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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

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

 

 

 

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

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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Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List 9/23/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is about our Fall Reading list. I did a quick check back on my Summer TBR list and I have to say, I didn’t do too badly. I read 6/10 this time around! I have so many MUST READ books on my fall list.

1. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. (Sept. 9). This is will be read before the author’s visit Cleveland in October!

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2. Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant. (Sept. 23) A new series! YAY!

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3. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. (Oct. 7) Is it really time to say goodbye to Percy and Crew?

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4. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King. (Oct. 23). I am so excited for my signed copy to arrive in the mail. Have I mentioned lately how much I love A.S. King’s books? No? Are you sure, because I fangirl ALL. THE. TIME.

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5. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, et al. (Oct. 14). I am excited to surprise by High School book club with this one. This group of girls has been with me for 3 years and they always ask to read girly romances but I shy away just in case some guys want to join. Guess what? They don’t. So, Merry Christmas, ladies! Girly love stories for you!

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6. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. (Oct. 14). I can’t wait for this one!

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7. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. (Nov. 4). The suspense is killing me. Seriously.

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8. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFever. (Nov. 4). I am not ready to say goodbye to His Fair Assassins. Good thing I own these books!

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9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. (Oct. 21). I love me some Raven Boys and so excited for this new audiobook. These are a must-listen for me.

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10. Young Elites by Marie Lu. (Oct. 7) A new series by Marie Lu is a good thing indeed.

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I will also most certainly be reading or listening to these non-YA titles:

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The Rosie Effect, Big Little Lies, Yes Please, and NPH Choose Your Own Autobiograpy.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde Review 9/18/14

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The Last Dragonslayer (Chronicles of Kazam #1) by Jasper Fforde
October 2, 2012
HMH Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 287 pgs.

What it’s about:

Jennifer Strange is a 15 year-old foundling who manages Kazam, an employment agency for magical types. Unfortunately for the resident wizards and magicians magic is fading. Whether it is the invention of modern conveniences or the dwindling dragon population, no one is sure why there is less magic to go around. However, everyone agrees that change is coming. Big change. Maybe even Big Magic. And it is all predicted to begin with the death of the last dragon at the hand of an unknown last dragonslayer. With the last dragon out the way the last of the protected dragon lands with be up for grabs and everyone in the Ununited Kingdoms want to stake a claim. Everyone except Jennifer. Will she be enough to stop the seemingly inevitable destruction of the dragon land?

Why you might like it:

What’s not to LOVE? Humor, magic, and dragons, PLUS a really interesting ethical conundrum. The Last Dragonslayer invites readers to think about destiny and greed and manipulation all while entertaining them with the antics of a quarkbeast. Oh, how I love the quarkbeast. If you are missing Harry Potter, give Jennifer Strange a try. If you are looking for a heroine who is unwavering in her beliefs, Jennifer is your gal. If you are looking for a fantastical story without any romance to gum up the works, this is the book for you. The Last Dragonslayer is pure, magical entertainment and suitable for all ages!

Want more like this?

For more dragons try Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley, and Eon by Alison Goodman. For more wizards try The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, and The Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathon Stroud.

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Underrated Books 9/9/14

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about the amazing books that have to walk in the shadows of the mega-blockbuster-hits. The underrated and the under appreciated. The books we love and can’t figure out why EVERY SINGLE PERSON HASN’T READ THEM. Come on, folks, let’s give them some love! I can’t wait to see what other people selected. Here are my favorites:

 

1. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. Haunting, brutal, disturbing.

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2. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. A clever ghost story/mystery with a sassy heroine, a hunky cowboy, and some troublesome goats. So smart and cute! Please disregard the not so awesome cover!

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3. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Swoony-vampires, witty banter, and bad*ss heroines. I love this series.

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4. Stork by Wendy Delsol. Ok, I totally have a thing for awesome heroines!

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5. Mothership by Martin Leicht. Laugh-out-loud hilarious.

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6. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller. A boarding school for the criminally insane? Yes, please!

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7. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Wicked, dark humor!

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8. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. Not *just* a YA book about bridge!

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9. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. It’s not easy being the son a serial killer!

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10. Reality Boy by A.S. King. Reality television isn’t so funny when you consider the damaging affects it can have on the stars.

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I hope you see something on this list that sparks your interest!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan