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Mondays with Megan-Ukrainian Easter Eggs, Year 5. 3/23/15

Good Morning! I hope you have a great weekend. I spent some time Saturday binge-reading at my favorite coffee shop and Sunday I spent the afternoon with my friends making Ukrainian Easter Eggs. I can’t believe this was the fifth year we have been having these gatherings! This year’s creations were mostly nontraditional.

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Moving on to book lists…

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts


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  • The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Dovgorodoff-♥♥♥♥-In the mountains of Northern China, tradition dictates that every man has a wife to keep him company in the afterlife. Deshi Li is in search of a bride for his dead brother. When his path crosses that of the very much alive (and lively) Lily Chen, they become reluctant travel companions. Gorgeous illustrations accompany this dark story.
  • How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz-♥♥♥♥♥-Anna, Kate and George are thrown together in college, but the bond the three women forge has the potential to last a lifetime. This new book from the author of The Spellman Files, is spectacular. Very different from what fans are used to, but enthralling nonetheless. The story jumps around in time as secret are slowly revealed. LOVED this one!
  • Stiff by Mary Roach-♥♥♥♥-This compelling nonfiction book tells the unusual story of the life of a human corpse. Roach explores the history of cadavers and science. Fascinating and a little gross!
  • Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell-♥♥♥♥♥-This collection of overheard conversations and questions asked of booksellers is hilarious and sure to tickle the funny bone of any book lover.
  • The Party, After You Left by Roz Chast-♥♥♥♥♥-A collection of now classic cartoons that originally appeared The New Yorker, Redbook, and other publications. This collection highlights the absurdities of modern life. Hilarious.

Current Audio:

last anniversary those who wish me dead

Currently Reading:

under a painted harry last stand girl at midnight

Returned Unfinished:
(Because I am more interested in my other books right now.)

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Happy Reading!



Firebug by Lish McBride Review 9/25/14

Firebug by Lish McBride
September 23, 2014
Henry Holt & Co.
Hardcover, 336 pgs

What it’s about:

Ava is a firebug. She can start fires with her mind, making her deadly assassin and valuable commodity to the head of the local Coterie. Think magical mafia here, led by one psycho vampire named Venus. Ava hates her job (killing is not fun), hates the Coterie (she was forced into an unbreakable blood pact), and most of all she hates Venus (Venus killed her mother), so when Venus puts a contract out on a friend of Ava’s, the firebug surprises everyone by refusing to accept the job. Now she and her friends are in a world of trouble as Venus and her army of lethal lapdogs hunt them down. Can Ava keep her friends and family safe or will Venus win again?

Why you might like it:

You will most definitely love Lock and Ezra, Ava’s totally hot besties. Lock is steady and responsible and Ezra is shamelessly cocky. The three together are a ton of fun. Do you like your paranormal with a side of hilarious? Lish McBride is a genius at serving up the perfect blend of horror and humor. If you are looking for a fast-paced story with suspense, a spectacular array of supernatural creatures (were-foxes, anyone?),and a sassy heroine with heart of gold, then look no further. This is the book for you. I loved everything about this book and look forward to more!


Want more like this?

If you missed her Necromancer books, definitely check out Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish MicBride. They are devilishly delightful. Also try White Cat by Holly Black, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

Happy Reading!


Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst Review

Towards the end of last year I started brainstorming some new ideas for my blog. One of the things I came up with was letting my teen readers pick books for me. It seemed like a fair thing considering fact that I select about 90% of the books my two teen book clubs read. I ran the idea by my high schoolers and they loved it. Their first wicked thought was “what horrible book can we force her to read.” I kindly reminded them that I still picked their books and they quickly changed their tune! I picked one title out of a bowl for my first official Teen’s Choice book. This month I will be reading The Eyes of Minds by James Dashner, but it is currently checked out, so I secretly picked another one of their recommendations to read while I waited. That book was Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst. Here is a quick summary and review for you:

Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011
Hardcover, 385 pages

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What it’s about:

Pearl is your typical sixteen-year-old vampire. You know the type-a bloodthirsty predator of the night. That is, until she is stabbed through the heart by the horn of a sparkly unicorn. Seriously. A unicorn. Of course, no one in her Family (yes, with a capital F) believes her. It’s surprising that she survives the attack. It’s a complete shock to discover that she can survive exposure to the sun. This discovery comes just in time. The Family is responsible for providing a feast for the Vampire King of New England and Pearl is their meal ticket. They ship her off to high school with one assignment: round up a feast fit for a king!

Why you might want to read it:

I thoroughly enjoyed this snarky little book! I loved watching Pearl learn the ins and outs of high school and I totally appreciated all the John Hughes references. Her observations about social hierarchy are spot-on. While the book is mostly light and humorous, there is some meat to it as Pearl questions the ethics of what happened to her. It’s pretty interesting. This was an unexpected gem. If you need a vampire fix, this book is for you. If you like a sassy heroine, this book is for you. If you like your high school romances to have a unicorn, this book  is for you.

Want more like this? Try Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White and Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride.

Thank you Emily, for the recommendation!

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-The End is Near 12/9/13

With just three and a half weeks left in 2013, the pressure is on to wrap up my reading goals. As of right now, I have 12 books to go to reach my 200 books goal. Normally this would be a concern, but you don’t need me to tell you that this is a crazy busy time of year! Between all the cooking and holiday decorating I did over the week I managed to squeeze in some reading and listening.

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Check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great lists!


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I listened to Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud. This is the first book in a new series and it was fantastic and creepy. I enjoyed this more than his Bartimaeus series. I also listened to A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. This one was laugh out loud hilarious. I FINALLY finished The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa. Just when I thought I was over the Chases and the fey…crazy cliffhanger ending! So, I will be tuning in for the next (last?) installment. Finally, I finished Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I have not read anything else by this author, but I think I will be adding his other books to by TBR list. This book was awesome. So awesome. Pure science fiction, tons of action, suspense, and twists and turns. I can’t wait for the next one…out next fall.

Current Audio:

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In the car I have Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine. So far it is quite charming. On Playaway I have The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. This was a last minute grab and honestly, I am not sure I am going to continue on with it. There is not much substance here. In fact, writing this has made up my mind. I am off to look for a new Playaway.

Currently Reading:

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Today I am going to start Champion by Marie Lu. I am really excited for this one. I am also going to try to make progress in Born of Illusion. Seriously. I need to finish it.

On Deck:

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I have a student who has been begging me to read this for ages…I am hoping to have it read by the time we meet for book club next week.

Happy Reading!

Mondays With Megan: Countdown to Vacation!

Five more days until I am on vacation for three weeks! I have a ton to do to get ready, but I am mostly concerned about which books I am going to take and in which format. But that is a list for another day. Today is Monday and that means I get to make a What Are You Reading? list. Be sure to check out more lists at Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

I didn’t get too much reading in over the weekend. I was quite busy hanging out with my 91-year-old grandma and finishing my stone wall project in my backyard. Slowly but surely, it’s coming along. Next step: dirt and plant!

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But enough of that. You’ve come for the books!

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Winger by Andrew Smith is a must-read. Seriously. It is both laugh-out-loud hilarious and heartbreaking. It is the story of Ryan Dean West, a 14-year-old junior at a private boarding school. He plays rugby, falls in love, gets his ass kicked, and makes some pretty stupid mistakes. This glimpse into the mind of a teenaged boy is fascinating! I also made progress in The Marvel Oz series by Eric Shanower. This fourth installment, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz did not have my favorite storyline, but the illustrations are really my favorite part anyway! I finished listening to The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro and promptly passed it on to my aunt. It was so compelling that I was often disappointed when I got to my destination and had to stop listening. Finally, I zipped through another Stephanie Plum novel. At this rate I should be all caught up when book 20 (!) comes out in the fall.

Current Audio:

aristotle and dante secrets to the grave

I have finally gotten around to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, the multi-award winning novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I am not very far into it, but so far I like the characters and narrator. On Playaway I have Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag. I have never read anything by this author and this is actually the second book in a series, but it doesn’t seem to matter that I missed the first one. I am enjoying this thriller set in the 1980’s.

Currently Reading:

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I just started T. Michael Martin’s debut, The End Games. There is something weird going on here and I think I need to know what it is. Is this really a game? I am still working on my e-galley of Proxy by Alex London (it’s out now!) and I couldn’t resist Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin any longer. I also started Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty.

What are you reading?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: On the Light Side


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about the light side. Those fun, breezy, or humorous books that are guaranteed to entertain without any effort on the part of the reader. As I was compiling my list I noticed that it is super girly, so my new goal is to find light reads for guys. Any suggestions?

1. The Ruby Oliver series by E. Lockhart. Very cute, very funny.

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2. Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman. This is Jane Austen meet Glee.


3. Also Known As by Robin Benway. Spies + kissing=fun times!

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4. Mothership by Martin Leicht. I can’t plug this goofy, campy book enough. Laugh out loud.


5. Poison by Bridget Zinn. I recently enjoyed this charming debut. A must read for the fairy tale lover.


6. Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt. Everything old is new again in this retro-inspired new novel.

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7. Past Perfect by Leila Sales. Just look at that cover! How can it not be fun?

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8. No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. Hey! Look at that, I thought of some guy-friendly light reads!

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9. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. A hilarious and awkward look at being a freshman guy.


10. The Big Book of Barry Ween by Judd Winick. I love this giant collection of Barry Ween adventures. It’s like Bart Simpson meets Calvin and Hobbes. Totally guy-friendly.

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The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kindgom by Christopher Healy. I love this middle grade book about the Princes Charming and their not-so-princely charms.

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How about some Adult reads (that would also probably appeal to some teens)?

The Flavia de Luce mystery series by Alan Bradley. 1950s England, plucky pre-teen sleuth who has a love of poisons.


The Spellman Files series by Lisa Lutz. A totally hilarious and dysfunctional family of private investigators. I am so thrilled that there will be one more new book in this series! spellmansnew

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. My favorite flavor of book candy. Predictable, light, and often ridiculous.

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What’s one your light and fun list? Any great guy reads? I obviously need them!

Happy Reading!


My Ex From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1) by Tellulah Darling Review

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My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling
The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #1
April 1, 2013
Te Da Media
175 pgs

Before that fateful Halloween night Sophie Bloom was just an ordinary sixteen-year-old stuck in a boarding school by a cold-hearted mother. The mean yoga girls led by the evil Bethany were the bane of her existence, and her besties Hannah and Theo always had her back. All the ordinary disappears when Sophie hatches a plan to foil a secret tryst that Bethany arranged with a mystery guy. Disguised as the queen of mean Sophie sneaks off to meet to sabotage the rendezvous. Dreamy bad boy Kai wastes no time locking lips with “Bethany”. Big mistake. That epic kiss unlocks Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. What the what? Now her problems are anything but ordinary. Zeus and Hades are both making a play at world domination, which includes the human world and Sophie appears to be the key to saving humanity. In order to do that she needs to reclaim her goddess powers and regain her Persephone memories, which include some pretty intense make out sessions with Kai, Prince of the Underworld, aka The Ex From Hell. Literally.

My Ex From Hell is a slim volume that packs a mighty comedic punch. This fresh retelling of the Persephone story is full of smart and sassy characters, snappy dialogue, and heart-racing action. And kissing. The more I think about, the more I realize that there really isn’t much more to say about it. It’s hilarious and fun, what more do  you need to know? I loved it and can’t wait for My Date From Hell.

You may also enjoy Oh. My. Gods by Tera Lynn Childs or The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter