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Mondays With Megan-I’d Rather Be in Bed Reading Today

My head is all stuffy and I am extra sleepy on this brisk Monday morning. This is the perfect excuse to lounge in bed with a book. Alas, I am not. But a girl can dream, right? I did not get much reading in this weekend because, to be completely honest, I watched a lot of television. I had a little coffeeshop/book time on Friday (A Feast For Crows!), but Saturday was work then play with little time or energy to read. I did however have an incredible meal and dining experience at the Greenhouse Tavern. Places like this really help with my hometown pride-Yay Cleveland! Yesterday I really felt blah so I planted myself on the couch and dove into season 7 of Weeds. I forgot how ridiculous and fun that show is! So, all in all not a very productive weekend, but sure did enjoy myself.

This is going to be a busy week-I have a healthy snacks from Earth Fare tomorrow, my Libba Bray road trip on Wednesday, and a practice SAT test here at the library on Saturday. In between I need to write some reviews! But that is getting a bit ahead of myself, because right now it’s time for a new list!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Be sure to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text for more great reading suggestions.

Finished:

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Review to come. I will say it was a quick and compulsive read.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I am so glad I gave this one another shot and I am excited for the next one.

 

Currently Reading:

Diviners by Libba Bray. I don’t know if I can speed read my way through this 600 page monster before Wednesday, but I am going to give it my best shot. It’s really good and creepy so far.

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed. This one is due out in January, just in time to get people excited about the new season of Downton Abbey. Ladies maids, ancestral estates, ambition, power, and secrets. Heck yeah! So excited.

Hot Six by Janet Evanovich. I did not have a new audio lined up, so it’s time to head back to reliable old Stephanie Plum. I will finish this series some day!

Expats by Chris Pavone. I should be finished listening to this one by the end of the week. It’s intriguing and full of twists and turns.

How about one last nod to summer?

Chick Loves Lit says

…book that reminds you of summer. How about books about travel and getting over a broken heart?

Unbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker and Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard totally fit the bill!

 

What book makes you think of summer?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

 

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Mondays With Megan-In Which I Fully Commit to George R.R. Martin and Recommend A…#11

I squeezed one last beach trip and a whole lot of reading into my weekend and it was fabulous! I got to see the sharks being fed at the aquarium (not as bloody and awesome as one would imagine) and Sunday was spent poking dead fish on the beach and digging for sea glass. Good times. As for my reading, I scrambled to finish everything that I had started so that I have dive back into the crazy world of George R.R. Martin. I realized that taking breaks in between books is not working for me. I can’t concentrate on the other books that I try to read because I can’t stop thinking about what is going to happen next for the Starks and Lannisters and dragons. Of course, just as I finally come to terms with fact that I need to read A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons immediately and without pause, a new MUST READ opportunity arose. At some point this week an advanced reader copy of The Diviners by Libba Bray will be coming my way. Normally this close to the publication date I would just wait my turn for the library copy, BUT….there’s a but. I am roadtripping to Cincinnati to see the fabulous Libba Bray next week and I want to be prepared. So the deal is I start A Feast for Crows, pause long enough to read The Diviners and then it’s all Game of Thrones all the time until I get to join the ranks of people desperate for the yet-to-be-published continuation of the saga. Because then I’ll feel so much better. Anyway. You know what today is…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great lists and tons of recommendations.

Finished:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas-This one has gotten lots of buzz and I really enjoyed it. It probably won’t make it onto a favorites list, but I will definitely recommend it and watch for the sequels.

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa-I did get lost in this one the same way I did with the original series, but I really enjoyed revisiting familiar characters and the new fey are pretty creepy/cool. I’m on board and will continue reading the series.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli-This is my Teen book club book and I read it in one sitting. It’s short and sweet and I hope my readers enjoyed it as much as I did.

Listening to:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor-It took a while, but I am hooked. The language and imagery in this book is beautiful and the story is definitely unique. I am glad I finally decided to give this one another chance.

The Expats by Chris Pavone-This spy novel is keeping me company on my walks.

 

This week:

The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure-I am plugging along and thoroughly enjoying this Little House on the Prairie inspired memoir.

The Diviners by Libba Bray.

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin.

I am so excited about my reading! What are you working on?

Chick Loves Lit is once again asking for some great reads. This week it’s time to

…book read on vacation. My vacation this year was almost entirely monopolized by A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, which I highly recommend, but I am worried about becoming a “one way monkey” (Project Runway anyone?), so I am going to recommend some other books that make great vacation reads.

For you mystery lovers, check out Tana French. The four books in her Dublin Murder Squad series are full psychological tension, perfectly flawed and realistic characters, and settings so vivid you will feel you are in Ireland. I devoured her most recent book just days before my vacation this year (I couldn’t wait!) and need more. They don’t need to be read in order, but here they are in order of publication:

Need a YA fix for vacation? How about some swoony, yet bada** vampires? Check out the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey.

Something less girly? How about something with spies, shapeshifters, and steampunk? I love Arthur Slade’s The Hunchback Assignments series.

What did you take on vacation?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Labor Day Weekend Edition and Recommend A…#10

Hi all! I am so proud of myself for planning ahead and getting this post ready. I hope you are enjoying a long weekend. My weekend agenda included chores (yard work, carpet removal, ugh), reading, and hanging out with the family. Yay reading time! It’s time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  

Finished: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. These are some tough acts to follow! Wow.

 

Currently Reading (or listening): Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas, The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa (so close to being done!)

 

I hope to also get to: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

   

What are you working on this week?

Meanwhile, Chick Loves Lit has asked me to

…a blog with similar taste to mine. I follow a number of blogs and not all of them have the same taste as me. I seem to have a lot in common with My One Hundred Adventures. I love the blogging tips and reviews at Small Review and one of my favorite new book blogs is My Sister’s Bookshelf.

What do you recommend?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Rainy Day Blues, What Are You Reading, and Recommend A…#9

It’s a rainy Monday morning here in Cleveland and I have to confess that this gray weather totally matches my mood. I wish I was back home in bed with my book. Alas, it is not meant to be so, time to buck up and get busy!

In non-book related news, I finally finished watching the fifth and final season of Friday Night Lights. I never thought I would fall in love with a show about high school football, but I did. If you missed it while it was on the air (like me), I highly recommend going back and giving it a shot. I am trying to figure out who I am going to talk into watching it with me again!

On to book news. Let’s check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for another edition of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  

My major accomplishment of the week? I finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King! You guys, it was amazing. Five stars. Everyone should read it, even people who say they don’t like Stephen King. I also finished Cinderella: Fables Are Forever by Chris Roberson. It’s an interesting spin-off, but I don’t love it like I love Fables.

I cannot start a new book until I have finished the one that is currently monopolizing all the space in my brain that is allotted for books. I am still working on:

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. I really thought I would finish this weekend, but I spent yesterday outside in the woods and then later running errands. I’ll finish this week.

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa. This Iron Fey spin-off is great! I am about half way through and hope to finish this week so I can start Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siohban Dowd.

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Meh. Keeps me distracted while I am walking and jogging.

I do have one new book for this week:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is my new book on CD. I did a lot of driving this weekend so I may finish it up this week. If I do, next up is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I tried to read it, but couldn’t get into it. Maybe I will enjoy it more if someone reads to me? Admittedly, I did not get very far the first time.


When I finish A Storm of Swords I will read Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas. Hopefully all this awesome reading material will put an end to my cranky mood! Now for some recommendations.

Chick Loves Lit says:

…book with a character who plays a sport. I have two for you.

1. Pop by Gordon Korman. You can read my review for more details, but I love this book about football.


Looking for a female lead?

2. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian.

Megan Meade is a star soccer player in this cute romance.

Ok, that’s all for me today.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-End of Summer Reading and Recommend A…#8

Hi All! I’m back from my relaxing staycation and getting ready for back to school at the library. Last week I missed checking in with my favorite Monday memes, but I am back on track now. So, rather than dwelling on the fact that summer is almost over (actually, I am totally fine with saying goodbye to the summer heat. Give me cool fall days!) let me fill you in on how I have been spending my time.

First let’s check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
 

Finished since my last check-in:

I absolutely love Tana French, and her newest addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series does not disappoint! Insurgent was on my TBR list for the summer. I loved it (holy twist at the end!) and also enjoyed crossing it off the list. A review of Darkest Minds will be forthcoming. The others were enjoyable, but not very noteworthy.

I am still working on 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I am on disc 25 of 30 and while I am desperate to know how things end up for Jake Epping, I will be sad when in is over. It’s that good. I don’t know what I will pick to listen to next as this will be a tough act to follow. I am considering Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein or A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Decisions, decisions.

Currently reading:

Ok, so A Storm of Swords is totally monopolizing my time. The Lost Prince is an ARC on my Nook that I have been reading in fits and starts and Agnes and the Hitman is my new Playaway for walks/runs. I have finally accepted the fact that I am just not going to get other reading done until I am all caught up with the A Song of Ice and Fire saga. I apologize now and in advance to all the books I have been and will be neglecting in favor of George R.R. Martin’s book crack. I will take a teeny-tiny break after A Storm of Swords so that I can read Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas. Everything else will just have to wait.

What are you reading?

Moving on.

How about some recommendations? Let’s visit Chick Loves Lit for this week’s Recommend A…

…2012 Debut Author. I am a little embarrassed to admit that I have not read very many 2012 debuts. I am not sure why. But, I definitely have two that I highly recommend, and that’s all I really need for today, right?

Do you love a good fractured fairy tale or retelling? You will want to check out Cinder by Marissa Meyer. It is so darn awesome. Cinderella as a cyborg. Brilliant.

I really struggle with nonfiction, but I do enjoy good memoir. For a laugh-out-loud read, check out Jenny Lawson’s (The Bloggess) hilarious and heartfelt autobiography, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I seriously have a new appreciation for taxidermied animals. I never thought I would say something like that. But it’s true.

What amazing debut have I missed this year? Let me know so I can start a list!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Vacation On My Mind and Recommend A…#7

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? I jam-packed mine with lots of good stuff! I went to a local art festival, explored a new hiking trail with my dog and nephews, hit the pool, and I even managed to squeeze in some episodes of Friday Night Lights, season 5 and get some reading in! I am now busy planning my vacation reading. A Storm of Swords, it’s almost time!

Let’s check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for another edition of It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

 

Finished: The Litigators by John Grisham, Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge, and Locke & Key Vol. 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill.

 

The first book was fine and enjoyable, the second was odd and full of amazing art, and the third is my new obsession. I need more Locke & Key.

Still working on: 11/22/63 by Stephen King and The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

I love the meandering storytelling!

This book is way too long. Other than that, I haven’t decided yet how I like it.

Almost finished with: Broken Harbor by Tana French. ♥

I’ll finish this tonight.

New Audio: Don’t Look Twice by Andrew Gross. This is my walking/running thriller.

Looking Ahead: I’ll be on vacation, who knows what I will be in the mood for!

What are you reading?

This week Chick Loves Lit is asking us to

…book that was recommended to me. My entry is short and sweet this week.

By the time I finished listening to this audiobook I was ready to pack my bags and head west!

Thank you, Dana for recommending The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton. I loved it!

Next up, for all dystopian/sci-fi fans I recommend The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

I still need to finish the series!

What are you recommending?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-So Much Summer Reading and Recommend A…#6

Good Morning Monday! Holy cow, did I get some reading done last week…and the only thing I neglected was yard work. Let’s just get down to business and check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and Chick Loves Lit for Recommend A…

First up, time to brag about all the awesome reading I finished. I love spending my days off with a book and a latte.

I finished a whole lot of awesome: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, Fables: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham, I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern, City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (I have now read 4 of my 11 summer reads), and My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf.

I am still working on: 11/22/63 by Stephen King, The Litigators by John Grisham, and The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

So excited to start: Broken Harbor by Tana French. I love her Dublin Murder Squad series.

Started, but feeling lukewarm about: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. This 2012 debut has gotten some really good reviews so I am going to stick with it a little longer.

I have a little more time off this week too, so who knows what I’ll get through. What are you reading this week?

…First book in a series. Oh boy, I love my series! I always recommend Gone by Michael Grant and Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter and of course I highly recommend The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

If you like The Hunger Games, try Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

If you like Gallagher Girls and paranormal, try Maggie Quinn: Girl vs Evil by Rosemary Clement-Moore.

And two series I want everyone to read:

The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan and Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer.

                 

What are your favorite series?

That’s all for me today. Happy Reading!

˜Megan