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Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Week 6! 7/13/15

Hello dear readers! I am little late with my Monday post, but better late than never, I suppose! We have 3 more fantastic gift baskets to give away to summer reading participants. Be sure to sign up and get reading!

What’s in Basket # 6?

  • Books!
    • Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch (signed!)
    • I Know What You Did Last Summer/Killing Mr. Griffin/Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
  • Candy!
    • Haribo Gummy Bears
    • Swedish Fish
    • Sour Patch Kids
    • Tootsie Pops
    • Jolly Ranchers
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Mini Oreos
  • Goofy Pen
  • Salt Water Spider Kit
  • 1 Cleveland Gladiators ticket
  • $10 Mitchell’s gift card

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop over there for more!

Finished: I had a fantastic reading week!

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  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik-♥♥♥♥♥. Agnieszka loves the little valley she calls home, despite the constant threat from the Woods. The valley is protected by a wizard, commonly known as the dragon. His price for this protection is a young maiden to serve him for ten years. Agnieszka fears her best friend will be taken. It turns out that is the last thing she should be worried about. I loved this gorgeous fantasy! Magic, folk-lore, a dragon’s tower, and a deadly forest come to life.
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson-♥♥♥♥♥. The author of The Psychopath Test spent three years researching high-profile public shaming victims. This is a fascinating and disturbing look at how people treat each other in this age of social media.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon-♥♥♥♥♥. Madeleine has spent her life inside because she is literally allergic to the outdoors. Her mother and nurse have made her life as full as possible and she is content. Until Olly moves in next door. Soon she finds herself longing for a life she cannot have. Told in short chapters with illustrations, diary entries and illustrations, this debut novel is full of heart.
  • Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People by Matthew Diffee-♥♥♥. A collection of old and new comics and illustrated one-liners from New Yorker cartoonists. With chapters dedicated to smart attractive people in a variety of professions, there is a little something for everyone!
  • Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg-♥♥♥♥. Mazie Philips is the kindhearted ticket seller of at Venice theater located in the heart of the Bowery. When the stock market crashes and plunges the nation into the Depression, Mazie takes it upon herself to help the homeless men of the neighborhood. Mazie’s life unfolds through diary entries and interviews. Inspired by as real-life New Yorker, Saint Mazie is is a story full of heart and heartbreak, hope and history.
  • Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight-♥♥♥. When the body of an infant is discovered in the quiet town of Ridgedale, New Jersey, long-buried secrets come to the surface. This is suspenseful mystery with a pretty shocking twist!
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard-♥♥♥♥. Alyssa is a direct descendant Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice Liddell is also the source of a family curse that plunges the women in her family into madness. When Alyssa starts exhibiting symptoms of madness and her mother’s condition worsens, she decides to search for a way to end the curse. Her search leads her straight to Wonderland. I am so glad I finally picked this one up! It’s a fun retelling, full of familiar characters playing new roles. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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Watching:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Mondays with Megan-Staycation Reading! 2/23/15

Happy Monday, friends. I still feel like I am neglecting this poor little blog, but I am certainly not neglecting my reading! This brutal winter weather is a perfect excuse to read and binge watch Supernatural. If you aren’t already a fan, I highly recommend checking out some demon slaying action with the Winchesters. These guys are dreamy! You don’t meet Cas until Season 4, but he’s my favorite!

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Anyway. That’s my current obsession. I am currently rationing Season 7. I may have also mentioned before that I am reading my way through the Adult Graphic Novel collection at work. As I am newly responsible for maintaining this collection I feel obligated to really get to know it. So far it has been a lot fun.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts

Finished:

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  • Crossover by Kwame Alexander-♥♥♥♥♥. This 2015 Newbery Winner SIZZLES. A heartfelt novel in verse about brothers and fathers and basketball. Loved it.
  • The Walking Dead 21: All Out War, Part 2 by Ron Kirkman-♥♥♥♥. Rick and crew have a final showdown with the villain Negan.
  • The Walking Dead 22: A New Beginning by Ron Kirkman-♥♥♥♥♥. The survivors face many changes. Don’t get too comfy though because an insanely disturbing new twist is revealed!
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkin-♥♥♥♥♥. This debut thriller is being compared to Gone Girl. I never read that one, but I devoured this one in a day. I love unreliable narrators! This one lives up to the hype.
  • Zahra’s Paradise by Amir-♥♥♥♥. Set in the aftermath of the highly contested 2009 Iranian presidential elections, this graphic novel tells the story of one young protester who has disappeared, seemingly without a trace. Fact and fiction blend in this engrossing book. Many times I set it aside to search out more information.
  • Lock In by John Scalzi-♥♥♥♥. This Alex Award winner is fascinating and disturbing. An excellent choice for science fiction fans and fans of Ready Player One and James Dashner’s Morality Doctrine series.

Current Audio: (I didn’t do much driving or walking the dog this week!)

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I will finish Wild Rover No More in this week!

Currently Reading: (I am once again all over the place, picking up and putting down a number of books)

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On Deck:

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Before I sign off, one quick question. Have you played Superfight, the card game? Is it worth the investment? Good for teens? Thanks!

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

 

 

Far From You by Tess Sharpe Review 4/10/14

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Far From You by Tess Sharpe
April 8, 2014
Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 352 pages

What it’s about:

Seventeen-year old Sophie watches her best friend get shot and killed. The cops rule the murder a drug deal gone wrong. Everyone blames Sophie, assuming that she relapsed in her recovery from her addiction to painkiller. Everyone is wrong. Sophie is clean and after being forced into rehab, she is ready to find out the truth behind Mina’s death. She can’t solve this mystery alone, but she is reluctance to reach out to her few friends because that will mean revealing the big secret has been protecting. In the end, the desire for justice for Mina prevails and Sophie risks everything to find the person who robbed her of the girl who more than just a best friend.

Why you might like it:

If you like a gripping murder mystery, you might give this one a try. Are you interested in stories about drug addiction and recovery? Far From You is a powerful recovery story you might like. Are you looking for books with bisexual/lesbian characters? Under the thrill of the mystery and drama of recovery, you will find a touching story of first love. Do you love a good redemption story? Far From You has that! Are you a fan of a non-linear story? The story of Sophie and Mina slowly unfolds as Sophie jumps between the past and present. If you like an intense, emotional read, you might enjoy this impressive and poignant debut. I really liked this one and will be watching for more from Tess Sharpe!

Want more like this?

For more LGBT themed books try Ask the Passengers by A.S. King, Shine by Lauren Myracle, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. For another murder mystery try All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab. For more on drug abuse try Ellen Hopkin’s Crank series.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Top New-to-Me Authors of 2013 12/17/13

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This week The Broke and The Bookish want to hear all about our 2013 new-to me author discoveries. While I did make a huge effort to finish series, I made a number of great author discoveries as well.

1. Brandon Sanderson has apparently written a gazillion and one books. Epic fantasies. I am going to have to clear my schedule and get busy, because after reading Steelheart, I am a fan!

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2. Rainbow Rowell is definitely the IT Girl of 2013. I hopped on that bandwagon over the summer and haven’t looked back! I still have to read her debut and I am excited about her next book. Fangirl was a 2013 favorite!

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3. Trish Doller’s debut, Something Like Normal was incredibly well received. But did I read it? Nope. I added it to my TBR list after reading Where the Stars Still Shine.

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4. Cat Winters is a 2013 debut novelist, so technically she’s new to everyone. I loved In the Shadow of  Blackbirds and can’t wait for her next book. One of my favorite discoveries of 2013!

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5. Michelle Hodkin has been on my radar since her debut, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer came out in 2011. For some reason this book kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list. Well, this week I moved it to the top. I am not finished yet, but I am really liking it.

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6. Kirsten Miller is the author of the Kiki Strike series, which I have never read. But, How to Lead a Life of Crime was totally bad*ss and I am excited for more. While I wait, maybe I should pick up some Kiki?

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7. Mike Mullen is the author of the Ashfall series, about the aftermath of the eruption of a super volcano. First of all, it could happen. Seriously. Any day now…scientists just said so yesterday. So there’s that. Now I am all freaked out and can’t remember my second of all point. But rest assured it was a good one.

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8. Jennifer Lynne Barnes as written a number of books, and to be perfectly honest, they haven’t really appealed to me. However, I just read her newest book, The Naturals, and I am hooked. I may not go back and read all of her previous books, but I will be watching for new stuff.

My 9 & 10 spot are for some local ladies. Ok, localish. We live in the same state! I have met them both. That’s local enough for me.

Colleen Clayton is the author of What Happens Next, a powerful story about a girl coping with the aftermath of a sexual assault. I really loved this book and Colleen was so generous with her time and did a program for me at my library. I am big fan and hope she has a new book soon!

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And last, but not least is Mindee Arnett. Her debut novel, The Nightmare Affair, came out this year, but 2014 is shaping up to be stellar. I can looking forward to The Nightmare Dilemma and I am super excited about the start of her new series, Avalon. They had me at Firefly.

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I think I made some great discoveries. Who should I read next?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Books on My Winter TBR List 12/10/13

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One of my favorite ways to pass a cold winter day is to grab a book and head out to my favorite coffee shop for a latte and an afternoon of reading. This week The Broke and the Bookish want to know what books are on our Winter 2013/2014 TBR list. I swear, I love creating these lists but have terrible follow through. I am so easily distracted by new books. I just looked back on my Fall 2013 TBR list and discovered that I read 9/14. That’s pretty good for me. I will carry over a couple to my winter list and I think I will let a couple go for now.

Carried over from Fall:

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Chaos of the Stars, BZRK Reloaded and Crash Into You.

In addition to these three, I would like to read these:

1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I plan to read this next week. Finally.

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2. Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis. I own a copy of this one. It has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while now.

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3. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers. Speaking of owning a copy….This one has been languishing on my shelves for even longer. It’s time. It WILL be read.

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4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis. See above.

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5. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard. My Nook shelves needs some attention too!

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6. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Also collecting digital dust on my Nook. I am in the market for a new series!

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7. The Recruit by Robert Muchamore. I want to give this series a try as well. Any thoughts?

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I also have some audiobooks that I am planning to listen to this winter. Top on the list:

8.  The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley. The last Flavia book ended with a jaw-dropping revelation. I am so excited for more!

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9. Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer. I am a little behind in my Jacky Faber listening. The latest installment is on my winter To Be Listened list for sure!

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10. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I have had my eye on this monster for a while. I comes highly recommended by two of my coworkers.

discovery of witches*I tried. Couldn’t get into it.

What are you planning to read this winter?

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-2014 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read 12/3/13

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and The Bookish have us looking ahead to 2014. At first I thought that there weren’t too many books coming soon that I am just dying to read, but upon closer examination of my lengthy TBR list, I managed to find a bunch! In chronological order, here are a few of the books I am excited about for 2014:

1. Going Rogue by Robin Benway. January 14. This is the sequel to Also Known As, a fun Gallagher Girls readalike.

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2. Avalon by Mindee Arnett. January 21. From the author of The Nightmare Affair (the sequel, The Nightmare Dilemma is also coming out in 2014 and I am excited about that as well!), comes a new science fiction series. For fans of Firefly? SOLD!

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3. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. February 11. An unstoppable army of giant praying mantises? This sounds so weird. I can’t wait.

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4. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White. February 18. This sequel to Mind Games will no doubt be awesome.

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5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. April 1. Oh. My. God. This is the book I am most excited about. An evil Dorothy? This is going to be one wicked Oz retelling!

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6. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. April 1. A new serial killer book! This one sounds Dexter-ish, with a female do-gooder killer.

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7. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. April 15. I loved Fitzpatrick’s debut, My Life Next Door and am eager for more from her.

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8. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. May 6. You can always rely on Lindsey Leavitt to deliver a fun contemporary novel, and I am sure this one will be another winner!

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9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. May 13. A suspense novel from E. Lockhart? How exciting!

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10. Raging Star by Moira Young. May 13. I am very excited for the final book in the Dustlands Trilogy. So much drama in book 2!

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So that’s 10. But I am also SO excited for these too:

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AND I NEED a new Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga, a new Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French, a new Shades of London by Maureen Johnson, and a new Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.

What did I forget?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan