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Mondays with Megan-The Force Awakens Soon!

Is everyone refreshed after a long weekend? I worked Friday and Sunday, but I still had a fantastic weekend. Thanksgiving was spent in Columbus with a small gathering of family. We listened to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on the drive there and back. We also took a little field trip to The Gates of Hell. It super creepy! The pic on the right is me, my nephew and my cousin. That is pretty much as far as we got into the dark, echoing tunnel.

Saturday was spent lounging around reading and continuing my Star Wars marathon.

This was my first time seeing Episodes II and III and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like them. My 10 year old nephew LOVED them! Hopefully we will squeeze Episodes IV-VI before the new movie comes out.

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

Finished: 

  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore-♥♥♥♥♥. The epic alien invasion begins…and ends on a giant cliffhanger, as usual.
  • This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison-♥♥♥♥
  • Dr. Mütter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Apotwicz-♥♥♥♥. I seem to gravitate towards strange or gruesome nonfiction and this one certainly fits the bill. Dr. Mütter was a pioneering American surgeon who revolutionized the science of surgery. Fans of the show The Knick will want to check this one out! Also, I now have to add The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia to my list of weird places to visit!
  • Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris-♥♥♥♥. I first read this collection of stories years ago, so I was delighted to discover the edition I selected to listen to had six new stories! Santaland Diaries is just as funny as I remember and I have found a new favorite in 6 to 8 Black Men, a story about Christmas traditions in Holland. For the reader who dislikes the schmaltzy Christmas stories. These are sardonic and hilarious.
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer-♥♥♥♥♥. The Lunar Chronicles has come to an end. WHY?!? After 800+ pages, I am still not ready for it to be over. A perfect ending to a favorite series.

Current Audio:

Currently Reading:

Currently Obsessed With:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt 10/1/15

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It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt
October 6, 2015
Sky Pony Press
Hardcover, 320 pages

What it’s about:

Seventeen-year-old RJ is at the top of her game. She is the Queen Bee and used to getting her way, even if she has to bully others to get it. So imagine her fury when a Grim Reaper accidentally collects her soul! She refuses to believe she is dead and her protests and tantrums  cause quite the problem in the Afterlife. Everyone agrees that a mistake has been made, but no one can agree on how to set things right. A special tribunal is called composed of three angels, including one who has his eye on Death Himself’s job. Now RJ has a choice. She can wait in limbo until her regularly scheduled death or she can relive three moments in her life. Each do-over is an opportunity to prove that she has a future worth saving. She obviously chooses door number 2. How hard can it be? Especially since she will have three souls to guide her through each of her tasks. The reality is, it is so hard! Will RJ succeed in her quest for mortality? Will it even be worth it? And what is the deal with Saint Peter’s cornhole obsession?

Why you might like it:

Do you love a strong-willed, snarky bully who’s been brought down a notch? RJ is your girl! She is seemingly beyond redemption and it’s kind of a little satisfying to watch her squirm as she relives three of her lowest moments on earth. But hey! We’re not mean girls, so it’s also pretty awesome so watch RJ’s journey. Maybe she isn’t so bad after all. Everyone makes mistakes, right? Are you looking for a laugh? Death Himself, a Hawaiian shirt wearing surfer is pretty funny. But wait! There’s more! Are you looking for a thought-provoking, feel-good story? Look no further than It’s a Wonderful Death. The message is clear: you matter, even if you don’t know it and it’s never to late to think about the choices you make.

Want more like this? Try these:

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

P.S. Thanks to Sky Pony Press for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Vacation Time-See You When School Starts! 8/7/15

Hello All!

I have had a busy week trying to juggle work and G.I.S.H.W.E.S and plan for my vacation. Ok, fine, I have completely ignored the fact that I need to get ready for vacation. My yard is full of weeds, my dog is no longer speaking to me, and I haven’t done any household tasks in a week, but I have had a blast working with my team. I can’t wait to be allowed to share some of our tasks with you (it’s against the rules to share during the hunt). I think this photo of the host and creator, Misha Collins, wearing a suit made of cheese says it all. Or maybe it leaves you even more confused. That’s normal and ok.

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It’s a long drive to from Ohio to Montana so I will have plenty of time to read and listen to books. I’ll let you know what I take with me when I get back. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I’ll meet you back here in a couple of weeks!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-May the Fourth Be With You and Adventures in Farming 5/4/15

 First of all, Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You all, dear readers! Be sure to check out the library’s latest Star Wars themed additions, the charming graphic novels by Jeffery Brown. We have or have ordered these titles:

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I missed last Monday because 1. I was in Montana visiting my sister and new nephew and 2. I forgot to schedule a post. Oops. I was way too busy doing farm chores and cuddling a baby to do much reading. This city slicker is an excellent egg gatherer and since the horses are basically giant puppies I can also get them to come into the barnyard for the night. I get to do the fun jobs, like grooming, as well!

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I did finish my friend’s manuscript while I was on all the planes. It was so wonderful. I hope I get a chance to share it with you! In the meantime, I will invite you to check out her serial story. Start with The Star Map and get to know the lovely but tragic Iris.

I have yet to fully resume my post-vacation routine and I find myself in a written word slump. Thank goodness for audio!

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Finished:

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  • The Lost City of Z by David Grann ♥♥♥-David Grann, a writer for The New Yorker, sets out the solve the mysterious disappearance of the explorer Percy Fawcett. He attempts to retrace the explorer’s steps in his quest for the mysterious city of Z, which Fawcett and others believed to be hidden deep in the Amazon. This was an interesting and engaging nonfiction!
  • Zodiac: Convergence by Stan Lee ♥♥-When a villain attempts to taps into the powers of the Chinese Zodiac he unwittingly unleashes these powers into the world. Soon, teens around the globe find themselves possessing superpowers. It’s a race against the clock as the good guys try to rescue these teens before the bad guys can get to them. I wanted to love this one, but alas, I found it to be all action and not enough plot and character development. Listening to it also meant I missed the awesome illustrations. Reluctant readers will love the fast-paced story, but I am not sure I will continue the series.

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:
(still. sigh)

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Currently Watching:

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Extras Seasons 1 & 2, starring Ricky Gervais. It’s pretty hilarious. Irreverent and awkward, but hilarious.

Current Listening Adventures:

Oh, the podcasts! So many choices!

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I am particularly loving Strangers. I haven’t gotten to far into Welcome to Night Vale. It’s very weird and I am not sure I am going to keep going. We’ll see.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-2015 Award Winners That I Have Not Read 2/3/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is all about books we haven’t read. So, in honor of yesterday’s ALA Youth Media Awards announcements, here are the top ten winners that I still need to read:

1. Newbery Winner, Crossover by Kwame Alexander.

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2. Printz Honor Winner, And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard.

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3. Printz Honor Winner, This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki.

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4. The Schneider Family Book Award Winner, Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin.

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5. The Coretta Scott King Award Young Adult Winner, How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon.

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6. Alex Award Winner, Lock In by Jon Scalzi.

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7. Alex Award Winner, Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia.

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8. Alex Award Winner, Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle.

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9. Alex Award Winner, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

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10. Alex Award Winner, Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta.

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I have my work cut out for me!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Winter 2014 TBR List-11/25/14

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Like it or not, winter is coming…and with all the snow and cold comes many opportunities to snuggle up and read. I did a terrible job on my Fall 2014 TBR list, so I am hoping to step up my game and get some reading done this winter.

1. Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. (January)

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2. All Fall Down by Ally Carter. (January)
I read a galley last week. It is fantastic!

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3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. (January)

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4. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith.

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5. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

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6. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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7. The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde.

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8. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

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9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. (January)

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10. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. (February)

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Non-YA TBRs:

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Revival, First Frost, Grave Peril, One Plus One.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List 9/23/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is about our Fall Reading list. I did a quick check back on my Summer TBR list and I have to say, I didn’t do too badly. I read 6/10 this time around! I have so many MUST READ books on my fall list.

1. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. (Sept. 9). This is will be read before the author’s visit Cleveland in October!

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2. Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant. (Sept. 23) A new series! YAY!

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3. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. (Oct. 7) Is it really time to say goodbye to Percy and Crew?

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4. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King. (Oct. 23). I am so excited for my signed copy to arrive in the mail. Have I mentioned lately how much I love A.S. King’s books? No? Are you sure, because I fangirl ALL. THE. TIME.

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5. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, et al. (Oct. 14). I am excited to surprise by High School book club with this one. This group of girls has been with me for 3 years and they always ask to read girly romances but I shy away just in case some guys want to join. Guess what? They don’t. So, Merry Christmas, ladies! Girly love stories for you!

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6. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. (Oct. 14). I can’t wait for this one!

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7. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. (Nov. 4). The suspense is killing me. Seriously.

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8. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFever. (Nov. 4). I am not ready to say goodbye to His Fair Assassins. Good thing I own these books!

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9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. (Oct. 21). I love me some Raven Boys and so excited for this new audiobook. These are a must-listen for me.

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10. Young Elites by Marie Lu. (Oct. 7) A new series by Marie Lu is a good thing indeed.

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I will also most certainly be reading or listening to these non-YA titles:

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The Rosie Effect, Big Little Lies, Yes Please, and NPH Choose Your Own Autobiograpy.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan