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Mondays with Megan-The End of Summer Reading-8/3/15

Hi All! Today was the drawing for the last summer reading basket. I can’t believe how fast that went! I had a record number of participants-207 teens. They read a combined 399 books and magazines. Now the back-to-school countdown begins. I am actually pretty excited about all the things I have planned for fall. You can find out all the plans at the library’s Back to School Breakfast Bar. We’ll have pancakes and waffles and all sorts of toppings. We’ll play games and talk about all the fun upcoming library programs.

I got a lot of reading/listening in last week, which is good because this week I am busy with G.I.S.H.W.E.S and next week I am on vacation! Check out what I’ve read:

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

Finished:

man called ove darkest part of the forest fables happily ever after these shallow graves lumberjanes

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman-♥♥♥♥♥. Ove (pronounces Oova) is a gruff and grouchy man, but behind his curmudgeonly exterior is a sweet and sad story. His story slowly unfolds when new neighbors move in next door and disrupt is strict and orderly routine. I loved this book so, so, much. It’s sweet and quirky and sad. I laughed, I cried, and then started recommending it to anyone who would listen.
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black-♥♥♥♥. In the town of Fairfold humans and fairies coexist, making the town a tourist stop. The main attraction is the horned boy locked in endless sleep in a glass coffin. Hazel and her brother Ben have always loved the boy. When he disappears, a strange and deadly chain of events is set into motion. I am not usually a fan of fae stories, but Holly Black is a master.
  • Fables vol. 21, Happily Ever After by Bill Willingham-♥♥♥♥. This is the penultimate volume of the series and story lines are getting wrapped up. Don’t worry, things aren’t wrapping up in a nice tidy manner! Things are pretty brutal and grim and the stage is set for one last epic battle.
  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly-♥♥♥♥. It’s the Gilded Age in New York City and Josephine Montford is a young aristocrat destined to make a good match for marriage, when her father dies from an accidental gunshot. With his death, Jo’s world begins to crumble. With the help of a dashing reporter and a medical student who works at the morgue, Jo sets out on a dangerous path to discover the truth behind her father’s death. I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book, which is due out in October. I really enjoyed the ending, but my one complaint is that fact that this book is really long. Unnecessarily long. It kind of dragged in the middle.
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson-♥♥♥♥. Another totally weird graphic novel! Five best friends at camp keep stumbling upon strange things in the woods-strange three-eyed foxes, yetis guarding a tower, and a weird neighboring boys camp. Will the Lumberjane scouts figure out what in the world is going on? You won’t find out in this first volume, but you’ll want to know!

Current Audio:

unhinged

Currently Reading:

six of crows rest of us just live here heart of tin

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Mondays with Megan-Critter Christmas III-12/15/14

This past Saturday was my Third Annual Critter Christmas Party with the Cleveland Animal Protective League. They brought four dogs and eight kittens to the library. Throughout the day over 100 people stopped in to see the animals and leave donations. We even had one adoptions!

This is Dinks. She found a forever home this weekend!

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izzy coco kitten

Izzy, Coco Strudel, and Tina are just a few of the pets that went back to the APL. If you are thinking about adding a new pet to your family please consider giving a rescue animal a chance. And a special thank you to everyone who stopped by to leave a donation or just stopped in for a cuddle.

As Christmas rapidly approaches I am trying to juggle last-minute reading and checking off items on my enormous To Do list. So far I have baked two batches of cookies, ordered a few gifts, and made a trip to Barnes & Noble for my nephews. Oh! and I bought a ton of fancy cheese. I got lucky with my assignments. Last week I discovered that short stories, novellas, graphic novels and audio books are the way to go right now. Novels just slow me down!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text

 

Finished:

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  • The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin. This edition is a reprint of a novella originally published in 1980 and is set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. This little novella tells the story of a girl and the legendary Ice Dragon who befriends her.
  • The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige. This digital novella is the second prequel to Dorothy Must Die. In this one readers learn more about Glinda and Jellia Jam. One is not as good as she claims and the other learns that she an important role to play in the saving of Oz.
  • Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich. This collection of short stories all examine the theme of parents and the spoiled brats who love them. Dark, off-beat and irreverent as well as laugh-out-loud hilarious.
  • Fables, vol. 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham. It is clear that this series is winding down, and Camelot is setting the stage for a big finish.

Current Audio:

blue lily, lily blue lucky us

Currently Reading:

glory o'brien all the bright places how to be a woman

On Deck:

mortal heart accidental

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

 

Mondays with Megan-Book Hangovers and Readathons 2/17/14

According the Urban Dictionary, a book hangover is defined as the feeling you have “when you’ve finished a book and you suddenly return to the real world, but the real world feels incomplete or surreal because you’re still living in the world of the book.”

That sounds about right. Cress was awesome. Winter is going to be epic.

I am hoping that a readathon will be just the thing I need to bring me back to reality. I will be joining Novel Heartbeats and Confessions of a Bookie Monster in their Love For Books Readathon.

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My goal is to finish the three books in my Currently Reading category and read at least one additional book and one additional graphic novel.

Monday 2/17
Currently reading: Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend & Vicious
Pages read today: 95
Books completed today: 1

Tuesday 2/18
Currently reading: Jane, the Fox and Me, Vicious, Don’t Even Think About It
Pages read today: 116
Books completed today: 1

Wednesday 2/19
Currently reading: The Silver Six, Vicious, Don’t Even Think About It
Pages read today: 80
Books completed today: 0

Thursday 2/20
Currently reading: The Silver Six, Vicious, Don’t Even Think About It
Pages read today: 92
Books completed today: 0

Friday 2/21
Currently reading: The Silver Six, Vicious, Don’t Even Think About It
Pages read today: 150
Books completed today: 1

Saturday 2/22
Currently reading: The Silver Six, Vicious
Pages read today: 56
Books completed today:

Sunday 2/23
Currently reading: The Silver Six, Vicious
Pages read today: 126
Books completed today: 1

Time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for another

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Finished:

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  • Fairest: In All The Land by Bill Willingham is a collection of short stories featuring a number of guest artists. The story stars all of the fairy tale beauties. This Fables spin-off is a standalone, but it does offer some hints about the main storyline of Fables.
  • The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley is the sixth (and final?) volume in the Flavia de Luce series. Flavia is a precocious 11-year-old with a passion for poisons. She is charming and clever and hilarious. If this is the end, I will miss her dearly, but I suspect we may not have heard the last of young Flavia. *fingers crossed* My coworker just said she heard there were going to be 10 books! I hope that is true!
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer is the third (and so far longest) book in The Lunar Chronicles series. The plot thickens, new characters are introduced, secrets are revealed and all hell breaks loose. There is a lot of romance, but this one is also a lot darker than the previous two. I loved it.

Current Audio:

this is what happy looks like stories

I made too much progress in This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Apparently I did not do much dog walking last week. Stupid winter is messing up my routine. On a total whim I started listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography by Rob Lowe. I have been on a West Wing kick lately, so I guess it makes sense. Lowe narrates and so far I am enjoying this one.

Currently Reading:

vicious broken hearts jane

All other reading came to a halt last week as I devoted all my time to Cress. This week I intend to really start Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I am more than half way through an ARC of Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Kate Finn and I have to admit, I am not really crazy about it. Finally, I am reading Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt. The story is quite sad, but the illustrations are lovely.

On Deck:

brotherband

My middle school book club’s Teen Choice selection was The Outcast, book 1 in the Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan. I am excited to finally read this one!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays with Megan-I Have Cress and There is Nothing Else to Say! 2/10/14

It’s Monday. Boy, oh boy, is it ever Monday. I overslept today for the first time in ages. I am not talking about the hit snooze one too many times kind of oversleeping. I am talking about turn off the alarm and wake in a panic almost an hour later oversleeping! And then I got stuck in the apron of my drive  because they apparently plowed overnight and I thought I could just power through the two feet of frozen slush (thank you city of Cleveland for actually plowing my street). I was wrong. Thankfully there was a guy walking down the street who was willing to give me a push. Stupid winter is kicking my butt! But none of this matters, because I HAVE CRESS (*see bit about oversleeping*). Work is really interfering with my reading time….I am so distracted by it this fact that I can’t think of anything else to report, so I will just give you my Monday reading report.

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Thank you Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for hosting!

Finished:

lost lake half brother avalon regretsy

  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen-All the charm and magic I have come to expect from her. Just lovely.
  • Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel-I was actually surprised by how much I loved this one! Ben’s parents are scientists who want to study language acquisition in chimps so they adopt a baby chimp and raise him as a child. This only works out for a little while and then Ben is forced to choose between what he believes is right and what he as been told is right. I want my book club to read this one!
  • Avalon by Mindee Arnett-I was excited for this one, but in the end I can’t say that I loved it. I really enjoyed all of the characters and the story was awesome, but it suffered from pacing issues. The first half was too slow, but I am so happy I stuck it out because the second half was incredible. If you are a patient reader looking for a space adventure I encourage you to pick it up. I will definitely be watching for sequel.
  • Regretsy by April Winchell-This is a hilarious collection of strange items found on Etsy. If you like Awkward Family Photos and Cake Wrecks, you will enjoy all the weirdness in this book.

Current Audio:

the dead in their vaulted arches this is what happy looks like

Currently Reading:

cress broken hearts vicious fairest in all the land

In theory I am working on all of these, but in reality, Cress trumps all.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays with Megan 1/20/14

Good morning dear readers! I am so excited to finally be able to say I saw Catching Fire! I loved it, just as I loved the book and I found myself reconsidering my dissatisfaction with Mockingjay. I think the movies have made Katniss a more sympathetic and likeable character than she was in the books. I might have to reread the last book. I may even change my mind about it. Hm. Saturday I proctored a practice ACT test at the library, giving me over three hours of reading time. For the record, this is a luxury and novelty because, contrary to popular belief, librarians do not actually get to sit around and get paid to read all day! And in an attempt to avoid putting away Christmas stuff (I really did try, but only got as far as restoring my Norfolk pine to its original houseplant status), I spent Sunday leisurely wandering around town and eventually ending up at the coffee shop. Shocking, I know. My point in all of this is that I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend and got a ton of reading done! Just in time for my favorite Monday morning check-in:

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Be sure to stop by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great lists.

Finished:

shadow hero small town sinners fables snow white eye marie

  • The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novel that will be out later this year and tells the story of the first Chinese superhero. I really enjoyed this one and will hopefully have a full review at some point.
  • Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker was my Random Reads pick for January. I will have a review up this week. It was not my favorite.
  • Fables vol. 19: Snow White by Bill Willingham broke my heart a little bit. Also, the Oz bits totally got me in the mood for all the Oz retellings coming out soon.
  • The Eye of the Minds by James Dashner was recommended by a teen reader. I will have a review ready soon, but I will say that I couldn’t help thinking about what Michael Grant would have done with this idea (and kind of wishing he had been the one to write it).
  • Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender has been sitting on my shelf for ages and it was just time to read it or return it. I read it and enjoyed it. It did not get great reviews on Goodreads. I get it, it’s flawed. But it was still a quick, fun read with plenty of mean-girl attitude, a cute French boy romance, Paris, and a vengeful ghost lopping off heads!

Current Audio:

interestings sabriel

I am still working on The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. This one is really growing on me. I am also about half way through Sabriel by Garth Nix. This one is *not* growing on me like I thought it would. We’ll see what the second half has to offer.

Current Reads:

better off friends roomies

It seems weird to only have two books going…maybe I should start something else!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan