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Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Time is Here! 6/16/14

It’s here! On of my favorite times of the year at the library! Summer reading! Yes, all those exclamation points *are* necessary, thank you very much. Summer reading may conjure of images of being forced to read dusty old classics, but here at the library it is all fun and prizes. Reader of all ages can find a program, so be sure to stop by the Children’s Department and Adult Reference and we will get children, teens, and adults all signed up. Teen readers will have a chance to will a weekly basket full of goodies. This week’s basket has the movie Goonies and the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer, plus plenty of candy, coupons for free Chipotle, and much, much more. For a chance to win all you have to do is read. Fill out a slip for each book, drop it in the entry box at the AV Desk and cross your fingers. Easy, right? We’ll even give you prize just for signing up. See you soon! P.S. Adults, your summer reading is very similar-entry slips, awesome goodie baskets, prizes for signing up…come visit us soon!

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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.

Finished:

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  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris is a compelling memoir about the anchorman’s struggle with anxiety and how his discovery and practice of meditation helped calm his mind. This book definitely inspired me to continue learning how to meditate.
  • Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo tell the story of the author’s son’s experience with the afterlife. This book was definitely not for me. I completely understand why readers are fascinated by this story, but I just kept seeing gaping holes and major flaws with this story. I am neither an evangelical Christian or a skeptic, but this one didn’t work.
  • Fairest: Return of the Maharaja by Sean Williams is just the latest installment of the Fables spin-off. I am always pleased to be in the world of Fables, but this one was more about Prince Charming than the leading lady. Not horrible, but not may favorite. I do look forward to what come after this installment.
  • The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy is the final chapter in the League of Princes trilogy. This book was epic. And huge. And all over the place! I am sad to see them go, but I have to say, the ending leaves room for more…maybe. Hopefully.

Current Audio:

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I am so close to finishing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It is so good! I am about half way through Francona. It’s pretty interesting. I did not realize what divas some of these players are/were. I suppose that is just naive on my part, but really?!?

Currently Reading:

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I just started The Originals and In the Shadows. I am still slowly plugging away at BZRK. Not because it isn’t awesome, because it is.

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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

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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:

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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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Finished:

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  • 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:

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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:

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  • 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:

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Happy Reading (and Listening)!

∼Megan

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Freebie, Or, Ten Series I Need to Finish in 2014 5/27/14

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I hope everyone had a nice long holiday weekend! I certainly enjoyed the lovely weather, but now it’s time to get back to work. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie topic. It turns out I randomly chose the same topic as our hosts, The Broke and the Bookish. I keep telling myself that I should finish old series before I begin a new one, but that never really works out so well. Maybe this list will help me focus a little bit and actually finish some series.

Series that have ended and are available now:

1. Ashfall by Mike Mullin. I am afraid to read the final book, Sunrise.

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2. Dust Lands by Moira Young. I am really excited to read Raging Star!

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3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I cannot believe that I haven’t listened to Dreams of Gods and Monsters yet!

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4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Ok, I am not going lie. I am kind of relieved that this series is coming to an end. And if we’re being honest with each other, I may as well put it out there that I might not be interested in further Shadowhunter series. We’ll see.

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5. The League of Princes by Christopher Healy. I am really sad that The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw will be the last book in the series. I have it at home and really should get started on it.

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6. Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. I have only read the first book of the trilogy, but I think I can manage the other two books this year!

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…and some Coming Soon series enders:

7. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. We can’t really be saying goodbye to Percy and Annabeth, can we?

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8. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. Oh, I am hooked! The cliffhanger at the end of book two was brutal!

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9. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. I have really enjoyed this series on audio. Ruin and Rising is coming soon!

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10. His Fair Assassin series by Robin LeFevers. I *finally* managed to read Grave Mercy and I am so excited to continue this one. I just bought the second book and will be ordering the third one soon! Yay, Barnes & Noble member coupons!

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Bonus:

Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga, Article 5 by Kristen Simmons, and BZRK by Michael Grant (I am actually working on an arc of this one!!!)

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday-My Favorite Characters Who Are Underdogs 4/22/14

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about our favorite characters who ______ (fill in the blank). I chose to talk about my favorite characters who are underdogs. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an underdog is:

: a person, team, etc., that is expected to lose a contest or battle

: a less powerful person or thing that struggles against a more powerful person or thing (such as a corporation)

The underdog is at a disadvantage, often coming from a position of inferiority or adversity. Sometimes they are known as the loveable losers. I love a rousing underdog story. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Doug Swieteck from Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. Doug is good kid who just can’t catch a break. He is bullied at home and unjustly labelled at school. He is full of potential, but is trapped in a horrible situation. I love Doug and his birds forever and ever.

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2. Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Poor Ed is definitely a loveable loser. He is hopelessly in love with his best friend. His constant companion is a stinky dog called the Doorman. He is stuck in a rut at the tender age of 19, until he foils a bank robbery and begins receiving mysterious messages.

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3. Jacky Faber from Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Jacky has it rough! She’s an orphaned street urchin who longs for a better life. She is tough and resourceful, making her one of my all-time favorite underdogs! This girl has a knack for finding and escaping trouble.

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4. Ryan Dean West from Winger by Andrew Smith. Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year old junior at a fancy boarding school. His roommate is the school bully, he’s the smallest kid on the rugby team, and he is also hopelessly in love with his best friend. Ryan Dean is a total misfit who just wants to belong. He had me in stitches and in tears. I love this kid!

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5. Deryn Sharp from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Deryn is a brilliant airman in the British Air Service. Deryn has a huge secret. Deryn is a girl!

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6. The Princes Charming from The Hero’s Guide series by Christopher Healy. Want to know the real Prince Charming? His name is Liam. And Frederic. And Gustav. And Duncan. These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively. How they managed these heroics is a mystery because this League of Princes is full of bumbling goofballs!

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7.  Will from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Will is too small to pursue his dream of being a knight, but he soon discovers his small stature is an asset to a king’s Ranger. People often underestimate Will and his little horse, Tug. It is a mistake they never make twice. I love this unlikely hero.

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8. Josie from Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Poor Josie is the daughter of a prostitute. She has dreams of college and a better life, far from New Orleans. Unfortunately, she faces adversity at every turn.

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9. David from Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. David is the very definition of underdog. He is a mere mortal going up against super villains who have superhuman powers.

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10. Amber Appleton from Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. Amber, despite being homeless, is a self-proclaimed optimist, but even her special brand of optimism might not be enough to save her from the tragedy that awaits her. I don’t know why this book isn’t more popular! It is such a feel-good story!

sorta like a rock starHappy Reading!

∼Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw 2/26/14

“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:

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The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw (The League of Princes #3)by Christopher Healy, April 29, 2014

From Goodreads:

“The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called “one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales.”

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don’t you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they’re on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar’s murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.

The League of Princes is a hilarious middle grade series that is sure to delight fans of fairy tales of both the regular and twisted variety. A much welcomed break from YA and adult reads, yet full of great character development and strong leading ladies.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Happy Reading!

˜Megan