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Mondays With Megan-New Games For After School Programs! 11/9/15

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. It was really hard to drag myself in to work today, but after a lot of coffee and morning shopping trip I can’t wait show the teens all the things I bought them. First I bought myself a little organizing tool (I totally splurged for the neon markers).

calendarThis week there is at least on teen program every single day. Some days there are two!

Today in the Teen Room you can play Exploding Kittens! I love The Oatmeal web comics and this card game does not disappoint. Also, it’s really fun to say that we will have exploding kittens in the teen room. I also grabbed Bananagrams and Yahtzee! I am ready for cold weather afternoons.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Teach Mentor Text, be sure to stop by and see what others are reading!

Finished:

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  • Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola-♥♥♥♥. The famously fearsome witch, Baba Yaga is looking for an assistant in this fantastic debut graphic novel. Masha learned all about magic from her beloved grandmother. When her grandmother dies and her father brings home a girlfriend, Masha feels lost in the world. Seeking a place to fit in, she enters the woods in search of Baba Yaga. Is she clever enough match wits with the old witch and her magic house?
  • The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos-♥♥♥. Imogene and her father have been a team since her mother left them when she was a baby. When Imogene is seventeen her father, once a forensic pathologist and now a well-known writer of medical mysteries, disappears, she decides to apply everything she has learned from his books and track him down. Her search leads her to answers to questions she has asked her whole life. This debut is a quiet but engaging story. The mystery is more of a puzzle and it is the vehicle for a great deal of personal reflection and discussion of mental illness.
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt-♥♥♥♥♥. I’m not sure I really need to say anything about this one. It’s adorable.
  • The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde-♥♥♥♥♥. This third installment of The Chronicles of Kazam is my favorite. Jennifer Strange has new task: find the legendary magical item known as The Eye of Zoltar and babysit the spoiled princess of the Kingdom of Snodd. The quest is dangerous with a fatality rating of 50%, but lives depend on her success. This under appreciated series has it all-magic, adventure, humor, and dragons. I can’t recommend this series enough.
  • The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trail of the Century by Sarah Miller-♥♥♥♥♥. I devoured my advance reader copy of this book over the weekend. I love nonfiction that reads like a suspense novel, and this book certainly delivers. Miller offers a well-researched narrative of the investigation of the murders of Lizzie Borden’s parents. I realized that I actually knew very little about what was known as the trail of the century. Grisly and compelling. I can’t wait to add this to my collection and recommend it to my teens!

Current Audio:

me before you bazaar

Currently Reading:

wytches azkaban shallow

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Dream Writing Duos-10/13/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about our dream writing pairs. Can you imagine what would happen if your favorite authors teamed up and wrote together? Just imagine it!

1. A.S. King and Libba Bray. Can you imagine the feminist manifesto this duo could create?

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2. A.S. King and Marcus Zusak. Everyone always goes on and on about John Green and all the feels. Well, I think these two brilliantly write all the feels on a much deeper level.

reality boy messenger

3. Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo. Can you imagine the gorgeous fantasy baby these ladies would produce? *Sigh*

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4. Cat Winters and Ruta Sepetys. When in comes to historical fiction these two can do no wrong.

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5. Mike Mullin and Michael Grant. Whether it’s natural disasters or technological disasters, these guys have the ability to scare the bejeezus out of me!

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6. John Flanagan and Scott Westerfeld. Despite writing very different types of books, I love that both of these writers have created characters that I truly love. Also, they have created some pretty cool worlds.

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7. Rainbow Rowell and Ally Carter. I think I am on to something here, I’m just now sure what yet.

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8. Ernest Cline and Brandon Sanderson. How about a video game/superhero mash-up? Yes, please!

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9. Jonathon Stroud and Jasper Fforde. I really appreciate the wit from these two. Imagine how very British their books would be!

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10. Jandy Nelson and Benjamin Alire Saenz. This would be another contemporary fiction power couple.

i'll give you the sun aristotle and dante

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Series I Have Yet to Finish! 9/8/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, has me once again reviewing my TBR list. I thought I was pretty much caught up on all my series, but oh, how wrong I was!

1. Raging Star, (The Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young. I am not sure why I haven’t finished this series.

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2. The World Forgot (The Ever-Expanding Universe #3) by Martin Leicht. I really want to finish this series. I should grab it; I could use a good laugh.

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3. The Eye of Zoltar (The Chronicles of Kazam #3) by Jasper Fforde. The only reason I have not finished this series is because I really, really want to listen to book three and it’s just not available. Sigh.

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4. The Invaders (The Brotherband Chronicles #2) by John Flanagan. I don’t think I ever fully recovered from finishing The Ranger’s Apprentice series.

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5. Rivals in the City (The Agency #4) by Y.S. Lee. I suppose I just haven’t been in the mood for this one. I am have been eye-ball deep in fantasy.

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6. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare. I am not sure I have it in me to finish this series. I was already super annoyed that she stretched a trilogy into six books. This last book is enormous and I just don’t know if I even care. Also, I can’t really remember what happened in book five.

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7. The Dying of the Light (Skulduggery Pleasant #9) by Derek Landy. I haven’t finished this series BECAUSE NO LIBRARY IN THE STATE OF OHIO OWNS THIS IRISH IMPORT. IT IS DRIVING ME INSANE AND I AM GETTING READY TO BUY THE WHOLE DARNED SERIES FOR MYSELF. I am sorry to yell. I am just a bit worked up about this situation.

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8. Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A.G. Howard. This is another one that I want to listen to, but it’s not available.

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9. Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson. Ok, this one is really just to complete the list. I am plowing through this series. I have two audiobooks checked out right now that have holds, so I will listen to them before diving back into this series. I love it.

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10. In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2) by Mindy McGinnis. This one has fallen victim to I-own-it-so-it-is-not-a-priority-syndrome.

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I have some work to do!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Leading Ladies 2/24/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about the leading ladies. Hermione, Jacky Faber, and Cammie Morgan will always be at the top of my favorites list, but I have also discovered many new amazing leading ladies. In no particular order, I give you my list:

1. June Iparis-Not only is she a genius, she is a total fighting machine!

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2. Cassie-She’s a natural-born profiler and the FBI needs her help!

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3. Glory O’Brien-Glory is a freedom-fighter and feminist extraordinaire!

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4. Darla Edmunds-Let’s be real, Alex would have been dead before the middle of book one if not for Darla. She is smart and practical and knows all about mechanics.

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5. Valkyrie Cain-This girl takes to the world of ancient magic like a fish to water!

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6. Jennifer Strange-Jennifer doesn’t need magic to run her magical agency and manage all the weird magicians. Also, she has the best pet and car!

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7. Alina Starkov-Humble orphan? Pfft. This girl has a DESTINY!

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8. Ava-You don’t want to mess with a firebug or her friends. She’ll burn you alive!

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9. Sybella-One of Mortain’s assassins, Sybella is skilled in both the arts of death and seduction. The story of her past is devastating, but she is a survivor!

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10. Theo-She’s a tough cookie to actually like, but you have to admire her strength!

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11. Josie Moraine-She’s the daughter of a prostitute who wants a better life for herself. I love this gal!

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday- Top Ten New-to-Me Authors of 2014

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about the fantastic authors that I discovered this year. I spent plenty of time with my beloved tried and true favorites, but I also stumbled upon some new gems!

1. Derek Landy. I recently discovered Skulduggery Pleasant. This series is so much fun and quite possibly the best discovery of 2014. I am waiting for book 4 right now.

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2. Leigh Bardugo. I discovered and devoured the Grisha trilogy in 2014.

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3. Jasper Fforde. In my quest to find fantasy novels for my middle school book club, I picked up The Last Dragonslayer and loved it.

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4. Jennifer E. Smith. I have enjoyed all of her contemporary YA romances.

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5. Robin LaFevers. I finally got around to starting His Fair Assassins trilogy. I still need to finish the last one. I don’t want it to be over, so I am dragging my heels.

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I also enjoyed a number of 2014 debuts. I will be watching for more from these new-to-everyone in 2014 authors!

6. Brandy Colbert. Her debut, Pointe, was an intense read.

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7. Tess Sharpe. Far From You was another dark, emotional debut.

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8. Danielle Paige. I am thoroughly immersed in this twisted version of Oz.

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9. Gavin Extence. I loved his debut novel and am pleased to see he has another book coming in March!

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10. Mindy McGinnis. This fellow Ohioan’s debut novel was really interesting. I have the follow-up waiting for me at home.

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Mondays with Megan 12/8/14

This is such a busy time of year! Between preparing for Christmas (my family goes all out when it comes to baking), all the socializing, wrapping up programming at the library, I am starting to panic about getting everything done. Add in my newly discovered Supernatural obsession and my compulsive need to read 200 books this year and I predict that I will not be getting much sleep any time soon. Oh well. I like a challenge. 😉 Before I tell you a little about all the fantastic books I read last week, allow me to shamelessly plug the Reference Department’s blog, Read it or Weep. This week will feature out favorites of 2014 lists. My Top 14 of 2014 is up today!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Be sure to stop by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more Monday lists.

Finished:

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  • Jackaby by William Ritter introduces R.F. Jackaby, a detective specializing in the paranormal. It is 1892 and Abigail Rook has run away to New England looking for adventure. She finds all the adventure she can handle when she responds to Jackaby’s help wanted ad. This promise series starter is clever and fun and will please fans of Sherlock!
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde is the sequel to The Last Dragonslayer. Big Magic has arrived and King Snodd has plans to control it for himself but Jennifer Strange and the magicians of Kazam are in his way. This series continues to be  charming and goofy, making it a perfect all-ages read.
  • No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige is a prequel novella for her novel Dorothy Must Die. Readers learn how Dorothy returned to Oz and came to rule the magical kingdom. This quick read offers fascinating insight into the characters of Dorothy, Ozma and Glinda.
  • Captive by Aimee Carter is the sequel to Pawn. I actually liked this one better than the first. Many secrets are revealed and there is plenty of action.
  • Food: a Love Story by Jim Gaffigan is literally the author’s thoughts about different types of food. I enjoyed listening to this one while walking the dog.
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio. You all already know about this one. I finally read it myself. It was lovely.
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson introduces a new superhero. Kamala is a sixteen-year old Muslim teen who wishes for a different life. Specifically, she wishes she was the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Captain Marvel. After having her wish granted she begins to learn that being someone else is not all it’s cracked up to be. But being a superhero is still really cool. I loved this new story and plan to follow Kamala/Ms. Marvel on all her future endeavors!

Current Audio:

blue lily, lily blue

Currently Reading:

glory o'brien witch saga cost

On Deck: So many choices, but I think these are on the top of the pile!

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P.S. For those of you who are wondering, I am now only 3 books behind on my goal. I have to finish 16 more books.

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!

All Fall Down

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