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Top Ten Tuesday-Dream Writing Duos-10/13/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about our dream writing pairs. Can you imagine what would happen if your favorite authors teamed up and wrote together? Just imagine it!

1. A.S. King and Libba Bray. Can you imagine the feminist manifesto this duo could create?

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2. A.S. King and Marcus Zusak. Everyone always goes on and on about John Green and all the feels. Well, I think these two brilliantly write all the feels on a much deeper level.

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3. Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo. Can you imagine the gorgeous fantasy baby these ladies would produce? *Sigh*

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4. Cat Winters and Ruta Sepetys. When in comes to historical fiction these two can do no wrong.

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5. Mike Mullin and Michael Grant. Whether it’s natural disasters or technological disasters, these guys have the ability to scare the bejeezus out of me!

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6. John Flanagan and Scott Westerfeld. Despite writing very different types of books, I love that both of these writers have created characters that I truly love. Also, they have created some pretty cool worlds.

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7. Rainbow Rowell and Ally Carter. I think I am on to something here, I’m just now sure what yet.

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8. Ernest Cline and Brandon Sanderson. How about a video game/superhero mash-up? Yes, please!

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9. Jonathon Stroud and Jasper Fforde. I really appreciate the wit from these two. Imagine how very British their books would be!

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10. Jandy Nelson and Benjamin Alire Saenz. This would be another contemporary fiction power couple.

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Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan-Summer is almost here, but fall is on my mind! 5/18/15

Happy Monday! For those of you counting, there are only 13 school days left before summer vacation! I am almost finished assembling this year’s summer reading prize baskets and I must say, they are pretty interesting this year. I am quite pleased with my breakfast themed basket (thanks to a book club student for the suggestion). I will have all the details for each basket available soon, but for now I can tell you that each one has a $10 gift card of some kind, candy, and books. Some have movies, a couple have t-shirts, one has s’mores fixings, and another has foam ninja swords. So, yes, summer is on my mind too *but* I am already planning fall programs! The calendar is filling up fast and I am really excited about what we will be offering in September. Stay tuned!

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Moving on to this week’s books. I am officially back in a reading slump! I am once again struggling with the printed word, but I doing a ton of listening.


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  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli-♥♥♥♥. Simon Spier is a not-out gay teenager. He has been exchanging emails with another student anonymously. When a fellow actor in the school musical discovers Simon’s secret he begins blackmailing him. Simon scrambles to protect the privacy of his new crush, “Blue” but can he do that without creating more drama and compromising himself? This book is fantastic! It’s a sweet and saucy romance with plenty of flirting and swearing.
  • The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters-♥♥♥♥-Olivia Mead is an independent and headstrong teen, and much to her father’s chagrin, she is becoming a suffragist. It is 1900 in Oregon and Olivia’s father hires a performing hypnotist to attempt to cure her of her rebellious nature by manipulating her mind. Instead, Henri makes her able to see the world as it really is. A chilling blend of history and the supernatural.
  • Displacement: a Travelogue by Lucy Knisley-♥♥♥♥♥-Bestselling cartoonist Knisley volunteers to accompany her grandparents on a cruise. Their failing physical and mental health challenges Knisley’s patience. The resulting document of their trip is equal parts travelogue and family history. Compassionate, touching, and a bit sad, this is a wonderful addition to the author’s graphic memoirs.
  • Ask the Dark by Henry Turner-♥♥♥-Billy Zeets has a reputation for being a bad kid. After his mother died he found himself in all sorts of trouble, but that was in the past. He has changed his ways and works hard to do the right thing and help his father. When Billy discovers evidence that may solve some recent kidnappings he is hesitant to speak of for fear he won’t be believed. This was not my favorite book of the week, but is was captivating and solid mystery.
  • Alex + Ada, vol. 1 by Sarah Vaughn-♥♥♥♥♥-When newly single Alex receives an android companion as a gift, his first instinct is to return it. However, he quickly learns that there is more to his new robot than meets the eye. This is a promising start to a new science fiction graphic novel series. I loved it and snatched up volume 2 in a hurry!

Currently Reading:

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I am still reading an e-galley of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender. It really is great, I just don’t have a lot of time right now. I am also working through What Did You Eat Yesterday by Fumi Yoshinaga. It is a really interesting adult manga series. I am rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with my nephews. Other than that, I haven’t found a new book to hold my interest.

Current Audio:

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I am going to need something light and uplifting after both of these! They are both really good, but heavy material.

Currently Watching:

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I finished the first season of The IT Crowd and started season 9 of Supernatural! I want to binge this one, but I am rationing the episodes so the wait for season 10 on Netflix isn’t so long.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Authors I Want to Meet 5/12/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about that often elusive but always thrilling event-the author meeting! I have been so fortunate to meet many of my favorite authors, especially considering the fact that authors seem to avoid Cleveland like the plague. It’s all Columbus and Cincinnati, blah, blah, blah. Where’s the love for the 216?!? I have had to do a ton of driving to meet authors. I even drove to Michigan to meet Scott Westerfeld. Totally worth it. While I have checked some big names off my list (Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Michael Grant, John Flanagan, and Carrie Ryan to name a few), there are still tons more who I would love to meet.

1. A.S. King. She is top in my list for a reason. She’s my favorite. I love what she has to say and would drive to Michigan if I had to in order to meet her.


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2. Liani Taylor. I want more! I love the world of her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.


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3. Markus Zusak. While the rest of the world obsesses over The Book Thief (which I really did love), I quietly sit by and reread I am the Messenger.


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4. Ally Carter. I really want to be a Gallagher Girl. So bad.


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5. J.K. Rowling. No brainer.


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6. Rick Riordan. Another no brainer.


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7. Cat Winters. Cat Winters writes historical fiction that I want to read!


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8. Marissa Meyer. Oh, goodness. I love this woman’s twisted tales.


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9. Derek Landy. Skulduggery Pleasant is my newest obsession. And he has a new trilogy coming out. Please hurry and set a U.S. release date!


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10. Robin LaFevers. Medieval French assassin nuns. That’s more historical fiction I can get into!


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Bonus: Adult Authors

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              Stephen King                Tana French       Rainbow Rowell          Lisa Lutz

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-Too Tired to Be Clever-5/11/15

Happy Monday *yawn* *stretch* *sigh*. What a busy weekend! Friday I went to a baseball game, Saturday I took myself to the Cleveland Flea, and yesterday I spent the day at my aunt’s house on the beach. Lake Erie was freezing, but calm and clear!

The school year is coming to an end and it’s time to start focusing on summer reading. We’ll be doing something new this year and I am super excited to tell you all about it soon. Also, I love shopping for prizes!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey (she’s on hiatus right now) and Teach Mentor Texts.

I finally finished a few things that I had been working on for a while!


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  • Soppy: a Love Story by Phillipa Rice-♥♥♥♥♥-This graphic novel is simply a collection of moments from the author’s relationship with her boyfriend. Sweet, funny, charming. I loved it.
  • Are You Dissing Me? What Animals Really Think by Simon Winheld-♥♥♥-All of the illustrations are amazing, but some of the inner thoughts miss the mark. The ones that work are very funny!
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng-♥♥♥♥-This 2015 Alex Award winner is about the secrets we all keep. Lydia, the favored daughter of a mixed-race family living in Ohio in the 1970s, disappears and is later found dead. As each member of her family copes with the news, they must confront their secrets.
  • The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz-♥♥♥♥♥-On a whim, I decided to reread an old favorite. The Spellmans are my favorite dysfunctional family of private investigators!
  • Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers-♥♥♥♥♥-The final book in the His Fair Assassins series was full of surprises! Annith has lived her entire life at the convent, but when she learns she is being groomed to be a Seeress, she knows she has to act fast and prove herself worthy of going out on missions like her friends Sybella and Ismae. This was a fantastic ending to a fantastic trilogy. I will miss these ladies!
  • You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack by Tom Gauld-♥♥♥♥-This collection of cartoons written for The Guardian was my introduction to Tom Gauld. Dark, dry wit, clever literary themes, and random oddness combine with simple and often times strange illustrations. I will be going back to the shelves for more Gauld.
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz-♥♥♥♥-Odd Thomas (that’s really his name) can see dead people. Sometimes a gift, often a curse, life is never dull in Pico Mundo! This was a fun start to what promises to be an interesting series.

Current Audio:

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I am going to be finished with both of these today. I am not sure what’s on deck. Possibly these:

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Currently Reading:

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Currently Watching:

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I actually finished Extras. It’s quite hilarious and the dvd extras are brilliant. I finally added Netflix to my life so I am enjoying Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year-12/23/14


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about the books we wish we owned!

Dear Santa,
I think I have been pretty good this year, so if you find the time, I wouldn’t mind having a few of these pretty books to add to my shelves. Thanks!



1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I loved this book so much that I will definitely reread it, especially if I have a copy of my own!

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2. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. I still haven’t managed to read this one. I think it would look smashing next to my copy of In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

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3. Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I was too impatient to wait my turn for Cress so I ran out and bought it. Now it looks weird and sad without the first two books. Santa, please help me update by collection!

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4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu. This is another one that I want to read, but haven’t gotten to yet. I should probably just own it.

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5. Thug Kitchen by Thug Kitchen. I really do want to cook like a give a ___!


Since we all know that Santa is magic, I am going to go ahead and add some yet-to-be published titles. If anyone can get them, I believe that Santa can!

6. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. Please?


7. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Pretty please?


8. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. Pretty please with a cherry on top?


9. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. How can you resist this cover?

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10. Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George. It’s probably too soon even for Santa, but it never hurts to ask, right?


Happy Reading!


In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters-Review 11/20/14

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
April 2, 2013
Amulet Books
Hardcover, 387 pgs

What it’s about:

During the height of the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, sixteen-year old Mary Shelley Black is sent to San Diego to live with her aunt after her father is arrested for helping young men dodge the draft. Despite the ever-present fear of the flu and war, Mary Shelley is eager to reunite with her childhood friend, Stephen. When she learns that Stephen’s brother has made a name for himself among the Spiritualists by claiming to photograph the spirits of the dead, she is determined to prove him a fraud. Her plans are derailed when she herself is visited by an unsettled spirit.

Why you might like it:

The terror of death, disease, and war are palpable in this chilling debut. Haunting photographs from the era make the horror come alive. This is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, the paranormal, and spooky ghost stories!

Want more like this?

Try The Diviners by Libba Bray, Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, and The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore.

Happy Reading!



Mondays with Megan-Oh, Snowy Days. Winter is Here! 11/17/14

Happy Monday! Here in Northeast Ohio the snow is falling. It’s very lovely and exciting and it marks the beginning of prime reading season! It’s a good thing because my bookcases are overflowing with unread books.

On Friday I had the opportunity to attend a Teen Symposium. The keynote speaker was the lovely Siobhan Vivian. She spoke primarily about her book The List. This book was inspired by an article she read about a real-life freshman hazing incident that included a “slut list.” The incident made the headlines a few years ago. The list itself was bad enough, but the teen’s responses were even more shocking. Vivian could not believe that some teens were happy to be on the list and others were disappointed about being excluded. From this, The List was born. It’s been a while since I read this one, but I remember it being a quick read full of issues. I am considering this one for a book club selection.

Saturday was spent in Columbus, visiting the zoo and my aunt and uncle. Sunday was spent trying to finish my book while my nephews did their best to destroy their house and injure each other. Thank goodness there was snow on the ground! They got the boot and built a snowman. I am usually much more attentive when I hang out with them, but I had 150 pages left in The Blood of Olympus. I couldn’t put it down!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts



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  • In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winter was a book club reread. I loved it as much as the first time.
  • The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. The final, epic showdown between the demigods and Gaea is finally happening. I loved this series ending, though I am sad to see them all go. I particularly loved Leo, Nico, and Reyna.

Current Audio:

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  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This is living up to all the hype. I am thoroughly enjoying the audio.
  • Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. This is a duel POV in the same vein as That Summer by Lauren Willig and The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.

Currently Reading:

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On Deck:

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Happy Reading!