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Mondays With Megan: The Funk, 11/18/13

I think this may be the saddest Monday check in ever. I don’t feel like I am in a reading funk, but the evidence indicates otherwise. I can’t even think of anything clever to say about this, so I am just going to get on with things. If you check out Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts I am sure you will find bigger lists!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


no more

That’s all, folks. I managed to reread No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman, a 200 page book for my middle school book club. It’s a quick, fun read and I enjoyed it more the second time around.

Current Audio:

fangirl power of habit

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is like a cozy blanket. I just want to wrap myself up in this story and forget about everything else that is going on around me. I am going to be sad when this is over. I am also nearing the end of The Power of Habit by Charles Dehigg. This book is awesome! You should read it.

Currently Reading:

royal ranger

Yup. One book. That is it. I am currently reading The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. I LOVE this series and this final installment is quickly becoming a favorite.

Books I Should Be Reading But Haven’t Looked at All Week:

born of illusion iron traitor santa

No, I have not finished Born of Illusion or Iron Traitor, and it is starting to stress me out! I should also be working on my Christmas book. I do not really like Christmas books, so this is a challenge. I need to finish The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum by Thursday!

I have no idea what I will read next! I think I should just worry about finishing the books that I have.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Authors in Genre X


It’s been a long and busy day and I just now starting to think about this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, sponsored by The Broke and the Bookish. I don’t really think humor is an official genre like science fiction or mysteries, but that’s the list I want to make. For everyone looking for an anti-Halloween read, this is the list for you! No spooks here, just lots of laughs. Come back next week for spooks!

1. Rick Riordan-  Sure he has the action/adventure thing down too, but for me the real treat is the humor.

2. E. Lockhart- Frankie Landau-Banks and Ruby Oliver are both good for a laugh!

3. L.A. Meyer-Jackey Faber, my favorite heroine is hilarious.

4. Kiersten White- Evie from Paranormalcy is a bleeping riot!

5. Gordon Korman- Laugh out loud moments in No More Dead Dogs, Pop, and Born to Rock. He’s a funny guy!

6. Rosemary Clement-Moore- I will read anything and everything she writes!

7. Libba Bray-I mean, have you read Going Bovine or Beauty Queens? HI-larious.


8. Markus Zusak- Are you wondering if I have lost my marbles? The Book Thief is not funny. I know, but Ed Kennedy, hero of I am the Messenger is!

9. Lish McBride- I just finished Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and there is a witness to the fact that I was laughing out loud in public while reading this one.

10. Martin Leicht- This is one to watch guys! His debut, Mothership, is the funniest thing I have read in ages. Could. Not. Stop. Laughing.

Ok, brain is mushy. I go now.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Make You Think (About Life, People, the World, etc)

It’s Tuesday and that means another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking about books that made us stop and think. I admit that I do love a good fluff book or an action packed adventure that is so perfectly executed that there is not time to think about how I would have escaped the zombies/evil angel/crazy vampire queen. But sometimes you find that book. You know the one. The one that makes you pause. Makes you wonder what you would do or say or feel. Makes you think what if…That book that sticks with you long after you’ve read the last word. That book is amazing.

Let’s get the slightly cliche classic out of the way first.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone lived like Atticus Finch?

2. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. Oh, Ed Kennedy, I love you and your smelly dog. This book reminds me that small actions can have a big impact on someone.

3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. There is so much to ponder in this one. The story is heartbreaking and the medical ethics involved is thought-provoking. This is an amazing story.

4. Speaking of medical ethics…The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. This one will leave you pondering what exactly it means to be human. Literally. I can’t wait to give my book club this one.

5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. This one will have you thinking about conformity, beauty, and popularity. Bonus points for an action-packed adventure with hover boards.

6. Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth. The ultimate what if… What if there was a crazy natural disaster that forever altered life as we know it? I would totally miss ice cream. And TV. And the warmth of the sun, of course.

7. The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith. This book haunts me. The lines between reality and fantasy are non-existent. It’s dystopian, it’s steampunk. It’s totally messed up and fascinating and disturbing. It’s about post-traumatic stress and friendship and IT HAS A SEQUEL. Oh. My. God. I don’t know if I can handle it!

8. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. If you have ever read my blog, even just once, chances are pretty good that you know how I feel about this book. I love it. I love Piper. I love her transformation. I love that she does not let her disability define her or hold her back. I like to think about that.

9. Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. It’s set in a fictional place, in a fictional time, and the fictional kids are fighting a fictional war, but this really made me think about the real life impact of war on children. This is a tough read, but worth it. You also get healthy dose of nature vs free will with the character Tool.

10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King. This one is all about changing the past, the Butterfly Effect, the what ifs. When I think about some of the major events in my life I can’t help but wonder what if things had been different, what if I could go back and change things. In the end of this book you learn the answer to that what if question. It’s shocking. I loved this book.

Honorable Mentions:

What books are on your list?

Happy Reading!






Mondays With Megan: What Are You Reading and Recommend A…#2

Happy Monday! Did everyone make it through the weekend with power? All the heavy storms and brutal weather seemed to pass me by, but I know folks who weren’t so lucky. I took a day off on Friday and camped out at my favorite coffee shop with a stack of books. I’ll get to what read in a minute, but first I would like to

Contemporary Fiction Book (or two ;))

Thanks to Chick Loves Lit for hosting this meme. Be sure to stop by and check out all the other recommendations.

This was an easy one! I love, love, love Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John.  I cannot recommend this book enough.

The high school rock band Dumb is soaring after their big win at Seattle’s Battle of the Bands. Piper Vaughn is fuming over a family betrayal. Their usually separate worlds collide in the hall one afternoon. In a moment of outrage Piper manages to insult the band and land a job with them. As the new manager of Dumb Piper must get the band a paying gig within a month. It is immediately obvious that the five band members are going to be a handful. Juggling their personalities is a full-time job on its own. What is not immediately obvious to Piper is the band’s talent. The trickiest part of her job is to promote a band that she cannot hear. It’s a rocky road to Dumb’s first paid performance, but along the way Piper discovers Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and the real Piper Vaughn.

I also really love Pop by Gordon Korman.

Marcus Jordan is the new kid in town. Friendless and determined to earn a spot on the high school’s champion football team, he starts practicing alone in the park. He is soon joined by Charlie, a charismatic and odd middle-aged prankster who knows a lot about football. The unusual pair quickly develop a camaraderie, but when Charlie’s behavior becomes more unpredictable, Marcus learns the surprising truth about his new friend. Charlie is Charlie Popovich the former NFL star whose brutal tackling earned him the nickname “The King of Pop” and he is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. Marcus is not sure how to deal with this news, but he does know that he may have to defy Charlie’s family in order to do what is best for his friend.

It’s also time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


I only finished one book this week and it was so good!


The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy is the hilarious and charming middle-grade story of the real Princes Charming (Liam, Gustav, Frederic, and Duncan).

I am still working on A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin (I made a lot of progress and have officially reached the point where this is the only book I want to be reading right now), The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith, and The Technologists by Matthew Pearl.

My current ARC:

Quarantine: Loners by Lex Thomas.

I am also currently being taunted by Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey, The Diviners by Libba Bray (ARC), and Darkest Mind by Alexandra Bracken (ARC). So many books…

What are you reading?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tueday-Beach Reads

This week The Broke and The Bookish are asking for beach reads. I am told that sun, sand, surf, a fruity beverage with a paper umbrella, and a good book are an ideal way to spend a summer day. I am all for good books and fruity drinks, but I can do without sand. However, I recently learned that baby powder removes sand. If that does the trick, I may be able to rethink my position on sand! Anyway. Beach reads.

Here’s the deal: a handful of books are going to be on everyone’s lists. They should be; they are awesome, perfect summer reads. I have read them. I love them. I wholeheartedly recommend them as beach reads. You know the ones I am talking about. The Summer series by Jenny Han, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, anything Sarah Dessen or Cassandra Clare. These books get all the love. They don’t need my help. I am here to remind you of the other awesome books that are forced to live in the shadows of these giants.

1. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian. Megan is an Army brat, tired of moving around. When her parents go overseas she stays with family friends,the McGowans. Overnight she goes from an only child to the only girl among 7 brothers!

2. Past Perfect by Leila Sales. Chelsea starts the summer before senior year nursing a broken heart and working at a historical reenactment community. There is another camp across the road and there is an ongoing rivalry. Is it true what they say about all being fair in love and war?

3. Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard. Bria takes her broken heart to Central America where she meets a group of young travelers, ditches her tour group, and crams a whole lot of living into a few short weeks.

4. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman. Jane Austen meets Shakespeare meets Glee. Enough said.

5. Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern. When Jessie’s best friend goes punk and makes a move on Jessie’s long-time crush, she decides to make some changes herself. Embracing her inner nerd, Jessie finds some new, true friends.

What about the guys? Easy-peasey!

6. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Steampunk, alternate reality WWI story. Full of awesome gadgets and curious beasties. Guys will love this one.

7. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. There are no secrets in Prentisstown, a town full of men afflicted with the Noise. Everyone’s thoughts are public. Todd is a boy on the brink of manhood and will soon learn the terrible secret about his town.

8. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. William Carter, has ADD,  a stutter, and is totally clueless when it comes to girls. He is doomed when high school starts! A hilarious stream of consciousness account of the average guy headed to high school.

9.  Pop by Gordon Korman. Sixteen-year old QB Marcus Jordan befriends an aging NFL legend after a mid-summer move to a new town.

10. Erebos by Ursula Poznanski. I haven’t read this yet, but I have it on good authority that is an amazing must read (my coworker’s fifteen-year old son is my test reader and he devoured it and wants more. That’s good enough for me!).








Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Teens Who Think They Don’t Like to Read

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday list. This awesome meme is hosted by the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish. This week is a librarian’s dream challenge! It’s all about finding the right book for a reader. We are being asked to create a list of books to give to the person who claims to not enjoy reading. BTW, who are those people? So strange. Anyway, since I am a teen librarian, here are the books I love to give to reluctant teen readers.

For the hesitant teen guy:

1. Gone by Michael Grant. This series is action-packed. There are ordinary teens with super powers. There is fighting, swearing, drinking, and complete chaos. There are super evil characters and monsters. The books are gross and creepy and so amazing that I recommend them all the time. Trust me on this one. I have had parents come back and thank me for recommending these books to their kid. No joke.

2. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. This is another go-to series for me. This series will appeal to fans of medieval settings, castles, knights, and battles. There is a hint of fantasy and a lot of humor. Bonus points for all of the cool archery stuff, sword fighting and the whole secret spy-like ranger job in general. This series is not to graphic so it is good for wide range of ages. I would give this to a ten-year old or a seventeen-year old without hesitation.

3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. This steampunk series has lots of guy appeal. Lots of cool science fiction-y stuff, war and machines and gadgets. There are amazing maps and drawings throughout the books as well.

4. Pop by Gordon Korman. Looking for a contemporary fiction for your reluctant reader? This one is about football. I don’t usually tell guys it is touching and heartwarming and all about friendship (shh! It totally is all that). I like to focus on the football and the pranks.

5. The Big Book of Barry Ween by Judd Winnick. This graphic novel is the complete collection of Barry Ween adventures. This is Calvin and Hobbes with more swearing and more potty humor. Score. For a reluctant reader, comic books and graphic novel can be “gateway” materials. Get them hooked on these and slowly add novels.

For the reluctant teen girl:

1. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. This series is awesome! What girl doesn’t dream of going to a top-secret spy school? So, we have spy girls, badass ninja skills, danger, drama, and a wee bit of kissing. Total winner!

2. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White and Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. I have to mention these together because once your reluctant reader breezes through one, they are going to be demanding more. Now you know what to do. You’re welcome. These books have not so scary paranormals, humor, romance, and good fashion sense.

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Give this to your girls who want their romance straight-up, without the vamps and weres.

4. Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. Lockhart is a contemporary fiction genius. Her Ruby Oliver series is charming and fun, with a spot-on teen girl voice. But, I digress. Frankie Landau-Banks. A smart girl out-smarts the boys at her private school. Pranks and hijinks galore!

5. Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Give this series to your Twihards who insist that there is no vampire hotter than Edward. My friends, I beg to differ. Meet the Drake brothers then get back to me. Super hot vampire guys and girls with brains in their pretty heads? Yes please.

I just started reading I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore and I got sucked right in. It may have to be added to a list for non-readers, along with Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, and everything ever written by Rick Riordan. What’s on your list?

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan: Books and Bites Issue

Hi everyone, it’s Monday again-already! Time seems to be whizzing by me in my current befuddled and overwhelmed state. *Sigh* Ok, mini-pity party over. Moving right along. I had this idea last week for a series of blog posts that will hopefully get some of my teen readers involved. It needs a clever name and some clever participants, but my idea is to pair books with snack recipes. I plan to pitch my idea to my Teen Pizza Pagers on Wednesday and wanted to have a sample to show them. This week I present  Pop by Gordon Korman with a side of Kettle Corn.

Easy Homemade Kettle Corn







1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
salt to taste


1. Heat oil in a large pot with a lid over medium heat
2. Add 3 kernels of corn and cover
3. When the kernels pop, quickly stir in sugar and add remaining corn
4. Replace lid and listen for kernels to start popping
5. Once popping begins remove pot from heat and shake to prevent burning, return to stove
6. Repeat until popping begins to slow
7. Pour into a bowl and salt to taste
8. Take your snack and Pop by Gordon Korman to a cozy spot and enjoy!

Marcus Jordan is the new kid in town. Friendless and determined to earn a spot on the high school’s champion football team, he starts practicing alone in the park. He is soon joined by Charlie, a charismatic and odd middle-aged prankster who knows a lot about football. The unusual pair quickly develop a camaraderie, but when Charlie’s behavior becomes more unpredictable, Marcus learns the surprising truth about his new friend. Charlie is Charlie Popovich the former NFL star whose brutal tackling earned him the nickname “The King of Pop” and he is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. Marcus is not sure how to deal with this news, but he does know that he may have to defy Charlie’s family in order to do what is best for his friend.

Here are the things I loved about the book:
1. The head cheerleader knows as much, if not more, about football than the players
2. Adults are present and active in the lives of the teens
3. It’s funny (I must admit, I love a good prank) and sad, but also hopeful and positive
4. High-stakes football action
5. There’s something for everyone. Give this book to teens who enjoy sports, football, and stories about unlikely friendships.

There it is, a book and a bite. I hope my teens with help me out and share their favorite recipes and books.

Happy Reading (and eating)!