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Mondays with Megan-The Count Down to the Readathon Begins! 10/13/14

Last week I spent three days in Columbus for the Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo. It was even more amazing than I had imagined it would be. I am still sifting and sorting through all of the materials and ideas that I collected, but I can safely say that I feel re-energized and more excited than ever to be a librarian. There are great things on the horizon! Speaking of the future, it’s time to start a Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon countdown. You know how much I love this event, right? We are just 5 short days away! I have been hoarding books like a crazy person for a while now, but there is always room for more choices! This readathon comes at a perfect time for me. I am way behind on my reading challenge and the end of the year is creeping closer every day, making it harder to catch up. I am hoping this will put me back on track, especially since my day-to-day reading has been quite pitiful these days (at least I don’t wonder why I am behind!) Here, see for yourself:

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


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  • Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga is the conclusion to the Jasper Dent trilogy. I think this was the most psychologically disturbing of the series and I did not see the twists coming! This is a thrilling and satisfying conclusion.
  • Pure by Julianna Baggott is the first in a dystopian trilogy. I am not sure I will continue the series. The concept of people being fused with things from their surroundings after a nuclear blast is pretty interesting, but other than that I found nothing new here. It was just ok for me.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is a new to me discovery and I cannot stop wonder out loud WHY IS THIS NEW TO ME? I love it so much. How can you not love an animated skeleton who is a paranormal detective? How can you not love a 12-year-old girl who gets thrown into the dangerous world of wizards and magic and monsters? Oh, and the banter. The sassy, sassy, banter! I am sad that this first one is the only book in the series that I can find on audio, because it was an amazing production!

Current Audio:

silkworm revenge of seven

Currently Reading:

walled city not my father's son

So far I am loving the Alan Cumming memoir!

Happy Reading!










Mondays with Megan-Fall Fun!

Here in Cleveland Fall has arrived. This is my favorite time of year! I took a trip to a local apple farm and picked up apple fritters and kettle corn, and of course, apples. The apples were promptly turned into pie and sauce by my talented sister. I broke out the pumpkin scented candles and the down comforter for the bed. The hoodies came out in time for a clam bake yesterday. I also made my first batch of soup of the season. I love soup. I love fall! I even managed to get some reading in, which is a good thing, because I suspect I won’t get much reading in this week. I will be attending the Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo in Columbus Wednesday-Friday. This will be my first time attending and I am really looking forward to the event.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop by and check out more lists!



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  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is the final book in the Grisha trilogy and I loved it. It was full of surprises and twists and jaw-dropping shocks. I am very satisfied with the way things wrapped up.
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins is the first book in her middle grade series. Twelve-year-old Gregor and his little sister fall through a vent in their apartment building and end up in the Underland, a world populated by giant insects, humans, rats, and bats. The Underlanders believe that Gregor is the warrior they are waiting for to fulfill an ancient prophecy. I did not love this first book, but it really picked up in the end so I will probably continue the series.
  • Famous Last Words by Katie Alender is a murder mystery with a ghostly twist. I received an e-galley of this one and will have a full review up soon. I am a fan of her other works and this one did not disappoint.

Currently Audio:

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  • Pure by Julianna Baggott. I am feeling a little meh about this one.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I am LOVING this one!

Currently Reading:

blood of my blood

It’s weird to be reading just one book at a time…I should start some more!

Happy Reading!





Top Ten Tuesday-If You Like X Show/Movie, Read This! 4/29/14


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about IF/THEN. If you like this, then try that.

1. IF you like super hero movies THEN try Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.


2. IF you like The Sopranos and Harry Potter, THEN try White Cat by Holly Black.

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3. IF you like Under the Dome THEN try Gone by Michael Grant.


4. IF you like The Walking Dead, THEN try The Enemy by James Higson


5. IF you like Dexter, THEN try I Hunt Killer by Barry Lyga.

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6. IF you like Frozen THEN try Stork, Frost, and Flock by Wendy Delsol

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7. IF you like old-school video games and movies (or Wreck-It Ralph), THEN try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.


8. IF you like Criminal Minds, THEN try The Naturals by Jennifer Lynne Barnes.


9. IF you like creepy horror stories, TRY The Diviners by Libba Bray.


10. IF you like Doctor Who, THEN try Hourglass by Myra McEntire and Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.

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Happy Reading!




Waiting on Wednesday-Blood of My Blood 2/19/14

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

I have been trying to select books that are actually coming soon, but couldn’t resist this one.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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Blood of My Blood, Jasper Dent #3 by Barry Lyga. September 9, 2014.

I am really enjoying the Jasper Dent series and the second book ended with a heart-racing cliffhanger. Jazz is a great character, as are his two companions, Connie and Howie. I can’t wait to find out how things end for these three. Haven’t read I Hunt Killers and Game? There is plenty of time to get started!

From Goodreads:

Jazz Dent has ***spoiler removed***. His girlfriend Connie is ***spoiler removed***. And his best friend Howie is ***spoiler removed*** in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together ***spoiler removed***. But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?
The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Beginnings and Endings


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish is all about book beginnings and endings. This one was tough because I am so bad about remembering book quotes! But I managed to scrap together a pretty decent list.


1. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. I picked this one up based on the cover and quotes on the cover. That’s it. I was rewarded with one of the strangest books I have ever read. I loved it and wish there were more. Hey, Dan! Can there be more?


“Dear You, The body you are wearing used to be mine.”

2. Gone by Michael Grant. You guys know how much I love this series, right? Also, it has an awesome conclusion.


“One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. The next minute he was gone.”

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This one took some getting used to, but I was eventually sucked in. I suspect the ending of this trilogy is going to be epic.


“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”

4. Paranormalcy  by Kiersten White.I LOVE Evie and her snarky voice, which comes across on page one.


“”Wait – did you – you just yawned!” The vampire’s arms, raised over his head in the classic Dracula pose, dropped to his sides.”

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5. Game by Barry Lyga. Huh. I did not see that coming. More, please.


6. Flock by Wendy Delsol. I loved the ending of this series. It was not what I had expected, but it worked. By the way, this series does not get enough love! Go read Stork. It’s fabulous. I promise.


7. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Ok. This man can end a book. The Book Thief? On everyone’s list, for good reason. The tears! But I still have a major soft spot for Ed Kennedy.

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8. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I have theories. I can’t wait to see if I am right. I think this prequel trilogy kicks TMI hiney and I thought the ending was perfect. And trust me, I was WORRIED. Love triangles drive me batty.

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9. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Such a beautiful and powerful ending. Words that everyone should say to themselves.

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10. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. This may be the cruelest cliffhanger in the history of cruel cliffhangers.

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Honorable mention cruel cliffhangers: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite New-To-Me Authors of 2012


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, is all about new-to-me authors. I hope debut authors count because without them my list would be much shorter and you all know how I like to make long lists!

1. This year I discovered A.S. King when I read Please Ignore Vera Dietz. I definitely plan to read the rest of her works! I think I will work my way backwards and start with Ask the Passengers.

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2. This 2012 debut author is certainly new to me, but I plan on us being BFFs for a long time. I LOVED Melissa Meyer‘s Cinder.


3. The first book in Katie Alender‘s Bad Girls Don’t Die series hooked me…and yet I have still not finished the other books. Shame on me!

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4. Another new-to-me author is Patrick NessThe Knife of Never Letting Go was such an amazing read. I really need to get on the rest of the series.

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5. Ilsa Bick may be best know for her Star Trek novels (totally not my thing), but I discovered her this year when I picked up her 2011 novel,  Ashes. Wowza! I have Shadows waiting for me at home. Must. Read. Faster.


6. Barry Lyga has been writing YA novels for years, but I just “discovered” him this year when I read was I Hunt Killers. Love. Can’t wait for Game. Must have now. While I wait for it to be April, 2013 I should go back and read his other books.

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7. I can’t stop recommending this charming and hilarious middle-grade novel by Christopher Healy. Seriously, do yourself a favor and read The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Again, April 2013 can’t get here soon enough. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle? Yes, please.

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8. I had a rocky relationship with Laini Taylor‘s The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. When everyone else was gushing about Karou and Akiva way back in 2011 I was like, meh. Oh thank goodness for awesome audiobooks. This year I discovered the amazingness that is Laini Taylor!

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9. I finally got around to reading Lish McBride‘s 2010 debut,  Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (followed immediately by the 2012 sequel, Necromancing the Stone). I now ask myself two questions. 1. Why in the world did I wait so long to read this crazy-fun book? 2. When will there be more?

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10. Megan McCafferty‘s Jessica Darling is the darling of YA and I finally know why. Sloppy Firsts is adorable and I will be working my way through the rest of the series.


This would not be a typical Top Ten list if it didn’t include at least 12 items. The following bonus new-to-me authors are also 2012 debuts and I want more from them. Preferably right now.

11. Huntley Fitzpatrick‘s My Life Next Door is my new favorite YA romance. Remember all the buzz and excitement about Anna and the French Kiss? Right. Well MLND is this year’s Anna. Totally.

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12. The writing team of Martin Leicht and Ilsa Neal gave me the gift that is Mothership this year. I am eternally grateful and eagerly await more. Do yourself a favor and check out this campy gem.


What new-to-you authors did you enjoy this year?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books of 2013

Where does the time go? The Broke and the Bookish are asking us to look ahead to 2013! I don’t know why this is so shocking. I have been dreaming about some of these books for ages already. This was one of the easiest TTT lists to whip up in a long time. And of course, it was impossible to pick just ten books that I am excited about. So here are 13 for ’13!

1.Just One Day by Gayle Forman January 8, 2013

2. Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu January 29, 2013

3. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer February 5, 2013

4. Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White February 19, 2013

5. The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson  February 26, 2013

6. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare March 19, 2013

7 & 8. Light (Gone #6) by Michael Grant April 2, 2013 and BZRK #2 October 8, 2013


9. Game (Jasper Dent #2) by Barry Lyga April 23, 2013

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10. The Regency Witches by Alyxandra Harvey May 9, 2013

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11. Spirit and Dust (Goodnights #2) by Rosemary Clement-Moore May 14, 2013

12. Infinityglass (Hourglass #3) by Myra McEntire June 25, 2013

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13. House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan October 2013

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What are you excited to read in 2013?

Happy Reading!