Tag Archives: Maggie Stiefvater

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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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:

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Currently Reading:

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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-Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List 9/23/14

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is about our Fall Reading list. I did a quick check back on my Summer TBR list and I have to say, I didn’t do too badly. I read 6/10 this time around! I have so many MUST READ books on my fall list.

1. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. (Sept. 9). This is will be read before the author’s visit Cleveland in October!

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2. Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant. (Sept. 23) A new series! YAY!

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3. Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. (Oct. 7) Is it really time to say goodbye to Percy and Crew?

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4. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King. (Oct. 23). I am so excited for my signed copy to arrive in the mail. Have I mentioned lately how much I love A.S. King’s books? No? Are you sure, because I fangirl ALL. THE. TIME.

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5. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins, et al. (Oct. 14). I am excited to surprise by High School book club with this one. This group of girls has been with me for 3 years and they always ask to read girly romances but I shy away just in case some guys want to join. Guess what? They don’t. So, Merry Christmas, ladies! Girly love stories for you!

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6. The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. (Oct. 14). I can’t wait for this one!

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7. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. (Nov. 4). The suspense is killing me. Seriously.

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8. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFever. (Nov. 4). I am not ready to say goodbye to His Fair Assassins. Good thing I own these books!

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9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. (Oct. 21). I love me some Raven Boys and so excited for this new audiobook. These are a must-listen for me.

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10. Young Elites by Marie Lu. (Oct. 7) A new series by Marie Lu is a good thing indeed.

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I will also most certainly be reading or listening to these non-YA titles:

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The Rosie Effect, Big Little Lies, Yes Please, and NPH Choose Your Own Autobiograpy.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Waiting on Wednesday-Blue Lily, Lily Blue 8/6/14

“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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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
October 21, 2014

 

From Goodreads:

The third installment in the mesmerizing series from the irrepressible, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

I LOVE this series so much! I can’t wait for more.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall 2013 TBR List 9/17/13

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about Fall reads. I am really looking forward to some cool weather, hot beverages, and a bunch of awesome books. Some of these are Fall releases, some are just books that I plan to read soon!

1. Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White, September 10, 2013. Egyptian mythology!

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2. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater,  September 17, 2013. Book 2 of the Raven Cycle series.

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3. United We Spy by Ally Carter, September 17, 2013. The final book in the Gallagher Girls series.

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4. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan, October 1, 2013. The final book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series.

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5. Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles, October 1, 2013. The first book in the Fullriders series.

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6. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, October 8, 2013. Book four in The Heroes of Olympus series.

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7. BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant, October 8, 2013. The sequel to BZRK. I LOVE the new covers for this series!

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8. Allegiant by Veronica Roth, October 22, 2013. The much-anticipated conclusion to the Divergent trilogy.

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9. Reality Boy by A.S. King,  October 22, 2013. I have become a HUGE fan of A.S. King and I can’t wait for her newest book.

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10. Crash Into You by Katie McGarry, November 26, 2013. Another Pushing the Limits companion.

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Bonus:

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Ok, I will stop at 12. 13. 14.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan