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Top Ten Tuesday-Best Books of 2015 (So Far!) 6/30/15

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Why should December have all the fun with all the “Best of the Year” list? This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about a mid-year Best of 2015 list! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our favorites so far. I did a quick review of my Goodreads lists and learned that I have read or listened to 120 books so far this year-34 YA, 27 Non-YA, 14 Nonfiction, and 45 Graphic Novels. I am surprised by all of this except the graphic novels number. I love them and I tend to gravitate towards them when I find myself in a reading slump. Also, I now order for two collections, teen and adult, so I am trying to familiarize myself more with the adult collection. The real shocker was how I struggled to come up with 10 favorite YA books of the year. What’s that all about? What am I not reading that is awesome? I’ll be spending the evening looking at everyone’s lists for ideas.

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1. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. I really like this dark and gritty Oz reimagination.

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2. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This one comes out July 7 and it is awesome! I loved the political intrigue and it is incredibly timely considering how much the Supreme Court has been in the news lately.

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3. All the Rage by Courtney Summers. This one is tough to read, but so captivating. I couldn’t put it down.

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4. Mortal Heart by Robin Lafevers. The last book in His Fair Assassin trilogy does not disappoint! I wonder how long I will have to wait for another book from her?

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5. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson. I love the Shades of London series and book two ending with a shock. Book three took the story in a fascinating direction. I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

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6. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson. I am obsessed. End of story.

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7. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. I am a sucker for girls disguised as boys!

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8. Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer. Such a bittersweet ending.

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9. Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy. Another series I am obsessed with. I have a true crisis now-I can’t get the last book from a library! I think I am going to have to throw down a bunch of cash and buy the entire series…

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10. Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Another exciting trilogy ender.

retribution of mara dyerHmm. Maybe my slump is due to the fact that I am wrapping up a bunch of series and don’t know what to do with myself…

Non-YA

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Characters I Wish I Could Check in With 4/7/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about favorite characters that we would love to follow with long after their stories on the page end.

1. Jacky Faber from the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. This one is a no-brainer. I adore Jacky. I want good things for that girl.

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2. Akiva and Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Despite the satisfying ending, I just know there is so much more to explore in this amazing world!

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3. Cassel Sharpe from the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. I so desperately want more of this story.

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4. Will and Halt from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. These two are as dear to me as Jacky Faber. I miss them terribly.

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5. June and Day from Legend by Marie Lu. I really loved how this series ended, but I sure wouldn’t mind finding out what happened next!

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6. Samantha and Annamae from Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. Oh, the stories there must be!

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7. Pretty much anyone from an A.S. King book. Her characters are so real and often flawed and in the end you always have a glimmer of hope for them. I would love to check in and just make sure that things truly did get better.

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8. Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. Ed has so much potential. He’s such a good guy!

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9. Todd Prentiss from The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. This series. I don’t know how to talk about these books. There’s just so much…

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10. Darla and Alex from the Ashfall trilogy by Mike Mullin. This is another series with a great ending, but I certainly wouldn’t say no to more!

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There are so many more, but I’ll stop at ten.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Teen Think Tank Wrap-up 3/2/15

Good afternoon evening (oye, this day got away from me) friends!

I had a busy weekend of work this past weekend. On Friday I the almost 3 hour journey to Lima, Ohio to attend my very first Teen Think Tank meeting. About 40 teen librarians from around the state gathered at the Lima Public Library for a day filled with fun activities. We did crafts! We talked about books! We learned new games! I am so excited to incorporate some of the things I learned into my own programs. I think the thing I am most looking forward to trying is the website Kahoot! I know my teens are going to love playing trivia this way.

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Finished:

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  • French Milk by Lucy Knisley- ♥♥♥ The author and cartoonist’s debut work, chronically her month in Paris with her mother. Charming and full of food!
  • Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer-♥♥♥♥♥ The final chapter of Jacky Faber’s story. A satisfying end to one of my favorite series.
  • I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan-♥♥♥♥ An accurate portrayal of a day in the life at a library. Never a dull moment!
  • Death Bringer by Derek Landy-♥♥♥♥♥ Book six in my new favorite series! More murder and mayhem abound.

Current Audio

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  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen-I am never disappointed by Sarah Addison Allen.
  • The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith-Slowly but surely making my way through this one. If only the weather would cooperate so I can get back to daily walking!

Currently Reading

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Harry Potter is a re-read for me. My nephews are experiencing for the first time!

On Deck

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Current TV Obsessions

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-Wild Rover No More-10/1/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

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Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer
November 4, 2015

From Goodreads:

“Just when it looks like Jacky Faber and her beloved Jaimy will finally find their romance, Jacky is accused of treason and must flee Boston while her friends attempt to clear her name. Of course that means wild adventures for our fun-loving heroine, who manages to secure a job as a governess…and run away with the circus. The highly anticipated grand finale of the Bloody Jack Adventures.”

This one is going to be a real heartbreaker. Not only is this the end of one of my all-time favorite series, but it is the last book L.A. Meyer will write. The author passed away in July of this year. I suspect there will be tears…

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

 

Mondays with Megan-Summer Isn’t Over, But Summer Reading at the Library Is! 8/4/14

It was with a little sadness (and honestly, a tiny bit of relief-summer reading is a big project!) that I drew the final summer reading winner. Despite the fact that our contest was shortened by two weeks this year, I had more teen readers sign up! I love keeping stats, so I can tell you that 119 teens signed up and those who went on to read and enter for prizes read a combined 351 books!

In really sad  news, I just learned that L.A. Meyer, the author of my most beloved Bloody Jack series, passed away last week. He had been ill with Hodgkin Lymphoma. The final chapter of Jacky Faber’s saga is scheduled to be published this November. This final reading will certainly be bittersweet. I am forever grateful for this series. Thank you, Mr. Meyer, Jacky is my hero.

Now, on to my Monday reading report. It’s a small one this week. Not because I wasn’t reading. I was. I just can’t say what I was reading. I know, that’s so mean of me. I am sorry. Forget I said anything. Let’s just look at my sad little reading list….

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 Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

Finished

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  • That Night by Chevy Stevens was a fast-paced thriller/mystery. Toni and her boyfriend Ryan are convicted of murdering Toni’s younger sister. Despite their insistence that they are innocent the pair spend more than 15 years in prison. Upon her release, Toni wants nothing more than to rebuild a life, but Ryan is so sure that he can prove their innocence once and for all. Plenty of twists and turns, this one was exciting and heartbreaking all at once.
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll is a new graphic novel full of creepy short stories. The illustrations are stunning and the stories are reminiscent of Poe. Dark and lovely.

Current Audio:

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Two more thrillers! Mr. Mercedes is delightfully horrifying.

Currently Reading:

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My 9-year old nephew has started a Hatchet Book Club. Members include me, his mom, his younger brother, and my aunt. I love this kid’s enthusiasm! I am still working on Amity. The problem is that it is scary. I can’t read it at home. I almost finished with The Chapel Wars. It is very cute! I also started a new graphic novel, Memorial by Chris Roberson. It’s a pretty interesting concept.

On Deck:

I have no idea!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday-My Favorite Characters Who Are Underdogs 4/22/14

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about our favorite characters who ______ (fill in the blank). I chose to talk about my favorite characters who are underdogs. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an underdog is:

: a person, team, etc., that is expected to lose a contest or battle

: a less powerful person or thing that struggles against a more powerful person or thing (such as a corporation)

The underdog is at a disadvantage, often coming from a position of inferiority or adversity. Sometimes they are known as the loveable losers. I love a rousing underdog story. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Doug Swieteck from Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. Doug is good kid who just can’t catch a break. He is bullied at home and unjustly labelled at school. He is full of potential, but is trapped in a horrible situation. I love Doug and his birds forever and ever.

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2. Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Poor Ed is definitely a loveable loser. He is hopelessly in love with his best friend. His constant companion is a stinky dog called the Doorman. He is stuck in a rut at the tender age of 19, until he foils a bank robbery and begins receiving mysterious messages.

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3. Jacky Faber from Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Jacky has it rough! She’s an orphaned street urchin who longs for a better life. She is tough and resourceful, making her one of my all-time favorite underdogs! This girl has a knack for finding and escaping trouble.

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4. Ryan Dean West from Winger by Andrew Smith. Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year old junior at a fancy boarding school. His roommate is the school bully, he’s the smallest kid on the rugby team, and he is also hopelessly in love with his best friend. Ryan Dean is a total misfit who just wants to belong. He had me in stitches and in tears. I love this kid!

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5. Deryn Sharp from Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Deryn is a brilliant airman in the British Air Service. Deryn has a huge secret. Deryn is a girl!

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6. The Princes Charming from The Hero’s Guide series by Christopher Healy. Want to know the real Prince Charming? His name is Liam. And Frederic. And Gustav. And Duncan. These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively. How they managed these heroics is a mystery because this League of Princes is full of bumbling goofballs!

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7.  Will from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Will is too small to pursue his dream of being a knight, but he soon discovers his small stature is an asset to a king’s Ranger. People often underestimate Will and his little horse, Tug. It is a mistake they never make twice. I love this unlikely hero.

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8. Josie from Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Poor Josie is the daughter of a prostitute. She has dreams of college and a better life, far from New Orleans. Unfortunately, she faces adversity at every turn.

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9. David from Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. David is the very definition of underdog. He is a mere mortal going up against super villains who have superhuman powers.

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10. Amber Appleton from Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. Amber, despite being homeless, is a self-proclaimed optimist, but even her special brand of optimism might not be enough to save her from the tragedy that awaits her. I don’t know why this book isn’t more popular! It is such a feel-good story!

sorta like a rock starHappy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesdays-Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In 1/28/14

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I am pretty sure at one time or another many of us have wished we could live at Hogwarts (or in a little house on a prairie if you’re like me), but how often do we think about places we would not want to live? Well, that is exactly what The Broke and the Bookish want to know!

1. Chicago of the future! Bad, bad things are happening here. No thanks!

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2. Any place that Michael Grant makes up. Seriously. Whether it’s in a dome with a bunch of psychos or out in the real world with nano technology scurrying around in my brain, his worlds are not for me.

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3. Post-super-volcano USA. Thank you Mike Mullin for scare. And thanks to the scientists who recently confirmed that this could some day be a reality. It’s a wonder I sleep at night!

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4. Prentisstown. Nope. No way. That place is run by a lunatic, and things don’t go well for the ladies when he is around.

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5. During the Flu pandemic. 1918 was not a good year! War, flu…nope. I want none of that.

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6. In the Belly of the Bloodhound! I remember learning about slave ships in school. I can’t even begin to imagine the horror. I do love Jacky Faber, though.

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7. The Dust Lands. The name alone is uninviting. I hate the heat. Give me snow days any time.

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8. Any virtual reality world. I haven’t come across one yet that is all fun and games. Something very horrible always happens.

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9. Puritan times. I am really, I might be drowned as a witch! It didn’t take much in those days…Those folks were no joke.

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10. Any place haunted. I think this is pretty self explanatory

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diviners, anna dressed in blood…