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Top Ten Tuesday-My Lastest 5 Star Reads-3/29/16

toptentuesdayOh, how I have missed making Top Ten Tuesday lists! I have been so busy with programming that I have not really had the time or energy to write, but the teens are on spring break this week and I find myself with some “free” time! And this week’s topic is so easy; it’s the perfect topic to jump back into (of course my horrible reading slump may make it hard to come up with ten title). Thank you The Broke and The Bookish for making it so easy for me to rejoin you all.

5 Star reads of 2016:

1. The Tournament at Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice: the Early Years #1) by John Flanagan. I am a die-hard Ranger’s Apprentice fan, so this was an obvious win for me.

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2. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. I read this one for the Cybils Awards committee I was on this year. It was so weird and surreal; I couldn’t help but love it. This book also made me realize that I have yet to read a book about ballet or ballerinas that I didn’t like. I love how books have the power to captivate me in ways that real life doesn’t. If you asked me, I would say I had no interest in ballet. But apparently I want to read all the books!

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3. Lady Killer by Joelle Jones. This new graphic novel is right up my alley. Josie Schuller is the model wife and mother. Her family is the picture of 1960’s domestic bliss. Except Josie has a secret. She is a cold-hearted killer for hire. This first volume is wickedly delightful! Bloody and hilarious. I am desperate for more.

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4. Becoming Unbecoming by Una. This graphic novel memoir tells the author’s personal story of sexual violence set against the real-life manhunt for the 1970 Yorkshire Ripper. Readers are forced to confront disturbing cultural norms as the author explores what it is to grow up in a society where male violence is expected and often unpunished. A chilling story that sadly remain timely.

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5. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. Book 2 of the Diviners series picks up shortly after the events of book one. Evie O’Neill is the new It Girl, but she isn’t the only Diviner in town. Ling Chan, like Henry, is a dream walker. When New Yorkers start falling victim to “the sleeping sickness” it becomes evident to the Diviners that something evil is infecting people’s dreams.

lair of dreams

6. A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Kell is a Traveler, a rare magician who has the ability to travel through the parallel worlds of London. Oh, the world building! The first book sets the stage for the spectacular magic action of book two. I devoured these nearly back-to-back and now I have to wait forever for more!

A Darker Shade final for Irene A Gathering of Shadows Final

7. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. I had the privilege of hearing Roxane Gay speak at a conference. She is amazing. Her collection of essays about feminism are awesome. I want to hand this book to every teen girl I know. I listened to this one, but I will definitely be revisiting my signed copy in the future.

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8. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds. This story of police brutality and race is a disturbing reflection of current events.

all american

9. Smarter Faster Better: The Secret of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. From the author of The Power of Habit comes a book that explores the science of productivity. I LOVE these kinds of self-help books and the places they take me. This one lead me to read my first Oliver Sacks book.
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10. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. Humans have finally made it outside of our solar system and are about to establish a new colony on a new planet. It has taken over 170 years of travel, but they have finally reached Aurora. Things do not go according to plan…This was some awesome science fiction!

aurora

How lucky was that? I have exactly ten 5 star books for the year. Lots of 4 stars, but I guess I am being stingy with stars.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-What Are You Reading? 1/18/16

It’s a quiet, snowy Monday morning here at the library, so I thought I would take a few minutes to actually write a new blog post. Admittedly, this poor spot has been neglected for a couple of months. I have been busy doing after school programs every day, managing a new collection (adult science fiction and fantasy, I am so excited!), creating readers advisory pamphlets for the teen collection, and revamping my summer reading plans (yes, summer reading!). I still have plenty to say about books, but not a lot of time to say it in a blog. I have been talking books with my Wednesday night colleagues over on the library’s Facebook page. If you are interested in a live chat, be sure to visit us Wednesdays 7:30-8:30, pm.

So far this year my reading has been driven by the Cybils Awards. I am a Round 2 judge for the Young Adult Speculative Fiction category. I have seven books to read, review, and discuss with my fellow judges before we announce the winner in February. I am not permitted to review any of the books here yet, but check out the link above if you curious about what I have been reading.

With the new year also comes a new set of reading goals. I use Goodreads to keep track of my reading and have challenged myself to read or listen to 250 books this year. That’s crazy, I know, but I am going to try. Graphic novels totally count towards that goal. I might have to create my own mini-readathons throughout the year. In addition to the number of books I want to read, I have some goals for the types of books as well. I need to become more familiar with adult science fiction and fantasy, so I will be reading more in that area. I also feel like it is time to read more of the popular authors who always have enormous holds lists (I’m looking at you Grisham and Patterson). I know they are already popular and don’t need me to talk them up, but if I have a better sense of why they are so popular I can better recommend other titles that readers might not necessarily seek out. So, I suppose my true reading goal this year is to widen my reader’s advisory expertise!

I warned you I still have a lot to say 😉 Moving along.

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Finished:

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  • A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton-3/5. Originally published in 1982, this book introduces PI Kinsey Milhone. I will pick up more of this series.
  • After You by Jojo Moyes-4/5. The follow-up to Me Before You. Sweet, sad, and hopeful. Lovely.
  • A Northern Light by Jennifer Connelly-4/5. Historical fiction based on the real life murder of Grace Brown in 1906. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this one!
  • The Innocent by David Baldacci-3/5. The first of the Will Robie series. Will is paid assassin for the U.S. government. Plenty of action!
  • The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan-5/5. The first book in The Early Years series, features a young Halt! I love everything about the Rangers and am so excited for a new series!

Currently Reading:

goblet  squirrel girl see how they run walls wind

Current Audio:

golden those girls

On Deck:

inheritance six why not

Ok, that’s enough for today!

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?

glory o'brien beauty queens

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*

daughter shadow and bone

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

shadow of the blackbirds out of the easy

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.

ruins leviathna

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

fangirl All Fall Down

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!

screaming last dragonslayer

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-Like This? Try These!-9/29/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about read alikes for popular books and authors.

If you like John Green try these for all the feels:

eleanor please ignore vera dietz if i stay everything everything

If you like Ally Carter try these snarky, sassy heroines:

naturals also known as

If you like James Dashner try these awesome science fiction books:

steelheart armada lock in

If you like John Flanagan try these:

mister monday grave mercy warrior heir

If you miss Harry Potter try these magical books:

skulduggery white cat last dragonslayer

If you like Anna Dressed in Blood try these ghost stories:

lockwood dead girls of hysteria hall name of the star

If you like Cassandra Clare try these gorgeous fantasies:

raven boys daughter shadow and bone

If you like Cinder try these retellings:

dorothy wrath stork

If you like Sarah Dessen try these:

this song will save your life i'll give you the sun my life

If you like The Hunger Games try these survival stories:

ashfall2 ship breaker blood red road

Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday-My Fall 2015 TBR List-9/22/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is our fall TBR list. I am notoriously bad at completing my seasonal TBR lists. I love making them, but then always seem to get distracted with other things. Such is life…

1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I own this one and can’t believe I have not devoured it yet. I am saving it for a rainy afternoon in a coffee shop. The weather is just too nice for this book right now.

lair of dreams

2. Winter by Marissa Meyer. There will be not delaying reading this when it is available. In fact, I will probably buy it.

winter

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I am really excited to see how this book turned out. I loved the Simon Snow fan fiction in Fangirl!

carry on

4. Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I love when we get a new series from Riordan!

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5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I have an ARC of this book, but I think I am actually going to wait for the audio book.

six of crows

6. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. A patron has been telling me to read Terry Pratchett for ages. I am overwhelmed by Discworld, but he assures me that I can just jump in with this one. I am going to listen to the book on cd.

wee free

7. Fluke by Christopher Moore. This is more “assigned” reading by the very same person! I really love this part of my job. It’s a fun relationship I have with this patron. He agrees to take my recommendations if I agree to take his. I do love Christopher Moore, and this is one of the very few of his that I haven’t read.

fluke

8. Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan. HALT AND CROWLEY BECOMING RANGERS YES I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW I AM SO EXCITED.

tournament

9. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith. I am waiting until I have a day to read this is one sitting, like I read Winger a few years ago. LOVE.

stand off

10. Graphic Novels Galore! I can’t wait to get caught up on some of my favorite series!

alex fables ms. marvel saga

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.

world forgot

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.

eye of zoltar

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.

invaders

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.

rivals in the city

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.

city of heavenly

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.

dying of the light

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

ensnared

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.

hero of ages

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.

in a handful of dust

I have some work to do!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday-All Time Favorite Authors-4/21/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is so cruel! Ten favorite authors of all time?? Grr. In no particular order…

1. A.S. King has the ability to write the most heartbreakingly flawed characters. Their lives are complex and complicated. Things are painful and messy, and yet, there is always hope, growth, and redemption. When I am feeling snarky I like to tell people A.S. King writes all of the feels (with a bunch of weird thrown in as a bonus) as John Green with none of the pretension. If I *had* to pick my favorite A.S. King novel, I would off you my top 3:

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2. Ally Carter is my go-to for good, clean, action-packed fun. I hand The Gallagher Girls to the 10-year-old who swears she is finished with the children’s department. I give The Gallagher Girls to the teen who doesn’t want all sorts of kissy romance mucking up a good story. Ditto for Heist Society. And now she has started a new series, Embassy Row, which is a bit darker and lots of fun!

i'd tell you heistsociety All Fall Down

3. Libba Bray can write! Whether you are in the mood for a Victorian-era fantasy, a hilarious satire, or a terrifying 1920’s horror story, she’s got you covered! Also, she’s in a band, Tiger Beat. She’s the best kind of weird, delightful in person, and her blog is a treasure trove of powerful, personal information. She rocks (and so does Balder, the garden gnome from Going Bovine).

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4. Scott Westerfeld is another author on my auto-read list. His book, Uglies, was the first YA novel I read as an adult in library school. I was hooked! I once drove from Cleveland to Michigan to attend an author signing. I am a little ashamed to admit that I own Afterworlds, but haven’t read it yet. I also need to add Goliath to my personal library.

uglies  secret hour leviathan afterworlds

5. John Flanagan is by go-to for reluctant readers, especially boys. The first few books in The Ranger’s Apprentice series are on the short side so they aren’t overwhelming. One of my favorite things about this series is that they are packed with positive messages without being lame or heavy-handed. Loyalty, friendship, and doing the right thing even when it is the hard thing are ongoing themes throughout the series. Add in Halt’s dry humor and you have a winner!

ruins brotherband

6. Rick Riordan needs no explanation, right? And how excited are you for Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series?!?

percy lost hero red pyramid

7. Marissa Meyer is a relative newcomer, but her Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favorites and I am excited to see how the series ends and what she has in store for her fans in the future.

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8. Katie Alender writes my style of horror. Admittedly, I am pretty wimpy when it comes to scary stuff, so I find her books to be the perfect blend of spooky and downright scary. Actually, Rosemary Clement-Moore should also be on this as well. Horror and humor, that’s how I like my scary! Oh, and Lish McBride! See, ten is just impossible.

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9. Derek Landy is another new favorite. I am quite vocal about my obsession with Skulduggery Pleasant.

skulduggery

10. L.A. Meyer passed away last July, but not before completing the Bloody Jack series. This is definitely one of my all-time favorites. The audiobooks are amazing and I have no doubt that I will listen to this series again.

bloody jack

 Non-YA Favorites include:

Tana French, Sarah Addison Allen, Alan Bradley, Stephen King, Lisa Lutz, and Liane Moriarty.

secret place garden spells sweetness eleven twentytwo spellmans

big little lies

Happy Reading!

~Megan