Category Archives: Random Reads

Random Reads October 2014

It’s October and with the new month comes a new Random Read! This monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

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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 Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. I did not write a review post for this one, but I did enjoy it. Set against the backdrop of the first world war, it tells the story of a Scottish poet living on the Isle of Skye and the young American man who wrote her first fan letter. That fan letter was the beginning of a relationship that would change both of their lives.

This month I will read #65 on my list, Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I added this one on October 9, 2013. I  just bought a copy for my own collection and can’t wait to dig in!

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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 Random.org 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!

∼Megan

Unremembered by Jessica Brody Review 9/4/14

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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.

Random Reads August 2014

Where has the summer gone? It’s August already?? 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 Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White and I have now read every book she has written. Paranormalcy is still my favorite, but this one was still a fun read.

This month I am going to read #22 on my TBR list, Unremembered by Jessica Brody. This one has been on the list since December 12, 2012.

unremembered

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White Review 7/31/14

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The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
September 10, 2013
HarperTeen
Hardcover, 277 pgs

What it’s about:

Life can be really challenging when you are the teenaged daughter of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora has always struggled with the fact that she is a mortal in a family of immortals. Knowing that her family’s will live on, long after she is gone makes her feel unloved and unwanted. Life at home has always been tense, but now that Isis is expecting another baby, things have gotten even worse. When Isis suggests Isadora spend some time with her brother in San Francisco, she jumps at opportunity to finally have a more normal life. A girl can dream, but she soon discovers “normal life” is also full of drama. She also learns that it is impossible to outrun family conflicts.

Why you might like it:

It’s summer! Are you look for a not-so-serious, fun read? You might enjoy the light, romance-y nature of this one. Are you confused and intrigued by Egyptian mythology (I am! I mean, have you read those stories? So complicated)? White does a nice job of simplifying some of the more complex aspects of Egyptian mythology. It’s a great place to get a taste of the myths! Do you like witty banter? White is an expert at witty banter. If you like family drama, teen angst, a dreamy love interest, and a bit of supernatural danger, then you might want to check out The Chaos of Stars.

Want more like this?

For more Egyptian mythology try The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. There is also plenty of Greek mythology to choose from, as well. You might like The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. For a different type of retelling, check out Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay.

Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Classics (and a Few I Want to Read) and Random Reads 7/1/14

Holy Moley, it’s July! We are at the half-way point of 2014. 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 Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read The Originals by Cat Patrick. This book is perfect for readers curious about science fiction, but maybe worried about it being to science-y. Make sense?

My July selection is #17 on my To Read list, Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White. I actually own this book and still haven’t read it! I added it to the list September 20, 2012.

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Next order of business, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking classics. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read many classics since I finished school….ages and ages ago. A few that I was required to read have stuck with me, a few I pursued on my own and enjoyed, and some are on some theoretical TBR list. So, my list is a mixed bag. As usual.

Favorites:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love Atticus Finch. I love that he does the right thing, not the easy thing.

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2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I read this on my own, to fill in gaps in my education. It was challenging and rewarding and it inspired me to continue reading classics. That lasted for about a year….

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3. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This book was read to me (and a class of second graders) while I was doing student teaching. I have often revisited Oz and stories of Oz. I adore this graphic adaptation!

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4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I tend to prefer “modern classics” over older classics.

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5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This one is well on its way to classics status.

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6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s been ages since I read this one, but I remember like it.

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7. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. I just read this YA classic for the first time and was surprised by how much I liked it.

chocolate war

Classics I May Read…Someday:

8. Dune by Frank Herbert. I never really read science fiction or fantasy when I was younger. Now that I have discovered how much I enjoy current books in those genres I should check out some classics.

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9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I bought this one recently. Maybe I will read it someday.

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10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. There is much discussion of the Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the great western migration in The Boys in the Boat, the book I am currently listening to. It might be time to visit this classic, now that I have some other context for the story.

grapes of wrath

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

The Originals by Cat Patrick Review

originals The Originals by Cat Patrick
Little, Brown, and Company
May 7, 2013
Hardcover, 304 pages

What it’s about:

Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey grew up believing that they were identical triplets. They are not. And no one can ever know. To protect their secret, they move to a new city and begin to attend school as one person, Elizabeth Best. Each girl takes a shift out in the real world, while the others remain hidden at home. It’s not ideal, and it becomes worse when Lizzie meets Sean Kelly. Sean is the first person to make Lizzie see herself as an individual and not just a copy of two other people. This realization leads Lizzie to start asking questions about the way they live. Her curiosity uncovers secrets that threaten all three of the girls, and the choices they make will forever change their family.

Why you might like it:

Are you looking for an interesting story with a romantic bent and a science fiction twist? The Originals could be just the thing for you. I like to think of this as “sci-fi light.” The sisters’ big secret is straight science fiction, but the real charm of the book is the romance, the relationships between the three girls, and the universal theme of identity. Do you ever think about how much you could do if there was more that one of you? Well, here is your answer. It sounds great in theory, but if you ask Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey, they would probably tell you it stinks! The mystery is not complicated, but there is enough suspense to keep readers engaged. This is a quick read with a dynamic family relationship, strong female characters, and a really awesome guy. This was a satisfying and entertaining read and another successful Random Reads selection for me.

Want more like this?

You might also enjoy Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Mind Games by Kiersten White, and The Rules by Stacey Kade. Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Random Reads June 2014

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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 Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month’s Random Read was The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder.It was not at all what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. Be sure to check out my review!

In June I will be reading #22 on my TBR list: The Originals by Cat Patrick. I added this to the list on November 28, 2012.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-“Gateway” Books and Random Reads April 4/1/14

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are asking about our Gateway Books/Authors. These are books that sparked some new interest. Maybe the lead us to a genre we never expected to love or a similar new author. Either way, this it were things all began…

1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. This was one of the first YA Science Fiction books that I ever read. I chose it for a class while I was working on my MLIS. I loved it and have been a devoted fan ever since. With the exception of Extras, the man can do no wrong.

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2. Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham. My first adventures with graphic novels! Love, love, love.

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3. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. This was my introduction to Steampunk.

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4. Sarah Addison Allen taught me that contemporary women’s fiction can be magical.

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5. Song Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. The gateway to high fantasy. It was so far out of character for me to read these books. My love for them was quite shocking. I hardly recognize myself anymore!

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6. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This was the first time I was able to bond with both my mother and much younger brother (13 years separate us) over books.

harry potter7. Stephen King was my introduction to adult reading. In my mind and memories I went from Nancy Drew to Stephen King. I really have no memory of what I was reading in grades 5-7. I am pretty sure I was 11 or 12 when I started reading King. By the time I started high school I was a steady diet of Stephen King, Anne Rice, and John Irving.

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8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This was my self-prescribed intro to Russian literature and my first step towards plugging gaps in my education. Honestly, I abandoned that task ages ago. I did however, enjoy this one and a few others.

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9.  The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. The gateway to all things zombie. I admit that my love of zombies has waned a bit, but this will always remain my first and favorite undead book.

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 10. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. This series opened so many doors for me. First, it reminded me that historical fiction can be so much fun. Second, I learned just how much the reader of an audiobook impacts the listening experience. I was new audio user and Katherine Kellgren made it all worth while. Also, this series reminded me to read more pirate books!

bloody jack

random reads

In short, Random Reads is a meme where we pick a random book from our 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 Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month’s Random Read was Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I LOVED it! Be sure to check out my review!

In April I will be reading #15 on my TBR list: The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency #3) by Y.S. Lee. I added this to the list on September 3, 2011. It’s time to get caught up with this charming YA Victorian-era mystery series, especially since I think there is a new one coming out this year!

traitor in the tunnel

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Random Reads March 2014 Out of the Easy and February in Review

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It is already time for a new Random Reads, hosted by I’m Loving Books! Random.org decided that in February I should read book #31 on my TBR list, Vicious by Victoria Schwab. I absolutely loved it! You can read my full review of Vicious here. In March I will be reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This was book # 20 on my list, added June 16, 2012.

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From Goodreads:

“It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.”

And just because I am a big nerd, here is my February in review:
Total Books: 16 (not too shabby for a short month!)

Read: 11
Listened: 5

Favorites: It was impossible to pick this month. I had so many amazing reads!

Cress by Marissa Meyer, Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, Vicious by V.E Schwab, and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart were all standouts for me.

Review Written: 4

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulburg
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Roomies by Sara Zarr
Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Teen Programs:

Teen Tech Thursdays
Dungeons & Dragons
Teen Pizza Pagers discussed Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
High School Book Club discussed Mothership by Martin Leicht

Teen’s Choice: To read in March

The Outcasts by John Flanagan
The House of Stairs by William Sleator