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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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I have some work to do!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

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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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How about some underrated leading men?

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

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Unique Reads 4/8/14

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This week The Broke and the Bookish are talking about unique reads. Get ready to see some awesome lists filled with strange worlds, great characters, interesting writing styles, and plain-old weirdness. Here are my picks:

1. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. This tops the list not because it is my favorite, but because I just read it and it is so totally bizarre. The world ends with giant praying mantises eating their way through the human population. This account of the end is told by a sexually confused teenaged boy.

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2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor remains the only series I have ever read that features chimera. I love it.

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3. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is a zombie book that never uses the word zombie. This is still my favorite zombie series.

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4. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride makes necromancy look fun! It is dark and absolutely hilarious.

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5. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. It’s like the British X-Files/secret society stuff. Plus monsters. And conspiracies. It’s just so strange. There is a sequel in the works, but no firm details. *sigh*

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6. BZRK by Michael Grant. This series scares the bejeezus out of me. Nanotechnology. Tiny little nanobots eating your brain. I hate love it so bad.

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7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Welcome to a world of super villains. Without super heroes. It’s up to ordinary humans to save humankind. This book is all sorts of bad*@s. Love, love, love.

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8. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld features an alternate reality WWI that was fought between the Darwinists and the Clankers. I love the fabricated beasties and the steampunk.

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9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer puts a futuristic twist on classic fairy tales. Cinderella the cyborg? Heck yeah!

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10. Mothership by Martin Leicht is Teen Mom + 80’s pop culture + aliens=total nonsense! Laugh out loud fun!

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Honorable Mentions:

  • Any thing by A.S. King. She always slips in a touch of the unusual in her contemporary fiction. Whether it’s ghosts and a talking pagoda or bringing things out of dreams and talking ants, there is always a touch of the strange.

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  • Stork by Wendy Delsol is another favorite of mine. Kat is a human stork, responsible for placing new souls with the proper parent.stork

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

 

Mondays with Megan

Happy Monday, everyone. After barely working at all last week this week is going to be a real shock to the system! I’m not scared; this week is going to be awesome. I am taking a new yoga class tonight, tomorrow I have my D & D kids at the library, and Friday I am finally going to see Catching Fire. Lots to look forward to! And I have some great books to work on (and I just finished some awesome books too!) Here’s a quick look at what I have been reading:

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

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Finished:

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Boy, did I have an awesome reading week! Hm, lots of aliens here. Interesting.

  • A Stranger Thing by Martin Leicht. This sequel to Mothership (which I LOVED) was just as much fun. This volume had more alien action, a shocking twist, and a cliffhanger ending.
  • A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey. This one took my forever to get into, but once I did I found that I really liked it. In fact, I am still thinking about the characters. Regency era drama and witches!
  • The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore. I really cannot figure out why I am so hooked on this series. But, I am. Lots of action and betrayal in this latest volume and now I need the next.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This fantasy series has been on my TBR list for a while. I am so happy that I finally dove in. It is terrible and lovely like The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is terrible and lovely. Make sense? Also, Mal!! Of course, in my mind he looks just like a young Nathan Fillion. Enjoy.

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  • Saga, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan. This new series from native Clevelander and author of Y: Last Man is so truly bizarre that I cannot even begin to describe it. Intergalactic race wars, rocket ships made from tree, and a pair of star-crossed lovers. I loved it even more than the first volume.

Current Audio:

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I picked up The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer on Playaway. This was an impulse pick and I am really getting into this story of enduring friendship, art, and success. It’s a nice break from all the alien madness! I just started Sabriel by Garth Nix. I have heard great things about this series and I am ready to give it a try.

Currently Reading:

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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner is my Teen’s Choice pick for this month. I am about half way through and it is reminding me a little of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker is my Random Reads pick of the month. It was a really slow start for me, but about a third of the way in the story took an interesting turn and I am anxious to see where things go. I just got an advanced copy of Gene Luen Yang’s upcoming graphic novel, The Shadow Hero. This is a re-imagining of the first Asian superhero, The Green Turtle. Finally, I am trying to get into The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo. This was another one that was recommended by a teen reader.

On Deck:

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This could change, of course, but I would like to work on my Winter TBR list, so I might pick up Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis. I also have the newest Fables sitting at home. How have I ignored it for so long?? And finally, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender needs to be read or brought back. No more hanging out at my house!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays with Megan-Baby, It’s Cold Outside! 1/6/14

There is no use fighting with Mother Nature. It’s freaking freezing cold out. And getting colder. And then it will be over and we can get back to our regularly scheduled winter. In the mean time, all we can do is wait it out. I am fortunate enough to be able to wait it out at home with my nephews, who are home from school. Kids are so lucky. We did some yoga, made french toast for breakfast, and now are all snuggled up watching some TV. I plan to read for a while at some point. Though I sense Cabin Fever is already setting in. I could be in for a long day…Back to the task at hand. My 2014 reading is off to a great start.

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Be sure to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great lists!

Finished:

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I can’t believe it took me so long to get to the second BZRK book, BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant. The battle for humanity is being fought at the nano level. This series raises fascinating ethical questions. If you have the power to alter the brains of humans to make them “better,” should you? Also, it is so creepy! I loved it and am ready for more. I also finished the Sweet Tooth series by Jeff Lemire. We finally learn what the heck is going on with all the hybrid babies and the answer, while satisfying, was surprising. If you need something to read while waiting for a new Walking Dead, give this one a try! Finally, I finished by first book of 2014, Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. After reading eleanor & park and Fangirl, I just had to go back to the beginning and pick up her debut novel. I was not disappointed. It was clever and funny and sweet. I read it in two days. I can’t wait for more Rainbow Rowell in 2014!

Current Audio:

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In my car I have started Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I have been listening to The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore when I walk the dogs. I don’t know what it is about this series. It’s so compelling that I am completely willing to overlook the flaws. I really need know how things end, though I suspect I will have to wait a while for that. Book 5 (out of how many?) comes out this summer. Sigh.

Currently Reading:

stranger thing breath of frost

This week I plan to finish A Stranger Thing, the sequel to Mothership by Martin Leicht. I will also finish (I swear!) A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey

On Deck:

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How are you staying warm?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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-Favorite New-To-Me Authors of 2012

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, is all about new-to-me authors. I hope debut authors count because without them my list would be much shorter and you all know how I like to make long lists!

1. This year I discovered A.S. King when I read Please Ignore Vera Dietz. I definitely plan to read the rest of her works! I think I will work my way backwards and start with Ask the Passengers.

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2. This 2012 debut author is certainly new to me, but I plan on us being BFFs for a long time. I LOVED Melissa Meyer‘s Cinder.

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3. The first book in Katie Alender‘s Bad Girls Don’t Die series hooked me…and yet I have still not finished the other books. Shame on me!

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4. Another new-to-me author is Patrick NessThe Knife of Never Letting Go was such an amazing read. I really need to get on the rest of the series.

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5. Ilsa Bick may be best know for her Star Trek novels (totally not my thing), but I discovered her this year when I picked up her 2011 novel,  Ashes. Wowza! I have Shadows waiting for me at home. Must. Read. Faster.

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6. Barry Lyga has been writing YA novels for years, but I just “discovered” him this year when I read was I Hunt Killers. Love. Can’t wait for Game. Must have now. While I wait for it to be April, 2013 I should go back and read his other books.

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7. I can’t stop recommending this charming and hilarious middle-grade novel by Christopher Healy. Seriously, do yourself a favor and read The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Again, April 2013 can’t get here soon enough. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle? Yes, please.

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8. I had a rocky relationship with Laini Taylor‘s The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. When everyone else was gushing about Karou and Akiva way back in 2011 I was like, meh. Oh thank goodness for awesome audiobooks. This year I discovered the amazingness that is Laini Taylor!

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9. I finally got around to reading Lish McBride‘s 2010 debut,  Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (followed immediately by the 2012 sequel, Necromancing the Stone). I now ask myself two questions. 1. Why in the world did I wait so long to read this crazy-fun book? 2. When will there be more?

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10. Megan McCafferty‘s Jessica Darling is the darling of YA and I finally know why. Sloppy Firsts is adorable and I will be working my way through the rest of the series.

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This would not be a typical Top Ten list if it didn’t include at least 12 items. The following bonus new-to-me authors are also 2012 debuts and I want more from them. Preferably right now.

11. Huntley Fitzpatrick‘s My Life Next Door is my new favorite YA romance. Remember all the buzz and excitement about Anna and the French Kiss? Right. Well MLND is this year’s Anna. Totally.

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12. The writing team of Martin Leicht and Ilsa Neal gave me the gift that is Mothership this year. I am eternally grateful and eagerly await more. Do yourself a favor and check out this campy gem.

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What new-to-you authors did you enjoy this year?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan