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Top Ten Tuesday-Dream Writing Duos-10/13/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about our dream writing pairs. Can you imagine what would happen if your favorite authors teamed up and wrote together? Just imagine it!

1. A.S. King and Libba Bray. Can you imagine the feminist manifesto this duo could create?

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2. A.S. King and Marcus Zusak. Everyone always goes on and on about John Green and all the feels. Well, I think these two brilliantly write all the feels on a much deeper level.

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3. Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo. Can you imagine the gorgeous fantasy baby these ladies would produce? *Sigh*

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4. Cat Winters and Ruta Sepetys. When in comes to historical fiction these two can do no wrong.

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5. Mike Mullin and Michael Grant. Whether it’s natural disasters or technological disasters, these guys have the ability to scare the bejeezus out of me!

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6. John Flanagan and Scott Westerfeld. Despite writing very different types of books, I love that both of these writers have created characters that I truly love. Also, they have created some pretty cool worlds.

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7. Rainbow Rowell and Ally Carter. I think I am on to something here, I’m just now sure what yet.

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8. Ernest Cline and Brandon Sanderson. How about a video game/superhero mash-up? Yes, please!

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9. Jonathon Stroud and Jasper Fforde. I really appreciate the wit from these two. Imagine how very British their books would be!

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10. Jandy Nelson and Benjamin Alire Saenz. This would be another contemporary fiction power couple.

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Books For Fans of Supernatural-3/10/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is so open-ended it’s practically a freebie! The topic is the top ten books for people who like X. Solve for X. Since by current television obsession continues to be Supernatural, X=Supernatural.

dean readsDean doesn’t seem to thrilled with his book. Maybe he would prefer one of these:

1. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. A skeleton detective, ancient gods, necromancers, and all sorts of magic.

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2. The Diviners by Libba Bray. Occult murders, flappers, and a really, really creepy house.

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3. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. The ghost of Jack the Ripper once again torments London.

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4. Evil Librarian by Michele Knudsen. Two words: Demon librarian.

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5. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore. A family of witches, occult happenings, ghosts, and mischievous goats. For the fans who enjoy the humorous side of the Winchesters!

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6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. The unconsecrated, the walking dead, the living dead, call them what you want, a zombie is a zombie!

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7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Shadowhunters/Demon hunters. Same dif.

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8. Gone by Michael Grant. All sorts of messed-up monster action going on here!

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9. White Cat by Holly Black. Magic, curses, mobsters!

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10. Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Angels, demons, monsters.

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Bonus:

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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

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Recommend If You Never Read X 8/5/14

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and the Bookish want to know what we would recommend to people who never read X. I solved for X and came of with recommendations in a variety of genres.

If you never read TEEN HISTORICAL FICTION, try these:

1. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Josie is the seventeen-year old daughter of a prostitute. It is 1950 and the French Quarter is home to organize crime, brothels, and bars. It is also home to the small bookshop where Josie works. The money she earns there will be her ticket out of the Big Easy. Her dreams are close to becoming reality when her mother is implicated in the death of a tourist. Plenty of local flavor, a murder mystery, and a girl with big dreams make this one a winner.

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2. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. In 1918 Americans were dying at home and abroad. At home the deadly Spanish Influenza pandemic had the nation gripped with fear. Abroad, WWI would eventually claim the lives of 110,000 Americans. In San Diego, sixteen-year old Mary Shelley Black watch as streams of mourners turn to seances and spirit photographers to contact their dead loved ones. The historic photographs only enhance the haunting text. A hint of romance and a whole bunch of creepy!

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3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. The year is 1914, and Europe is on the verge of a war. Prince Alek, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne is on the run from the Clanker Army. Deryn Sharp, a girl disguised as a boy, is an airman for the British Air Force learning to fly the genetically engineered air beast, the Leviathan. The two form an uneasy alliance as they struggle to protect their secrets and stay alive. Leviathan will appeal to readers of science fiction and steampunk, but one can argue that it also has a strong historical component!

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4. In Darkness by Nick Lake. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, a teenaged boy is trapped alive in the rubble of a hospital. Alone in the dark, “Shorty” counts the story of his life, his involvement with a gang, the family members he lost, and all of the violence he witness and caused. Along side his story, readers learn the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a Haitian rebel who led a slave rebellion and helped to drive Napoleon and the French out of Haiti. This powerful story is truly deserving of the Printz Award.

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If all you know about TEEN CONTEMPORARY FICTION is John Green, you need to branch out and try these:

5. Reality Boy by A.S. King. Seventeen-year old Gerald Faust was the child star of a reality TV show. Twelve years later, Gerald is still haunted by his anger-filled past. Convinced that nothing will ever change, despite the fact that he works so hard to be nothing like that TV boy, Gerald is ready to snap. When a new girl at work shows interest in him, he is naturally weary. He tries to avoid her, with no success. This book is disturbing and heartbreaking, like most A.S. King’s books. However, her characters always manage to find some thread of hope, some form of redemption or have some realization that things can get better.

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6. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. Callie has spent her entire childhood on the run. Kidnapped from her family by her mentally ill mother, she can’t even remember what it is like to be normal. When her mother is finally arrested, Callie is reunited with the father she doesn’t know anymore. Living in a small town with big family is overwhelming as Callie has to learn to live in the present and be a part of a family. This one is gritty and sexy!

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7. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Eighteen-year old Leonard Peacock plans to spend his last birthday on earth saying goodbye to the four people he cares about. Leonard is sad and weird and the target of his former best friend’s torment. He has had enough and he has a plan to put an end to all of the pain he is in. This is a powerful and haunting novel.

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If you don’t read TEEN SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY because you think it’s all supernatural romance and Hunger Games-type dystopian, think again and try these:

8. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. In an alternate reality past, the American Isles are being threatened by Wild Chalklings (yes, chalk monsters). Rithmatists have the power to bring two-dimensional figure to life to battle these creatures. Joel, the son of a chalkmaker, must satisfy is desire to learn Rithmatics by sneaking into lectures at the Armedius Academy. When students start disappearing, leaving trails of blood behind, it is up to the Rithmatist to solve the mystery. As the professors work to find the missing students they also discover that Joel, despite not being one of them, has some unique talents of his own. Unique, unusual, steampunk-ish.

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9. BZRK by Michael Grant. In a not-so-distant future a battle is taking place. What is at stake? The human mind. Free will. The combatants? On the one side you have the batsh*t crazy conjoined twins, the Armstrong brothers. They want to create utopia. Opposing them is a radical fringe group known as BZRK. The battle ground is the brain and the weapons are nanotechnology. Things end one of two ways: victory or madness. This series is both exhilarating and terrifying.

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10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This fractured fairytale of a story features a cyborg Cinderella, a handsome prince, a wicked stepmother, and an evil Lunar queen. An orphan and a cyborg, Cinder is a second-class citizen, but she is also a gifted mechanic. It this skill that brings the young Prince Kai to her stand at the market. A malfunctioning android, a mysterious plague, and the threat of war loom large and Cinder may be the key to saving everyone. Fans of sci-fi and fairy tales alike will love this fresh twist on a classic story!

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan 6/23/14 Summer Reading Week 2!

Summer reading is officially underway and our first winners have been chosen. Congratulations! A new basket full of goodies is just waiting to be won. Stop by to sign up (if you haven’t already) and check out this week’s prize. I see a beach towel, The Princess Bride on DVD, free Chipotle, some of my favorite books, really cute Duck Tape (it has owls on it!), Oreos, and more! You should win this one! If I could play, I would have a really good shot at winning because I read a bunch of books last week.

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Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

Finished:

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  • The One by Kiera Cass. There was something so ridiculously compelling about this series. I *had* to finish it. I *needed* to find out how it ended. I really did not like this series and my dislike seemed to grow with each passing book. And yet, I read them all. I could rant, but that’s not very nice, so I will just say that these books were too shallow for my liking.
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Now this book? This book was beautiful. A love letter to quirky little bookstores and the people who support them.
  • Things I Learned in School by Connie Masters. That’s my aunt! She wrote a book! This is a thoughtful collection of essays discussing the author’s 30+ years working as a school psychologist.
  • BZRK: Apocalypse by Michael Grant. I am still trying to wrap my head around this one. This was a brutal and brilliant ending to  the trilogy and I am so lucky to have gotten a sneak peek.

Current audio:

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Still listening to Francona: The Red Sox Years and I just started The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Currently reading:

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I started In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim di Bartolo the other night, but decided the illustrations were to creepy for bedtime. I am a baby. So, I swapped it out for What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. In the spirit of finishing up trilogies (The Selection, BZRK), I dove right into Sunrise by Mike Mullin. It’s a hefty book, so it should keep me busy most of the week.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Time is Here! 6/16/14

It’s here! On of my favorite times of the year at the library! Summer reading! Yes, all those exclamation points *are* necessary, thank you very much. Summer reading may conjure of images of being forced to read dusty old classics, but here at the library it is all fun and prizes. Reader of all ages can find a program, so be sure to stop by the Children’s Department and Adult Reference and we will get children, teens, and adults all signed up. Teen readers will have a chance to will a weekly basket full of goodies. This week’s basket has the movie Goonies and the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer, plus plenty of candy, coupons for free Chipotle, and much, much more. For a chance to win all you have to do is read. Fill out a slip for each book, drop it in the entry box at the AV Desk and cross your fingers. Easy, right? We’ll even give you prize just for signing up. See you soon! P.S. Adults, your summer reading is very similar-entry slips, awesome goodie baskets, prizes for signing up…come visit us soon!

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Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

Finished:

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  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris is a compelling memoir about the anchorman’s struggle with anxiety and how his discovery and practice of meditation helped calm his mind. This book definitely inspired me to continue learning how to meditate.
  • Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo tell the story of the author’s son’s experience with the afterlife. This book was definitely not for me. I completely understand why readers are fascinated by this story, but I just kept seeing gaping holes and major flaws with this story. I am neither an evangelical Christian or a skeptic, but this one didn’t work.
  • Fairest: Return of the Maharaja by Sean Williams is just the latest installment of the Fables spin-off. I am always pleased to be in the world of Fables, but this one was more about Prince Charming than the leading lady. Not horrible, but not may favorite. I do look forward to what come after this installment.
  • The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy is the final chapter in the League of Princes trilogy. This book was epic. And huge. And all over the place! I am sad to see them go, but I have to say, the ending leaves room for more…maybe. Hopefully.

Current Audio:

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I am so close to finishing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It is so good! I am about half way through Francona. It’s pretty interesting. I did not realize what divas some of these players are/were. I suppose that is just naive on my part, but really?!?

Currently Reading:

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I just started The Originals and In the Shadows. I am still slowly plugging away at BZRK. Not because it isn’t awesome, because it is.

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays With Megan-Listen Up! June is Audiobook Month. 6/9/14

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It has been awhile since I publicly declared by undying love for audiobooks, so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to remind everyone how amazing it can be to listen to a book, and get in a plug about how EASY it is to get audiobooks from Rocky River Public Library!

I always have a book on cd in my car and a Playaway at home so that I can listen while I walk the dogs, work in the yard, or do boring housework. If I had a smart phone or other device, I *could* also download audiobooks to an mp3 player or stream audio using our new Hoopla service.

I have listened to nearly 200 audiobooks in the past few years. My favorite readers are still Jim Dale (Harry Potter, The Night Circus), Katherine Kellgren (Bloody Jack), and Jayne Entwistle (Flavia de Luce). This year I have already fallen in love with a number of new audiobooks. Here are a few of the highlights:

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If you ever need an audio recommendation, let me know! I love talking about talking books!

If it weren’t for audiobooks, I would hardly be getting any reading done lately. I did manage to read (with my eyes) one book last week. I am kind of stuck with my other two in progress reads, which leads me to start new books…Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

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Finished:

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  • The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes is a story within a story, all surrounding a portrait of a young French woman painted by the subject’s husband before WWI. I really enjoyed both stories.
  • Tease by Amanda Maciel is a complex look at bullying. When a teen commits suicide after months of relentless bullying, her parents press charges against the bullies. This story is told from the point of view of one of the girls being charged. It is hard to say that I liked this book because so much of the content is unlikable, but it was powerful and moving and satisfying in the end. I am considering this title for a book club read.

Current Audio:

10% happier francona

It’s all about nonfiction for me right now! I am really enjoying 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I am also finding Francona’s autobiography quite interesting, even if I do have to hear about that other team he managed 😉

Currently Reading:

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  • The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy has been my bedtime read for weeks now. The problem is, by the time I go to bed I can’t keep my eyes open for more than 5 minutes!
  • BZRK: Apocalypse by Michael Grant is so creepy. I really can only read it in small bits…
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert is the book I am reading instead of the other two. I am hooked! It’s dark and gritty and mysterious.

On Deck:

girl with a clock for a heart summer of letting go

Happy Reading (and Listening)!

∼Megan