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Mondays with Megan-Cookies, Serial, and Holiday Parties, Oh My! 12/22/14

I am knee-deep in holiday preparations and feeling super flighty about my reading material. I started and set aside a few books last week but the books I managed to finish were fantastic. I am 7 books away from making my 200 book goal and have plenty of time after Christmas to plow through them. I didn’t do much listening last week because I was completely immersed in the podcast Serial. There was so much buzz and chatter about this on my Facebook wall that I had to check it out. Season one of this nonfiction audio story is about the 1999 murder of a teen in Maryland. After her body was found, her ex-boyfriend was convicted of the crime, though he maintains that he is innocent. It was engrossing and well worth the time. I binged on the 12 episodes over the course of 4 day! Here is a quick look at what I did manage to read last week:

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This weekly meme is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.

Finished:

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  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King. This is one of A.S. King’s more unusual books, but she is my hero and I loved this one. It’s a disturbing cautionary tale, a feminist manifesto, and a hopeful coming-of-age all wrapped up in to one weird book.
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. The third book in The Raven Cycle series answers a few lingering questions from the previous book, but the story isn’t over!
  • Lucky Us by Amy Bloom. I think this one would have been better read than listened to. I liked the idea and I loved the main character, but I felt like the letters got lost on audio and they made the whole story seem rushed. It was fine, but not a favorite.
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I will have a longer review of this ARC soon. I hope. I find the comparison to Fault in Our Stars off-putting, but in the end I enjoyed it. As much as one can enjoy this type of emotional books.

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-Best of 2014-12/16/14

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is the hardest list of the year! I have already made one favorites of 2014 list. This one will be strictly YA. I mean, why not?

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is hands down my absolute favorite book of 2014. I will definitely be reading this again.

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2. Grave Mercy & Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to these. I just bought myself Mortal Hearts this weekend.

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3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I am still going through Karou and Akiva withdrawal. This was one of the most stunning and lyrical series I have ever read. I LOVED the audio.

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4. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. It was sad to say goodbye to my young demigod friends, but this was a satisfying ending and I look forward to new adventures with new heroes.

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5. Cress by Marissa Meyer. I think that this series improves with each book. I am desperate for more.

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6. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This was such a sweet contemporary romance.

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7. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. It is a wickedly delightful take on Oz.

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8. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I am very selective about historical fiction. My rule is: Always select anything Ruta Sepetys writes!

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9. All Fall Down by Ally Carter. I was so fortunate to get an advanced reader copy of this first book in her new series. Fans will not be disappointed!

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10. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. This new-to-me series has become a bit of an addiction. Interestingly enough, it coincides with my new-to-me obsession with Supernatural. Totally late to the party, but so happy I made it!

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I am not finished reading these yet, but they definitely have earned an honorable mention:

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Finally, I know I said this list was going to be all YA, but I would wholeheartedly recommend these two adult books to teen readers. I loved them both for very different reasons.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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