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Mondays With Megan, aka Meme Central! It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? And Recommend A…(#1)

Howdy Friends! I don’t know about you, but I had a really great weekend. I hung out with a couple of my sisters and their kids, I tried a new restaurant with friends, I did some much-needed yard work, and I did a lot of reading. I actually feel pretty good heading into this new work week! So good that I decided to add an extra meme to my Monday morning routine.

I will start with the new one.

Recommend A… is hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Each week participants are asked to make a recommendation based on a prompt. This week we are looking for a laugh and were asked to Recommend A…Book I Thought Was Funny. I of course, will cheat and list two.

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz is the first in a hilarious series starring the Spellmans, a quirky, semi-dysfunctional family of private investigators. Truly laugh-out-loud here!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is the first in a series featuring Evie, the tough, hilarious, and fashion-forward heroine who is an expert at bagging and tagging rogue paranormals. As Evie would say, this series is bleeping funny!

Moving right along, it’s time to show off all my weekend reading!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey. A children’s/YA version is brought to you by Teach Mentor Texts. This meme is a great way to see what other people are reading and recommending. It’s one of the reasons my TBR list is so unruly!

Finished:

Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (illustrator) is my current favorite graphic novel obsession. I finished the third and fourth volumes and am all twitchy waiting for the fifth volume. This series is about the Locke family, teens Tyler and Kinsey, and their little brother Bode. They move back to their father’s childhood home after his brutal murder. They quickly learn that Lovecraft is no ordinary mansion. Rather, it is full of mysterious keys that open doors to a world of magic. They also discover that there are dark forces seeking the magic of the keys. This series is dark and magical and thrilling. The characters are well-developed and a little bit heartbreaking and the illustrations are true works of art. I highly recommend this series!

Flock is the final book in the Stork trilogy by Wendy Delsol. I was so lucky to get a sneak peek…it’s so good! While you wait for me to write a review, check out my thoughts about Stork and Frost.

The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab was also an ARC, so there will be a review up this week as well. This book is a thoughtful look at religion and faith and after an initial slow start (all my fault, just didn’t have a chance to dive into it), I ended up really liking the story.

Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne is the second book in the Little Lady trilogy. Fun, British rom-com. I am looking forward to the last book.

Will Finish Today:

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. Wow. This is a scathing commentary on war and the impact it has on children. I am half way through the last disc and the tension has reached an unbearable climax…I have to know what happens. Right. Now.

Still plugging away at:

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I am in trouble. Kim has moved on to book 5!

Up Next:

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is my next BOCD. I have heard the book is great. I have heard the movie is great. Time to see for myself!

It’s also time to start working on my Summer Reading list! I think I will start with the last book in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.

In the spirit of finishing what I’ve started, I will be taking The Little Lady Agency and the Prince by Hester Browne home with me tonight. There is no urgency to finish this one, so I will make it my bedtime story for the next few weeks.

I would also like to start either Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein or From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender. Of course, you never know what book with come across my desk that will cause me to drop everything! I’ll let you know next week what I decided!

What are you working on this week?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan: Yard Work Trumps Reading, A What Are You Reading Sob Story

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

 

I get a big fat fail for last week’s reading. What was I doing last week? Seriously, why did I not read? It’s all a bit of a blur, but I am going to blame 1. work (always blame work, it cuts into a lot of reading time!) 2. The Game of Thrones, season 1, and 3. yard work (always blame yard work, it is a necessary evil of homeownership and it really cuts into reading time).

The one and only book I finished last week: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa. I really liked this third book in the series. I can’t wait to find out what happens with our heroine Meghan and her beloved. I should add that faery stories are not typically my cup of tea, but I have thoroughly enjoyed this unique, modern take on the traditional fae story. I highly recommend it.

I did make progress with my audiobooks. I am about half way through Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick. I am not sure how far along I am in Defending Jacob by William Landay. I am really enjoying both books.

  

Ok, now it is time for some serious book commitments for the week! I have two books that are due back at the library this week that I want to finish.

Books I will finish this week: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan and I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. Now that I am no longer ashamed to be seen in my front yard, I am committed to lots of evening porch reading this week.

 

The e-book I will finish this week: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson.

Finally, as if this is not ambitious enough, I need to start a romance for my genre book discussion at work. I am thinking about reading The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne.

Please wish me luck this week! I have high hopes for reading success and I need to accomplish them. I already feel like a slacker for not having read Insurgent or City of Lost Souls yet. Sigh.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Pre-Zombie Walk Jitters and What are You Reading

Happy Monday everyone. Confession time: I am trying a new program with my teens and I am a little nervous about it. Tomorrow afternoon I am having my first ever Zombie Walk, complete with homemade zombie makeup. I now it’s going to be fine, but I am sure there will be kinks. Since I have never done this before I have no idea what to expect. I have ten teens signed up, which I initially found disappointing. Upon further thought I changed my mind-this is a great number! I need to take baby shuffles and lurches, figure out what works, and what needs improving before I release a teenaged zombie horde on the unsuspecting neighborhood of Rocky River, Ohio. So, wish me luck tonight as I concoct fake skin, blood, and open wounds out of the items found in my kitchen-tapioca flour, corn starch, corn syrup, lotion, food coloring, oatmeal, coffee grounds, gelatin, and more. I’ll take pictures and post recipe links tomorrow!

On to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly meme is hosted by Book Journey and a Children’s/YA version is found at Teach Mentor Texts.

What I finished: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore, and Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John. All very different, all very enjoyable.

In my car: I was without audio all weekend (I grabbed the wrong BOCD on Friday and didn’t get back to work until today) and I was a bit twitchy because of it. Radio is really terrible! Today I will start Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick. This is the third book in her Hush, Hush series. I really need to start catching up on some series. I have way to many started and it’s starting to stress me out.

My paper book: The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan. The third and final installment of the Kane Chronicles! I am excited to read this one!

My e-books: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa. This is the third book in the Iron Fey series. I will probably move straight on to The Iron Knight when I am finished, which will get me caught up. I am still working on Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson. I should finish this week and then I will start Dead Time by Anne Cassidy.

What I hope to get this week, even if I don’t have time to read them: Insurgent by Veronica Roth and City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. How have I not read these yet? Sigh. So busy, so many books.

When am I going to do all this reading!?! What are you reading this week?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays with Megan-Free Comic Book Day Review and What are You Reading?

In case you missed it, Saturday was Free Comic Book Day. Rocky River Public Library participated in this national event for the first time-with great success! I want to send a big thank you to Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop for helping me plan my big day. In addition to all the free guidance and advice, they helped me purchase the comics to give out, provided me with some beautiful advertising materials, and donated two hardcover Spiderman books to raffle off. Our event was a success and we will definitely be celebrating Free Comic Book Day from now on!

My display. The free Spiderman book is in the lower left.

  The AWESOME poster from Carol & John!

The New 52, The Avengers and Superman Family were all available for free at the library.

What do you do with old comic books? Make buttons! I had about 40 people, young and young at heart stop in to make buttons. Another 30 stayed for popcorn and a Batman movie. About 200 free comics went to new homes. All in all-success and I am already brainstorming ideas for next year.

Ok, bragging time over. Let’s move on to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly meme is hosted by Book Journey and a children’s/YA version can be found at Teach Mentor Texts.

 

What I finished:

Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire and I am Legend by Richard Matheson.

 

Currently reading:

In my car: Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore. Bawdy, irreverent fun. Absurd reality mixed with absurd fiction. Entertaining and has a fantastic reader. This one doesn’t seem to be a fan favorite, but I am enjoying it very much.

For book club: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. This is a reread for me, and it’s just as good as I remember it being. I hope my teens like it too. I should finish up tonight.

Before I meet the author: Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John. He’s the keynote speaker at a conference this week. After an awesome Skye interview with my book club I am excited to get meet him in person. I’ll have this done before Thursday.

While walking the dog: The Langoliers by Stephen King.

And of course, lots and lots of ebooks. I am currently working on Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson and The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.

 

On Deck:

  

My head is swimming with all of this! That’s all for now. What are you reading?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter Escape Plan

My poor little blog has been so neglected lately. Thank goodness for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Regardless of how busy I get I. Must. Make. Lists. Any kind of list will do, but a To Do list is particularly satisfying. This week’s TTT is the best of all worlds-a To Do Book List! I keep hearing foreboding weather forecasts for this winter and it sounds like I will be spending lots of time hunkered down under a blanket reading (and/or shoveling a TON of snow). Here are some of my winter reading plans:

1. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin. Look at me already cheating! I am totally counting this as one. Anyway, I just finished A Game of Thrones and I am ready to plow through the rest of this series. Winter is coming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  I am going to continue my cheating ways…I plan to finish the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I just have The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight left to go.

 

 

 

 

3.  Oh, what the heck, I am on a cheating roll now. I have been meaning to read the Bad Girls Don’t books by Katie Alender. So far there are two books, but a third is on its way.

 

 

 

 

4. Ok, time to play fair. How about some single titles now? Maybe some 2012 debuts? The cover alone to this one makes me want it, the witches between the covers will be a major bonus. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood is definitely on my TBR pile for February.

 

 

 

 

5. Here is another one that is getting TONS of buzz-Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.

 

 

 

 

6. Uh oh, I thought of another series. Back to my cheating ways…I am really close to finishing The Kings of Clonmel, book 8 in The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan and I plan to wrap up the series this winter AND start his new series, The Brotherband Chronicles!

 

 

 

 

7.  I am super excited to get my hands on Bleeding Hearts, book 4 in The Drake Chronicles series by Alyxandra Harvey.  It’s one of my favorite vampire series. Love. She also has a fairy book, Stolen Away, coming out. I am not crazy about the cover, but Ms. Harvey has yet to disappoint so it’s on the list!

 

 

 

 

8. I am anxiously awaiting my turn with the newest Bloody Jack book on audio. It will be due back right around Christmas. What a lovely gift The Mark of the Golden Dragon by L.A. Meyer will be for me!

 

 

 

 

9.  Here is another YA book that is due out next month that is getting lot’s of hype-Everneath by Brodi Ashton. Something about the title rubs me the wrong way, but it’s Persephone and Hades retold and I do like a good myth retelling.

 

 

 

 

10. Last, but not least, and certainly not for real last, is the first book in Michael Grant’s new series, BZRK. Come on February 28th!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it, just a tiny fraction of my winter reading list. I apologize for all the cheating, but honestly, it’s going to happen again. We all know that. What are you reading this winter? BTW, it appears that my punishment for being greedy with my list is horrible formatting. I am sorry. I have tried to fix it.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa Review

November is half over and I have only read one novel. This has been the month of graphic novels and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I swear that ginormous book just moves in and takes over your life. I am not starting another novel until I finish. I promise to finish this week. I did however sneak The Iron Daughter in earlier in the month. So, here’s a review for you:

The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa 2010

Meghan Chase, the half-human, half-faery daughter of Oberon, is a prisoner of the Winter Queen. She is there to uphold her end of the bargain she made with Ash, who has been cold and cruel since their arrival. Alone and powerless, things can’t get much worse…until they do. The Scepter of the Seasons is stolen and The Summer Fey are blamed. A war between the courts is imminent unless Meghan can convince everyone that the Iron Fey are responsible for the crime. She finds help from some unexpected allies, but without her own magic, will it be enough?

Meghan’s flip-flopping between heartbroken depression and angsty hard-heartedness is a bit melodramatic and annoyingly Bella-like, but it doesn’t last forever. Push through it, the old tough girls reappears. In the meantime the fast-paced action and amazing supporting characters make up for this minor annoyance. Iron Horse? Love him! Grimalkin? Tricky, gruff and still a bit of a softie. The Iron Fey world is further explored and explained and it continues to be a unique and intriguing spin on traditional faery lore. This is a solid sequel that left me wanting more. Lucky for me, it’s not over yet! And I thought I didn’t like faeries…

For more tales of the fey try Holly Black, Aprilynne Pike, Frewin Jones and Melissa Marr.

For more plucky female heroines with a paranormal twist try Kiersten White, Rachel Hawkins, Stacey Jay, Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Alyxandra Harvey.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan