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Top Ten Tuesday-ALL TIME FAVORITES 2012-2015 3/3/15

Before I get into this week’s Top Ten list, I want to share this blog post that was written by one of my favorite YA authors, A.S. King. Not only is she a brilliant writer, but based on articles like this, she is obviously an amazing human being. I urge any of you who work with or live with teenagers to take a moment and read what she has to say. This post came from hippodilly circus. Once you are finished, come on back for some TTT fun!

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This week for Top Ten Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish are looking for our all-time favorites (from the past 3-5 years).

From 2012:

1. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Devilishly dark humor.

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2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I just loved this sweet romance.

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3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Totally obsessed with cyborg Cinder.

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4. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. There’s just something about Doug and the birds.

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5. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. This is one of the few books that I have read more than once. I think I have read it three times now. I adore it so much.

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6. The Diviners by Libba Bray. This one was so creepy!

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From 2013:

7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This one is never on the shelf at the library because I keep making people read it.

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8. Winger by Andrew Smith. I read this one in one sitting on my front porch.

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From 2014:

9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this one up. I now own the series. I still need to read the last one.

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10. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I tend to become a little obsessed when I find something I like. Current obsession is this series.

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11. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This is the type of romance books I like.

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12. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. ALL. MY. LOVE.

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13. Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. This is the kind of book that makes me read historical fiction.

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If you are in my neighborhood, stop in the Teen Room and check out the Top Ten Tuesday display. I am trying something new! The display does not match this post exactly because so many of my all-time favorites are checked out, but you’ll find more amazing titles for you to try.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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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-Books to Get You in the Halloween Spirit-10/28/14

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are getting into the Halloween spirit! I am a big scaredy cat and can’t even watch the horror movie previews/commercials on tv, so I am going to stick to books…that are sort of spooky.

 

1. Amity by Michol Ostow. Super creepy haunted house!
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2. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. The title speaks for itself-the new librarian is a demon!

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3. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.  A skeleton detective solving supernatural crimes.

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4. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. Gothic, graphic ghost stories.

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5. Screaming Staircase by Jonathon Stroud. Clever middle grade/teen ghost story.

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6. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Spiritualism and Spanish Influenza, plus creepy photos!

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7. Diviners by Libba Bray. The scariest book on my list! Flappers, the occult, supernatural powers…and that song. Oh, man, that song.

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8. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender. Evil ghost out for revenge.

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9. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Wicked, dark humor.

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10. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. My favorite zombie book!

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Happy (Spooky) Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

 

Mondays with Megan

It was a busy weekend for me that actually included a lot of reading, despite the fact that I worked both Saturday and Sunday. The big boost came on Saturday when I proctored a practice ACT test at the library. That means I had about 4 hours of reading time! I also squeezed in a little book shopping. I am very excited about my purchases:

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 I will be starting Afterworlds sometime very soon! In the meantime, check out all the books I finished in the last week. I am still so far behind in my goal, but progress was made!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop by and check out more lists!

Finished:

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  • Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole-an epistolary novel set against the backdrop of WWI and details the relationship between a young Scottish poet and a young American fan. I lingered over this one, reading a few letters a night. A sweet, easy read.
  • Firebug by Lish McBride-LOVED.
  • Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson-I decided by nephews needed a little Calvin and Hobbes in their lives. I was right, they ate it up and even shared with me.
  • Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen-There is a new librarian at Cyn’s high school and he is hot! He is also a demon who has enthralled her best friend, Annie and is sucking the life essence from the students. Cyn has an unusual immunity to his charms so while she juggles school and the set design for the school’s production of Sweeney Todd, she also now has to save her best friend. This devilishly hilarious book has a little something for everyone-horror, humor, romance, as well as musical theater! And while a soul-sucking demon is not necessarily an improvement, I find this librarian to be a refreshing change of pace from the stereotypical shushing old lady librarian!
  • Sisters by Raini Telgemeier-in her companion to Smile, Telgemeier recounts her changing relationship with her younger sister. Anyone with a sibling can relate to the ups and downs having a brother or sister.

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Firebug by Lish McBride Review 9/25/14

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Firebug by Lish McBride
September 23, 2014
Henry Holt & Co.
Hardcover, 336 pgs

What it’s about:

Ava is a firebug. She can start fires with her mind, making her deadly assassin and valuable commodity to the head of the local Coterie. Think magical mafia here, led by one psycho vampire named Venus. Ava hates her job (killing is not fun), hates the Coterie (she was forced into an unbreakable blood pact), and most of all she hates Venus (Venus killed her mother), so when Venus puts a contract out on a friend of Ava’s, the firebug surprises everyone by refusing to accept the job. Now she and her friends are in a world of trouble as Venus and her army of lethal lapdogs hunt them down. Can Ava keep her friends and family safe or will Venus win again?

Why you might like it:

You will most definitely love Lock and Ezra, Ava’s totally hot besties. Lock is steady and responsible and Ezra is shamelessly cocky. The three together are a ton of fun. Do you like your paranormal with a side of hilarious? Lish McBride is a genius at serving up the perfect blend of horror and humor. If you are looking for a fast-paced story with suspense, a spectacular array of supernatural creatures (were-foxes, anyone?),and a sassy heroine with heart of gold, then look no further. This is the book for you. I loved everything about this book and look forward to more!

 

Want more like this?

If you missed her Necromancer books, definitely check out Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish MicBride. They are devilishly delightful. Also try White Cat by Holly Black, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Monday with Megan-Still No Time to Read! 9/15/14

I have been living a relatively drama free life for a while now. Apparently the universe found out and decided I was due for some chaos! Luckily it’s nothing I can’t handle, but it really is cutting into my reading time. I am counting October to be a calmer, book-filled month. Until then, I will continue to plug away at my books when I can.

Oh! I did recently learn that Cassandra Clare and Holly Black will be at my local Barnes & Noble in October! Northeast Ohio is like a black hole when it comes to author visits. This is EPIC! This is HUGE! I am so freaking excited! I will use all of the !!!!

Ok, time for another brief Monday check-in.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts.

Finished:

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  •  Legend by Marie Lu. I reread this one for the third time for my book club. It really is fantastic dystopian.
  • The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde. At Kazam, an employment agency for magicians, work is hard to come by. Modern conveniences are cheap and magic is not as powerful as it once was. But when the death of the last dragon is predicted, many in the magical community take this as a sign of chance, as a sign that Big Magic is coming. For Jennifer Strange, a foundling and manager of Kazam, big changes are in store for her. I am so happy that I randomly picked this audiobook. It is charming and funny and magical. I love the ethical dilemmas, the jabs at corporations and greed, and most of all, the quarkbeast. My middle school book club is clamoring to read fantasy and this will be the first one I hand them. Loved it.

Current Audio:

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  • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. This is my dog walking book. I am enjoying it more than I had expected.
  • Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye. This is sequel to Gods of Gotham, another pleasant surprise for me!

Currently Reading:

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  • Feed by M.T. Anderson. I am rereading this for my high school book club. It is pretty disturbing. Facebook is like one step away from a feed…
  • The Secret Place by Tana French. The fifth book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. I want to be reading this one ALL. The. Time. *shakes fist at job*
  • Firebug by Lish McBride. I swear it just started getting REALLY good. Why don’t I have time to read? WHY?
  • Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. This is the perfect bedtime book. I read a few letters at a time and then it’s lights out.

On Deck:

I don’t even know where to begin…

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Underrated Books 9/9/14

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about the amazing books that have to walk in the shadows of the mega-blockbuster-hits. The underrated and the under appreciated. The books we love and can’t figure out why EVERY SINGLE PERSON HASN’T READ THEM. Come on, folks, let’s give them some love! I can’t wait to see what other people selected. Here are my favorites:

 

1. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. Haunting, brutal, disturbing.

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2. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. A clever ghost story/mystery with a sassy heroine, a hunky cowboy, and some troublesome goats. So smart and cute! Please disregard the not so awesome cover!

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3. The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey. Swoony-vampires, witty banter, and bad*ss heroines. I love this series.

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4. Stork by Wendy Delsol. Ok, I totally have a thing for awesome heroines!

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5. Mothership by Martin Leicht. Laugh-out-loud hilarious.

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6. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller. A boarding school for the criminally insane? Yes, please!

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7. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Wicked, dark humor!

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8. The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. Not *just* a YA book about bridge!

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9. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. It’s not easy being the son a serial killer!

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10. Reality Boy by A.S. King. Reality television isn’t so funny when you consider the damaging affects it can have on the stars.

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I hope you see something on this list that sparks your interest!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan