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Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Week 6! 7/13/15

Hello dear readers! I am little late with my Monday post, but better late than never, I suppose! We have 3 more fantastic gift baskets to give away to summer reading participants. Be sure to sign up and get reading!

What’s in Basket # 6?

  • Books!
    • Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch (signed!)
    • I Know What You Did Last Summer/Killing Mr. Griffin/Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
  • Candy!
    • Haribo Gummy Bears
    • Swedish Fish
    • Sour Patch Kids
    • Tootsie Pops
    • Jolly Ranchers
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Mini Oreos
  • Goofy Pen
  • Salt Water Spider Kit
  • 1 Cleveland Gladiators ticket
  • $10 Mitchell’s gift card

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop over there for more!

Finished: I had a fantastic reading week!

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  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik-♥♥♥♥♥. Agnieszka loves the little valley she calls home, despite the constant threat from the Woods. The valley is protected by a wizard, commonly known as the dragon. His price for this protection is a young maiden to serve him for ten years. Agnieszka fears her best friend will be taken. It turns out that is the last thing she should be worried about. I loved this gorgeous fantasy! Magic, folk-lore, a dragon’s tower, and a deadly forest come to life.
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson-♥♥♥♥♥. The author of The Psychopath Test spent three years researching high-profile public shaming victims. This is a fascinating and disturbing look at how people treat each other in this age of social media.
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon-♥♥♥♥♥. Madeleine has spent her life inside because she is literally allergic to the outdoors. Her mother and nurse have made her life as full as possible and she is content. Until Olly moves in next door. Soon she finds herself longing for a life she cannot have. Told in short chapters with illustrations, diary entries and illustrations, this debut novel is full of heart.
  • Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People by Matthew Diffee-♥♥♥. A collection of old and new comics and illustrated one-liners from New Yorker cartoonists. With chapters dedicated to smart attractive people in a variety of professions, there is a little something for everyone!
  • Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg-♥♥♥♥. Mazie Philips is the kindhearted ticket seller of at Venice theater located in the heart of the Bowery. When the stock market crashes and plunges the nation into the Depression, Mazie takes it upon herself to help the homeless men of the neighborhood. Mazie’s life unfolds through diary entries and interviews. Inspired by as real-life New Yorker, Saint Mazie is is a story full of heart and heartbreak, hope and history.
  • Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight-♥♥♥. When the body of an infant is discovered in the quiet town of Ridgedale, New Jersey, long-buried secrets come to the surface. This is suspenseful mystery with a pretty shocking twist!
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard-♥♥♥♥. Alyssa is a direct descendant Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice Liddell is also the source of a family curse that plunges the women in her family into madness. When Alyssa starts exhibiting symptoms of madness and her mother’s condition worsens, she decides to search for a way to end the curse. Her search leads her straight to Wonderland. I am so glad I finally picked this one up! It’s a fun retelling, full of familiar characters playing new roles. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.

Current Audio:

cartel

Currently Reading:

isabel curse of the spellmans shallow

Watching:

4400

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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Mondays With Megan-Groundhog Day, Youth Media Awards Day, Snow Day! 2/2/15

Hi Everyone! Happy snowy Monday. My 2015 got off to a very rocky start and I hardly blogged at all. Well, it’s a new month and a new opportunity to get back into the routine. And what a day to start! There is so much happening today! Here in Northeast Ohio most schools are closed today-lucky ducks, enjoy your snow day! I am here at the library and it is eerily quiet. It’s going to be a long day! As for the rodents’ predictions for spring…our local groundhog, Buckeye Chuck is calling for an early spring! His pal, Punxsutawney Phil, disagrees. Though I hear Staten Island Chuck is also predicting an early spring, so, *fingers crossed*

Most importantly, the American Library Association announced this year’s Youth Media Awards.

I am so excited that I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson won this year’s Prinz Award! This was one of my absolute favorites from last year. The Prinz Honor Award went to the strange and delightful Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. (I am congratulating myself for having read both of these in 2014).

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“The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.”

The Morris Award went to Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. I read this one too, but I still can’t talk about my thoughts until after the Cybils have been awarded…stay tuned. The Morris Honor Award went to The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston. *runs to shelf, snatches up copy*

gabi story of owen

“The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.”

And once again, I have read NONE of the Alex Award Winner…sigh.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Bellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia

Bingo’s Run, by James A. Levine

Confessions, by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Lock In, by John Scalzi

The Martian, by Andy Weir

The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice, by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles

Those Who Wish Me Dead, by Michael Koryta

Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle

I have my work cut out for me! Good thing I am on a roll with my reading (canceling cable has helped!)

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Finished: (I took 4 days off last week and spent most of my time reading!)

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  • Funny Girl by Nick Hornby-♥♥♥1/2. It’s been a while since I have read a Nick Hornby novel. Clever and witty.
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer-♥♥♥♥♥. Give me Winter!!
  • Battling Boy by Paul Pope-♥♥♥♥. YA graphic novel full of gods and monsters.
  • Ghosted, vol. 1 by Joshua Williamson-♥♥♥♥. A graphic novel for the Supernatural fans. A motley crew of characters set out to steal a ghost.
  • American Vampire, vol. 5 by Scott Snyder-♥♥♥♥. Volume 5 moves the story forward, while looking back on Pearl’s past.
  • American Vampire, vol. 6 by Scott Snyder-♥♥♥♥. A collection of “lost stories”.
  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie-♥♥♥. My first high fantasy since A Dance with Dragons.
  • All the Rage by Courtney Summers-♥♥♥♥♥♥. AMAZING. Grab it up when it comes out!

Current Audio:

one plus one

Currently Reading:

mortal coil black dove

What are you reading?

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Happy December! 12/1/14

Greetings! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Mine was quiet and relaxing and I had plenty of time over the long weekend for reading. I also went and saw Mockingjay Part 1. Its been a long time since I read the book, but I actually like the fact that I no longer remember details. For me the book and the movie are two very different experiences and I try not to compare them too much. Also, I really like Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss more than the Katniss in the books.

The end of the year is near! Can I finish 23 more books in the next 31 days? I sure am going to try!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts

Finished:

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  • The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy. This is the third book in The Skulduggery Pleasant series. Valkyrie Cain is a little older and a little wiser, and it’s a good thing because the danger she faces is the most terrifying yet! The series has really taken a dark and deadly turn. I can’t wait for more.
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I loved every minute of this one. This could also be called Amy Poehler Kills at Adulthood. I want to be a grown up like her.
  • Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. This is a gritty look at one young man’s struggle with PTSD following a tour in Afghanistan. Moving, powerful, and the cover does this one a huge disservice. This one is definitely for more mature readers.
  • 1339 Quite Interesting Facts by John Lloyd. I have always enjoyed trivia-style snippets of weird information, so I knew I had to take this one home. I shared many of the facts with my nephews on our drive to Thanksgiving dinner, however, I would not hand this to a child. There are a number of interesting, but not family friendly, facts in the collection!
  • Flunked by Jen Calonita. I will have a full review soon, but this was  cute middle grade/YA crossover about a reform school for former fairy tale villains. Fans of fractured fairy tales will want to watch for this one!
  • My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins. Confession: I am quite Scroogey when it comes to holiday stories. This collection of twelve holiday stories had some that were ok, some that I really enjoyed, and a couple that I loved. So, overall, a surprisingly satisfying holiday read!

Current Audio:

song of the quarkbeast food

  • The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
  • Food: a Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Currently Reading:

captive jackaby oz

  • Captive by Aimee Carter
  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • There’s No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige.

On Deck:

I’m not sure! Maybe one of these:

invaders glory o'brien black ice

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Mondays with Megan-I am thankful for all the reading time I had this weekend! 11/24/14

Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but I have a short work week this week, thanks to Thanksgiving and I plan to do a bunch of reading. It’s crunch time now and I have 36 days to finish 29 books if I want to meet by 2014 reading goal. If I keep up the pace I was at last week, this should be a piece of cake. Of course, last I was unusually lazy/productive with my reading. Just look-

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

Finished:

thirteen reasons why dirty dumb eyes morning glory bandette pawn big little lies All Fall Down

  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I reread this for my high school book club. I have mixed feelings about this book, but my teen readers loved it.
  • My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt. I have recently taken over ordering adult graphic novels for my library’s collection. I picked this one up out of curiosity. What a treat! It is so weird and wonderful and I immediately handed it to my coworker.
  • Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. This was another random selection. I did enjoy this dual point of view story. Readers are introduced to Penny, a young housewife in 1959 and Ada, a newly widowed young woman looking for a fresh start. Both women live in the floating community of Boat Street in Seattle.
  • Bandette, Vol. 1: Presto! by Paul Tobin. This is a campy, cheeky, and clever graphic novel starring Bandette, a teenaged thief who causes trouble for both the police and the criminal underworld.
  • Pawn by Aimee Carter. Yet another dystopian novel that requires readers to suspend their disbelief. I received an ARC of Captivate from the publisher, so I will read it, but it’s not something I would have chosen for myself.
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I absolutely loved this one. The lives of three very different women intersect when their children attend the same kindergarten class. This clever character study is light reading with a dark center.
  • All Fall Down by Ally Carter. This new series, Embassy Row, is everything I love about all of her other books, but darker and edgier. I am thrilled about this new series and promise fans will not be disappointed.

Current Audio:

yes please song of the quarkbeast

Currently Reading:

faceless ones 1339 my true love flunked

On Deck:

I have no idea!

 

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Review 11/13/14

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Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
November 4, 2014
Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 386 pgs

What it’s about:

This sequel to The Naturals, which introduced readers to an elite FBI program for teams with innate crime-solving skills, picks up shortly after the end of the first book. Cassie, who is a profiler, longs for some calm and time to focus on cold cases. FBI higher-ups have the same idea, but when a serial killer hits the scene all eyes are on the teens. The reason? The killer is copying Dean’s incarcerated father. Despite being ordered to stay away, the Naturals are drawn into another dangerous active case. As they delve into the twisted mind of a killer they put not only themselves, but their entire program in jeopardy. In their minds the risks are worth it if they can help their friend.

Why you might like it:

Are you a fan of shows like Criminal Minds or Dexter? You might enjoy the FBI procedural aspects and/or the serial killer elements of this series. Do you like a story with crazy twists and turns? Killer Instinct will keep you guessing until the end (the same goes for The Naturals…I did not see that ending coming!) Do you like smart, sassy, and often tense team dynamics? The members of this elite group are so different from each other and they all work hard to keep their pasts a secret. So, plenty of intrigue in the house alone! Throw in disturbing crime scenes and you have one exciting book!

Want more like this?

You might also enjoy How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller, Also Known as by Robin Benway,  I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, or The Rules for Disappearing by Ashly Elston.

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:

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  • 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