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Mondays with Megan-It’s Monday! What Are You

Happy Monday! I spent all of last week in lovely Cincinnati, Ohio attending the Ohio Library Council Conference and Expo. I am still trying to digest all the great information I picked up…and catch up on all the normal stuff I missed here at the library, so this check in will be short and sweet. I read some books. I listened to some books. I binged all of The Mindy Project. I am excited Supernatural season 10 dropped on Netflix. My friend got to meet Rainbow Rowell and she got me a signed copy of Carry On! That’s a pretty good week, if you ask me!

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

Finished:

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  • Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen-♥♥♥♥. This is a reimagining of the Peter Pan story, told from Hook’s point of view. Forget everything you thought knew about Neverland and Peter’s band of Lost Boys! This is a magical and fantastical adventure!
  • Stand Off  by Andrew Smith-♥♥♥♥. This sequel to Winger starts with a new school year, Ryan Dean West’s senior year. In addition to having a claustrophobic 12-year old as a roommate, Ryan Dean struggles with the emotional aftermath of losing his best friend. This book did not engage me in the way Winger did, but I am not the target audience. Ryan Dean has an amazing teen voice and coping with anxiety is an important topic. A welcomed sequel.
  • Alex + Ada, vol. 3 by Sarah Vaughn-♥♥♥♥. The story arc that began with volumes 1 and 2 comes to a surprising conclusion. Fear and hatred of sentient robots is rising and Alex and Ada are in increasing danger. The events in this volume took me by surprise and I am intrigued to see where the story goes.
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys-♥♥♥♥♥. As WWII draws to an end thousands of refugees look to escape East Prussia. The luxury ship Wilhelm Gustloff offers the promise of freedom. Among the refugees are Florian, Emilia, and Joana are among the crowd. They are all strangers and they all have secrets, but working together they may survive. This book is due out in February and you will want to grab it up the second you see it. Ruta Septys delivers another devastating work of historical fiction. Powerful and heartbreaking, she once again brings light to lesser known atrocities of WWII.

Current Audio:

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I am almost finished with The Martian and I am currently between audiobooks on my phone. I can’t decide what I am in mood for right now.

Currently Reading:

This rarely happens, but today I get to pick all new books to read! I need to pick a print book and an e-book. I have so many choices my head is spinning! I think I am going to start with these:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-My Fall 2015 TBR List-9/22/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is our fall TBR list. I am notoriously bad at completing my seasonal TBR lists. I love making them, but then always seem to get distracted with other things. Such is life…

1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. I own this one and can’t believe I have not devoured it yet. I am saving it for a rainy afternoon in a coffee shop. The weather is just too nice for this book right now.

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2. Winter by Marissa Meyer. There will be not delaying reading this when it is available. In fact, I will probably buy it.

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3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I am really excited to see how this book turned out. I loved the Simon Snow fan fiction in Fangirl!

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4. Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I love when we get a new series from Riordan!

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5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I have an ARC of this book, but I think I am actually going to wait for the audio book.

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6. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. A patron has been telling me to read Terry Pratchett for ages. I am overwhelmed by Discworld, but he assures me that I can just jump in with this one. I am going to listen to the book on cd.

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7. Fluke by Christopher Moore. This is more “assigned” reading by the very same person! I really love this part of my job. It’s a fun relationship I have with this patron. He agrees to take my recommendations if I agree to take his. I do love Christopher Moore, and this is one of the very few of his that I haven’t read.

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8. Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan. HALT AND CROWLEY BECOMING RANGERS YES I WANT THIS RIGHT NOW I AM SO EXCITED.

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9. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith. I am waiting until I have a day to read this is one sitting, like I read Winger a few years ago. LOVE.

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10. Graphic Novels Galore! I can’t wait to get caught up on some of my favorite series!

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan-9/9/15

98a84-waitingonwednesdayIt’s been ages since I have posted a Waiting on Wednesday post! This weekly meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming new releases that we just can’t wait to get our hands on!

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
October 6, 2015

From Goodreads.com

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Fall is always better with a new Rick Riordan book! I am so excited to get to know a new set of demigods.

 

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After Alice by Gregory Maguire
October 27, 2015

From Goodreads.com

From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis’s Carroll’s beloved classic

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings — and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late — and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

I love retellings and reimaginings and I have been on a Wonderland kick for a while now. Can’t wait!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tueday-Most Anticipated Releases for the Remainder of 2015-6/9/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, gives some love to all the highly anticipated books set to be scheduled at the end of this year. Many of us have been waiting forever for some of the these books and now that their pub dates are closer they actually have covers. And exact release dates. Yay for new books!

1. Armada by Ernest Cline. July 14. A coming-of-age/alien invasion story from the author of Ready Player One? YES, PLEASE! Also, please have Wil Wheaton narrate the audio.

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2. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. August 18. I loved Huntley Fitzpatrick’s debut, My Life Next Door, so I can’t wait to see what is in store for readers in this companion book.

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3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. August 25. This much anticipated sequel to The Diviners is finally going to be available! I am so excited. And scared.

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4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. August 27. This sounds like another slightly surreal offering from the author of the Chaos Walking trilogy. I am confident it will be awesome.

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5. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. September 1. I am excited for another girl disguised as a boy Wild West adventure. I loved Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee and of course, Jackie Faber, is my favorite girl who hides as a boy, so this one sounds like it is right up my alley!

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6. Stand-Off  by Andrew Smith. September 8. I read Winger in one sitting, and what a roller coaster sitting it was! I can’t wait for more Ryan Dean West.

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7. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. September 15. I think Leila Sales is so underrated as a YA author. Her books are fun, relevant, and I think her voice gets stronger with each new book.

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8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. September 29. More from the Grisha-verse! YES!

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9. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. October 6. Magnus Chase is Riordan’s newest hero and he is the son of a Norse god. Hooray for VIKING myths!  Woot!

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10. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. October 6. I am still wrapping my head around this one. A new novel based on the fictional fan fiction in her previous book, which is totally Harry Potter fan fiction. I am excited for more Simon Snow and Baz.

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11. Winter by Marissa Meyer. November 10. Fairest was fantastic, but I am really eager to continue with the main Lunar Chronicles storyline.

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Now I am off to look at other lists to see what I have missed!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Authors I Want to Meet 5/12/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about that often elusive but always thrilling event-the author meeting! I have been so fortunate to meet many of my favorite authors, especially considering the fact that authors seem to avoid Cleveland like the plague. It’s all Columbus and Cincinnati, blah, blah, blah. Where’s the love for the 216?!? I have had to do a ton of driving to meet authors. I even drove to Michigan to meet Scott Westerfeld. Totally worth it. While I have checked some big names off my list (Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Michael Grant, John Flanagan, and Carrie Ryan to name a few), there are still tons more who I would love to meet.

1. A.S. King. She is top in my list for a reason. She’s my favorite. I love what she has to say and would drive to Michigan if I had to in order to meet her.

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2. Liani Taylor. I want more! I love the world of her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.

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3. Markus Zusak. While the rest of the world obsesses over The Book Thief (which I really did love), I quietly sit by and reread I am the Messenger.

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4. Ally Carter. I really want to be a Gallagher Girl. So bad.

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5. J.K. Rowling. No brainer.

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6. Rick Riordan. Another no brainer.

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7. Cat Winters. Cat Winters writes historical fiction that I want to read!

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8. Marissa Meyer. Oh, goodness. I love this woman’s twisted tales.

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9. Derek Landy. Skulduggery Pleasant is my newest obsession. And he has a new trilogy coming out. Please hurry and set a U.S. release date!

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10. Robin LaFevers. Medieval French assassin nuns. That’s more historical fiction I can get into!

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Bonus: Adult Authors

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              Stephen King                Tana French       Rainbow Rowell          Lisa Lutz

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-All Time Favorite Authors-4/21/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is so cruel! Ten favorite authors of all time?? Grr. In no particular order…

1. A.S. King has the ability to write the most heartbreakingly flawed characters. Their lives are complex and complicated. Things are painful and messy, and yet, there is always hope, growth, and redemption. When I am feeling snarky I like to tell people A.S. King writes all of the feels (with a bunch of weird thrown in as a bonus) as John Green with none of the pretension. If I *had* to pick my favorite A.S. King novel, I would off you my top 3:

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2. Ally Carter is my go-to for good, clean, action-packed fun. I hand The Gallagher Girls to the 10-year-old who swears she is finished with the children’s department. I give The Gallagher Girls to the teen who doesn’t want all sorts of kissy romance mucking up a good story. Ditto for Heist Society. And now she has started a new series, Embassy Row, which is a bit darker and lots of fun!

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3. Libba Bray can write! Whether you are in the mood for a Victorian-era fantasy, a hilarious satire, or a terrifying 1920’s horror story, she’s got you covered! Also, she’s in a band, Tiger Beat. She’s the best kind of weird, delightful in person, and her blog is a treasure trove of powerful, personal information. She rocks (and so does Balder, the garden gnome from Going Bovine).

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4. Scott Westerfeld is another author on my auto-read list. His book, Uglies, was the first YA novel I read as an adult in library school. I was hooked! I once drove from Cleveland to Michigan to attend an author signing. I am a little ashamed to admit that I own Afterworlds, but haven’t read it yet. I also need to add Goliath to my personal library.

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5. John Flanagan is by go-to for reluctant readers, especially boys. The first few books in The Ranger’s Apprentice series are on the short side so they aren’t overwhelming. One of my favorite things about this series is that they are packed with positive messages without being lame or heavy-handed. Loyalty, friendship, and doing the right thing even when it is the hard thing are ongoing themes throughout the series. Add in Halt’s dry humor and you have a winner!

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6. Rick Riordan needs no explanation, right? And how excited are you for Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series?!?

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7. Marissa Meyer is a relative newcomer, but her Lunar Chronicles series is one of my favorites and I am excited to see how the series ends and what she has in store for her fans in the future.

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8. Katie Alender writes my style of horror. Admittedly, I am pretty wimpy when it comes to scary stuff, so I find her books to be the perfect blend of spooky and downright scary. Actually, Rosemary Clement-Moore should also be on this as well. Horror and humor, that’s how I like my scary! Oh, and Lish McBride! See, ten is just impossible.

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9. Derek Landy is another new favorite. I am quite vocal about my obsession with Skulduggery Pleasant.

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10. L.A. Meyer passed away last July, but not before completing the Bloody Jack series. This is definitely one of my all-time favorites. The audiobooks are amazing and I have no doubt that I will listen to this series again.

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 Non-YA Favorites include:

Tana French, Sarah Addison Allen, Alan Bradley, Stephen King, Lisa Lutz, and Liane Moriarty.

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday-Best of 2014-12/16/14

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is the hardest list of the year! I have already made one favorites of 2014 list. This one will be strictly YA. I mean, why not?

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is hands down my absolute favorite book of 2014. I will definitely be reading this again.

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2. Grave Mercy & Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to these. I just bought myself Mortal Hearts this weekend.

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3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I am still going through Karou and Akiva withdrawal. This was one of the most stunning and lyrical series I have ever read. I LOVED the audio.

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4. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. It was sad to say goodbye to my young demigod friends, but this was a satisfying ending and I look forward to new adventures with new heroes.

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5. Cress by Marissa Meyer. I think that this series improves with each book. I am desperate for more.

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6. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This was such a sweet contemporary romance.

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7. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2014. It is a wickedly delightful take on Oz.

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8. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I am very selective about historical fiction. My rule is: Always select anything Ruta Sepetys writes!

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9. All Fall Down by Ally Carter. I was so fortunate to get an advanced reader copy of this first book in her new series. Fans will not be disappointed!

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10. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. This new-to-me series has become a bit of an addiction. Interestingly enough, it coincides with my new-to-me obsession with Supernatural. Totally late to the party, but so happy I made it!

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I am not finished reading these yet, but they definitely have earned an honorable mention:

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Finally, I know I said this list was going to be all YA, but I would wholeheartedly recommend these two adult books to teen readers. I loved them both for very different reasons.

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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