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Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Classics (and a Few I Want to Read) and Random Reads 7/1/14

Holy Moley, it’s July! We are at the half-way point of 2014. The new month means a new Random Read, a monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

random reads

Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read The Originals by Cat Patrick. This book is perfect for readers curious about science fiction, but maybe worried about it being to science-y. Make sense?

My July selection is #17 on my To Read list, Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White. I actually own this book and still haven’t read it! I added it to the list September 20, 2012.

chaos of the stars

Next order of business, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking classics. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read many classics since I finished school….ages and ages ago. A few that I was required to read have stuck with me, a few I pursued on my own and enjoyed, and some are on some theoretical TBR list. So, my list is a mixed bag. As usual.


1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love Atticus Finch. I love that he does the right thing, not the easy thing.


2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I read this on my own, to fill in gaps in my education. It was challenging and rewarding and it inspired me to continue reading classics. That lasted for about a year….


3. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This book was read to me (and a class of second graders) while I was doing student teaching. I have often revisited Oz and stories of Oz. I adore this graphic adaptation!

wizard of oz


4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I tend to prefer “modern classics” over older classics.

fahrenheit 451

5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This one is well on its way to classics status.

book thief

6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s been ages since I read this one, but I remember like it.

in cold blood

7. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. I just read this YA classic for the first time and was surprised by how much I liked it.

chocolate war

Classics I May Read…Someday:

8. Dune by Frank Herbert. I never really read science fiction or fantasy when I was younger. Now that I have discovered how much I enjoy current books in those genres I should check out some classics.


9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I bought this one recently. Maybe I will read it someday.

great expectations

10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. There is much discussion of the Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the great western migration in The Boys in the Boat, the book I am currently listening to. It might be time to visit this classic, now that I have some other context for the story.

grapes of wrath

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan: Bout of Books 10 Wrap-up/What Are You Reading? 5/19/14

Happy Monday, dear readers! Did everyone have a nice weekend? Did you squeeze in some reading time? I got a lot of listening in, but I think that I am in a bit of a reading slump when it comes to using my own eyeballs. There are a number of factors contributing to this, but I have isolated the one thing that I can actually change. I need to loosen up on the “rules.” I have really enjoyed having my teens pick books for me to read and for the most part, I have enjoyed their choices. I have also enjoyed participating in the Random Reads meme. However, with two book clubs, two teen’s choices, and a random read each month, there is less time to just read what I want to read. I had hoped a loosely structured readathon like Bout of Books would help, but sadly, I really dropped the ball on that one. Now that I am aware of what is hanging me up, I think I am going to take the summer “off” and just read whatever I want. Oh, the troubles that plague us readers, right? Despite my self-perceived slum, I managed to finish a few things last week.

mondayreading new monday

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


rebel belle chocolate war rules for breaking rosie project

  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins was so much fun! The story was fresh (this is the first teen Paladin I have encounter outside of Dungeons & Dragons!) with plenty of action, sass, and romance.
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier is a YA classic. I honestly didn’t know much about it going in. This story is dark, disturbing, and stands the test of time.
  • The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston is the sequel to her thriller, The Rules for Disappearing. Again, a fresh story (a teen in witness protection) and lots of danger and suspense.
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is definitely my favorite of the bunch. This debut novel is so quirky and sweet and I loved every minute of the audiobook.

Current Audio:

this is where i leave you prisoner of night and fog

Currently Reading:

messenger enchantment buzz kill bzrk 3

On Deck:

museum article 5 raging star

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan…It’s Been Awhile Edition & Bout of Books 10 5/12/14

Hi Friends! It’s been awhile since my last post. I had some time off, both planned and unplanned and now I have to get caught up on a bunch of work. Of course, I decided to start with the fun stuff-making lists! At the top of my sort of overwhelming to-do list: blog. Despite having a week off, I really did not get a ton of reading completed. Luckily there is a readathon starting today! I will be joining Bout of Books 10 for a week-long event.


“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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team”


1. Finish all Currently Reading books (see below)
2. Finish all Current Audio (see below)
3. Read The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder and BZRK: Apocalypse by Michael Grant

mondayreading new monday

It’s also time for another It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts


geography of you and me  accident little brother  love life storm front stuck in neutral

  • The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith is another  cute romance added to her collection of works. It was just what I had expected and I enjoyed it very much.
  • The Accident by Chris Pavone was a thrilling book about a book!
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is a complex cyberpunk tale. It is the story of a teen hacker who finds himself in trouble with Homeland Security. Despite the complex computer concepts that were totally over my head, this was an awesome and disturbing audiobook.
  • Love Life by Rob Lowe is the follow-up to his previous autobiography. This is another moving, insightful, and entertaining offering from Lowe. His writing has made me a bigger fan and I highly recommend the audio, as it is read by the author.
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher is the first book in The Dresden File series. I needed a new series to dig into and this was the perfect book for me. I can tell that Harry Dresden, the slightly sexist, sarcastic, and oddly gentlemanly wizard and I are going to become pals. Lucky for me there are plenty of books to catch up on!
  • Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman is my middle school book club selection for May. It tells the story of a boy with Cerebral Palsy who believes his father wants to kill him.

Current Audio:

chocolate war rosie project

I am really enjoying the controversial classic by Robert Cormier, The Chocolate War. I am loving The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Currently Reading:

i am the messenger rebel belle rules enchantment

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak is a reread for book club and I am enjoying as much as the first time through. Rebel Belle is the incredibly fun new book by Rachel Hawkins. The Rules for Breaking is the sequel to The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Easton. It is sitting abandoned on my Nook, just waiting for me to jump back on the elliptical machine. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card was a Teen’s Choice pick and I am really struggling to get into it.


dear killer

That’s right. I totally abandoned one of my most highly anticipated books of the year. I quit when I got to the part where she describes her first kill at age 9. With her bare hands. Nope, not buying it.

On Deck:

museum  serpent bzrk 3

Happy Reading!