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Mondays with Megan-Critter Christmas III-12/15/14

This past Saturday was my Third Annual Critter Christmas Party with the Cleveland Animal Protective League. They brought four dogs and eight kittens to the library. Throughout the day over 100 people stopped in to see the animals and leave donations. We even had one adoptions!

This is Dinks. She found a forever home this weekend!


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Izzy, Coco Strudel, and Tina are just a few of the pets that went back to the APL. If you are thinking about adding a new pet to your family please consider giving a rescue animal a chance. And a special thank you to everyone who stopped by to leave a donation or just stopped in for a cuddle.

As Christmas rapidly approaches I am trying to juggle last-minute reading and checking off items on my enormous To Do list. So far I have baked two batches of cookies, ordered a few gifts, and made a trip to Barnes & Noble for my nephews. Oh! and I bought a ton of fancy cheese. I got lucky with my assignments. Last week I discovered that short stories, novellas, graphic novels and audio books are the way to go right now. Novels just slow me down!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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  • The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin. This edition is a reprint of a novella originally published in 1980 and is set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. This little novella tells the story of a girl and the legendary Ice Dragon who befriends her.
  • The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige. This digital novella is the second prequel to Dorothy Must Die. In this one readers learn more about Glinda and Jellia Jam. One is not as good as she claims and the other learns that she an important role to play in the saving of Oz.
  • Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich. This collection of short stories all examine the theme of parents and the spoiled brats who love them. Dark, off-beat and irreverent as well as laugh-out-loud hilarious.
  • Fables, vol. 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham. It is clear that this series is winding down, and Camelot is setting the stage for a big finish.

Current Audio:

blue lily, lily blue lucky us

Currently Reading:

glory o'brien all the bright places how to be a woman

On Deck:

mortal heart accidental

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan 12/8/14

This is such a busy time of year! Between preparing for Christmas (my family goes all out when it comes to baking), all the socializing, wrapping up programming at the library, I am starting to panic about getting everything done. Add in my newly discovered Supernatural obsession and my compulsive need to read 200 books this year and I predict that I will not be getting much sleep any time soon. Oh well. I like a challenge. ūüėČ Before I tell you a little about all the fantastic books I read last week, allow me to shamelessly plug the Reference Department’s blog, Read it or Weep. This week will feature out favorites of 2014 lists. My Top 14 of 2014 is up today!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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  • Jackaby by William Ritter introduces R.F. Jackaby, a detective specializing in the paranormal. It is 1892 and Abigail Rook has run away to New England looking for adventure. She finds all the adventure she can handle when she responds to Jackaby’s help wanted ad. This promise series starter is clever and fun and will please fans of Sherlock!
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde is the sequel to The Last Dragonslayer. Big Magic has arrived and King Snodd has plans to control it for himself but Jennifer Strange and the magicians of Kazam are in his way. This series continues to be¬† charming and goofy, making it a perfect all-ages read.
  • No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige is a prequel novella for her novel Dorothy Must Die. Readers learn how Dorothy returned to Oz and came to rule the magical kingdom. This quick read offers fascinating insight into the characters of Dorothy, Ozma and Glinda.
  • Captive by Aimee Carter is the sequel to Pawn. I actually liked this one better than the first. Many secrets are revealed and there is plenty of action.
  • Food: a Love Story by Jim Gaffigan is literally the author’s thoughts about different types of food. I enjoyed listening to this one while walking the dog.
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio. You all already know about this one. I finally read it myself. It was lovely.
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson introduces a new superhero. Kamala is a sixteen-year old Muslim teen who wishes for a different life. Specifically, she wishes she was the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Captain Marvel. After having her wish granted she begins to learn that being someone else is not all it’s cracked up to be. But being a superhero is still really cool. I loved this new story and plan to follow Kamala/Ms. Marvel on all her future endeavors!

Current Audio:

blue lily, lily blue

Currently Reading:

glory o'brien witch saga cost

On Deck: So many choices, but I think these are on the top of the pile!

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P.S. For those of you who are wondering, I am now only 3 books behind on my goal. I have to finish 16 more books.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Almost Put Down, But Didn’t (Thank Goodness!) 5/13/14


It used to be that if I started a book I needed to finish it, whether I was enjoying it or not. Those days are long gone and I no longer have any problem ditching a book that just isn’t working for me. Of course, there are exceptions to any rule, so I do have a list of books that I *almost* gave up on, but for some reason or another pushed through, only to discover a truly amazing book. Oh, those slow starters!

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I did, in fact abandon this book. Twice. And then I got the audio and it was a whole new experience. Suddenly I was sitting in my driveway after work just to hear the end of the track.

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2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. *See Above*

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3. Blood Red Road by Moira Young. I almost gave up because of the dialect. I only pushed on because I felt obligated to finish because I had received an advanced copy from the publisher. I love this series and can’t wait to read the last book!

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4. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I mean, have you seen these books? I only picked it up because I had finally succumbed to peer pressure at work. This book was a chore! But thankfully it all just clicked…over 200 pages in!

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5. Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This was another case of the book not working for me, but the audio being just the right thing.

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6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This is another example of dialect almost ruining it for me. That, and the talking dog. I am so glad I got over my hang ups and finished this awesome series.


7. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. I really enjoyed listening to Code Name Verity, but struggled to get into my print copy of Rose Under Fire. This was in large part due to the fact that this book was much more graphic in describing the horrors of the concentration camps. I really can’t handle Holocaust books and only picked this one because of the previous book. I am glad I finished, but struggle to say I liked it. Make sense?

rose under fire

8. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I can’t explain this one. This books are really not that great, especially the first one, but they are so darned compelling! I am strangely hooked.

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And how about two that I *did* but down and don’t feel one bit of guilt over?

9. Nil by Lynne Matson. Um, really? Nope.


10. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. So. Many. Issues. This was a hot mess.

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Happy Reading!


Monday’s With Megan-Meanie Moms Edition and What Are You Reading?

With Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc on weather everywhere (even in Ohio!) my Friday off turned out to be the perfect reading day. I was excited to pack up a bag and head to my favorite reading spot for an afternoon of tasty treats and reading. Curled up in a cozy, curved seat with a bowl of soup and a latte I managed to zip through a book and a half! I finished Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate and dove right into My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (I ended up finishing this 400 page book around midnight. Could. Not. Stop.) As I drove home, listening to Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, I realized that these¬†three very different books had one thing in common: meanie moms! Meanie Mom #1 from Eve and Adam is Terra Spiker, a billionaire mad scientist who totally hates her daughter’s BFF and has no problem voicing her dislike. Meanie Mom #2 from My Life Next Door is Senator Grace Reed, a trust fund baby who, from her high horse,¬†refers to the boisterous Garrett family next door as “those people.” Her daughters both know that they are not to fraternize with the Garretts. Meanie Mom #3 from Along For the Ride is Victoria West, a genius scholar and author who frowns upon her daughter’s decision to spend the summer at the beach with her father. Mommy West also frowns upon the new wife, the new baby, the color pink…the list goes on. Thankfully Evening Spiker, Samantha Reed, and Auden West¬†do not blindly obey mommy dearest. What’s the fun in that?! I know I enjoyed watching everyone butt heads.

That is just the beginning of my current reading adventures. Let’s check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for this week’s It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


I finished a ton of books last week!


I am a little off my pace with my reading goal this year *shake fist at George R.R. Martin and amazing and looooong books* So I am trying to boost my numbers with graphic novels. Chi’s Sweet Home is totally adorable. I really loved the illustrations in Hope Larson’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.

I managed to get a few walks in last week and so I finally finished my Playaway. This book was a surprise. It’s charming and lazy and then…BAM…crazytown.

I also finished three novels. Loved them all, especially My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Fast, fun reads!

Currently Reading/Listening to:

I LOVED Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride and I am excited to have the sequel, Necromancing the Stone, but it might be slow going because I am going to start A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin and it might take over all my reading time!

That’s all for me! Happy Reading!


Along for the Ride


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Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer To Be Read List

1. The City of Lost Souls Cassandra Clare. I am a little nervous about a certain sibling relationship…

2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I  own this one, which for me means that there is no urgency. But I really really want to know what happens next.

3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I really have been meaning to read this one for ages. I tried the audio, but discovered that I am not a fan of full cast productions. One of my teens just read it and highly recommends it, so I promised her I would give a read this summer.

4. Prized by Caragh O’Brien. I have been making an effort to finish reading series that I have started. This one is the sequel to Birthmarked, which I really enjoyed.

5. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja¬†by John Flanagan. I have been dragging my heels with the this one because I don’t want the series to end. But now, I really want to start his new series, The Brotherband Chronicles, so it’s time to say farewell to The Ranger’s Apprentice. *sniff*

6. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. Do you see how serious I am about the series? I mean it! It’s time to read the final chapter of the Iron Fey…so I can start her new vampire series…and so I am ready for The Lost Prince. *sigh*

7. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I loved Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour¬†and I am excited to read this sophomore novel by Matson.

8. Blood Moon¬†by Alyxandra¬†Harvey. Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE The Drake Chronicles? I don’t think I have! I LOVE this series. Best. Vampires. Ever. Love. I am totally up to date with this series, that’s how great it is. This is not an “I’ll get to it eventually” series. This is an “OMG, when is the next one coming out and whose point of view do we get this time?” series.

Grave Mercy¬†by Robin LaFevers. This is another one that I own. I have heard great review and I can’t wait to finally get to it.

10. The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness. Again, focusing on the series. I really liked The Knife of Never Letting Go and look forward to getting back into Todd’s world. Heck, I may even get a little crazy and read Monsters of Men when I am done!

Bonus: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I am working on it now and at my current pace it will take me ALL summer to read. I think a day off is in order!

I am excited about my summer reading list! What’s on yours?

Happy Reading!