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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:

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  • 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:

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Currently Reading:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Characters I Wish I Could Check in With 4/7/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about favorite characters that we would love to follow with long after their stories on the page end.

1. Jacky Faber from the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. This one is a no-brainer. I adore Jacky. I want good things for that girl.

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2. Akiva and Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Despite the satisfying ending, I just know there is so much more to explore in this amazing world!

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3. Cassel Sharpe from the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. I so desperately want more of this story.

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4. Will and Halt from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. These two are as dear to me as Jacky Faber. I miss them terribly.

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5. June and Day from Legend by Marie Lu. I really loved how this series ended, but I sure wouldn’t mind finding out what happened next!

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6. Samantha and Annamae from Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. Oh, the stories there must be!

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7. Pretty much anyone from an A.S. King book. Her characters are so real and often flawed and in the end you always have a glimmer of hope for them. I would love to check in and just make sure that things truly did get better.

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8. Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. Ed has so much potential. He’s such a good guy!

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9. Todd Prentiss from The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. This series. I don’t know how to talk about these books. There’s just so much…

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10. Darla and Alex from the Ashfall trilogy by Mike Mullin. This is another series with a great ending, but I certainly wouldn’t say no to more!

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There are so many more, but I’ll stop at ten.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-The Darkest Part of the Forest-11/26/14

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
January 13, 2015

From Goodreads:

“Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?”

I haven’t read Holly Black’s other fae series, but I do love her Curse Workers books. I am eager to give this one a try!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Winter 2014 TBR List-11/25/14

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Like it or not, winter is coming…and with all the snow and cold comes many opportunities to snuggle up and read. I did a terrible job on my Fall 2014 TBR list, so I am hoping to step up my game and get some reading done this winter.

1. Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. (January)

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2. All Fall Down by Ally Carter. (January)
I read a galley last week. It is fantastic!

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3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. (January)

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4. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith.

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5. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

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6. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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7. The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde.

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8. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

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9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. (January)

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10. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. (February)

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Non-YA TBRs:

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Revival, First Frost, Grave Peril, One Plus One.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tueday-Character Who Deserve Their Own Book-11/11/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about secondary characters who are so awesome that they deserve their own book.

1. Pretty much anyone from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor.

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2. Roux and Jesse Oliver from Also Known As by Robin Benway.

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3. Phillip and Barron Sharpe from The Curse Workers series by Holly Black.

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4. Steelheart from Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I am a little obsessed with this book.

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5. Audrey from I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I love Ed so much. I would be interesting to see him through her eyes.

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6. Genya and Zoya from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. They are so different from each other, but so interesting.

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7. Wolf from Cinder. Mmmmmmmmm.

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8. Ezra and Lock from Firebug by Lish McBride. These two are so funny!

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9. Darla from Ashfall by Mike Mullin. She is one tough cookie!

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10. Donovan from Pointe by Brandy Colbert. His story has to be just as fascinating and heartbreaking as Theo’s.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Books I Want to Reread-11/7/14

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about rereading. I am not much of a rereader, but last year I thoroughly enjoyed rereading the entire Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter. That is as far as I have gotten. For me it’s not that I am in uninterested in revisiting a favorite story, it’s more that I feel a lot of pressure to constantly be reading new things. I have yet to find a balance. Maybe that can be a bookish resolution for 2015! So, if I ever commit to rereading, here is where I will start:

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I loved this book so much. I read an advanced copy, but I think I should own it…and of course, reread.

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2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I listened to this one and it took a while to get into, but now that I know how wonderful the book is, I will gladly use my own eyes to reread it.

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3. Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black. Last week I had to opportunity to ask Holly Black if there was going to be any more books in this series. Her answer was surprising. She said that the publisher is going to repackage the trilogy and market it as an adult series. She also revealed that she has two more books in mind, but is not yet working on them. I offered to send her friendly reminders…So, in anticipation of someday reading more about Cassel and friends, I might just reread the entire trilogy. The second time around I think I will listen; I hear Jesse Eisenberg is a fantastic reader.

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4. The Diviners by Libba Bray. I might have to reread just to refresh my memory before reading the next book. Again, I am tempted to listen to this one for my reread, but I so terrified of hearing the Naughty John song and never, ever begin able to get it out of my head….

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5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I loved the audio and if I ever reread I will probably get the audio again. Wil Wheaton is an awesome reader.

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6. Winger by Andrew Smith. I devoured this book in 2 sittings. A reread would allow my to slow down and savor it.

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7. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I am curious to see how this one holds up. I loved it first came out. I was kind of new to zombies. It was a perfect fit. A reread five years later would be interesting.

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8. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. I haven’t read a really fantastic vampire book in a while. I might need to revisit the Drakes. *swoon*

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9. The complete works of A.S. King. Seriously. I will eventually reread everything she writes. Except maybe for Dust of 100 Dogs. That was not my favorite. I still have to read Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. I can’t wait!

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10. Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series by Rosemary Clement-Moore. This series is seriously neglected at my library. I feel like I should check them out, reread them, and try to push them on a new group of readers.

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Bonus: Non-YA rereads

1. Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. The minute they announce an official publication date for book 6, I WILL start rereading and I will start from the beginning.

2. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I remember loving this one when I read it years ago. I own a copy and feel compelled to reread it some day.

3. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. See above.

4. Trinity by Leon Uris. This is one of the few books I have already reread. It’s a bit of a family tradition and I am long overdue for a reread.

5. The Spellmans series by Lisa Lutz. This series was SO good.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan-Tonight is the Night I Get to See Holly Black and Cassandra Clare! 10/27/14

Today is the day! Holly Black and Cassandra Clare will be speaking at Barnes & Noble in Crocker Park tonight at 6:30. I am so excited! I hope that Holly Black is working on some new YA material. I enjoyed her Doll Bones, but I really miss Cassel. I guess I just need to hear her say that she is done with the Curse Workers. 😦

My sister was visiting from Montana all last week so I really didn’t get much reading in and I continue to be way behind on my goal, but I am confident I can make things up before the end of the year. Here’s what I have been up to:

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 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop by for more reading lists and reviews.

Finished:

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  • Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynne Barnes is the exciting sequel to The Naturals. I really enjoyed this one and will have a longer review up soon.
  • Hinterkind by Ian Edington is the first volume in a new graphic novel series. It has an interesting concept-humans have finally fallen to the bottom of the food chain while creatures of legend have regained power. I think I will watch for the next volume.
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is another graphic novel, this one a memoir. I really liked this one!
  • The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore. This is such an entertaining series. This installment picks up where the last left off. Full of interesting twists, it sets things up for the final battle. I can’t wait!

Current Audio:

inventor's secret silkworm

Currently Reading:

walled city neil patrick harris

On Deck:

afterworlds my true love

Afterworlds was my Random Reads selection for the month of October…That didn’t work out so well for me. I suppose I will have to carry it over to November!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan