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Mondays with Megan-Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon & Cybils Awards-10/5/15

Happy Monday! It’s a gorgeous day here in Cleveland and I have the day off. Lucky me! I have gotten my reading groove back and have read and listened to some great books this week. But first, a couple of bits of news. First, it’s time for another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! I missed the spring readathon because I was meeting my new nephew in April, but I am all registered for the October 17th event. You can sign up too! The second bit of news is that I was selected to be a judge for the Cybils Awards again. This time around I will be a Round 2 YA Speculative Fiction. There is still time to nominate titles, so head on over to the Cybil site if you are interested.

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

Finished:

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Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett and Manhattan Project, vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman were both recommended to me by patrons-♥♥♥

The others were all amazing! I am really loving the Ms. Marvel series and Lockwood & Co has taken an interesting turn. Walk the Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson is the first book in a new trilogy. Who new westerns could be so awesome? ♥♥♥♥♥ to all four!

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

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On Deck:

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I am off to enjoy my day off!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan Readathon Review 4/28/14

Happy Monday *yawn* *reaches for more coffee*! This weekend I participated in my sixth Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. I love this online reading challenge for so many reasons. First and foremost because it is an excuse to sit around and read all day (and night) long. I also love the online camaraderie it builds as you explore new blogs and complete mini challenges. And if I am being completely honest, I kind of love the excuse to snack. Snacks are important. Anyway. I made it to Hour 18 this year and finished 5 and 2/3 books. Sound like fun? Consider signing up for the October challenge!

Here’s a quick check-in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for another round of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Finished:

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  • The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S King-this is her debut novel and the last of her books that I needed to read. Emer Morrisey is pirate who is cursed to live the life of 100 dogs. When the curse is fulfilled she is able to pick up where she left of. Sort of. This was an odd and entertaining book and I enjoyed it, but I am glad this was not my introduction to A.S. King.
  • Nantucket Red by Leila Howland is the sequel to Nantucket Blue. The story picks up shortly after the end of the first book with Cricket and her boyfriend (no spoilers!). The new relationship comes with complications and to add to that Cricket needs to plan for college. I know that is vague! I really enjoyed the continuation of Cricket’s story. This is a fun summer romance, but start with the first book!
  • Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs is a lovely and charming debut novel. Gloria is a collector of the written word. She signs up for a summer workshop at the local college that offers a mysterious sounding class called Secrets of the Written Word. She leaves her dad, her best friend, and all connects to social media behind and embarks on a summer of discovery.
  • The Walking Dead vols 18-20 by Robert Kirkman. Brutal.
  • The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn. This book was recommended to me by a teen reader. I am glad she enjoyed it, but this book inspired rage in me. I am not ready to talk about it! Needless to say, I will not be reading the rest in the series.

Current Audio:

little brother accident

Currently Reading:

geography of you and me storm front rules for breaking

On Deck:

enchantment messenger stuck in neutral

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays With Megan-Fall 2013 Dewey Wrap-Up and What Are You Reading?

Wow! What a busy weekend!

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As you may already know, Saturday was the Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon. This was my fifth time participating and as usual, it was loads of fun. I read 6 books and participated in 5 mini-challenges. I made it to Hour 18. I could have pushed on, but I knew I had a crazy week ahead of me and decided that sleep was more important. Ready for my giant Monday reading list? Good!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Be sure to visit Book Journey, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for more list!

Finished:

rose under fire united we spy chi 10 hypnotists wars sweet tooth wild cards

I realized that I missed last week, but I decided to just skip those books….I *finally* finished Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein! It was a difficult read for a couple of reasons. First, I thought it had a slow start. Second, the subject matter is so difficult for me handle in large doses. Nevertheless, I am glad I read it. I also finally tucked in to the final Gallagher Girls, United We Spy, by Ally Carter! I loved it. A perfect ending. The tenth volume of Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata was particularly adorable and entertaining and even had a bit of a cliffhanger! Gordon Korman has a new series out called The Hypnotists. It was a quick and exciting read and I will definitely follow the series. My other two books were graphic novels. Wars in Toyland  by Joe Harris and Sweet Tooth vol.1 by Jeff Lemire were both unusual and I very much enjoyed them. Oops! I forgot Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles! Another sexy addition to the Elkeles shelf.

Current Audio:

dream thieves life love elephants

I am really enjoying The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. My only complaint is that I can’t stand the voice the reader uses for Kavinsky. Otherwise, the story is moving along nicely with lots of twisty turns and a new and mysterious character. I am also continuing my nonfiction audio streak with Love, Life, and Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick.

Currently Reading:

house of hades monsters ashton place

House of Hades!!!! I am surprised to find myself lingering and savoring this one rather than greedily devouring it! I am still working on Monsters by Ilsa Bick in small, manageable doses. So horrific! I am also slowly picking at The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood.

On Deck:

sisters all our prep school

This month my department is reading Westerns, so I need to get started on The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt. I am also hoping to get to All Our Yesterday by Cristin Terrill and Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor.

What are you reading?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Beaches, Spies, and Bout of Books 8.0

I am ending the summer on a high note. I finally made it out to my aunt’s house for a beach day. She has lived in a little cottage on the shores of Lake Erie for my entire life. Her backyard is a small patch of pebbly beach and it’s a little piece of heaven. It’s just not summer without a day of swimming and hunting for sea glass. Somethings you just don’t outgrow.

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Ok. On to Monday business. I am participating in two read-a-thons this week!

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We are entering week three of the Gallagher Girls read-a-thon, hosted by Books As You Know It. This week we are reading Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter.

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Today is also the beginning of Bout of Books 8.0, hosted by Bout of Books.

BoB8.0-200x200In case you are interested, you can see my goals for the week here.

Finally, it’s time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for another It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? list.

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Finished:

drama cross my heart joyland secret keeper infinityglass

My favorites from this bunch are Joyland by Stephen King and The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Talk about fantastic storytelling! Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter was reread for me. It was fun to go back to the beginning and relive the introduction of Zack. Things are really going to take off now! Drama by Raini Telgemeier was kind of a letdown after Smile. The artwork wonderful, but I found the story to be lacking. I found the characters to be clichéd and stereotypical. Finally, I tore through Infinityglass, the final book in the Hourglass trilogy by Myra McEntire. It was a nice, solid ending, but I think the first book is still my favorite.

Current Audio:

prisoner of heaven wedding night

Currently Reading:

this song will save your life shadows explosive eighteen don't judge coldest

Yeah, I’m busy!

On Deck:

lemoncello rose under fire

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein are definitely on the top of my TBR list.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Getting Ready For Bout of Books 8.0

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YAY Read-a-thons! I have signed up for another round of Bout of Books. The week-long event starts on Monday (8/19) and it’s time to start setting some goals. If you aren’t signed up yet, I suggest you get busy. Then, grab this handy template and start planning your week.

Time Devoted to Reading

This one is easy. I read and listen everyday! I know that I will not be able to finish my audio books, but I am going to try complete the four books and two graphic novels listed.

My Goals

  • My primary goal for this week is to get caught up on my Goodreads reading goal. I am still a couple of books behind. Turns out that this was my #1 goal during BoB 7.0.
  • Visit and comment on some new-to-me blogs

Books to Read

Books:

  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
  • The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black
  • Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (started)

Graphic Novels:

  • War Brothers by Sharon E. McKay
  • Kill Shakespeare, vol. 1 by Conor McCreery

e-books:

  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (started)
  • Shadows by Ilsa Bick (started)

Audiobooks:

  • Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (started)

Updates

Monday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 210
Number of minutes I’ve listened today: 60
Total number of books I’ve finished: 0
Books:

  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Tuesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 182
Number of minutes I’ve listened today: 80
Total number of books I’ve finished: 1
Books:

  • Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Wednesday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 259
Number of minutes I’ve listened today: 41
Total number of books I’ve finished: 2
Books:

  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • Shadows by Ilsa Bick
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Thursday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 110
Number of minutes I’ve listened today: 75
Total number of books I’ve finished: 2
Books:

  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Shadows by Ilsa Bick
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Friday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 227
Number of minutes I’ve listened today: 70
Total number of books I’ve finished: 3
Books:

  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Shadows by Ilsa Bick
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Saturday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 104
Number of minutes I’ve listened today: 90
Total number of books I’ve finished: 3
Books:

  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Sunday
Number of pages I’ve read today: 136
Number of minutes I’ve listened today: 20
Total number of books I’ve finished: 4
Books:

  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Number of pages read: 1,228
Number of minutes listened: 436 (or 7.25 hours!)
Number of books finished: 4

Not bad!

An Abundance of Readathons!

I can’t believe it is already August! That means that the Summer Throwdown is over. I set a goal to read 20 books in July. I managed 18, which is still better than last year. I was just beginning to wonder what I was going to do next when I found two new readathons to join!

First up is a Gallagher Girls reread, hosted by Books As You Know It. I am excited about this because I rarely reread, but have been itching to revisit some favorites lately. This is the perfect excuse and I will be all ready for the September release of the final *sniff* book in the series, United We Spy.gallagher girls readathon

Here is the schedule:

July 29th-Aug.4th:
 SIGN UPS
Aug.5th-11th:
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You
August 12th-18th:
Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy
August 19th-25th:
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
August 26th-September 1st:
Only the Good Spy Young
September 2nd-8th:
Out of Sight, Out of Time


It’s not too late to sign up and Ally Carter is providing a prize!

Next up is Bout of Books 8.0.

BoB8.0-200x200“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”

I hate to say this, but the next Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is right around the corner on October 12.

Are you participating in any cool readathons? Let me know!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

Mondays With Megan-Bout of Books 7.0 Wrap Up

Um, it’s Monday already? How did that happen?!? I guess between birthday parties, baseball games, and a little bit of yard work (just enough to keep my yard from looking like an abandoned lot. I tell you, it is a total pain in the neck having a next door neighbor with a front yard like a golf course…so much pressure!) the time just flies by. It was so much fun I am ready to do it again. Despite all the running around and having fun, I managed to get a ton of reading done for the Bout of Books 7.0 Readathon. Here is one giant check-in post, and then I am off to prepare summer reading and fall programs.

Last week was the readathon, so my results post will double as my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post. This one little post is working triple time. Check out Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more Monday lists.

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Finished:

3 Graphic Novels

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The Walking Dead vol. 17: Something to Fear by Robert Kirkman is a devastating addition to this disturbing series. Seriously messed up. Actually, the same goes for American Vampire vol. 4 by Scott Snyder. Cardboard by Doug TenNapel was a bit tamer, but still featured monsters. It is no wonder I had some pretty creepy dreams last week. I need a rainbows and kittens cure ASAP! (In case you couldn’t tell, I thought ALL of these were awesome.)

3 Novels

45 pounds one moment game

I finished an e-galley of 45 Pounds by K.A. Barson. I admit I was worried that it was going to be a fat-girl-is-shunned-but-loses-weight-and-everything-is-perfect kind of story. It was not. And it was great! I am way behind on NetGalley reviews, but stay tuned because I swear I will get to it soon. My trip to the Ohioana Book Festival inspired me to catch up on some local authors, so I picked up One Moment by Kristina McBride. I really enjoyed hearing the author’s point of view on this dark read. It is a fast, compelling read that doesn’t get tied up with a pretty bow at the end. Finally, I spent the week hunting a serial killer. Game, by Barry Lyga was by far my favorite book from last week. I confess, I am a big baby and this one creeped the bejeezus out of me and gave me nightmares. I am desperate for the next book!

Bout of Book Totals:

Books Finished: 6
Pages Read: 1560
Minutes Listened: 438 (that’s 7.3 hours spent driving and walking the dog!)
Challenges: 2

Current Audio:

magicians lady almina

I am almost to the half way mark in The Magicians, but I still can’t say how I feel about it. I am definitely interested in finding out where the author is going with things!

Currently Reading:

rules wizard of oz

On a whim, I shoved aside the book I was planning to start today (As Dead As it Gets by Katie Alender…soon, I promise) and started The Rules by Stacey Kade. I am slowly enjoying Ozma of Oz by Eric Shanower. I love this graphic adaptation so much!

Current e-book:

for the good of mankind far far away

From NetGalley I have For the Good of Mankind? by Vicki Wittenstein. It is a short but grizzly nonfiction book about human medical experimentation. Once I finish I will start Far Far Away by Tom McNeal.

On Deck: ????

I am looking forward to good reading week! What about you?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan