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Mondays with Megan-When All the Cute Came to the Library

Over the weekend I hosted the Second Annual Critter Christmas Party with the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Over 80 people braved the weather to come and cuddle with some adorable animals. Many brought gifts from the APL’s wishlist and stayed to make a treat to take home to their own pets. Best of all, one luck pup found a forever home! Ready to see some cuteness?

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The cute little guy at the end of the second row was adopted! Above him is Silent Night. I cannot believe this beautiful girl wasn’t adopted. I wish I could have taker her myself. If you are looking for a calm dog to snuggle with, she’s your girl! Someone needs to please go get her!

This event is so easy to organize. The amazing staff and volunteers to almost all the work! All I have to do is prepare a couple of simple crafts and gather some books.

photo 8The dogs go nuts for this simple, no bake treat!

photo 23Jingle bells attached to pipe cleaners keep the kittens busy!

It may not be a lot of work, but the cuteness overload left me feeling a little like this:

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I wish I could use this as my excuse for not getting much reading done. Sadly, the puppies are not the reason! On the bright side, this already long post isn’t going to be much longer once I finish my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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Finished:

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That’s right. I finished one book and was it ever a good one! Champion, by Marie Lu is the final book in the Legend Trilogy. THIS is how you end a series. *cough unlike Allegiant cough*. There was action and suspense, betrayal and romance. There were tears. It was a wild ride and I loved it.

Current Audio:

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I am so close to finishing Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine. It is wonderful and charming, just perfect for this hectic time of year. I abandoned my previous Playaway in favor of City of Thieves by David Benioff. I am completely engrossed in this story about the Siege of Leningrad.

Currently Reading:

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I just started The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michele Hodkin. The book opens with a Ouija board scene and if you have read The Diviners by Libba Bray, you know that no good comes of that. I am scared. I am still plugging away at Born of Illusion by Teri Brown and I also started an ARC of A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey about a trio of cousins in Regency London who discover a family legacy of witchcraft. So, I have the supernatural covered.

On Deck:

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My next audio is Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer. I am SO excited! After Mara Dyer, I plan to read A Stranger Thing, the much-anticipated sequel to Mothership, by Martin Leicht. I have 15 days to finish 11 books. I am a little worried!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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Top Ten Tuesday-Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On 11/5/13

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This week The Broke and the Bookish want to know which sequels are on the top of our “Must Have Now” list. You have one of those lists, right? It was a challenge to keep this one to ten(ish), but luckily I saw that a December list is going to be books of 2014, so I will save some for that list. First a little cheating. There are two books out today that I should have in my hands before I leave (when I get to read them is another story).

Out today:

Champion by Marie Lu. I can’t wait to see how she wraps this one up after all the craziness of Prodigy!

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The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan. The twelfth and final book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series. I was satisfied when I thought that The Emperor of Nihon-Ja was the last full length novel, but I am thrilled to have one more adventure with these beloved characters.

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Coming Soon: (aka, The Official TTT List)

1. A Stranger Thing by Martin Leicht Nov. 12. I have a teen reader who beat me to the top of the holds list for the sequel to Mothership! Good for her! This book is bound to be a blast. Not a fan of the goofy cover, but I promise you are in for a treat if you haven’t started this series yet.

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2. Cress by Marissa Meyer February 4, 2014. Is it February yet?

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3. Locke & Key vol. 6 Omega & Alpha by Joe Hill February 4, 2014. I love this creepy graphic novel series and am anxious for the final installment.

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4. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White February 18, 2014. I might need a little refresher before I get the sequel to Mind Games.

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5. Raging Star by Moira Young April 15, 2014. Rebel Heart brought readers a totally different Saba and I am anxious to see if the fiery girl from Blood Red Road will return.

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6. Sunrise by Mike Mullin April 15, 2014. I was surprised by how much I have been enjoying the Ashfall series. I am eager to see how things wrap up. I have high hopes for a happy ending!

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7.  Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor April 17, 2014. Oh, how Days of Blood and Starlight broke my heart. This one had better put it back together again.

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8. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray April 22, 2014. I have six months to reread The Diviners. I think I am almost as excited by that idea as I am by the thought of a new book! I am not sure if this is a final cover. I kind of hope not.

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9. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare May, 2014. She won me back. I have to see things through to the end now. Is this the last book? I hope so. I am kind of over really long series. Or am I just over Cassie Clare? Not sure.

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10. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley January 14, 2014. I did not realize that Alan Bradley had just a cruel cliffhanger in him. Oh, my do I need this next Flavia de Luce book now!

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And of course…

The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin…expected publication 2015?!? He’s writing this, right? I will be a book, right? *SIGH*

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Best and Worst Series Endings

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and the Bookish are asking about our favorite and least favorite series endings. No problem!

Best:

1. Stork by Wendy Delsol. I have a lot of respect for the difficult choice the author made. Loved it.

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2. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness. Talk about an emotional roller coaster….One of the most thought-provoking series I have ever read.

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3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It took a minute to warm up to this series, but I loved each book more than the previous.

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4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan. This was such a fun series! It certainly went out this a bang in The Last Olympian. I love the spin-off series even more and have no doubt that will top a similar list next year.

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5. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I had a few nit-picky issues, but overall Emerald Green was a satisfying ending to a fun series.

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6. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. I was so sad to say goodbye to Evie and friends!

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Runners up for best endings:

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Not a Fan:

7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I feel so ripped off. I wish there was a do-over!

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8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld. The fourth book in the Uglies trilogy (right there is the problem!) was a huge disappointment. All is forgiven. I have moved on. Now, can we have a new series please??

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9. Spellbound by Rachel Hawkins. It maybe slightly unfair to put this in the works category. It was not the worst. I liked a lot of things about it. But then. Oh, no. Nope. That one thing happened and I can’t get over it. Left a bad taste in my mouth.

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10. Infinityglass by Myra McEntire. I never connected with the POV characters and everything felt rushed. I wish this series had a stronger ending. I still love Hourglass!

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Bonus list:

I have HIGH HOPES for these series enders:

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Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels 9/24/13

 

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking sequels. You know that dreaded Second Book Syndrome? No? Well it is a strange literary phenomenon where the second book from an author fails to live up to the amazing standards of the first and/or subsequent books. It is sad when it happens, but I can’t even imagine the pressure on authors. Anyway, there is none of that here! These sequels are just as, if not more, brilliant than the first book.

1. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. This sequel to The Daughter of Smoke & Bone is freaking brilliant. It is absolutely devastating and I really, really need Dreams of Gods & Monsters. Now.

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2. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. I must confess that first time I read Leviathan I was slightly underwhelmed. I know, I know. What was I thinking? In mydefense…My first time with Leviathan was audio and while Alan Cumming is a brilliant narrator, I did not get to experience the illustrations. I loved it so much more the second time, when I actually read the book. But my own level of enjoyment does not actually change the fact that I thought Behemoth was even better.

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3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman. If I Stay was great, but Adam’s story brought me to tears. And I am not much of a book crier.

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4. Game by Barry Lyga. I loved meeting Jasper Dent in I Hunt Killers, but Game really upped the ante. This was an intense and creepy sequel. I am ready for more!

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5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Is it possible to top Cinder? Apparently it is. Great new characters, layers and layers of story. I can’t wait to see how she weaves two more story lines into the mix.

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6. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. Readers met the bumbling band of Princes in The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  Hilarity ensued. The sequel was just as funny, but what I loved most was the character growth. And the hilarity, of course.

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7. Prodigy by Marie Lu. Legend was an exciting and fast-paced debut and I really enjoyed it. Prodigy was even more awesome and I am looking forward to the series conclusion with Champion.

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8. Red Glove by Holly Black. I LOVE Cassel Sharpe and his crazy con artist story. There are plenty of surprises in this sequel to White Cat.

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9. The Burning Bridge by John Flanagan. I enjoyed the first book in The Ranger’s Apprentice series enough to pick up the next book. Each book was better than the one before! Before I knew it, I had devoured all eleven books and now I am anxiously awaiting the final book!

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10. Frost by Wendy Delsol. Honestly, the Stork series does not get enough love. Norse mythology? Sassy heroine? Win-win.

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Honorable Mentions:

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Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2013…So Far. 6/25/13

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This Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish is a Best Of list. This is both a genius idea and a nearly impossible task all in one. My end of year lists are going to be insane. As of today I have read 92 books and I gave 5 stars to 26 of them! What to do, what to do?

So far this year has delivered some AWESOME sequels:

1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. This sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone is dark, brutal, and devastating. Holy wow!

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2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Another brilliant sequel. Even better than Cinder? I think so! I can’t wait to get two more points of view layered on and see it is all going to come together.

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3. Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-More. Not familiar with the Goodnight family? You’re going to want to fix that! Witches, ghosts, sassy girls and swoonie guys. Everybody wins! The first in the series is Texas Gothic, but they do a great job of standing alone as well. This book could be the love child of Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson and The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

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4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Epic. Clever and satisfying resolution to some of my biggest concerns.

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5. Game by Barry Lyga. Jasper Dent is the new Dexter! I really enjoyed I Hunt Killers, but Game creeped the hell out of me.

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6.The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. My new favorite middle grade series.

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I have also read some phenomenal standalones and debuts!

7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I had a ridiculously good time with this one. Wil Wheaton narrating the audio is bonus genius.

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8. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley. How about this for variety? Nonfiction, graphic novel. So lovely. You will want it for yourself and to give it as a gift to all your foodie friends.

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9. What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton. I was totally impressed by this debut novel. I can’t wait to have the author speak at my library in September!

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10. In Darkness by Nick Lane. I totally get why it won the Prinz. I am also surprised by how much I loved this one. I still rattles around in my brain more than a month later.

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11. Winger by Andrew Smith. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and devastatingly heart-breaking all wrapped up in one. I just finished this last week and knew it had to be on this list.

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Eleven is a reasonable place to stop the list, but I just have to say that I also loved Light by Michael Grant, Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter, Prodigy by Marie Lu, Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley and Doll Bones by Holly Black. Now I am kind of dreading trying to make an end of the year Top Ten list.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

Mondays with Megan: Spending March with the March Sisters and What are You Reading?

Happy Monday! Has anyone else noticed the sun shining at 6:30 this morning! It made being up at that horrible hour almost manageable. A quick peek at the calendar told me daylight savings time ends on Sunday. Oh happy day! Anyway. My weekend consisted of lunch with three adorable bickering old ladies (my grandma and her two sisters, ages 93, 91, and 89), a day of work at the library, many training sessions with Kevin (we can walk to a point where the house is completely out of sight, yippee!), an evening of Game of Thrones Season 2, and an afternoon of coffee and reading. My favorite pup-related activity continues to be the game I like to call “What Will Kevin Eat?” This weekend we learned that Kevin likes the lemon Girl Scout Cookies and turkey hot dogs. I should be keeping a list. Speaking of lists, it’s time for a reading list. Many thanks to Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for hosting It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Finished:

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I only managed three books this week, but they were awesome! I loved My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling. Look for the review of this quick and sassy Persephone tale later this week. The second book in the Legend Trilogy, Prodigy by Marie Lu, did not disappoint! The stage is now set for an epic ending! And finally, I read Light by Michael Grant. I am still processing this one. First of all, I am so sad to say goodbye to the Gone series. Secondly, I now have the answers and I am not sure what to do with them. This was a brilliant end to a brilliant series. Bravo!

Currently Reading/Listening To:

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I am almost finished listening to the newest Flavia de Luce book, Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley. This series keeps getting better and better and Flavia is quite the little firecracker. Love. The Nook is loaded with a number of e-galleys. I am currently reading The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston. I am really enjoying this debut thriller and you’ll get to hear all about it next week.

On Deck

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I wish I could  have stayed home with Kat and Hale, but I guess cracking open Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter at lunch will have to do. So excited! Once I have finished Falvia I will go back to Ender’s Game. My next e-galley will be In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. Finally, I have committed to reading Little Women this month. It has recently come to my attention that my aunt has also never read this book and also feels high levels of guilt and anxiety of this situation. So, we formed our own little book club and decided that we would get to know the March girls during the month of March. Yup, we are that lame. Not going to lie, I may need more than just March.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

Mondays with Megan-In Which I Have Nothing to Say About the Oscars Because I Didn’t Watch

That’s right. I did not watch the Oscars. I also didn’t see any of the movies nominated for awards. I am so bad about going to see movies! Apparently, I am also bad at concentrating on reading. All the brain cells for concentration have taken a vacation. The majority of last week’s reading was done while I was stuck on the elliptical machine or while driving (and by reading, in this case I mean listening. Obviously). This week isn’t shaping up to be much better. This is a bit distressing because I have some great stuff at home to read. How about I throw together a little Monday list and then go work on turning my attitude around? Sounds like a plan.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Finished:

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Despite my previous grumbling, I did read some awesome books last week. Also Known As by Robin Benway was tons of fun, but Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is hands down my favorite read this year. I would like to thank Stephanie Plum for helping me out in my time of need. I can  always count on her to get me out of a funk. Check back later in the week for more on Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt. This one didn’t really start with a bang for me, but it picked up and had a great ending.

Currently Reading:

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I started to listen to Ender’s Game, but then the new Flavia de Luce book on cd came available from the library, so Ender is on pause. I am breezing through my e-galley of My Ex From Hell (totally cute) by Tallulah Darling and I am about a third of the way through Prodigy by Marie Lu. So far, so awesome.

On Deck:

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I don’t remember putting myself on hold for The Dinner by Herman Koch, but my coworker said she read it in a day and it was awesome. Since there are a bunch of people waiting for it, this will be next read. My next ARC is The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston. Of course, this could all change. Especially if an ARC of Light by Michael Grant just happens to come my way….Just thinking of that has already improved my mood. That and the coffee and piece of chocolate I just ate. Monday is looking better already!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan