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Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Week 2! 6/15/15

Happy Summer Reading Week 2! We have picked our first prize winner and are ready to start collecting entries for the next gift basket. This week’s basket has one of my favorite creepy books, The Diviners by Libba Bray. You’ll want to read this one right away so you are ready for the sequel, The Lair of Dreams, when it comes out in August. You’ll also find tons of candy, portable speakers, water balloons, a $10 Mitchell’s gift card, and more! So get busy reading and don’t forget that you can enter your books online this year. I still have a handful of Chipotle cards left so if you haven’t signed up be sure to stop in or register online.

One more order of business. If you are having trouble finding copies of you required summer reading books be sure to check out our digital library collection. Just follow the link on the left hand side under Featured Collections. If you prefer a paper copy we can always do an Interlibrary Loan for you. It usually takes about a week to get a book sent here and requests can be made over the phone, in person or you can do it yourself from our catalog. Just look for the Search Ohio icon on the right side of the screen. Ok, summer reading plug over (for now).

Just a quick reminder that June is Audiobook month. Give your eyeballs a rest and let someone else do the reading for you. Check out a Book on CD, a Playaway, or download a book right to your phone or device! My favorites: The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor, the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer, and the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.

June is also LGBT Pride Month. I am so excited to see how well shopped my book display has been so far this month. I am also thrilled to see how many books I have available to keep replenishing it! My favorites: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, and Winger by Andrew Smith.

June is also apparently the month when I *finally* emerged from major reading slump. I did not actually finish reading anything this week, but I have certainly enjoyed really focusing on a book.

new mondayIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


animal wise miss mayhem

  • Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell-♥♥♥♥. I really do enjoy animal nonfiction books! Science writer Virginia Morell explores just some of the research into animal cognition and emotions. Utterly fascinating.
  • Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins-♥♥♥♥. This sequel to Rebel Belle does not disappoint. More paladin, oracle, and mage excitement, plus plenty of Southern charm!

Current Audio:


I am almost done with The Whites and I don’t have another book on CD lined up! I also need to pick a new downloadable audiobook. Decisions, decisions.

Currently Reading:

last stand fixer very good lives

Currently Neglecting:

i crawl through it chamber of secrets

On Deck:

I need to read a mystery for our genre discussion! Any suggestions for a great new mystery? YA or Adult, I’m not picky!

Happy Summer Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday-My Spring 2015 TBR List-3/17/15


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about spring reads. I always find these lists to be thrilling and depressing at the same time. Thrilling because it’s a list about books, but depressing because I always check back with my previous season TBR list and usually discover that I hardly read any of the books. I managed 7/14 of my winter reads. So, here are a bunch of books that I will probably *not* manage to read this spring! You know what? Forget that! I am making a list of books I know I *will* read. Let’s be positive about it!

1. Mortal Hearts by Robin LaFevers. I own this one which is why it keeps getting put off. No more! I will read this book!

mortal heart

2. Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy. Totally obsessed with Skulduggery Pleasant. This might be the reason why my other TBR books have been neglected…

last stand

3. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee. Is it cheating that I plan to read this one over the weekend?

under a painted

4. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige. I want. I want!

wicked will rise

5. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins.

miss mayhem

6. The World Forgot by Martin Leicht. Total silly fluff. Also, the redesigned covers are terrible.

world forgot

7. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. All the buzz. Must check it out.

red queen

8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I have an ARC. I hear good things!

ember9. Always, Never, Sometimes by Ali Alsaid. I have an ARC of this too.


10. Rivals in the City by Y.S. Lee. I am really excited for another Mary Quinn mystery!


Happy Reading!


Waiting on Wednesday-Miss Mayhem-11/12/14


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

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

miss mayhem

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle #2) by Rachel Hawkins
April 7, 2015

From Goodreads:

“Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.”

Rebel Belle was such a fun read! I am looking forward to more of this story.

Happy Reading!


Waiting on Wednesday-Rebel Belle 2/5/14

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

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

rebel belleRebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
April 8, 2014

I really enjoyed most of Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall series. I was little disappointed with a few things in the final book, but overall they were so much fun. This author can certainly deliver sass and snark, which are totally my favorites!

From Goodreads.com

“Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.”

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: If You Love The Gallagher Girls, Try These!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish is all about readalikes. The hardest part was coming up with Book X. My pal Stacey suggested I offer readalikes for I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.

First of all, if you have not read the Gallagher Girls series yet, I highly recommend you do that. Unless you don’t like action-packed, humorous books about awesome girls at a top-secret spy school. In that case, you should definitely not read this series. And once you are finished, you’ll want to check out some of these:

1. Heist Society by Ally Carter. Obviously. More Ally Carter is always a good thing.

2. The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks by E. Lockhart. This has a boarding school, a brilliant and hilarious girl and pranks. The Gallagher Girls would applaud Frankie’s cleverness and sass.

3. Enthusiasm and The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman. Again, Enthusiasm features boarding schools and spirited, stubborn girls. It’s charming fun. The Grimm Legacy, on the other hand, has the secrecy and adventure that you’ve come to love and expect from Ally Carter.

4. Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch. D.J. Schwenk is one tough girl! When she’s not milking cows she’s playing football and has her heart set on a spot on the varsity team. The Gallagher Girls would approve of D.J.’s badassery. Yeah, that’s totally word.

5. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. Jacky Faber is one clever cookie. She’s also a tough girl-orphan, ship “boy,” pirate…she earned the nickname Bloody Jack after all. The Gallagher Girls would totally hang with Jacky if they lived in 1800.

6. The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. So you have read this far and are thinking something like this: “Well, this list is all fine and dandy, but it’s a bit too girlie for me. I like adventure and humor and cool fighting skills, but I could do without the cute plaid skirts.” I can respect that. For you, I would recommend the Ranger’s Apprentice series. The Gallagher Girls are totally fine with that. In fact, they are a little jealous that Will gets a pony.

7. Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez. Oh wait, I was confused. You like the plaid skirts but wish there was a touch more of the paranormal in your action-packed, tough-girl book? No problem. I’ve got you covered. The Gallagher Girls would gladly lend a hand to the Giordano sisters as they solve strange mysteries in the town of Nightshade.

8. Prom Dates From Hell, a Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil book by Rosemary Clement-Moore. Maggie Quinn is such an awesome fighter of evil, she may qualify as an honorary Gallagher Girl. You should see some of the things she’s had to battle. Yikes!

9. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Both of these are like Gallagher Girls with paranormals. Both books are hilarious, both star tough girls, there is danger, mystery, action, and hot guys, like in the Gallagher Girls, PLUS there’s demons and vampires and fairies…Oh My!


10. Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Antony Horowitz. It seems appropriate to end this list with another teen spy series. I myself have not read the Alex Rider series, but I hear it’s another thrilling adventure series with a James Bond-like character. *cough* Blackthorn Boys Rule *cough*

I hope you find something here to add to your TBR lists.


This list continues to grow! I also recommend you try these:

also known as texas gothic spy in the house

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan-YALSA 2012 Teen Top Ten Nominees and What Are You Reading?

Holy moly! Did the weekend fly by in a blur or is it just me? I did manage to squeeze in some reading and I am heading to the shelves today to get some fresh books for the week. But before I do, let’s talk about the 2012 Teen Top Ten list. YALSA announced the nominees last week-24 in all. Now it’s time to go forth and READ so we are ready to vote in August and September. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week in October.  The TTT are chosen by teens, so all you adult YA lovers, you’ll just have to sit this one out. Here’s the list of nominees. I haven’t read them all, but I will check the titles I would pick, if I were allowed to vote.

And the nominees are…
All Good Children by Catherine Austen
Ashes by Isla Bick (TBR)
Abandon by Meg Cabot
Tempest by Julie Cross
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (TBR)
Eona:The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
Legend by Marie Lu
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Shine by Lauren Myracle
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (TBR)
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (TBR)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Riggs Ransom
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr (TBR)
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

That’s only 8! I need to get reading! What your top ten picks be? Moving on.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey  and a Children’s/YA edition can be found at Teach Mentor Text.

In my car: I am so close to finishing Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt. In fact, I am pretty sure my 10 minute drive home tonight will be enough. This one has been a real emotional roller coaster! I think I need some Stephanie Plum. I always know what I am going to get with her. So, up next High Five by Janet Evanovich.

My At Work Read: Today at lunch I finished Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. I really lingered over this one and I don’t want it to be over. I have enjoyed the Hex Hall series a lot and look forward to Ms. Hawkins’ future endeavors. My next book will be The Traitor and The Tunnel, book three in The Agency mystery series by Y. S. Lee.

At Home: An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor. This is my gentle read selection for book club. So far so good, as I had expected.

My new graphic novel series: Locke & Key by Joe Hill. I wrapped up Y: Last Man by Brain Vaughan this weekend and I’m still waiting for new Walking Dead and Fables, so it’s on to something new in the meantime.

I must be needing a little break from YA since I only have one on my list for the week. Once I am finished with Traitor I want to read either From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender, The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore, or Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. I am feeling the need to catch up on some series!

What are you all reading this week?

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-After Easter Candy-Coated Sugar High Edition

For the past three years the responsibility of hosting Easter has fallen on my shoulders. I am not complaining; my poor sister got Christmas, which is a much bigger deal in my family. My holiday is so much easier because

1. Decorating consists of getting my sister to cut a branch off of her tree, sticking it in a vase, and hanging some hand painted eggs on it. I also have an ever-growing collection of Easter towels.

2. This is what my appetizers look like:


You didn’t know chocolate counted as an appetizer? At my house it does!

3. Side dishes get out sourced, so I just buy the meat.

I am about to make a point here, I promise. My point is, this is not a big deal, and yet, for some insane reason I could not sleep Saturday night. This was very annoying because I was tired, but the bright side here is that I was able to finish Black Heart by Holly Black! See how I did that? It’s my clever segue into It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Hosted by Book Journey, with a children’s/YA version at Teach Mentor Texts, this meme is a fun way to let everyone know what you have recently read, what you plan to read, and find new things to add to you To Read lists. Also, it’s a list. I love lists.


Finished last week:

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This one came highly recommended, so I was nervous when it got off to a weird start for me. Once I got over the dialect and poor spelling, I couldn’t stop! The only thing keeping me from immediately grabbing the next one was my extensive TBR list. Trust me, I will get to it very soon.

2. Black Heart by Holly Black. I have talked about The Curse Works series a lot recently, because, you know, IT IS FREAKING AMAZING AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT. Sorry to yell, but it’s that important. The third book does not disappoint! What I now need to know is this-is that the end for real or will there be more? Sigh. I even forgot about the stupid cover for a while.

This Week:

In my car: Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. I am about half way through. I really like it and I love Doug, but it still continues to leave me on edge. Heartbreaking discoveries aside, I am constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. Just like Doug, I suppose. This book had better have a super awesome rainbows and unicorns and ice cream ending, because I am not sure I can handle it if not.  I think I may need a Stephanie Plum fix after this.

At Work: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. I actually started the final book in the Hex Hall trilogy last night. I anticipate flying through this one. In fact, it will probably be my only book until it is finished.

Walking the Dog: Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I did not realize that this is the second in a new series, but by the time I figured it out I was already invested, so I am sticking with it. The dialogue is a bit cheesy, but it’s a fast-paced thriller that keeps me walking.

My Graphic Novels for the week: Y: Last Man by Brian Vaughan, vol. 8, 9, and 10.


The e-book I will finally finish. I swear.: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. I am in the home stretch and it’s gotten really good. I can’t wait to see how things end up for Bria. I am rooting for her!

And if I have time, I would really like to start From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender or Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi.

What are you all reading this week?

Happy Reading!