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Top Ten Tuesday-Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit 10/14/14


Books that the ability to magically transport readers to new worlds, both real and make-believe. The week, The Broke and the Bookish want to know where books have inspired us to want to visit.

1. Hogwarts. I imagine this magical boarding school is at the top of many lists today!


2. Ireland. Tana French, Marian Keyes, Roddy Doyle, and Derek Landy are just a few of the authors who make me want to visit Ireland.

3. Virginia. Apparently Virginia is home to many of my favorite boarding schools! I could check out the top-secret Gallagher Girls home, or hang out with the Raven Boys or maybe look up Evie and Lend!

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4. Prague. Thank you, Laini Taylor!

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5. Massachusetts. I actually did get to go Boston this summer as well as Newport, Rhode Island and it was amazing. I image that Alice Island is a little like Newport.

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6. Brittany, 15th century. The Convent of St. Mortain seems full of danger and intrigue.

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7. Camp Half-Blood. Percy and friends forever!

8. New Orleans. But maybe not during Mardi Gras. I am not fan of crowds.

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9. Australia. I would enjoy playing cards with Ed and his friends. Maybe say hi to Taylor and Jonah Griggs?

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10. Westeros. I mean seriously, how amazing has HBO made the seven kingdoms look?


Happy Travels, er, Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Books About Friendship 5/20/14


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is an ode to friendships.

1. Also Known As by Robin Benway. Maggie has grown up as a spy, living a life of adventure on the go. There has never been time for friends, until an assignment brings the family back, to settle in New York. Enter Roux, the best bestie ever!

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2. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. One of the main themes throughout this series is friendship. I just love the relationships between Halt and Will, and Will and Horace.



3.  Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern is about one girl’s quest to find new friends. Because her old ones totally suck. She branches out, discovers new interests, meets new people, and she ultimately finds herself. Love this one!


4. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg attempts to answer the age-old question: can guys and girls just be friends? Macallan and Levi have been best friends since middle school and they can’t figure out why everyone assumes they are a couple.

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5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is a touching story of friendship between two boys. Ari was an angry loner before he met Dante, but as their friendship grows Ari learns a lot about himself and his family.

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6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is about magic and fate and myths and true love, but at its core is the friendship amongst the four boys from Aglionby Academy. Gansey is the glue that holds these boys together. It is truly magica.

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7. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extance is the story of an unlikely friendship between an epileptic teen and a reclusive American expat and Vietnam veteran. This book will certainly have a spot on my favorites of 2014 list.

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8. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter has some of the best female friendships around. Sure, the girls are all training at a top-secret spy school, but Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey really have each others’ backs.


9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is a beautifully heartbreaking look at friendship.

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10. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan starring Percy, Anabeth, and Grover has one of my favorite group of friends since those loveable Harry Potter kids!

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Runners Up: Winger by Andrew Smith, Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt, and I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak.

Happy Reading!






Mondays With Megan-Spy Girls Rule! 8/5/13

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Today is the first day of the Gallagher Girls Read-a-thon, hosted by Books As You Know It. I am really excited to start at the beginning again. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You will be me night-time read all week. What a fun way to end the day and a perfect way to spend the remaining days until the long-awaited final book…42 days and counting.

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smile summer up in flames just like fate

Smile by Raina Telegemeier is an awesome middle grade graphic novel. It got plenty of hype a while back and it was well-deserved. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski was the summer road trip book I was most looking forward to reading. Sadly, it was just kind of meh. Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young was a quick, fun read that reminded me of the choose your own adventure books that I loved as a kid. Add this to the long list of reviews I need to right…

Current Audio:

secret keeper everybody sees the ants

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton will be appearing on many Monday lists…it is 20 hours long! I am only a few chapters in, but I know this is going to be an awesome story. I also started Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King. I have read and love Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Ask The Passengers. I am half way through and it is just as wonderful.

Currently Reading:

emerald green cinder monsters of men

Yeah, that’s right! I know all the right people and am so lucky to have an ARC of Emerald Green, the third book in the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier! Of course this means that I may not get around to quickly rereading Cinder. Oh well. I am still working my way through Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. It is really long and heavy. Also, there is a new POV that is kind of throwing me off. It is so good, but I am just not flying through it like the others.



Last week I abandoned Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. I was listening to the audio book and one of the discs just was not cooperating. I realized that I was not invested enough in the story to try to make it work or get the print copy. I may got back to it someday, but not right now.

Happy Reading!


An Abundance of Readathons!

I can’t believe it is already August! That means that the Summer Throwdown is over. I set a goal to read 20 books in July. I managed 18, which is still better than last year. I was just beginning to wonder what I was going to do next when I found two new readathons to join!

First up is a Gallagher Girls reread, hosted by Books As You Know It. I am excited about this because I rarely reread, but have been itching to revisit some favorites lately. This is the perfect excuse and I will be all ready for the September release of the final *sniff* book in the series, United We Spy.gallagher girls readathon

Here is the schedule:

July 29th-Aug.4th:
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You
August 12th-18th:
Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy
August 19th-25th:
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
August 26th-September 1st:
Only the Good Spy Young
September 2nd-8th:
Out of Sight, Out of Time

It’s not too late to sign up and Ally Carter is providing a prize!

Next up is Bout of Books 8.0.

BoB8.0-200x200“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

I hate to say this, but the next Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is right around the corner on October 12.

Are you participating in any cool readathons? Let me know!

Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read in a Day

It’s time for another awesome Top Ten Tuesday list! This week the folks over at The Broke and The Bookish want to hear about books that can be read in a day. You know the books I mean. The ones so riveting that you stay up way past your bedtime to finish. The ones you can’t put down until you know how it all works out. There are a number of authors who write books like that.

1. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. I have devoured each one in a single sitting and then felt twitchy with anxiety when I realized how long I would have to wait for another one. I am twitching now, in fact. Out of Sight was so fantastic and now, sigh….The long wait begins. Hopefully there will be a Heist Society book soon to help with the wait.

2. The Paranormalcy trilogy by Kiersten White. First of all, thank you Kiersten for writing an honest to goodness trilogy. With three books. Start. Middle. End. Despite my deep love for Evie and Lend, I appreciate that their story will never get old and tired just for the sake of more books. Now, hurry up and give me something new!

3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. I really enjoyed If I Stay, but I loved Adam’s story. I read it straight through and was actually tempted to immediately start it again.

4. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Boy do I love those Drake vampires. Smokin’ hot  guys and kick-a** female characters. It’s the perfect combo for me.

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I have seen this on a few lists today. It’s on mine for a little different reason. I had to read this in one go or else I would not have finished it. There was no way I was putting myself through that emotional wringer more than once.

6. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier and Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Is time travel the new black? I think yes. Both of these awesome time travel books will suck you in and leave you anxious for more (there will be more!).

7. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. The first book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series is a slim volume and a quick read. The books get longer (and better) as the series progresses, but the first one can be read in a day.

8. 12 Things to Do Before You Crash and Burn by James Proimos. This short little book certainly packs a punch.

9. The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart. Oh, Ruby, you hilarious unlucky-in-love girl. I still need to read the last one, but I have high hopes for Ruby.

10. Legend by Marie Lu. There are tons of great dystopian novels out there today and this is just one of many that I found to be a page-turner.

Now, if Rick Riordan and Michael Grant did not write such ginormous books (not complaining, I love a hefty tome), they would be on this list too! And if I had more numbers left I would add Pop by Gordon Korman and The Curse Workers series by Holly Black and, and, and…..I must be stopped.

Happy Reading!