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Waiting on Wednesday: Avalon 1/8/2014

In the spirit of trying new things, I am joining Jill at Breaking the Spine for Waiting on Wednesday

This weekly meme spotlights the soon-to-be published books that I am eagerly anticipating. My first ever WoW book is Avalon, by Mindee Arnett and the good news is that I only have to wait a few weeks! This one comes out January 21, 2014.



From (Please note the last sentence…a great match for fans of Firefly? SOLD!)

“A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly”

I have the prequel novella, Proxy, on my Nook. I need to get on that soon!

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-2014 Bookish Resolutions 1/7/14


In the spirit of the new year and new beginnings and new resolutions, The Broke and the Bookish are asking for out 2014 Bookish Resolutions. I’ve got plenty.

1. Match my 2013 Goodreads Challenge of 200 books. I was finishing my 200th book of 2013 at 7pm on December 31! So, 200 books read/listened to in 2014!

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Megan has
read 2 books toward her goal of 200 books.



2. Participate in the Random Reads meme, hosted by I’m Loving Books. The idea is to use a random number generator to select a book that has been languishing on your TBR list. I love this idea!

random reads

3. Write more book reviews. Seriously. I totally dropped the ball on this one in 2013.

4. Read books recommended by my book club students. I am always picking books for them, so I decided to see what they would pick for me. I will have them pick a title for me each month and I will report back at our next meeting. For February I am reading The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.


5.  A-Z Authors. I decided to make my 2014 books page here as an A-Z authors list. Kind of random, but it’s something different.

6. Pay more attention to my NetGalley books. See #3. The new rule is request, read, review. Repeat. No more request, request, request….

7. Stop reading if I don’t like it. This was a resolution a couple of years ago and I love it! There are so many awesome books out there and I no longer feel the need to waste my time on ones that aren’t.

8. Continue to read outside my comfort zone. I would like to read a variety of genres each month. Last year I read a ton of fantastic nonfiction and I really want to keep that up. I need to work on reading more teen mysteries and teen historical fiction.

9. Read from the Youth Media Awards list. I am not sure how many I read last year. This year I will keep track!

10. Read 2014 Debuts. Last year I read 19 2013 debuts. Hopefully I can do just as well this year. I need to find myself a list!

Happy Reading!



Mondays With Megan-Dungeons & Dragons and What Are You Reading 10/21/13

It’s Monday! The weather is brisk (LOVE), my freezer is stocked with homemade soups, and I am feeling motivated! For the past couple of months I have been working on a new project here at work and I am finally feeling confident and excited enough to brag a little. With the help of one very eager and knowledgeable student, I now have a Dungeons & Dragons® club at the library. We have had a few meetings now and all of my new regulars have created their characters, which, by the way, takes forever. Meanwhile, I have been frantically trying to prepare my self to run a game, or Dungeon Master. Did you know that there is a Dungeon Master for Dummies? There is. I have read it. A documentary? It’s called Dungeon Masters. Seen it! I have watched countless YouTube videos, scoured the internet for blogs and articles, and consulted with a couple of friends for advice. I bought my own set of manuals and have added a set of dice to my list of things to buy. I am all in! While D&D and I are about the same age, this epic role-playing game wasn’t even on my radar until a few years ago when I read Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern. In the book the main character is looking for a new group of friends and she finds acceptance with a group of gamers. After reading it was inspired to gather a couple of friends and see what the fuss was all about. I made a character, had a few adventures, and that was the end of it..until now. Last Friday I was finally called up to lead a campaign. I was not ready. I made some mistakes. The kids had an AWESOME time. I learned that the rules are important, but not everything and the players are very forgiving. I will eventually get the hang of things. I am even confident that I will eventually be a really good DM. In the meantime, I am just going to relax, have fun, and let the roll of the dice guide me. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that my obsession with D&D seems to have cut into my reading time…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

mondayreading new monday

 hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts


mrs lincoln dream thieves

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini was a book club choice. I thought it was interesting glimpse into the lives of both Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckler. It was not a page-turner, but I enjoyed it and we had quite the lively discussion. I also finished listening to The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefater, the second book in the Raven Boys Cycle. I loved it! While Gansey still holds the group together, Ronan, and a new character called the Gray Man steal the show in this book. And now the long wait for book 3 begins…

Current Audio:

life love elephants ptolemy's gate

I am almost finished with Life, Love and Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick. I also started Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud. This has not been my favorite series, but I do enjoy the reader of the audio. I am also on a mission to wrap up series.

Currently Reading:

house of hades  iron traitor born of illusion

Can you believe that I haven’t finished House of Hades yet? I am a bit surprised myself. It’s so good and I am savoring it in small bits. I also started The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa and Born of Illusion by Teri Brown.

Abandoned for Now:


Monsters by Ilsa Bick is just not working for me right now. I will try again later.

Up Next:

allegiant sisters

I am not sure what I am going to do when I get home from work tomorrow and tear open my copy of Allegiant. Will I set Percy and gang aside? Will I try to juggle both? Also, I really need to get cracking on my book club book. We are reading Westerns and I picked The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt. So many books…so little time (and too many awesome tv shows).

Happy Reading!




House of Hades Cover Revealed

How did I miss this? Rick Riordan revealed the cover of The House of Hades on his blog last week. I love this series and The Mark of Athena ended on such a cliffhanger! Hurry up, October. I want this. Bad.


Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-Is 2012 My Lucky Year? The Proof is in the Pudding!

My seven-year-old nephew started a new tradition this year for New Year’s Eve-rice pudding with an almond in it. This is actually a popular Christmas Eve tradition in Norway, Denmark, and Finland. According to the tradition the cook places one whole almond in the rice pudding and whoever gets it in their serving will have good luck for the year or get an extra present. Well my friends, I got the almond and so far I’ve been feeling pretty lucky. Two lucky things happened last Friday.

1. I received a phone call telling me I won a box of books from Amazon Publishing after being 1 of 15 randomly selected winners of a School Library Journal giveaway. I am excited to see what I won!

2. Author Antony John generously offered to do a Skype interview with my book club after we discuss his book, Five Flavors of Dumb! They don’t know this yet (unless they are reading this) but they will find out when we meet in February. How cool is that? We will be talking with Mr. John in March so if you have any questions for leave him, me a comment and I will do my best to get them answered for you. In the mean time, go out and read his book if you haven’t already; it’s a great feel-good read.

I’d say things are looking good so far. How about you? Is 2012 going to be your good luck year too?

Happy Reading!


More Hunger Games Movie News: Nail Polish Tie-Ins

Ok, so this is old news (everyone else talked about it yesterday), but I wanted to share. The nail polish brand, China Glaze, unveiled its new line, The Capital Collection. The official face of the new line? Effie! I admit that it’s a bit of a strange tie-in, but I’ll buy it. Afterall, the contestants do go through an intense spa treatment before they get thrown into the arena. Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, but I have been distracted from pondering this any further by this:

So pretty! The butterfly eyelashes are so lovely that I am sure the nail polish is just as shiny/sparkly/awesome. I wouldn’t know for sure because THERE ARE NO NAILS IN THIS PICTURE! But who cares? Look at the pink eyeshadow! Look at the tiny hint of what is probably a crazy cool hat! Look at that lovely lavender hair! You get the point. 12 Districts, 12 shades. The Capital Collection. I will be looking for them. I’ll probably even buy some. I’m clearly a sucker for advertising. Well played China Glaze. Well played.

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan: Robots at the Library Edition

If you asked me a year ago if I would be doing a robotics program with my teens at the library I would have chuckled and reminded you that math is not my thing and robotics sounds like a lot of math. It turns out robotics does involve math (still not my thing) and I do have a robotics program for my teens. Who knew? Thanks to the generosity of one of our library support groups we recently purchased six Lego Mindstorm kits. I will freely admit to freaking out when the robots arrived, and then again before, during, and after the brief training I had. I felt a little better after going to a second training and practicing on my own and with my awesome partner in robotics, Stacey. But I was still worried. Who wouldn’t be? Maybe a math genius or rocket scientist. But me? Nervous. Turns out Stacey and I rock the robotics.

Here is how it went down at the library:

The goal: build a robot, program it to do things, test it to see if it will actually do those things.

Step 1: Pick a partner, find a spot to spread out, and build a robot!

It took some patience and teamwork, but in the end we had four robots built and ready to program.

 With the hard part over, they set about programming their bots. They started small and worked their way up to more complex programs until their parents came and had to practically drag them away from their projects.

This is what I learned:

1. Me and the Robots may never be besties, but they don’t stress me out anymore.
2. It takes a long time to build the basic robot.
3. Teens are much better sports than I am. Whereas unsuccessful programs spiked my blood pressure and drove me to the brink of tears, they simply when back to the computer and cheerfully tried again. Seriously. Zero frustration from them. It was pretty awesome to observe.
4. In the future this will be a two-part program. One session will be spent building and the second will focus on programming.
5. I need more practice!
6. Teens do not get Short Circuit references.  Number 5 is alive! Oh my gosh, that movie was made in 1986?!?

Holiday preparations have left me exhausted and unfocused, so I have gotten very little reading done. This is so hard to believe considering I have Clockwork Prince in my possession. Once I finish with The Misfits by James Howe for book club on Wednesday I will be able to fully dedicate myself to CP, I promise. That’s all for now. Stay tuned for lots of year in review lists!

Happy Reading!