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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.

i'll give you the sun aristotle and dante

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Adult Books With Teen Appeal-9/15/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is a Freebie topic. Blogger’s choice. This year I made a conscious decision to read more of the American Library Association’s Alex Award winners for 2015. The Alex Award is given to adult books with strong teen appeal. I haven’t read the entire list yet and probably won’t. Some of them really do not appeal to me. But I digress.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I have finished the first two books of this series and think it is the perfect series for readers not quite ready for Game of Thrones. It’s like a PG rated GoT, in fact. Magic, political intrigue, betrayals, murder…all the good stuff without all the sexy sex and brutality.

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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. Ok, admittedly private investigator Isabel Spellman is a TERRIBLE role model, but she comes to realize this because of her teenaged sister. For the teen looking for something funny and a little bit dysfunctional.

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Lock In by John Scalzi. This is on the Alex list for 2015 and one of my favorites this year. Science fiction, murder mystery, robots. It’s awesome.

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. This is a past Alex winner. It’s a comical and heartbreaking coming of age story. I can’t really do it justice. Just read it. Be prepared to laugh and cry and love it.

universe versesReady Player One and Armada by Ernest Cline. These two books are perfect for your science fiction fans. One is all about virtual reality and 80’s video games (Ready Player One) and the other is about a gamers chosen to save the world because of their video game skill. Tons of fun!

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik. This is epic fantasy. A powerful sorcerer known as the Dragon protects a village from the dark magic of the woods. In return the village sacrifices a young woman to him every ten years. These women never return home. That is, until The Dragon takes Agnieszka. A little romance, a lot of creepy evil forest and plenty of sass and magic.

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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. This nonfiction book about the phenomenon of public shaming in the age of social media should be required reading for high school students! A chilling look at how social media has the potential to run people.

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The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. This is another nonfiction title and it reads like fiction. It is a terrify look at the origin of the Ebola virus. Super scary and a bit timely.

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Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. In this graphic novel blogger Allie Brosh lets readers into her life. She chronicles her struggles with depression as well as her hilarious struggles with a really stupid dog.

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays With Megan-Summer Reading Week 8: The Last Basket! 7/27

Happy Monday! (Sorry, I forgot to actually hit publish yesterday!) I had an exciting weekend. My loyal old car finally gave up the ghost. My mourning period was exactly 1 day. Then I got a new car, complete with new car smell. It’s been more than 10 years since I have had a new-new car. It’s exhilarating and nerve-wrecking all at once. My dog, Kevin, seems right at home, but he is still getting used to the hatchback. I think he resents not being allowed on the clean, light colored seats! Too bad for him.

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Can you believe you have gotten to the LAST week of Summer Reading? I can’t! I think I saved my favorite basket for last. It has an awesome t-shirt and ninja swords!

What’s in Basket # 8? (Swords! It has swords!)

  • Books!
    • The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
    • Four by Veronica Roth
  • Candy!
    • Spree
    • Sour Patch Kids
    • Jolly Ranchers
    • Blow Pops
  • T-shirt
    • pixelated shark and surfer
  • Mini Oreos
  • Silly string
  • Minecraft mini-figure
  • Foam ninja swords
  • 1 Cleveland Gladiators ticket
  • $10 Dollar Tree gift card

Speaking of summer coming to an end (I know, I know, you don’t want to hear about that)…I changed my bulletin board in the teen room to get ready for back to school. Much thanks to my teen volunteers for creating this display and Krista for helping me hang it. I can’t wait to see what favorite titles get added throughout the year.

boardI might have to add some of my current reads to the tree!

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

Finished:

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  • Life in Motion by Misty Copeland-♥♥♥. Misty Copeland is an unlikely ballerina. She is muscular and a bit busty and her skin is brown. She discovered ballet at a late age and did not have the money that is often required to pursue ballet. Despite the hardships, she is now the principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. I really enjoyed Misty’s story, but I did not care for the audiobook reader. I will be adding this to my YA collection for sure.
  • Armada by Ernest Cline-♥♥♥♥♥. The action of a video game becomes reality as humans are in a race to protect themselves from an alien invasion. Man, I LOVE Ernest Cline! Wil Wheaton reads the audio again and it is brilliant!
  • Finders Keepers by Stephen King-♥♥♥♥. The second book in the Bill Hodges trilogy centers around the stolen unpublished works of a fictional iconic author. Bill, Holly, and Jerome are back on the case! This one does not have as much cat-and-mouse action as the first, but it’s just as good (if not better).

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

these shallow graves six of crows

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Books I am Looking Forward to in 2015-12/2/14

toptentuesday 2014 is winding down, which means it is time to start looking forward to 2015. The Broke and the Bookish are asking about our most anticipated books of the new year.

1. Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers. YAY! A sequel to This is Not a Test.

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2. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I want this one so bad!

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3. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. A new series set in the Grisha world!

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4. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. I am looking for more twisted Oz tales.

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5. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. I really enjoy her contemporary fiction.

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6. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. This is another book that I NEED. Now, if possible. Please?

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7. Winter by Marissa Meyer. Need I say more? I love this series.

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8. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. Man, I LOVE this cover.

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9. Armada by Ernest Cline. I’m down with some alien invasions.

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10.  I Crawl Through It by A.S. King. Have I mentioned recently how much I love this author and will ready anything she writes? No? Well. I do and will.

Too soon for a cover!

I could on, but I will restrain myself for now.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Authors I Have Only Read One Book From But Need to Read More! 9/16/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about authors we would like to read more from. Whether they are debut author who needs to hurry up and write more books, or a new-to-you author with many books to their name, these are people we plan to follow after getting a taste of their work.

 

1. Ernest Cline. I loved Ready Player One and can’t wait to check out Armada.

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2. Trish Doller. I really enjoyed her second novel, Where the Stars Still Shine and need to go back and read Something Like Normal. Her new book, The Devil You Know is also on my TBR list.

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3. Morgan Matson. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is one of my favorite road trip novels. I can’t bring myself to read Second Chance Summer (I have a self-imposed, life-time ban on all cancer books), but I really want to read Since You’ve Been Gone.

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4. Danielle Paige. I loved her debut, Dorothy Must Die and can’t wait for more of the story!

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5. Tess Sharp. Another debut author. After reading Far From You I knew she was going to be an author to watch.

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6. Jennifer Brown. It has been years since I read her debut, The Hate List. I have gone on to add every one of her subsequent books to my TBR list as they are published. I have a lot of catching up to do!

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7. Cat Winters. I *might* be just a little obsessed with her debut, In the Shadow of Blackbirds. I kind of need A Cure for Dreaming right now.

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8. Colleen Clayton. I am so happy that I read her debut novel, What Happens Next? Ms. Clayton is a local author and she was kind enough to come to my library and speak about bullying. Before the event we had dinner together and she talked about one of the projects she is working on and I want more! Please!

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9. Gavin Extence. His debut, The Universe Versus Alex Woods, was a wonderful and moving story and I will eagerly await a new release from Mr. Extence!

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10. Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was the first book by this author that I read. He has many, many books to his name and would like to read more from him.

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Runners Up:

Daniel O’Malley-Please hurry up with a sequel to The Rook!

Nick LakeIn Darkness was awesome! Hostage Three is on my TBR list.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday-If You Like X Show/Movie, Read This! 4/29/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about IF/THEN. If you like this, then try that.

1. IF you like super hero movies THEN try Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

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2. IF you like The Sopranos and Harry Potter, THEN try White Cat by Holly Black.

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3. IF you like Under the Dome THEN try Gone by Michael Grant.

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4. IF you like The Walking Dead, THEN try The Enemy by James Higson

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5. IF you like Dexter, THEN try I Hunt Killer by Barry Lyga.

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6. IF you like Frozen THEN try Stork, Frost, and Flock by Wendy Delsol

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7. IF you like old-school video games and movies (or Wreck-It Ralph), THEN try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

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8. IF you like Criminal Minds, THEN try The Naturals by Jennifer Lynne Barnes.

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9. IF you like creepy horror stories, TRY The Diviners by Libba Bray.

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10. IF you like Doctor Who, THEN try Hourglass by Myra McEntire and Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday-Armada 3/12/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am so excited about this one:

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Armada by Ernest Cline
October 7, 2014

From Goodreads.com:

“Zack Lightman is daydreaming through another dull math class when the high-tech dropship lands in his school’s courtyard-and when the men in the dark suits and sunglasses leap out of the ship and start calling his name, he’s sure he’s still dreaming.

But the dream is all too real; the people of Earth need him. As Zack soon discovers, the videogame he’s been playing obsessively for years isn’t just a game; it’s part of a massive, top-secret government training program, designed to teach gamers the skills they’ll need to defend Earth from a possible alien invasion. And now…that invasion is coming.

As he and his companions prepare to enter their ships and do battle, Zack learns that the father he thought was dead is actually a key player in this secret war. And together with his father, he’ll uncover the truth about the alien threat, race to prevent a genocide, and discover a mysterious third player in the interplanetary chess game he’s been thrown into.”

So everyone is saying that this sounds just like Ender’s Game. Whatever. I am sure this will be way better. At least, I hope it is as I was not a fan of Ender’s Game at all. LOVED Ready Player One, so I am have high expectations for another awesome book from Ernest Cline.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan