leila Sales
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
The Killing Floor by Lee Child
Chi’s Sweet Home, vol. 7 by Konami Kanata
Erak’s Ransom by John Flanagan
Fables: Wolves by Bill Willingham

Wish me luck!

Happy Reading!


Ahoy Mateys! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Seriously. September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Why not get into the spirit of the day?

You could get your own pirate persona using this Pirate Name Generator. I did! The code doesn’t seem to work perfectly, but you get the idea!

My pirate name is:
Red Morgan Kidd

Passion is a big part of your life, which makes sense for a pirate. Even though you’re not always the traditional swaggering gallant, your steadiness and planning make you a fine, reliable pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from
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You can change the language on your facebook page to English (Pirate). I did!

You can translate your homework into pirate speak using this English-Pirate Translator. I don’t miss homework!

And of course, I highly recommend you read or listen to an action-packed high-seas adventure tale. Maybe Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer? My fave!


Or some really cool nonfiction? Try A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson.


 Ok all you scurvy bilge rats and kind readers, that is all from me.

Happy Reading!