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Mondays With Megan-Summer Fun 7/21/14

Last week, on the coldest day of the summer, the library hosted a Luau on the Lawn. So much fun was had! We played musical beach blankets, had a limbo contest (boy, those kids were bendy!), there was a Nerf archery contest, an Iron Chef contest, and we topped it all off with a water balloon toss and fight. Good times were had by all!

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 This is just half of the balloons we had on hand! Also, how cool is it that my hibiscus got its first two blooms on the morning of our party?

This morning I gave away another fantastic basket! This week’s prize basket includes a make-your-own slushee kit, the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, cookies, candy, Chipotle coupons, and of course, books! I think it’s another fun one. You can’t win if you don’t play, so be sure to stop in and see us. We are down to our last two prize baskets, so it’s now or never.

I am still working on my Summer Reading Throwdown Challenge. I pledged to finish 12 books in July. I am on track to exceed that number. Nine down, three to go, with ten days left. No problemo!

Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 Finished:

fool moon landline rithmatist in the shadows

  • Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is the second installment of The Dresden Files. I am definitely a fan of this urban fantasy series starring a wizard and the Chicago PD.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell is yet another fun, romantic offering from the author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Big fan, here!
  • The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is the first in a steampunk-y series. It took a while for me to warm up to this one, but in the end I really liked it! Sign me up for more!
  • In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo is a unique collaboration of story and art. Both the text and the images tell the story of a secret society of immortals and the young man who is trying to stop them.

Current Audio:

dreams of gods and monsters that night

I don’t ever want Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor to end. Ever. It is so beautiful and horrific. I also started That Night by Chevy Stevens, a new suspense/thriller.

Currently Reading:

juliet immortal amity chaos of the stars chapel wars

I am still trying to find my next big read. You know, that book you just can’t put down? The one you think about when you aren’t reading it? These books that I am working on are fine and I am enjoying them, but I am not lost in any of them. I want to be lost! Suggestions?

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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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!

Mondays with Megan and What Are You Reading? 7/29/13

Happy Monday! I really wish I had something exciting to report, but most of my free time these days is being spent with my 91-year-old grandmother. Her health is declining and I am soaking up all the gma awesomeness that I can. Friday she taught me how to make her version of Chex Mix. This Friday I finally get the secret cheesecake recipe. Score! Now that I am back from vacation I am also getting a lot more reading done. That seems so backwards, but it’s true. Since I am sleepy and can’t really think of anything clever to say, I am going to just skip right to list of books. Thanks to Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for hosting It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Finished

last word since you asked who is ac whit & will bone house

The Last Word by Lisa Lutz is the sixth and final (?) document in the Spellman Files. I love this series and recommend it all the time to people looking for a light, fun read with quirky characters. Since You Asked by Maurene Goo is a debut novel starring a snarky and sarcastic Korean-American teen. This is a NetGalley book and I will have a review up soon. I hope. In an attempt to pad my stats for the Summer Throwdown (I am way behind on my goal), I read a couple of graphic novels. The first was Who is AC? by Hope Larson. It was just ok. The story was a little weird and confusing. I also read Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge, which I loved. Finally, I finished listening to The Bone House by Brian Freeman, which was a suspenseful mystery/thriller that kept me thoroughly entertained while I pulled weeds this weekend.

Currently Listening:

finnikin secret keeper

In my car I have Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. To be honest, I am not loving it. Yet. I mean, it’s good. I am interested in the characters and the story, but I think that if I was reading the book I might be inclined to set it down. I had a similar experience with Jellicoe Road, which I ended up loving, so I am hopeful. I also just snagged The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton on Playaway. My coworker raved about this one and she never steers me wrong. I am excited to take this one walking with the dog.

Currently Reading:

monsters of men rose under fire cinder summer up in flames

I am kind of all over the place and not fully committed to any of these. Cinder is a reread for book club. The problem is that I have a huge stack of books that I am dying to read, but I am not ready to abandon any of these. I really need to sit down with Monsters of Men because I am about a third of the way in and things are intense. I am sure it will be a brilliant ending to an amazing series.

On Deck:

coldest just like fate

I have two ARCs that I can’t wait to read!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Summer Throwdown!

Happy Monday. Oh, so happy first official day of vacation Monday…Since I haven’t left town yet, I thought I would take a break from pre-vaca errands and tell you about the Summer Throwdown and  the one and only book that I finished last week.

I was so excited to learn that there was going to be another Summer Throwdown. Last year it was Teachers vs. Librarians. They changed things up this year and now its more of a You vs. You kind of deal. Last year I read 14 books during the throwdown. This year I am going to try for 20 books between July 1 and July 31. I know it’s not us vs them this year, but I am still totally on the librarian team.

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Ok, since it’s Monday, and my friend MB was worried about missing my Monday lists, let’s move on to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? For more great lists you can also check out Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts

Finished:

aristotle and dante

I think I have needed a break from all the paranormal, because I have just been loving the contemporary picks lately. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, is a beautiful coming of age story. Worthy of all the awards and accolades. The reader for the audio was also super. I am glad I finally read this special book.

Current Audio:

how to save a life secrets to the grave

Continuing with my contemporary fiction theme, I am finally getting around to a Sara Zarr book. Things are really starting to get good in Secrets to the Grave!

Currently Reading:

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On Deck:

My Nook is full, I have hours and hours of books on CD, and more books than I can possibly read in two and a half weeks on the farm, but darn it, I like choices! Stay tuned!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

Let’s Get This Party Started! April 2013 Readathon.

Good Morning Readers! Hour 1 is here (and almost over!) so it’s time for an introductory post.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

My Answers:

1. Good morning from SUNNY Cleveland, Ohio!
2. I am overwhelmed with all of my options! I can’t wait to read the new Walking Dead graphic novel and I am looking forward to another Stephanie Plum novel. I think I am on number 15.
3. I think I have a snack for every book! Right now I am most excited about consuming copious amounts of coffee. I am pretty excited about some of the treats my reading buddy is making too.
4. My name is Megan and I am the Teen Librarian. I come from a big family (oldest of 8) and cannot imagine a life without cheese and ice cream.
5. This is my third time participating and I am running on less sleep this year than last, so my revised plan is to just stay awake!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

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Here is a ridiculous picture of me (left, mouth open!) and one of my sisters. The horses, Nemo and Rojo belong to our other sister. She snapped this one just as her neighbor’s horse snuck up behind her. Like a reverse photo bomb.

Book Puzzles-Dewey Mini-Challenge Hour 9

It’s already Hour 9! This hour’s mini-challenge is hosted by One Librarian’s Book Reviews and it’s a fun one. In fact, I believe I started following this blog after my last Read-a-thon.

Here are my puzzles:

 

And:

I loved these books! I highly recommend them!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

My 2011 Reading In Review

Way back in January I set some reading goals for myself. In order to meet those goals I joined a bunch of reading challenges. Well, today is judgment day. How did I do? Before I continue I would like to apologize for the lack of pictures and graphics in this post, but I promise if you continue to the end there will be a very adorable and totally non-book related picture for you.

Challenge #1: Audiobooks 360+/200 hours

I signed up to listen to 200 hours. I seriously underestimated this one. In fact, I can’t even add up the hours listened. I listened to 45 audiobooks. If each one is about 8 hours that means I listened to at least 360 hours of audio. That is a lot of driving and dog walking! The lame part? I think I checked in with the challenge host 2-3 times.

Challenge #2: 2011 Debut Authors Challenge 18/27

I signed up to read 27, which is how many 2010 debut books I read last year. I am not sure why I did not meet this goal. Again, I did not check in with the host.

Challenge # 3: Goodreads Challenge Yourself to Read More 203/200

I rocked this one! I still can’t believe I read 203 books this year. I am not sure how to feel about it either. On the one hand, I read some awesome books. On the other hand, could I have been doing other equally awesome things instead? Hmm.

Challenge #4: Graphic Novel Challenge 58/10

This is another challenge I dominated. I discovered that I LOVE graphic novels. I checked in with the host once or twice. Are you noticing a patteren here? I am.

Challenge #5: YA Historical Fiction Challenge 11/12

I was so closes with this one. Despite not meeting the specific goals of thechallenge, I read a lot of HFIC this year. In addition to the 11 YA books, I read eight adult historical fiction novels. That is huge for me. Again, I did not check in with the host.

I had other reading goals that I did not actually put in writing. I wanted to find a better balance between my adult and YA reading. I was incredibly successful in that venture. I read or listened to 60 adult books and graphic novels. I also wanted to read more nonfiction. I read seven works of nonfiction. Last year I read six, so that’s an improvement, right?

And now for your promised dose of adorable:

That’s my dog Lexi in her Christmas finery, enjoying her present from Santa. Cute, right? But you were promised adorable! Fine. Check this out:

 That’s Cleo. She’s new to the fam (my brother’s pup, not mine) and freaking adorable.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan