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Mondays With Megan-Listen Up! June is Audiobook Month. 6/9/14


It has been awhile since I publicly declared by undying love for audiobooks, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to remind everyone how amazing it can be to listen to a book, and get in a plug about how EASY it is to get audiobooks from Rocky River Public Library!

I always have a book on cd in my car and a Playaway at home so that I can listen while I walk the dogs, work in the yard, or do boring housework. If I had a smart phone or other device, I *could* also download audiobooks to an mp3 player or stream audio using our new Hoopla service.

I have listened to nearly 200 audiobooks in the past few years. My favorite readers are still Jim Dale (Harry Potter, The Night Circus), Katherine Kellgren (Bloody Jack), and Jayne Entwistle (Flavia de Luce). This year I have already fallen in love with a number of new audiobooks. Here are a few of the highlights:

shadow and bone rosie project stories more than this

If you ever need an audio recommendation, let me know! I love talking about talking books!

If it weren’t for audiobooks, I would hardly be getting any reading done lately. I did manage to read (with my eyes) one book last week. I am kind of stuck with my other two in progress reads, which leads me to start new books…Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

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girl you left behind tease

  • The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes is a story within a story, all surrounding a portrait of a young French woman painted by the subject’s husband before WWI. I really enjoyed both stories.
  • Tease by Amanda Maciel is a complex look at bullying. When a teen commits suicide after months of relentless bullying, her parents press charges against the bullies. This story is told from the point of view of one of the girls being charged. It is hard to say that I liked this book because so much of the content is unlikable, but it was powerful and moving and satisfying in the end. I am considering this title for a book club read.

Current Audio:

10% happier francona

It’s all about nonfiction for me right now! I am really enjoying 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I am also finding Francona’s autobiography quite interesting, even if I do have to hear about that other team he managed 😉

Currently Reading:

hero's guide outlaw bzrk 3 pointe

  • The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy has been my bedtime read for weeks now. The problem is, by the time I go to bed I can’t keep my eyes open for more than 5 minutes!
  • BZRK: Apocalypse by Michael Grant is so creepy. I really can only read it in small bits…
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert is the book I am reading instead of the other two. I am hooked! It’s dark and gritty and mysterious.

On Deck:

girl with a clock for a heart summer of letting go

Happy Reading (and Listening)!




Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Simon & Schuster
September 18, 2012
368 pgs

Kat, Lillia, Mary are three very different girls with one thing in common: they are out for revenge. Kat is tired of the jokes and insults that come from being from “the wrong side” of Jar Island. Lillia is fiercely protective of her little sister and one guy is going to find out the hard way not to mess with her. Mary actually left the island four years about after a traumatic experience with a classmate. Now she’s back and ready to prove to her tormentor that she is a different person and ready for revenge. These three girls have no reason to be friends, but they’ve formed an unlikely alliance in order to exact revenge on the people who have hurt them most. They are united, determined, and will stop at nothing. Will revenge be sweet or will they go too far?

I read tons of YA books and for the most part the fact that the characters are teens does not affect how I enjoy the story. That was not the case with Burn for Burn. As an adult I felt really uncomfortable with the girls’ plans for revenge. That being said, I do understand why the girls thought they deserved to exact revenge. Their stories bullying are not groundbreaking, but they are powerful and painful. Teens will be able to relate to and want to read this book, and ultimately that is the goal. This book will certainly resonate with its target audience. The subtle supernatural element surprised me and I am definitely interested to see how things will play out in the sequel.

Readalikes: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers, The Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Material by Rosalind Wiseman

This book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley.com for review.

Happy Reading!