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Mondays with Megan-I Might Be a Little Obsessed With Podcasts. 6/1/15

Happy Monday! I am beginning to wonder if I have a problem with my new phone. I’ve been bingeing on podcasts and digital ARCS and audiobooks. The books on my shelves and nightstand are gathering dust. I’ve been so busy around my house that I have been neglecting my coffee shop routine. I guess that’s the one of the nice things about books-they’ll still be there when you are ready to pick them up.

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  • The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige-♥♥♥♥♥. The second installment of the Dorothy Must Die series delivers fast-paced action and plenty of answers. I love the twists and turns and can’t wait for more.
  • The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender-♥♥♥♥. Restless spirits and a mysterious evil haunt the house that was once an insane asylum. This story takes an unusual spin on the traditional haunted house story. Told from the point of view of ghosts, this one is spooky!
  • What Did You Eat Yesterday, vol. 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga-♥♥♥. The day-to-day life of two middle-aged gay men is told around their dinner table. Simple and sweet and full of amazing food!
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll-♥♥♥♥. Ani Fanelli has spent years perfecting her outward persona in an attempt to escape a traumatic past. When her past resurfaces the pressure of maintaining her secret threatens everything she has built. Ani is not exactly likeable, but her story is definitely interesting!
  • The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim-♥♥♥♥. The son of El-Sayyid Nosair, the terrorist who killed the leader of the Jewish Defense Fund and plotted the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center from prison, writes about what it was like to grow up carrying the burden of his father’s actions. This is a short, but powerful story and another Alex Award winner is crossed of my list.
  • Alex + Ada, vol. 2 by Sarah Vaughn-♥♥♥♥♥. No spoilers for volume one, but it’s safe to say that tensions rise between humans and robots. I love this new sci-fi series!

Current Audio:

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  • Forever Odd by Dean Koontz.

Currently Reading:

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  • I Crawl Through It by A.S. King-super weird!
  • Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
  • Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy-more Skulduggery Pleasant!

Current TV Binges:

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Podcast Binges:

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I am particularly in love with Mortified. This podcast features adults reading from their childhood journals in front of a live audience. It is truly hilarious. I am almost caught up with the Strangers archives. I love this one too. These stories are often so moving and inspiring.

A new serial story:

Last week also brought TWO new episodes in the story of Iris! If you are looking for a new reading adventure, I recommend checking out this story. You’ll find Iris at danamcswain.com.

That’s it for me. Happy Reading!


Also, Iris!

Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Books For Fans of Supernatural-3/10/15


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is so open-ended it’s practically a freebie! The topic is the top ten books for people who like X. Solve for X. Since by current television obsession continues to be Supernatural, X=Supernatural.

dean readsDean doesn’t seem to thrilled with his book. Maybe he would prefer one of these:

1. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. A skeleton detective, ancient gods, necromancers, and all sorts of magic.


2. The Diviners by Libba Bray. Occult murders, flappers, and a really, really creepy house.


3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. The ghost of Jack the Ripper once again torments London.

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4. Evil Librarian by Michele Knudsen. Two words: Demon librarian.

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5. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. A family of witches, occult happenings, ghosts, and mischievous goats. For the fans who enjoy the humorous side of the Winchesters!

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6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. The unconsecrated, the walking dead, the living dead, call them what you want, a zombie is a zombie!

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7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Shadowhunters/Demon hunters. Same dif.

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8. Gone by Michael Grant. All sorts of messed-up monster action going on here!


9. White Cat by Holly Black. Magic, curses, mobsters!

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10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Angels, demons, monsters.

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Happy Reading!


Waiting on Wednesday-Daughter of Deep Silence-11/19/14


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

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

daughter of deep silence

From Goodreads:

“A delicious tale of revenge and identity from Carrie Ryan, the bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked.

To ensure her safety from the obviously dangerous and very powerful Wells family, Libby’s father helps newly orphaned Frances assume Libby’s identity. Frances has spent years in hiding, transforming herself into Libby, and she can no longer allow the people who murdered her entire family and Libby to get away with it. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.

The game has just begun, and Frances is not only playing dirty, she’s playing to win.”

I am so excited for a new YA book from Carrie Ryan! And a romantic thriller? How unexpected after her zombie trilogy. I can’t wait for summer 2015!

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Books to Get You in the Halloween Spirit-10/28/14


This week The Broke and the Bookish are getting into the Halloween spirit! I am a big scaredy cat and can’t even watch the horror movie previews/commercials on tv, so I am going to stick to books…that are sort of spooky.


1. Amity by Michol Ostow. Super creepy haunted house!

2. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. The title speaks for itself-the new librarian is a demon!

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3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.  A skeleton detective solving supernatural crimes.


4. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. Gothic, graphic ghost stories.

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5. Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud. Clever middle grade/teen ghost story.


6. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Spiritualism and Spanish Influenza, plus creepy photos!

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7. Diviners by Libba Bray. The scariest book on my list! Flappers, the occult, supernatural powers…and that song. Oh, man, that song.


8. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. Evil ghost out for revenge.

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9. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Wicked, dark humor.


10. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. My favorite zombie book!

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Happy (Spooky) Reading!





Top Ten Tuesday-Unique Reads 4/8/14


This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about unique reads. Get ready to see some awesome lists filled with strange worlds, great characters, interesting writing styles, and plain-old weirdness. Here are my picks:

1. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. This tops the list not because it is my favorite, but because I just read it and it is so totally bizarre. The world ends with giant praying mantises eating their way through the human population. This account of the end is told by a sexually confused teenaged boy.

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2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor remains the only series I have ever read that features chimera. I love it.

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3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is a zombie book that never uses the word zombie. This is still my favorite zombie series.

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4. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride makes necromancy look fun! It is dark and absolutely hilarious.


5. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. It’s like the British X-Files/secret society stuff. Plus monsters. And conspiracies. It’s just so strange. There is a sequel in the works, but no firm details. *sigh*


6. BZRK by Michael Grant. This series scares the bejeezus out of me. Nanotechnology. Tiny little nanobots eating your brain. I hate love it so bad.


7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Welcome to a world of super villains. Without super heroes. It’s up to ordinary humans to save humankind. This book is all sorts of bad*@s. Love, love, love.


8. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld features an alternate reality WWI that was fought between the Darwinists and the Clankers. I love the fabricated beasties and the steampunk.


9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer puts a futuristic twist on classic fairy tales. Cinderella the cyborg? Heck yeah!


10. Mothership by Martin Leicht is Teen Mom + 80’s pop culture + aliens=total nonsense! Laugh out loud fun!


Honorable Mentions:

  • Any thing by A.S. King. She always slips in a touch of the unusual in her contemporary fiction. Whether it’s ghosts and a talking pagoda or bringing things out of dreams and talking ants, there is always a touch of the strange.

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  • Stork by Wendy Delsol is another favorite of mine. Kat is a human stork, responsible for placing new souls with the proper parent.stork

Happy Reading!





Top Ten Tuesday: Books and Authors I am Thankful For

This week The Broke and the Bookish is giving thanks and so am I. I am so thankful to be going on vacation. I am also thankful that I have a Nook loaded with books. And of course, there a so many authors and books that I am thankful for that a Top Ten list is nearly impossible! But, I’ll give it my best shot.

1. J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. I will always be thankful for these books. For many years they were the only thing I had in common with my youngest brother. A thirteen year age gap is pretty big when you are 10 and 23! We read all the books together and saw all the movies. I will even admit to crying in the parking lot after seeing the last movie-not because of the film, but because it was the last one and end to a favorite tradition.

That’s my one heart-warming book related story. Everything is else is based on pure awesomeness.

2. Scott Westerfeld. Uglies was the first YA book that I read as an adult in library school. What an awesome way to get started in the wonderful world of YA! The only drawback is that often find myself thinking/saying things like “kids today have it so good, they don’t even know…” I mean, it’s true, but when did I become that old lady?

3. Carrie Ryan. I may never have discovered that I love zombies had it not been for The Forest of Hands and Teeth!

4. John Flanagan and The Ranger’s Apprentice. This series is so awesome and I am personally thankful for Halt and Tug. I love those guys! Even better? Last week my road-trip loving library pals and I took a little trip to Columbus to see him. And my collection of signed books grows…YAY.

5. Kiersten White. I loved Paranormalcy and can’t wait to read more from her. Also, her blog is lots of fun.

6. Libba Bray. I am so thankful for the awesome variety of books she writes. Gemma Doyle? Awesome. Going Bovine? Weird and awesome. Beauty Queens? Hilarious and awesome. The Diviners? My most favoritest of all! Creepy and awesome. And of course, she is a hilarious delight in person.

7. L.A. Meyer. A TTT list would not be complete without a shout out to my favorite sea-faring orpah, Jacky Faber!

How about some non-YA thanks?

8. Sarah Addison Allen. I am so thankful for her lovely, magical books.

9. Lisa Lutz. How much do I love the Spellmans? So. Freaking. Much. More, please!

10. Bill Willingham. I am thankful to my co-worker for recommending Fables as my introduction to the wonderful world of graphic novels!

So I kept it to ten, but I just realized it’s been a while since I gushed about Michael Grant, Ally Carter, Rick Riordan, or Antony John in a Top Ten Tuesday! Weird. Still totally thankful for these guys.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to See on the Big Screen

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! This week The Broke and the Bookish want to know which books we think would make awesome movies (true to my cheater self I also added some that I think would make awesome tv shows). I will only do this list on one condition: Hollywood has to promise not to screw any of these up! Seriously, don’t Percy Jackson any of these or else I’ll, I’ll… Oh hell, let’s face it, I can’t do a darn thing about it. But really, don’t mess them up. You are welcome for the suggestions. They rock. So, Lights! Camera! Action!

1. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. At first I thought, hmm, Uglies, because hooverboards, right? But actually, I think the Leviathan series would be a more breathtakingly amazing film. Can you imagine it? Also, Mr. Westerfeld was kind enough to include blueprints. You’re welcome set and props crew. I’m not saying no to Uglies, either. Unless they plan to screw it up. In that case, leave my favorite series alone please.

2. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. The part where they realize that there are buildings under them? I sort of had a Star Wars moment in my head then. Also, I would like to see what they do with Tool.

3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. How could you not want to see this as a movie? I mean, the script practically writes itself! I am sure there is some leftover Lost stuff that they could reuse. I think this may be my best suggestion of the day. Please do it.

4.  Hourglass by Myra McEntire. I think the world is ready for another “I see dead people” movie, don’t you? Also, there is the whole redacted  thing. And Michael? Mmmmm.

5. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. I don’t know, I just really like Ed Kennedy and ever since I listened to if I can’t stop associating Jesse Spencer with Ed. No, he did not narrate, and it’s probably really stupid American of me, but Ed is Australian, Jesse is Australian, and the guy who narrated is Australian…see where I am going with this. I am not proud of it, but it’s the shameful truth-they all sound the same to me apparently!

6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This would make one hell of a zombie movie. Someone should get on that. I am sure there are plenty of disappointed Walking Dead extras who have been killed off already and need to put their amazing zombie skills to use.

7. Heist Society by Ally Carter. Maybe it’s time for a tough, female lead who doesn’t have to be in a kill or be killed situation all the time? I mean, there is danger, and all, but there is also much more humor and kissing as well. I think it’s a smashing idea.

8. The Knife if Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I would like to see someone try to make the whole Noise thing work without driving the audience crazy, because if they can do that, this would make an awesome and suspenseful movie!


9. Blood Red Road by Moira Young. One of my favorite underappreciated books. This film would be awesome-a quest, cage fighting, battles, a hilarious and handsome guy…what more do you want?

10. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. The Ultimate Mean Girls. The danger here is that it has the potential to turn into an After School Special.

Ok, time for the bonus round-book series that would make awesome tv shows.

1. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. A family of dysfunctional private investigators. Yes.

2. The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. House is wrapping up, maybe Hugh Laurie would like to play Halt?

3. Gone by Michael Grant. Oh, what a creeptastic show this would make.

4. White Cat by Holly Black. I really need more of the Curse Workers.

What do you think?

Happy Reading!