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Mondays with Megan-It’s Monday! What Are You

Happy Monday! I spent all of last week in lovely Cincinnati, Ohio attending the Ohio Library Council Conference and Expo. I am still trying to digest all the great information I picked up…and catch up on all the normal stuff I missed here at the library, so this check in will be short and sweet. I read some books. I listened to some books. I binged all of The Mindy Project. I am excited Supernatural season 10 dropped on Netflix. My friend got to meet Rainbow Rowell and she got me a signed copy of Carry On! That’s a pretty good week, if you ask me!

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

Finished:

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  • Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen-♥♥♥♥. This is a reimagining of the Peter Pan story, told from Hook’s point of view. Forget everything you thought knew about Neverland and Peter’s band of Lost Boys! This is a magical and fantastical adventure!
  • Stand Off  by Andrew Smith-♥♥♥♥. This sequel to Winger starts with a new school year, Ryan Dean West’s senior year. In addition to having a claustrophobic 12-year old as a roommate, Ryan Dean struggles with the emotional aftermath of losing his best friend. This book did not engage me in the way Winger did, but I am not the target audience. Ryan Dean has an amazing teen voice and coping with anxiety is an important topic. A welcomed sequel.
  • Alex + Ada, vol. 3 by Sarah Vaughn-♥♥♥♥. The story arc that began with volumes 1 and 2 comes to a surprising conclusion. Fear and hatred of sentient robots is rising and Alex and Ada are in increasing danger. The events in this volume took me by surprise and I am intrigued to see where the story goes.
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys-♥♥♥♥♥. As WWII draws to an end thousands of refugees look to escape East Prussia. The luxury ship Wilhelm Gustloff offers the promise of freedom. Among the refugees are Florian, Emilia, and Joana are among the crowd. They are all strangers and they all have secrets, but working together they may survive. This book is due out in February and you will want to grab it up the second you see it. Ruta Septys delivers another devastating work of historical fiction. Powerful and heartbreaking, she once again brings light to lesser known atrocities of WWII.

Current Audio:

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I am almost finished with The Martian and I am currently between audiobooks on my phone. I can’t decide what I am in mood for right now.

Currently Reading:

This rarely happens, but today I get to pick all new books to read! I need to pick a print book and an e-book. I have so many choices my head is spinning! I think I am going to start with these:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-My Fall 2015 TBR List-9/22/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is our fall TBR list. I am notoriously bad at completing my seasonal TBR lists. I love making them, but then always seem to get distracted with other things. Such is life…

1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I own this one and can’t believe I have not devoured it yet. I am saving it for a rainy afternoon in a coffee shop. The weather is just too nice for this book right now.

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2. Winter by Marissa Meyer. There will be not delaying reading this when it is available. In fact, I will probably buy it.

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3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I am really excited to see how this book turned out. I loved the Simon Snow fan fiction in Fangirl!

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4. Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I love when we get a new series from Riordan!

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5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I have an ARC of this book, but I think I am actually going to wait for the audio book.

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6. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. A patron has been telling me to read Terry Pratchett for ages. I am overwhelmed by Discworld, but he assures me that I can just jump in with this one. I am going to listen to the book on cd.

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7. Fluke by Christopher Moore. This is more “assigned” reading by the very same person! I really love this part of my job. It’s a fun relationship I have with this patron. He agrees to take my recommendations if I agree to take his. I do love Christopher Moore, and this is one of the very few of his that I haven’t read.

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8. Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan. HALT AND CROWLEY BECOMING RANGERS YES I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW I AM SO EXCITED.

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9. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith. I am waiting until I have a day to read this is one sitting, like I read Winger a few years ago. LOVE.

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10. Graphic Novels Galore! I can’t wait to get caught up on some of my favorite series!

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tueday-Most Anticipated Releases for the Remainder of 2015-6/9/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, gives some love to all the highly anticipated books set to be scheduled at the end of this year. Many of us have been waiting forever for some of the these books and now that their pub dates are closer they actually have covers. And exact release dates. Yay for new books!

1. Armada by Ernest Cline. July 14. A coming-of-age/alien invasion story from the author of Ready Player One? YES, PLEASE! Also, please have Wil Wheaton narrate the audio.

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2. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. August 18. I loved Huntley Fitzpatrick’s debut, My Life Next Door, so I can’t wait to see what is in store for readers in this companion book.

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3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. August 25. This much anticipated sequel to The Diviners is finally going to be available! I am so excited. And scared.

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4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. August 27. This sounds like another slightly surreal offering from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy. I am confident it will be awesome.

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5. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. September 1. I am excited for another girl disguised as a boy Wild West adventure. I loved Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee and of course, Jackie Faber, is my favorite girl who hides as a boy, so this one sounds like it is right up my alley!

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6. Stand-Off  by Andrew Smith. September 8. I read Winger in one sitting, and what a roller coaster sitting it was! I can’t wait for more Ryan Dean West.

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7. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. September 15. I think Leila Sales is so underrated as a YA author. Her books are fun, relevant, and I think her voice gets stronger with each new book.

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8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. September 29. More from the Grisha-verse! YES!

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9. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. October 6. Magnus Chase is Riordan’s newest hero and he is the son of a Norse god. Hooray for VIKING myths!  Woot!

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10. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. October 6. I am still wrapping my head around this one. A new novel based on the fictional fan fiction in her previous book, which is totally Harry Potter fan fiction. I am excited for more Simon Snow and Baz.

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11. Winter by Marissa Meyer. November 10. Fairest was fantastic, but I am really eager to continue with the main Lunar Chronicles storyline.

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Now I am off to look at other lists to see what I have missed!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-ALL TIME FAVORITES 2012-2015 3/3/15

Before I get into this week’s Top Ten list, I want to share this blog post that was written by one of my favorite YA authors, A.S. King. Not only is she a brilliant writer, but based on articles like this, she is obviously an amazing human being. I urge any of you who work with or live with teenagers to take a moment and read what she has to say. This post came from hippodilly circus. Once you are finished, come on back for some TTT fun!

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This week for Top Ten Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish are looking for our all-time favorites (from the past 3-5 years).

From 2012:

1. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Devilishly dark humor.

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2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I just loved this sweet romance.

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3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Totally obsessed with cyborg Cinder.

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4. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. There’s just something about Doug and the birds.

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5. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. This is one of the few books that I have read more than once. I think I have read it three times now. I adore it so much.

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6. The Diviners by Libba Bray. This one was so creepy!

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From 2013:

7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This one is never on the shelf at the library because I keep making people read it.

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8. Winger by Andrew Smith. I read this one in one sitting on my front porch.

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From 2014:

9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this one up. I now own the series. I still need to read the last one.

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10. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I tend to become a little obsessed when I find something I like. Current obsession is this series.

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11. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This is the type of romance books I like.

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12. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. ALL. MY. LOVE.

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13. Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. This is the kind of book that makes me read historical fiction.

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If you are in my neighborhood, stop in the Teen Room and check out the Top Ten Tuesday display. I am trying something new! The display does not match this post exactly because so many of my all-time favorites are checked out, but you’ll find more amazing titles for you to try.

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

Waiting on Wednesday-100 Sideways Miles 5/14/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am so excited about this one:

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100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
September 2, 2014

From Goodreads:

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.”

I have read most of Andrew Smith’s books and they are all so different from each other. Winger is still my favorite, but this new, with a road trip one sounds like it has the potential to make me have to call Winger *one of* my favorite Andrew Smith books. Man, I LOVE road trip books!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-My Favorite Characters Who Are Underdogs 4/22/14

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about our favorite characters who ______ (fill in the blank). I chose to talk about my favorite characters who are underdogs. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an underdog is:

: a person, team, etc., that is expected to lose a contest or battle

: a less powerful person or thing that struggles against a more powerful person or thing (such as a corporation)

The underdog is at a disadvantage, often coming from a position of inferiority or adversity. Sometimes they are known as the loveable losers. I love a rousing underdog story. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Doug Swieteck from Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. Doug is good kid who just can’t catch a break. He is bullied at home and unjustly labelled at school. He is full of potential, but is trapped in a horrible situation. I love Doug and his birds forever and ever.

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2. Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Poor Ed is definitely a loveable loser. He is hopelessly in love with his best friend. His constant companion is a stinky dog called the Doorman. He is stuck in a rut at the tender age of 19, until he foils a bank robbery and begins receiving mysterious messages.

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3. Jacky Faber from Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Jacky has it rough! She’s an orphaned street urchin who longs for a better life. She is tough and resourceful, making her one of my all-time favorite underdogs! This girl has a knack for finding and escaping trouble.

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4. Ryan Dean West from Winger by Andrew Smith. Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year old junior at a fancy boarding school. His roommate is the school bully, he’s the smallest kid on the rugby team, and he is also hopelessly in love with his best friend. Ryan Dean is a total misfit who just wants to belong. He had me in stitches and in tears. I love this kid!

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5. Deryn Sharp from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Deryn is a brilliant airman in the British Air Service. Deryn has a huge secret. Deryn is a girl!

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6. The Princes Charming from The Hero’s Guide series by Christopher Healy. Want to know the real Prince Charming? His name is Liam. And Frederic. And Gustav. And Duncan. These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively. How they managed these heroics is a mystery because this League of Princes is full of bumbling goofballs!

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7.  Will from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Will is too small to pursue his dream of being a knight, but he soon discovers his small stature is an asset to a king’s Ranger. People often underestimate Will and his little horse, Tug. It is a mistake they never make twice. I love this unlikely hero.

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8. Josie from Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Poor Josie is the daughter of a prostitute. She has dreams of college and a better life, far from New Orleans. Unfortunately, she faces adversity at every turn.

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9. David from Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. David is the very definition of underdog. He is a mere mortal going up against super villains who have superhuman powers.

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10. Amber Appleton from Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. Amber, despite being homeless, is a self-proclaimed optimist, but even her special brand of optimism might not be enough to save her from the tragedy that awaits her. I don’t know why this book isn’t more popular! It is such a feel-good story!

sorta like a rock starHappy Reading!

∼Megan