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Top Ten Tuesday-Best Books of 2015 (So Far!) 6/30/15

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Why should December have all the fun with all the “Best of the Year” list? This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about a mid-year Best of 2015 list! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our favorites so far. I did a quick review of my Goodreads lists and learned that I have read or listened to 120 books so far this year-34 YA, 27 Non-YA, 14 Nonfiction, and 45 Graphic Novels. I am surprised by all of this except the graphic novels number. I love them and I tend to gravitate towards them when I find myself in a reading slump. Also, I now order for two collections, teen and adult, so I am trying to familiarize myself more with the adult collection. The real shocker was how I struggled to come up with 10 favorite YA books of the year. What’s that all about? What am I not reading that is awesome? I’ll be spending the evening looking at everyone’s lists for ideas.

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1. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. I really like this dark and gritty Oz reimagination.

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2. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This one comes out July 7 and it is awesome! I loved the political intrigue and it is incredibly timely considering how much the Supreme Court has been in the news lately.

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3. All the Rage by Courtney Summers. This one is tough to read, but so captivating. I couldn’t put it down.

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4. Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers. The last book in His Fair Assassin trilogy does not disappoint! I wonder how long I will have to wait for another book from her?

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5. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson. I love the Shades of London series and book two ending with a shock. Book three took the story in a fascinating direction. I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

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6. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. I am obsessed. End of story.

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7. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. I am a sucker for girls disguised as boys!

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8. Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer. Such a bittersweet ending.

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9. Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy. Another series I am obsessed with. I have a true crisis now-I can’t get the last book from a library! I think I am going to have to throw down a bunch of cash and buy the entire series…

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10. Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Another exciting trilogy ender.

retribution of mara dyerHmm. Maybe my slump is due to the fact that I am wrapping up a bunch of series and don’t know what to do with myself…

Non-YA

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Mondays with Megan-4/13/15

Happy Monday! I know, Mondays can be tough, but my family has just had a week of excitement and I am all smiles this morning. Last week we got  brand new baby (it’s a boy! another nephew to smoosh!) and a new soon to be sister-in-law. My little brother is engaged! Now, if the home team can just get their act together, all will be right. All this good news plus the addition of baseball plus Battlestar Galactica, plus a new manuscript from my dear friend have all contributed to my neglecting most of my library books.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text.

Finished:

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  • Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty-♥♥♥♥-Another fun, quirky, family dramedy! At 33 the Kettle triplets are still dealing with sibling rivalry, family secrets, and a seemingly endless stream of drama. This was another fun audiobook!
  • The Wizard Returns by Danielle Paige-♥♥♥♥-This is the third prequel novella in the Dorothy Must Die saga. The wizard is back in Oz and he is about to shake things up. I am really excited about this interesting new twist. I must get my hands on The Wicked Will Rise!
  • Cat Person by Seo Kim-♥♥♥♥-The author/artist chronicles everyday occurrences in her life. Her cat, Jimmy stars in many, but not all of the comics. Topics range from serious to silly and all are charmingly illustrated.
  • Home by Carson Ellis-♥♥♥♥♥-This solo-picture book debut from the well-known illustrator of the Wildwood Chronicles is so wonderful! The homes range from realistic to fanciful and all are gorgeous. The real treat is getting to see her home. The careful reader will remember seeing items from the artist’s house in the previous pages!

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Play Ball! 4/6/15

So, I was a little overly-eager last week. Baseball starts this week. I’ll be listening to the Indians first regular season game while I paint my bathroom and anxiously wait for the news that my sister has finally had her baby. I swear, this baby is taking its own sweet time…Lots to be excited about today!

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

Finished:

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  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle-♥♥♥-After suffering a disfiguring injury as a teen, Sean battles his isolation and depression by creating a game of strategy and survival called Trace Italian. Sean runs the game through mail-order. When a tragedy strikes a pair of young players, Sean begins reliving his own journey into the game and the events that led to its creation. This 2015 Alex Award winner is dark and compelling. I was expecting more about the actual game, but this was really a much more introspective read.
  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy-♥♥♥♥♥-Oh, how I love Skulduggery Pleasant! Ordinary people developing extraordinary magical powers? This is crazy enough, but it is soon discovered that it is part of a much, much bigger problem! Sadly, I only have two more books to go.
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki-♥♥♥-Rose and her family spend summers at Awago beach. She has a summer best friend in Windy, who is a little younger and like a sister. This summer everything is different. Rose’s parents are fighting and she finds herself engrossed in the daily drama of a couple of local teens. This graphic novel has gotten plenty of buzz and attention. For me, the illustrations saved the day. The story was quite busy, but slow at the same time. Luckily the images were so lovely!
  • She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel-♥♥♥♥♥-More stories from the author’s childhood in the tiny town of Moreland, Indiana. I wish this would never end. I could listen to Kimmel tell tales of her upbringing all day.

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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Unfinished: (for now)

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Currently Watching:

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 Happy Reading! (Go Tribe!)

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-My Spring 2015 TBR List-3/17/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about spring reads. I always find these lists to be thrilling and depressing at the same time. Thrilling because it’s a list about books, but depressing because I always check back with my previous season TBR list and usually discover that I hardly read any of the books. I managed 7/14 of my winter reads. So, here are a bunch of books that I will probably *not* manage to read this spring! You know what? Forget that! I am making a list of books I know I *will* read. Let’s be positive about it!

1. Mortal Hearts by Robin LaFevers. I own this one which is why it keeps getting put off. No more! I will read this book!

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2. Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy. Totally obsessed with Skulduggery Pleasant. This might be the reason why my other TBR books have been neglected…

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3. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. Is it cheating that I plan to read this one over the weekend?

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4. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. I want. I want!

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5. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins.

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6. The World Forgot by Martin Leicht. Total silly fluff. Also, the redesigned covers are terrible.

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7. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. All the buzz. Must check it out.

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8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I have an ARC. I hear good things!

ember9. Always, Never, Sometimes by Ali Alsaid. I have an ARC of this too.

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10. Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee. I am really excited for another Mary Quinn mystery!

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Waiting on Wednesday 2/4/15

“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 Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige, March 31, 2015

From Goodreads

***May contain spoilers for Dorothy Must Die***

In this dark, high-octane sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, Amy Gumm must do everything in her power to kill Dorothy and free Oz.

To make Oz a free land again, Amy Gumm was given a mission: remove the Tin Woodman’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, and then Dorothy must die….

But Dorothy still lives. Now the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked has vanished, and mysterious Princess Ozma might be Amy’s only ally. As Amy learns the truth about her mission, she realizes that she’s only just scratched the surface of Oz’s past—and that Kansas, the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind, may also be in danger. In a place where the line between good and evil shifts with just a strong gust of wind, who can Amy trust—and who is really Wicked?“

I love this Oz retelling and can’t wait for the story to pick up where it left off.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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

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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!

Love,

Megan

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 ___!

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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?

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7. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Pretty please?

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

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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?

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Best of 2014-12/16/14

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is the hardest list of the year! I have already made one favorites of 2014 list. This one will be strictly YA. I mean, why not?

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is hands down my absolute favorite book of 2014. I will definitely be reading this again.

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2. Grave Mercy & Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to these. I just bought myself Mortal Hearts this weekend.

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3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I am still going through Karou and Akiva withdrawal. This was one of the most stunning and lyrical series I have ever read. I LOVED the audio.

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4. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. It was sad to say goodbye to my young demigod friends, but this was a satisfying ending and I look forward to new adventures with new heroes.

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5. Cress by Marissa Meyer. I think that this series improves with each book. I am desperate for more.

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6. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This was such a sweet contemporary romance.

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7. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. It is a wickedly delightful take on Oz.

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8. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I am very selective about historical fiction. My rule is: Always select anything Ruta Sepetys writes!

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9. All Fall Down by Ally Carter. I was so fortunate to get an advanced reader copy of this first book in her new series. Fans will not be disappointed!

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10. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. This new-to-me series has become a bit of an addiction. Interestingly enough, it coincides with my new-to-me obsession with Supernatural. Totally late to the party, but so happy I made it!

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I am not finished reading these yet, but they definitely have earned an honorable mention:

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Finally, I know I said this list was going to be all YA, but I would wholeheartedly recommend these two adult books to teen readers. I loved them both for very different reasons.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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