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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.

mistborn

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.

spellmansnew

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.

lock in

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!

ready armada

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.

uprooted

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.

publically shamed

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.

hot zone

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.

hyperbole

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-School is in Session and I am Back on the Blog! 8/31/15

Hello and Happy Monday! As you may have noticed my two weeks of vacation turned into three weeks of not blogging. Now that school has started again and I have packed my weekly schedule with tons of after school programs this seems like the *perfect* time to turn some attention to my neglected blog. *Sigh*

I am super excited about all the new after school programs we are offering this year. On Tuesdays I will be hosting an open lab in our state of the art computer training center. The large screen computers are perfect for playing games and Minecraft! This Wednesday will be the first meeting of the Library Literati, a new group for fans of all things bookish. Thursdays will be the Teen Scene. I’ll be flipping pancakes and have a casual activity available each week. This week’s activity will be Lego building challenges. No need to register, just stop in after school!

I had an amazing trip out west to visit my sister and her family (including my adorable new nephew). I woke up every morning to mama cows yelling outside the windows. We camped in Custer National Forest, did a day trip to Yellowstone, and spend many hot afternoons sitting in the creek on the farm. It was so relaxing and busy at the same time. I hardly did any reading, which was fine, but it turned into a slump when I returned home. In three weeks I have only finished six books and three of them were audiobooks!

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Finished:

unhinged chamber of secrets among rocket girl mistborn

  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard- ♥♥♥. This second book in the Splintered trilogy has Alyssa trying to deal with Morpheus on her own turf. Wonderland is in trouble, but if Alyssa returns she will be in danger. If she stays Jeb and her family will be in danger. I am enjoying this series, but was disappointed to find that the last book is not available on audio. I suppose I will have to use my eyes to find out how things end!
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling-♥♥♥♥♥. Three of my nephews are finally old enough to be reading Harry Potter for the first time! I am loving revisiting these beloved books.
  • Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont-♥♥♥♥. This debut novel tells the story of a family falling apart. Jack and Deb’s marriage is already rocky when an anonymous package arrives detailing all of Jack’s dirty little secrets. To make matters worse, his children were the first to discover the box. The cover quote saying it’s the funniest book ever is totally misleading. This one is not for the young reader.
  • Rocket Girl by Brandon Monclare-♥♥♥. This is the first volume of a new graphic novel series featuring a teen cop from the future who is sent back in time to 1986 to prevent a future disaster. The time line is a little wonky and hard to get used to, but the gadgets are cool and the characters are interesting. I will watching for more!
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson-♥♥♥♥♥. I finally took the plunge and started a new fantasy series. In a world covered with ash and ruled by an immortal god known as the Lord Ruler, one man has made it his life’s mission to destroy the final empire. At his side is a band of rebels and a street urchin who is unaware of the powers she possesses. This is an exciting opener to the series. Strong world building, well-developed characters, political intrigue, and a unique take on magic. In the world of the final empire magic is derived from metals. I dove into book two this morning!

Current Audio:

well of ascension diviners

  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. I decided to dive right into book two of The Final Empire series.
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray. I am rereading (first time listening) in preparation for Lair of Dreams.

Currently Reading:

pretending to be erica madness so discreet

  • Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud.
  • A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

DNF:

red queen

  • The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I don’t know why I didn’t click with this one. I gave up when it took a turn towards The Selection.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-The End of Summer Reading-8/3/15

Hi All! Today was the drawing for the last summer reading basket. I can’t believe how fast that went! I had a record number of participants-207 teens. They read a combined 399 books and magazines. Now the back-to-school countdown begins. I am actually pretty excited about all the things I have planned for fall. You can find out all the plans at the library’s Back to School Breakfast Bar. We’ll have pancakes and waffles and all sorts of toppings. We’ll play games and talk about all the fun upcoming library programs.

I got a lot of reading/listening in last week, which is good because this week I am busy with G.I.S.H.W.E.S and next week I am on vacation! Check out what I’ve read:

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

Finished:

man called ove darkest part of the forest fables happily ever after these shallow graves lumberjanes

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman-♥♥♥♥♥. Ove (pronounces Oova) is a gruff and grouchy man, but behind his curmudgeonly exterior is a sweet and sad story. His story slowly unfolds when new neighbors move in next door and disrupt is strict and orderly routine. I loved this book so, so, much. It’s sweet and quirky and sad. I laughed, I cried, and then started recommending it to anyone who would listen.
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black-♥♥♥♥. In the town of Fairfold humans and fairies coexist, making the town a tourist stop. The main attraction is the horned boy locked in endless sleep in a glass coffin. Hazel and her brother Ben have always loved the boy. When he disappears, a strange and deadly chain of events is set into motion. I am not usually a fan of fae stories, but Holly Black is a master.
  • Fables vol. 21, Happily Ever After by Bill Willingham-♥♥♥♥. This is the penultimate volume of the series and story lines are getting wrapped up. Don’t worry, things aren’t wrapping up in a nice tidy manner! Things are pretty brutal and grim and the stage is set for one last epic battle.
  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly-♥♥♥♥. It’s the Gilded Age in New York City and Josephine Montford is a young aristocrat destined to make a good match for marriage, when her father dies from an accidental gunshot. With his death, Jo’s world begins to crumble. With the help of a dashing reporter and a medical student who works at the morgue, Jo sets out on a dangerous path to discover the truth behind her father’s death. I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book, which is due out in October. I really enjoyed the ending, but my one complaint is that fact that this book is really long. Unnecessarily long. It kind of dragged in the middle.
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson-♥♥♥♥. Another totally weird graphic novel! Five best friends at camp keep stumbling upon strange things in the woods-strange three-eyed foxes, yetis guarding a tower, and a weird neighboring boys camp. Will the Lumberjane scouts figure out what in the world is going on? You won’t find out in this first volume, but you’ll want to know!

Current Audio:

unhinged

Currently Reading:

six of crows rest of us just live here heart of tin

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Week 5-7/5/15

Happy Monday! I gave away summer reading prize basket this morning. If you want a chance to win the week 5 basket be sure to register online or in person and them get reading! What’s in Basket 5?

  • Books!
    • Peak by Roland Smith
    • My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald
  • Candy!
    • Sour Skittles
    • Buncha Crunch
    • Sour Punch straws
    • Blow Pop/Tootsie Pop
    • Jolly Ranchers
  • Mini Oreos
  • Silly string
  • The Princess Bride DVD
  • Rechargeable power bank
  • Colored pencils
  • Sharpies
  • 1 Cleveland Gladiators ticket
  • $10 Target gift card

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Finished:

none of the above nimona

  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio-♥♥♥♥. Kristen Lattimer, is the homecoming queen and track star. She has a great boyfriend and two best friends. Kristen knows something is wrong after she and her boyfriend attempt to have a more physical relationship, but she is not prepared for what she learns from the doctor. Kristen is intersex, which means she is outwardly female, but she also has a male chromosome and some male part. Dealing with this new reality is challenging enough, but when news of her diagnosis spreads through school things get even worse. This is a fascinating and fantastic story!
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson-♥♥♥♥♥. Based on a popular webcomic, Nimona has something for everyone-knights, villains, dragons, and a nefarious “institute.” Ballister Blackheart his the villain of the story and Nimona is a young girl who shows up to be is evil sidekick. Nimona is relentless in her enthusiasm and reveals a very useful skill. My description doesn’t do this book true justice. There is fantastic back story about the hero and the villain. Nimona’s true identity is revealed in bits and pieces and her friendship with Blackheart is so sweet. The art is gorgeous. There are dragons and all the feelings! I loved this one and want more.

Current Audio:

saint mazie uprooted

Currently Reading:

publically shamed everything everythinghand drawn jokes

Other media adventures:

mortified strangers ted

sense8 orange

Happy Summer Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Week 4-6/29/15

Happy Monday! We are starting Week 4 of Summer Reading and this week’s basket might be my favorite. In addition to some awesome books and candy, this basket has all the fixings to make S’mores!! If this sounds like the basket for you be sure to enter early and enter often! Remember, this year you can submit entries online.

As for my own summer reading, I am still devouring audiobooks at a record pace and my reading funk seems to be over *fingers crossed it stays this way*

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Finished:

shutter vacationers finding audrey fixer eight hundred grapes rat queens 2

  • Shutter, vol. 1: Wanderlost by Joe Keatinge-♥♥♥. I am not entirely sure what this is all about. I do know it’s being compared to Saga and Fables, but I don’t think it is as good as those. It’s very weird and I am curious to see where the story goes. Maybe all will be clearer in subsequent volumes.
  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub-♥♥♥. The Post family vacation is anything but relaxing! Everyone has a secret and the drama is high. This one was fine. For a better dysfunctional family drama try This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella-♥♥♥♥. Teenaged Audrey struggles with anxiety after suffering a trauma. With the help of her family, her therapist, and a new guy she makes great progress in her recovery.
  • The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes-♥♥♥♥♥. Tess’s life is turned upside down when she is forced to leave her home in Montana to live with her sister in Washington DC. Her sister is entrenched in the dark and dangerous world of politics and Tess soon finds herself in the thick of things as well. This is an exciting and timely political thriller.
  • Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave-♥♥♥♥. Set in the heart of California wine country, this is delightful family drama full of marriage dramas of all types-fear of losing a spouse, fear that one has chosen the wrong spouse, and fear that love is not enough of a reason to get married. This is a fun, quick, summer read.
  • Rat Queens vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe-♥♥♥♥♥. Oh man, the Rat Queens are back and as amazing as ever. My favorite part of this volume was getting major bits of backstories for the characters.

Current Audio:

none of the above saint mazie

Currently Reading:

hand drawn jokes book of speculation curse of the spellmans

On Deck:

fables happily ever after after the red rain we all looked up

I have a ton of digit ARCs that need some attention. It’s so hard to choose what will actually be next.

Happy Summer Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Summer 2015 TBR List 6/16/15

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It’s summer reading time! I am so thankful that my days of assigned summer reading are long gone. As a librarian I am grateful for those summer assignments because it brings the teens in like crazy. This year has been particularly amazing! Yay summer reading. The Broke and the Bookish want to know what we are planning to read this summer.

1. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. This is definitely a case of judging a book by its cover!

kissing in america

2. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. Finally! YAY!

lair of dreams

3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella’s YA debut and a book about anxiety disorders? Yes!

finding audrey

4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This fantasy inspired by 1001 Nights is getting ALL the buzz.

wrath

5. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller. Terrifying road trip? Sign me up!

devil you know

6. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I have an ARC!

madness so discreet

7. Ms. Marvel vol. 2 & 3 by G. Willow Wilson. I need to catch up!

ms. marvel 2 ms. marvel 3

8. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith. Another ARC.

hello goodbye

9. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I own this one. It’s high time I dusted it off and dove in!

afterworlds

10. The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy. The final Skulduggery Pleasant book. I don’t want it to end!

dying of the light

Bonus Non-YA

finders keepers saint mazie armada water knife

Happy Summer Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Starts Today! 6/8/15

unmaskIt’s time the most wonderful time of the year…Summer Reading is finally here! Every week I will be giving away a basket full of goodies. To enter to win just fill out a slip for every book you read or listen to and drop it in the contest box at the AV Desk. Can’t make it in to the library? No problem! This year you can register and submit entries online! Everyone who signs up will receive a coupon for a FREE burrito from Chipotle, while supplies last! The first basket is a fun one. The lucky winner with take home:

  • Books!
    • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
    • Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
  • T-shirt!
    • “Sarcasm: Just One of My Many Talents”
  • Candy!
    • Haribo Sour S’ghetti
    • Sweettarts
    • Butterfinger Bites
    • Jolly Rangers
    • Blow Pops
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower DVD
  • Minecraft mini-figures
  • A pencil case
  • A journal & pen
  • Oreo minis
  • 2 Cleveland Gladiator Tickets
  • $10 Mitchell’s gift card

I personally continue to struggle with my reading. Yard work seems to be monopolizing all my free time (thank goodness for audiobooks and podcasts) and I have found myself swept up in the NBA playoffs excitement as well. My new dream is to be done with all my backbreaking yard labor soon so that I can just lounge around on my patio and read! So, for now, I have very little reading to report.

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Finished:

forever odd punching zoo daughter of deep silence

  • Forever Odd by Dean Koontz-♥♥♥. This second volume in the Odd Thomas series features Odd following his sixth sense to locate a friend who has been kidnapped. This one was kind of strange, but the set up for the third book sounds promising so I will continue.
  • Cyanide & Hapiness: Punching Zoo by Kris Wilson-♥♥♥. One of the most successful webcomics has compiled some of their best comics and added new material for this collection. I love the simple stick figure drawings and the completely irreverent humor. This one is not for everyone and certainly not for kids!
  • Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan-♥♥♥. At fourteen Frances Mace sees her parents murdered, along with all the other passengers on the cruise ship they are aboard. Frances and her friend Libby manage to make it off the ship alive. Frances knows the truth about the events on the Persephone and she is hell-bent on seeking revenge on those involved. I loved Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth series, so I was thrilled to finally get a new YA book from her! Readers must be willing to suspend their disbelief and tolerate an unlikeable main character. I was interested enough to find out what really happened, but I think this one was a little too long and repetitive. Decent suspense, not a lot of action.

Current Audio:

animal wise whites

Currently Reading:

last stand i crawl through it

Recently Received ARCs:

fixerafter the red rainlair of dreamshello goodbyezeroesthese shallow graves

I need to get busy!

Happy Reading!

~Megan