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Top Ten Tuesday-All Time Favorite Authors-4/21/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is so cruel! Ten favorite authors of all time?? Grr. In no particular order…

1. A.S. King has the ability to write the most heartbreakingly flawed characters. Their lives are complex and complicated. Things are painful and messy, and yet, there is always hope, growth, and redemption. When I am feeling snarky I like to tell people A.S. King writes all of the feels (with a bunch of weird thrown in as a bonus) as John Green with none of the pretension. If I *had* to pick my favorite A.S. King novel, I would off you my top 3:

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2. Ally Carter is my go-to for good, clean, action-packed fun. I hand The Gallagher Girls to the 10-year-old who swears she is finished with the children’s department. I give The Gallagher Girls to the teen who doesn’t want all sorts of kissy romance mucking up a good story. Ditto for Heist Society. And now she has started a new series, Embassy Row, which is a bit darker and lots of fun!

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3. Libba Bray can write! Whether you are in the mood for a Victorian-era fantasy, a hilarious satire, or a terrifying 1920’s horror story, she’s got you covered! Also, she’s in a band, Tiger Beat. She’s the best kind of weird, delightful in person, and her blog is a treasure trove of powerful, personal information. She rocks (and so does Balder, the garden gnome from Going Bovine).

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4. Scott Westerfeld is another author on my auto-read list. His book, Uglies, was the first YA novel I read as an adult in library school. I was hooked! I once drove from Cleveland to Michigan to attend an author signing. I am a little ashamed to admit that I own Afterworlds, but haven’t read it yet. I also need to add Goliath to my personal library.

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5. John Flanagan is by go-to for reluctant readers, especially boys. The first few books in The Ranger’s Apprentice series are on the short side so they aren’t overwhelming. One of my favorite things about this series is that they are packed with positive messages without being lame or heavy-handed. Loyalty, friendship, and doing the right thing even when it is the hard thing are ongoing themes throughout the series. Add in Halt’s dry humor and you have a winner!

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6. Rick Riordan needs no explanation, right? And how excited are you for Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series?!?

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7. Marissa Meyer is a relative newcomer, but her Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favorites and I am excited to see how the series ends and what she has in store for her fans in the future.

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8. Katie Alender writes my style of horror. Admittedly, I am pretty wimpy when it comes to scary stuff, so I find her books to be the perfect blend of spooky and downright scary. Actually, Rosemary Clement-Moore should also be on this as well. Horror and humor, that’s how I like my scary! Oh, and Lish McBride! See, ten is just impossible.

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9. Derek Landy is another new favorite. I am quite vocal about my obsession with Skulduggery Pleasant.

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10. L.A. Meyer passed away last July, but not before completing the Bloody Jack series. This is definitely one of my all-time favorites. The audiobooks are amazing and I have no doubt that I will listen to this series again.

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 Non-YA Favorites include:

Tana French, Sarah Addison Allen, Alan Bradley, Stephen King, Lisa Lutz, and Liane Moriarty.

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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

Mondays with Megan-Countdown to Baseball Season! 3/30/15

Ok, so it’s not much of a countdown since the season opener for the Cleveland Indians is Wednesday, April 1. That’s just 2 more sleeps my friends. I know some fans are worried about a jinx, but you guys, Sports Illustrated predicts that the Tribe will win the World Series this year!! I say forget about a jinx and enjoy some baseball. Besides, how can you not love this cover? Just look at the joy on Brantley’s face! It’s spring. It’s time to play ball.

unknownOk, on to some books.

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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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  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee-♥♥♥♥♥-Set on the Oregon Trail in 1849, this is the story of two teenaged girls, disguised as boys, trying to outrun their troubles. I will have a better review up this week. I loved this one!
  • Law of the Desert Born: a Graphic Novel by Louis L’Amour-♥♥♥♥-My western themed reading last week was intentional and surprisingly enjoyable. This graphic adaptation of a short story is beautifully drawn. I am going to be honest, I really enjoyed all the horses!
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta-♥♥♥♥-After witnessing a murder thirteen-year-old Jace is put in protective custody. His handler arranges for him to go off the grid, deep in the Rocky Mountains with a survival group. Hmm, modern western? Anyway, is pursuers are relentless and the chase is on. This is my third 2015 Alex Award winner and it was a twisty-turny thriller.
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty-♥♥♥♥-Slower paced and not as suspenseful as her other books, but I found it enjoyable nonetheless.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling-♥♥♥♥♥-This is my third time reading this book. This time I shared the experience with my nephews.
  • Oz: The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum-♥♥♥♥♥-I believe this is the final book in the graphic adaptation series by Eric Shanower. I cannot express enough how gorgeous these books are and how badly I want to own them, but I am afraid that if I did I would cut the pages up to frame. Sigh.
  • The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion-♥♥♥♥-This sequel to The Rosie Project was not quite as charming as the first, but still a fun listen.

Current Audio:

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  • She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel. I am loving this one. Just as quirky and hilarious as A Girl Named Zippy.
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle. This is another 2015 Alex winner. It’s not my favorite, but I am interested to see where things go and I already know which teens I am going to recommend it to, so all-in-all, a worthwhile endeavor.

Currently Reading:

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Currently Watching:

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I am enjoying Battlestar Galactica and four seasons will keep me busy for a while, especially now that I will be occupied with baseball soon! Birdman was strange. That’s really all I’ve got. Strange.

Happy Reading!

~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

Mondays with Megan-Spring Fever! 3/16/15

Greetings! It’s a gloriously warm day here in Northeast Ohio and all I can think about is sitting on a patio with a book…that day will come eventually. My big exciting news this week is that I *finally* ungraded my phone to a smart phone. It didn’t take long to fall in love with my iphone. One of my favorite features? If you guessed downloading audiobooks, you are correct. It is so easy to do and the library has tons of great titles. See our wonderful collection for yourself here. I personally have my eyes on Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. It’s been on my To Read list for ages! I think it’s time to create a wish list.

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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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  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen-♥♥♥♥♥-Readers get to catch up with the Waverlys of Bascomb. A lot has changed for sisters Sydney and Claire since Garden Spells. Just magical and delightful.
  • The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson-♥♥♥♥♥-The third installment of the Shades of London series picks up where the cruel cliffhanger of book 2 left off. The story branches out into exciting new territory!
  • Saucer Country by Paul Cornell-♥♥♥-When the leading Democratic candidate for president (a Hispanic woman!) claims that she was abducted by aliens her trusted advisers scramble to make sense of her claim. This was an interesting blend of political intrigue and X-Files. It wasn’t my favorite, but I will certainly pick up the second volume.

Current Audio:

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  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. I am working my way through her collection of work. This is her second book and came to me via Interlibrary Loan. Did you know you could do that? It’s so easy to do. You can do it yourself from our website or ask your favorite librarian to help you!
  • Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. This is my first download to my iphone!

Currently Reading: (once again I am kind of all over the place, starting and stopping books left and right)

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Sort of Reading: (aka, picking up and putting down, but still interested)

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Returned unread:

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I am looking forward to another week of awesome reads!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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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Bonus:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-ALL TIME FAVORITES 2012-2015 3/3/15

Before I get into this week’s Top Ten list, I want to share this blog post that was written by one of my favorite YA authors, A.S. King. Not only is she a brilliant writer, but based on articles like this, she is obviously an amazing human being. I urge any of you who work with or live with teenagers to take a moment and read what she has to say. This post came from hippodilly circus. Once you are finished, come on back for some TTT fun!

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This week for Top Ten Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish are looking for our all-time favorites (from the past 3-5 years).

From 2012:

1. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Devilishly dark humor.

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2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I just loved this sweet romance.

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3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Totally obsessed with cyborg Cinder.

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4. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. There’s just something about Doug and the birds.

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5. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. This is one of the few books that I have read more than once. I think I have read it three times now. I adore it so much.

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6. The Diviners by Libba Bray. This one was so creepy!

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From 2013:

7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This one is never on the shelf at the library because I keep making people read it.

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8. Winger by Andrew Smith. I read this one in one sitting on my front porch.

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From 2014:

9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this one up. I now own the series. I still need to read the last one.

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10. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I tend to become a little obsessed when I find something I like. Current obsession is this series.

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11. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This is the type of romance books I like.

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12. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. ALL. MY. LOVE.

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13. Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. This is the kind of book that makes me read historical fiction.

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If you are in my neighborhood, stop in the Teen Room and check out the Top Ten Tuesday display. I am trying something new! The display does not match this post exactly because so many of my all-time favorites are checked out, but you’ll find more amazing titles for you to try.

Happy Reading!

~Megan