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Top Ten Tuesday-Ten Characters I Wish I Could Check in With 4/7/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is about favorite characters that we would love to follow with long after their stories on the page end.

1. Jacky Faber from the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. This one is a no-brainer. I adore Jacky. I want good things for that girl.

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2. Akiva and Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Despite the satisfying ending, I just know there is so much more to explore in this amazing world!

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3. Cassel Sharpe from the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. I so desperately want more of this story.

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4. Will and Halt from The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. These two are as dear to me as Jacky Faber. I miss them terribly.

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5. June and Day from Legend by Marie Lu. I really loved how this series ended, but I sure wouldn’t mind finding out what happened next!

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6. Samantha and Annamae from Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. Oh, the stories there must be!

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7. Pretty much anyone from an A.S. King book. Her characters are so real and often flawed and in the end you always have a glimmer of hope for them. I would love to check in and just make sure that things truly did get better.

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8. Ed Kennedy from I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. Ed has so much potential. He’s such a good guy!

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9. Todd Prentiss from The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. This series. I don’t know how to talk about these books. There’s just so much…

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10. Darla and Alex from the Ashfall trilogy by Mike Mullin. This is another series with a great ending, but I certainly wouldn’t say no to more!

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There are so many more, but I’ll stop at ten.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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

Mondays With Megan-Summer Throwdown #3 6/30/14

It’s a new week and we have awarded a new summer reading prize! One lucky winner will take home a basket full of goodies. And guess what? This week’s teen winner had only one entry in the box. The moral of the story is you can’t win if you don’t play! This week’s basket appears to be zombie themed…I see a zombie dice game, a universal battery bank, candy, the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and of course, books! Come see us at the Reference Desk to sign up.

Starting tomorrow I will be participating in the Third Annual Summer Throwdown Readathon, hosted by The Brain Lair. What started as a friendly reading competition between teachers and librarians has morphed into one big reading challenge with everyone competing to reach a common goal. How nice, right? So far it looks like 90 readers are going to try to read over 3,000 books in the month of July! I signed up to read 12 books. Wish me luck. Or better yet, join me!

I took a few days off last week and I don’t know about you, but I often read less when I am on vacation (and I didn’t even go anywhere!). Of course, the books I chose to read were enormous! Here’s a quick Monday check-in.

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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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  • Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona was an interesting look at the Red Sox franchise. I like Francona’s style.
  • Sunrise by Mike Mullin is the spectacular ending to the Ashfall trilogy! I devoured this monster book in a matter of days.

Current Audio:

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I am on the second to last disc of The Boys in the Boat. I will be finishing this week. I am about half way through The Girl With a Clock For a Heart.

Currently Reading:

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  • I have no idea what possessed me to request an arc of Amity by Micol Ostow! I am too scared to read it at home…
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker was recommended to me by a friend. It is such a fun read. It certainly does not feel like a 600 page book! I started this one on Friday and I guarantee I will be finishing it tonight.
  • I am still plugging away at In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim di Bartolo. I am not in any hurry with this one.

On Deck:

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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

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Freebie, Or, Ten Series I Need to Finish in 2014 5/27/14

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I hope everyone had a nice long holiday weekend! I certainly enjoyed the lovely weather, but now it’s time to get back to work. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie topic. It turns out I randomly chose the same topic as our hosts, The Broke and the Bookish. I keep telling myself that I should finish old series before I begin a new one, but that never really works out so well. Maybe this list will help me focus a little bit and actually finish some series.

Series that have ended and are available now:

1. Ashfall by Mike Mullin. I am afraid to read the final book, Sunrise.

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2. Dust Lands by Moira Young. I am really excited to read Raging Star!

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3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I cannot believe that I haven’t listened to Dreams of Gods and Monsters yet!

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4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Ok, I am not going lie. I am kind of relieved that this series is coming to an end. And if we’re being honest with each other, I may as well put it out there that I might not be interested in further Shadowhunter series. We’ll see.

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5. The League of Princes by Christopher Healy. I am really sad that The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw will be the last book in the series. I have it at home and really should get started on it.

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6. Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa. I have only read the first book of the trilogy, but I think I can manage the other two books this year!

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…and some Coming Soon series enders:

7. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. We can’t really be saying goodbye to Percy and Annabeth, can we?

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8. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. Oh, I am hooked! The cliffhanger at the end of book two was brutal!

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9. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. I have really enjoyed this series on audio. Ruin and Rising is coming soon!

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10. His Fair Assassin series by Robin LeFevers. I *finally* managed to read Grave Mercy and I am so excited to continue this one. I just bought the second book and will be ordering the third one soon! Yay, Barnes & Noble member coupons!

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Bonus:

Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga, Article 5 by Kristen Simmons, and BZRK by Michael Grant (I am actually working on an arc of this one!!!)

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Spring TBR List 3/18/14

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This beautiful warm, sunny day makes me start to believe that it is time to think Spring! The Broke and The Bookish want to see Spring TBR lists. History has shown that I am an excellent reading list maker…and a terrible reading list crosser-offer. I did not do an awesome job with my Winter TBR list. Oh well. It’s a new season and I get to make a new list!

Winter carry overs:

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Spring TBR:

1. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. Gimme, gimme, gimme! There is no chance of this one getting bumped over to a Summer TBR list…

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2. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell. See above. So excited for this one too.

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3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I have had a love-hate relationship with this series. We are currently in a love stage and I would like for it to end that way.

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4. Raging Star by Moira Young. Oh, I cannot wait to find out what happens with Sabba and the gang!

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5. Sunrise by Mike Mullin. This is the spring of completing trilogies! I am so excited for this one as well.

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6. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I loved My Life Next Door and am looking forward to another sweet romance from this author.

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7. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. Everyone is raving about this one.

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8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I couldn’t read Second Chance Summer (I have a strictly enforced no-cancer books rule), but I LOVED Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I am excited for a new Morgan Matson book!

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I also have some must-listen audiobooks on my Spring list!

9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I am late to the Grisha party, but better late than never, right?

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10. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. This might be my *most* anticipated book of the season. I have such a desperate need for it. Now.

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What are you planning to read this spring?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesdays-Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In 1/28/14

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I am pretty sure at one time or another many of us have wished we could live at Hogwarts (or in a little house on a prairie if you’re like me), but how often do we think about places we would not want to live? Well, that is exactly what The Broke and the Bookish want to know!

1. Chicago of the future! Bad, bad things are happening here. No thanks!

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2. Any place that Michael Grant makes up. Seriously. Whether it’s in a dome with a bunch of psychos or out in the real world with nano technology scurrying around in my brain, his worlds are not for me.

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3. Post-super-volcano USA. Thank you Mike Mullin for scare. And thanks to the scientists who recently confirmed that this could some day be a reality. It’s a wonder I sleep at night!

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4. Prentisstown. Nope. No way. That place is run by a lunatic, and things don’t go well for the ladies when he is around.

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5. During the Flu pandemic. 1918 was not a good year! War, flu…nope. I want none of that.

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6. In the Belly of the Bloodhound! I remember learning about slave ships in school. I can’t even begin to imagine the horror. I do love Jacky Faber, though.

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7. The Dust Lands. The name alone is uninviting. I hate the heat. Give me snow days any time.

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8. Any virtual reality world. I haven’t come across one yet that is all fun and games. Something very horrible always happens.

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9. Puritan times. I am really, I might be drowned as a witch! It didn’t take much in those days…Those folks were no joke.

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10. Any place haunted. I think this is pretty self explanatory

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diviners, anna dressed in blood…