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Mondays with Megan-The Count Down to the Readathon Begins! 10/13/14

Last week I spent three days in Columbus for the Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo. It was even more amazing than I had imagined it would be. I am still sifting and sorting through all of the materials and ideas that I collected, but I can safely say that I feel re-energized and more excited than ever to be a librarian. There are great things on the horizon! Speaking of the future, it’s time to start a Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon countdown. You know how much I love this event, right? We are just 5 short days away! I have been hoarding books like a crazy person for a while now, but there is always room for more choices! This readathon comes at a perfect time for me. I am way behind on my reading challenge and the end of the year is creeping closer every day, making it harder to catch up. I am hoping this will put me back on track, especially since my day-to-day reading has been quite pitiful these days (at least I don’t wonder why I am behind!) Here, see for yourself:

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

Finished:

blood of my blood pure skulduggery

  • Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga is the conclusion to the Jasper Dent trilogy. I think this was the most psychologically disturbing of the series and I did not see the twists coming! This is a thrilling and satisfying conclusion.
  • Pure by Julianna Baggott is the first in a dystopian trilogy. I am not sure I will continue the series. The concept of people being fused with things from their surroundings after a nuclear blast is pretty interesting, but other than that I found nothing new here. It was just ok for me.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is a new to me discovery and I cannot stop wonder out loud WHY IS THIS NEW TO ME? I love it so much. How can you not love an animated skeleton who is a paranormal detective? How can you not love a 12-year-old girl who gets thrown into the dangerous world of wizards and magic and monsters? Oh, and the banter. The sassy, sassy, banter! I am sad that this first one is the only book in the series that I can find on audio, because it was an amazing production!

Current Audio:

silkworm revenge of seven

Currently Reading:

walled city not my father's son

So far I am loving the Alan Cumming memoir!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Famous Last Words by Katie Alender Review 10/9/14

famous last words
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
September 30, 2014
Scholastic
Hardcover, 320 pgs.

What it’s about:

Willa has been uprooted from her home in Connecticut when her mother marries a Hollywood screenwriter. Fitting in at a new school is a problem, and being partnered with the school’s social outcast doesn’t help. But this doesn’t top her list of problems. The new location doesn’t change the fact that she is still having experiences that make her question her sanity. The real issue is the hallucinations-weird visions and sounds that haunt her. And seem to be somehow connected to the serial killer that is terrorizing Hollywood and targeting young, would-be actresses.

Why you might like it:

Do you like a ghost story that thrills but won’t keep you up at night? Katie Alender is a master at writing suspenseful and spooky stories that don’t rely on gore and terror. There are plenty of pop culture references, Hollywood glitz and glam, and a twisted serial killer mystery to keep readers guessing. Some readers will also appreciate the light romance that takes a back seat to the hauntings and suspense.

Want more like this?

Don’t miss Katie Alender’s other books, including her Bad Girls Don’t Die series and Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. Also be sure to check out The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

 

Mondays with Megan-Fall Fun!

Here in Cleveland Fall has arrived. This is my favorite time of year! I took a trip to a local apple farm and picked up apple fritters and kettle corn, and of course, apples. The apples were promptly turned into pie and sauce by my talented sister. I broke out the pumpkin scented candles and the down comforter for the bed. The hoodies came out in time for a clam bake yesterday. I also made my first batch of soup of the season. I love soup. I love fall! I even managed to get some reading in, which is a good thing, because I suspect I won’t get much reading in this week. I will be attending the Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo in Columbus Wednesday-Friday. This will be my first time attending and I am really looking forward to the event.

 

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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 and check out more lists!

 

Finished:

ruin and rising gregor famous last words

  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is the final book in the Grisha trilogy and I loved it. It was full of surprises and twists and jaw-dropping shocks. I am very satisfied with the way things wrapped up.
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins is the first book in her middle grade series. Twelve-year-old Gregor and his little sister fall through a vent in their apartment building and end up in the Underland, a world populated by giant insects, humans, rats, and bats. The Underlanders believe that Gregor is the warrior they are waiting for to fulfill an ancient prophecy. I did not love this first book, but it really picked up in the end so I will probably continue the series.
  • Famous Last Words by Katie Alender is a murder mystery with a ghostly twist. I received an e-galley of this one and will have a full review up soon. I am a fan of her other works and this one did not disappoint.

Currently Audio:

pure skulduggery

  • Pure by Julianna Baggott. I am feeling a little meh about this one.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I am LOVING this one!

Currently Reading:

blood of my blood

It’s weird to be reading just one book at a time…I should start some more!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

 

Mondays with Megan

It was a busy weekend for me that actually included a lot of reading, despite the fact that I worked both Saturday and Sunday. The big boost came on Saturday when I proctored a practice ACT test at the library. That means I had about 4 hours of reading time! I also squeezed in a little book shopping. I am very excited about my purchases:

afterworlds in a handful of dust

 I will be starting Afterworlds sometime very soon! In the meantime, check out all the books I finished in the last week. I am still so far behind in my goal, but progress was made!

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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 and check out more lists!

Finished:

letters from skye firebug calvin evil librarian sisters

  • Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole-an epistolary novel set against the backdrop of WWI and details the relationship between a young Scottish poet and a young American fan. I lingered over this one, reading a few letters a night. A sweet, easy read.
  • Firebug by Lish McBride-LOVED.
  • Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson-I decided by nephews needed a little Calvin and Hobbes in their lives. I was right, they ate it up and even shared with me.
  • Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen-There is a new librarian at Cyn’s high school and he is hot! He is also a demon who has enthralled her best friend, Annie and is sucking the life essence from the students. Cyn has an unusual immunity to his charms so while she juggles school and the set design for the school’s production of Sweeney Todd, she also now has to save her best friend. This devilishly hilarious book has a little something for everyone-horror, humor, romance, as well as musical theater! And while a soul-sucking demon is not necessarily an improvement, I find this librarian to be a refreshing change of pace from the stereotypical shushing old lady librarian!
  • Sisters by Raini Telgemeier-in her companion to Smile, Telgemeier recounts her changing relationship with her younger sister. Anyone with a sibling can relate to the ups and downs having a brother or sister.

Current Audio:

pure ruin and rising

Currently Reading:

famous last words gregor blood of my blood

On Deck:

skulduggery killer instinct pawn

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Firebug by Lish McBride Review 9/25/14

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Firebug by Lish McBride
September 23, 2014
Henry Holt & Co.
Hardcover, 336 pgs

What it’s about:

Ava is a firebug. She can start fires with her mind, making her deadly assassin and valuable commodity to the head of the local Coterie. Think magical mafia here, led by one psycho vampire named Venus. Ava hates her job (killing is not fun), hates the Coterie (she was forced into an unbreakable blood pact), and most of all she hates Venus (Venus killed her mother), so when Venus puts a contract out on a friend of Ava’s, the firebug surprises everyone by refusing to accept the job. Now she and her friends are in a world of trouble as Venus and her army of lethal lapdogs hunt them down. Can Ava keep her friends and family safe or will Venus win again?

Why you might like it:

You will most definitely love Lock and Ezra, Ava’s totally hot besties. Lock is steady and responsible and Ezra is shamelessly cocky. The three together are a ton of fun. Do you like your paranormal with a side of hilarious? Lish McBride is a genius at serving up the perfect blend of horror and humor. If you are looking for a fast-paced story with suspense, a spectacular array of supernatural creatures (were-foxes, anyone?),and a sassy heroine with heart of gold, then look no further. This is the book for you. I loved everything about this book and look forward to more!

 

Want more like this?

If you missed her Necromancer books, definitely check out Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish MicBride. They are devilishly delightful. Also try White Cat by Holly Black, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan-Readathon Sign Up Time! 9/22/14

Happy Monday everyone! In case you missed my post over the weekend, I have been selected to be a Round 2 Cybils Awards judge! Mark your calendars because nominations for these awards open October 1. October is also when the bi-annual Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon takes place. Save the date: October 18th! Oh happy day! It’s time to start making a readathon TBR list. I am so far behind on my reading goal and I am counting on this readathon to get me back on track. My reading these days has been so sporadic that I hardly have anything to report. 😦 But, it’s Monday, so here goes!

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

Finished:

say what you will secret place

  • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. I am not sure what I had expected of this one, but I was certainly a bit surprised by some of the twists and turns of the story. I really liked Amy and Matthew and I appreciated the fascinating look at what it is like to live with a disability.
  • The Secret Place by Tana French. Stephen Moran is back in this fifth book of the Dublin Murder Squad series. When new evidence comes to light in a cold case, Moran jumps at the opportunity to work the case. The case involves the murder of a teenaged boy on the grounds of a private girl’s school and Holly Mackey, daughter of Detective Mackey, appears to be involved in some manner. I adore am slightly obsessed with The Dublin Murder Squad. This latest installment is magical and have savored every word.

Current Audio:

ruin and rising

  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I set aside Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye for the time being in order to finish this series.

Currently Reading:

letters from skye firebug

Still. *sigh*

On Deck:

evil librarian pure famous last words

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Mondays with Megan

I don’t know about you, but I am finding this back to school year totally overwhelming. Work is busy, outside of work is busy. I have hardly had any time for reading! Luckily what I have been reading has been awesome. I have just enough time for a quick Monday check-in!

mondayreading new monday

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

 

Finished:

romeo redeemed life by committee gods of gotham dark triumph

  • Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay-Excellent sequel to Juliet Immortal.
  • Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu-Mixed feelings about this one. I did not like the Tabitha/Joe relationship.
  • The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye-randomly picked this audiobook and loved it! Historical fiction about the beginning of the NYPD.
  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFever-The best of the bunch! The sequel to Grave Mercy, follows Sybella’s heartbreaking story. Intense and awesome!

Current Audio:

last dragonslayer say what you will

Currently Reading:

legend firebug letters from skye

I am rereading Legend for book club, Firebug is an e-galley, and Letters from Skye is this month’s Random Read.

That’s all from me for now!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan