Category Archives: On My Desk

Mondays with Megan-I am a Zombie Uprising Survivor

That’s right, zombies were on the loose in Brooklyn, Ohio this Saturday and Stacey and I lived to tell the story. Here is yet another reason why libraries and librarians are so totally cool: Zombie Walks. The teen librarian at a local library hosted a Zombie Walk on Saturday, in which people of all ages transformed themselves into the living dead and walked, crawled, shuffled, and moaned their way down the street, past city hall, and through a park. We did not get into make up (this time, but when I host one of these bad boys, you better believe I will be zombiefied) but we followed along, cleverly staying downwind. I took some pictures, but a low battery is preventing me from sharing them today. What a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I can’t wait to try one here in Rocky River!

Here in my own library I have an outdoor summer event planned too. Tomorrow I will be showing off our brand new cornhole boards (I need to read up on how to play). Please join us on the lawn (or auditorium if it rains) at 2pm. If you can’t make it tomorrow, don’t worry, we’ll be back out there in July and August.

Today I awarded the first summer reading basket! One lucky teen reader is taking home a basket of goodies and you could too. It’s so easy to do-sign up, read books, enter to win. So far we have 66 teens signed up, but I know we can do better than that! I would love to see that number up to 100 by the end of the week. This week’s basket has a bunch of books, a lava lamp, candy, and free Chipotle, among other things.

Ok, I just got a nice stack of new books to look at, so off I go! Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner is at the top of the pile. Today also seems to be sequel day: The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood by Darren Shan, Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade, and The Royal Treatment by Lindsey Leavitt are all here, reminding me that I have not read any of the first books. Sigh.

Happy Reading!



On My Desk

Here’s what I found on my desk this week (4/13-4/20)

1. Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis-this looks like a cute tween girl read. I had one of my best readers preview it for me. I hope to get a report tomorrow.

2. Blink and Caution by Tom Wynne-Jones-this is a crime thriller from the author of The Uninvited.

3. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta-From the author of Jellicoe Road comes a story of grief, family issues, and music.

4. Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman-What a cool concept! Bestselling author Myers teams up with a teen in his latest book about soccer.

5. Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors-With the help of Cupid, Alice, posing as her novelist mother who is currently in a mental hospital, writes a romance novel. Sounds cute to me.

6. Steel by Carrie Vaughn-This one has a pretty cover (sorry, no pictures today) and it sounds great: time travel, fencing, and pirates! Sign me up, please.

7. Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt is a companion book toThe Wednesday Wars. I haven’t read the first, but this second one sounds super. Audubon’s bird plates and Broadway? I’m intrigued.

8. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is a harrowing novel based on the author’s family experience. In 1941 Lina’s family is deported from Lithuania to Siberia by Soviet police.

9. Stay by Deb Caletti-Obsessive boyfriend, remote island, handsome brothers with secrets…I hope it’s as good as it sounds.

10. Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan-the much-anticipated final installment of the awesome Ranger’s Apprentice series (I’ve heard there will be a book 11…). I am still working on book 3, but I love this series.

11. Eona: the Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman-dragon lovers won’t want to miss this series. Start with the first book, Eon.

12. Arata, The Legend 1-5, by Yuu Watase-this new-to-RRPL manga series is about Arata, the successor to the matriarchal Hime Clan, must pose as a girl in order to maintain his birthright, and switches places with Hinohara, a boy in the modern world, when his life is threatened by power-hungry warriors (that’s what the catalog record say!).

Once again, lots of great titles! And I didn’t snatch up any of them this time! Shocking, I know, but I am too busy preparing my house for hosting Easter to hoard books. I say take advantage of it people! Get in here and get some new books.

Happy Reading!


On My Desk: This Week’s New Book List

I got a TON of new books in this week, and while I have tried my best  not to hoard them for myself…a lot of them went home with me. I promise to be a speedy reader and pass them along ASAP. Want to know what I got?

1. Plague: a Gone novel by Michael Grant. This is book 4 in the series and it is amazing! If you are looking for an action-packed, super creepy series, this is the one for you. Start with the first book, Gone.

2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano. This the first book in the Chemical Gardens Trilogy. I have heard amazing things about this book and cannot wait to read it! I have to wait my turn…

3. Clarity by Kim Harrison. I snagged this one because our book club is reading mysteries this month. Murder? Check! Psychics? Check! I’m all over it.

4. Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell. This book about a teenaged girl with hippie parents living on a goat farm trying to have a “normal” life sounds like fun!

5. Other Words for Love Lorraine Zago Rosenthal. This book set in Brooklyn, 1989, tells to story of a young artist and her first love.

6. Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson. You should see the bright yellow cover of this book! When an unpopular teen starts getting text messages telling her how to be popular she needs to decide what kind of person she wants to be.

7. The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jane Oliver. When a demon killer her father, Riley is left in the care of Beck, a famous demon trapper who she hates.

8. Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler. When injured teen athletes Chelsea and Clint meet at a resort they are drawn together by the losses they share.

9. Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter. Sixteen-year-old Kylie is sent to Shadow Falls Camp, which turns out to be a training ground for young people with supernatural abilities.

10. Cirque de Freak the Manga, Vol.8 by Darren Shan. The saga of Darren Shan, the vampires assistant continues in this awesome graphic novel edition. I can’t wait to get to this one.

11. The Time Traveling Fashionista by Bianca Turetskey. Fashion and time travel? Sounds good to me! Louise dons a vintage dress and finds herself transported back in time as the dress’ original owner.

12. Pink by Lili Wilkinson. Sixteen-year-old Ava isn’t sure where she fits in, so she tries a new personality, complete with a new sexual orientation.

13. Red Glove by Holly Black. It’s mine! I call it first! I must have the sequel to White Cat right now. Sorry, the greedy book-hoarder in me got loose for  a second there. Ahem. I apologize. This book picks up where the first left off, so I won’t give any spoilers. Get the first book while you wait your turn. You will not be disappointed! Magic, curses, and the mob all in one!

14. The Ghoul Next Door by Lisi Harrison. This is the next book in the Monster High series. I haven’t read the first one yet, but the back of the second book promises that “Freak is the new chic.” Check it out.

Wow! That is a big list. I hope you find something good to read here. I know I did (3 to be exact, that’s not too greedy, is it?).

Happy Reading!


On my desk

Let’s try an On My Desk post on a Wednesday. Since the last OMD, here are the gems that I have gathered:

1. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
The final book in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series. I am half way through my personal, signed copy!

2. Chime by Franny Billingsley
Briony can see the Old Ones, but only witches can see them…and in her village witches are put to death. Witches, secrets, and a dreamy young man.

3. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
“… trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.”(from

4. Fallen by Grace Hooper
Two orphaned teen sister struggle to survive in Victorian London. From the descriptions I have read, it sounds like just about every possible bad thing happens to these poor girls. Add it to my TBR pile, please.

5. By These Ten Bones Clare B. Dunkle
Originally published in 2005, this reprint is “A bone-chilling tale of werewolves and love, set in medieval Scotland.”

6. Dark Moon by Steve Feasey
This is the second book in the Wereling series. Werewolves are still going strong!

7. Yummy: The Last Days of Southside Shorty by G. Neri
This award-winning graphic novel tells to heartbreaking true story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, an 11-year-old who accidentally killed a girl in his Chicago neighborhood in 1994.

8. Excalibur: The Legend of King Arthur by Tony Lee
From the author/illustrator team that brought you Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood comes a new graphic novel about King Arthur, Camelot, and The Knights of the Round Table.

9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
This sequel to the New York Times Bestseller, If I Stay. Told from Adam’s point of view, the story of Mia and Adam continues three years after the accident. This one is at home on the top of my TBR pile!

10. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Need I say more? Book four in the Mortal Instruments series has arrived! More Clary, Simon, Jace, Shadowhunters action. This is my next book!

11. Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani
New York Time Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani made her YA debut with Viola in Reel Life. Viola in the Spotlight continues the story as Viola moves back to Brooklyn.

There was a little bit of everything on my desk this week. I hope you find something to read!

Happy Reading!


In My Mailbox (aka On My Desk)

If you are a book blog follower you are probably familiar with the popular meme In My Mailbox, which was started by The Story Siren. Most of the blogs I follow participate and I usually think about how lucky those bloggers are to get books in their mailboxes. Well, I have not gotten very many books in my mailbox, but I have figured out a way to participate. I have been receiving e-galleys from on a regular basis, so I will start announcing those in an IMM post (right now I am reading The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter). I have also decided to include all the lovely books that come to my desk at work. At my library I get to see all the new YA books before they hit the shelves so that I can put little stickers on them. I love going to my desk and finding a stack of shiny new books. I usually find Stacey and together we ooh and aah and call dibs (it’s all very grown-up of us). Jealous? Sound like fun? No need to be jealous anymore, because I am going to share what’s On My Desk (OMD :)). I will start today because I do not have a review prepared, but I may switch this type of post to the end of the week. We’ll see what happens. For now, I have 2 items OMD:


Angry Young Man by Chris Lynch, 2011

The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin 2010

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 2011

These books are now ready and waiting for you to check them out.

Happy Reading!