Tag Archives: Neil Patrick Harris

Mondays with Megan 11/10/14

Happy Monday! It’s a shame to spend this gorgeous fall day indoors, but duty calls. I was pretty busy this weekend, but my finished book tally is higher than last week!

mondayreading new monday

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop over and see what they are up to!

 Finished:

neil patrick harris silkworm torn away

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris. Oh! I really enjoyed this one. Clever, humorous, and insightful.
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. What a strange and twisted tale! I do enjoy Comoran and Robin and look forward to more of their adventure.
  • Torn Away by Jennifer Brown. After losing everything in a tornado, Jersey is shuffled around until she ends up with the last people she ever expected to help her. All the feels of a John Green novel without the pretension.

Current Audio:

big little lies

I am currently without a Playaway. Oh, calamity!

Currently Reading:

pawn blood of olympus my true love dream a little dream shadow of the blackbirds

I am all over the place with my reading these days! I am going to zip through In the Shadow of Blackbirds today and tomorrow so that is fresh for book club on Wednesday and then I can return to Blood of Olympus. I need to step up the pace here and somehow read 39 books before the end of the year. Eek!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

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Mondays With Megan-In which I confess to not reading very much-11/3/14

Happy Monday! I am still trying to work out my massive Halloween sugar overdose. I am also starting to panic about how close we are to the end of the year. I fear I may have been overly ambitious with my 2014 reading goal (my total slacking on reading hasn’t helped either). I need to somehow read/listen to 44 more books before January 1. *sigh* How about another shameful Monday reading list?

mondayreading new monday

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

Finished:

inventor's secret playing with fire

  • The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer. In this alternate reality “steampunk” series opener the American Revolution never occurred and the British Empire is a sprawling industrial machine. Sounds promising, right? It’s not. I found this book to be boring and full of cliches. A ridiculous romance takes center stage, at the expense of the actual plot. Also, throwing in a few gadgets does not give you a steampunk novel.
  • Playing with Fire by Derek Landy. This is the second book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series (which is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine!). The Council of Elders has been rocked with betrayal, an evil sorcerer has mysteriously escaped from prison, a vampire is out to get Valkyrie, and the return of the Faceless Ones seems inevitable. Magic and adventure and danger and snark, this series has it all! Love it.

Current Audio:

silkworm torn away

  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. This one is so long. I am enjoying it very much, but it feels like it is taking forever. I have 1.5 discs to go!
  • Torn Away by Jennifer Brown. This is my new Playaway, randomly picked up at the library. So far so good.

Currently Reading:

neil patrick harris dream a little dream

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography…I am savoring this one and will probably finish tonight.
  • Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier. I have barely started my arc of this one, but I am confident it will be great!

On Deck:

big little lies

To Reread:

shadow of the blackbirds thirteen reasons why

These are my book club selections for November.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan-Tonight is the Night I Get to See Holly Black and Cassandra Clare! 10/27/14

Today is the day! Holly Black and Cassandra Clare will be speaking at Barnes & Noble in Crocker Park tonight at 6:30. I am so excited! I hope that Holly Black is working on some new YA material. I enjoyed her Doll Bones, but I really miss Cassel. I guess I just need to hear her say that she is done with the Curse Workers. 😦

My sister was visiting from Montana all last week so I really didn’t get much reading in and I continue to be way behind on my goal, but I am confident I can make things up before the end of the year. Here’s what I have been up to:

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 It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop by for more reading lists and reviews.

Finished:

killer instinct hinterkind fun home revenge of seven

  • Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynne Barnes is the exciting sequel to The Naturals. I really enjoyed this one and will have a longer review up soon.
  • Hinterkind by Ian Edington is the first volume in a new graphic novel series. It has an interesting concept-humans have finally fallen to the bottom of the food chain while creatures of legend have regained power. I think I will watch for the next volume.
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel is another graphic novel, this one a memoir. I really liked this one!
  • The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore. This is such an entertaining series. This installment picks up where the last left off. Full of interesting twists, it sets things up for the final battle. I can’t wait!

Current Audio:

inventor's secret silkworm

Currently Reading:

walled city neil patrick harris

On Deck:

afterworlds my true love

Afterworlds was my Random Reads selection for the month of October…That didn’t work out so well for me. I suppose I will have to carry it over to November!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays-Read-a-thon Recap 10/20/14

As you may recall, I was super excited about Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon last week. What’s not to be excited about? This event is a biannual excuse to sit and read and snack and drink fancy coffee beverages all day (and if you are tough enough, all night. I am rarely tough enough.)! This year I had the best of intentions. I truly did. You should see the piles of library books that are cluttering my living room. I had a good night’s sleep the night before. I had walked the dog in the rain the morning of the event. I had snacks ready. I had a partner and a destination. It was read-a-thon time! And then it really wasn’t. I turned into chatting time. My reading pal and I work together and there was lots to talk about. So we read a little, chatted a lot, had tasty beverages and a lovely dinner and when our separate ways sometime in Hour 14. I had read exactly 1 book. Later I  finished a second and got 2/3 of the way through a third book and fell asleep on my couch around 3:30 am. I only participated in a few mini-challenges and I didn’t win any prizes, but this was still a great way to spend a cold and rainy Saturday! Here’s look forward to April!

Finished:

not my father's soniron trial more pleasant deafo

  • Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming is a heartbreaking, insightful and charming memoir. Cumming describes how his difficult childhood shaped and influenced his adult life. He also talks about his experience on the show Who Do You Think You Are?, where the mystery of his maternal grandfather’s death is finally solved and revealed. My only regret is that I read it myself instead of waiting for the audio version!
  • Iron Trail by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare is the first book in a new middle grade series. Maybe I am judging this unfairly, but I could not stop comparing it to Harry Potter and therefore, could not enjoy it as a unique work. So disappointed.
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is a graphic novel memoir in which the author recounts her aging parents’ failing health and eventual deaths. This book is on the longlist for the 2014 National Book Award for nonfiction. It is hilarious and touching, but I found it to be so sad that I had to take frequent breaks.
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell is another graphic novel memoir (I am sensing a theme here…) about the author’s experiences as a deaf child in school. I was clever and sweet and I very much enjoyed this one.

Current Audio:

silkworm revenge of seven

Currently Reading:

killer instinct neil patrick harris walled city

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Waiting on Wednesday Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography6/4/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am so excited about this one:

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Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
October 14, 2014

From Goodreads:

“Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!”

 So, this is happening and I can’t wait! I love me some NPH.

What are you waiting on?

Happy Reading!

∼Megan