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Top Ten Tuesday-Dream Writing Duos-10/13/15

toptentuesdayThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about our dream writing pairs. Can you imagine what would happen if your favorite authors teamed up and wrote together? Just imagine it!

1. A.S. King and Libba Bray. Can you imagine the feminist manifesto this duo could create?

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2. A.S. King and Marcus Zusak. Everyone always goes on and on about John Green and all the feels. Well, I think these two brilliantly write all the feels on a much deeper level.

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3. Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo. Can you imagine the gorgeous fantasy baby these ladies would produce? *Sigh*

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4. Cat Winters and Ruta Sepetys. When in comes to historical fiction these two can do no wrong.

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5. Mike Mullin and Michael Grant. Whether it’s natural disasters or technological disasters, these guys have the ability to scare the bejeezus out of me!

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6. John Flanagan and Scott Westerfeld. Despite writing very different types of books, I love that both of these writers have created characters that I truly love. Also, they have created some pretty cool worlds.

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7. Rainbow Rowell and Ally Carter. I think I am on to something here, I’m just now sure what yet.

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8. Ernest Cline and Brandon Sanderson. How about a video game/superhero mash-up? Yes, please!

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9. Jonathon Stroud and Jasper Fforde. I really appreciate the wit from these two. Imagine how very British their books would be!

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10. Jandy Nelson and Benjamin Alire Saenz. This would be another contemporary fiction power couple.

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

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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-ALL TIME FAVORITES 2012-2015 3/3/15

Before I get into this week’s Top Ten list, I want to share this blog post that was written by one of my favorite YA authors, A.S. King. Not only is she a brilliant writer, but based on articles like this, she is obviously an amazing human being. I urge any of you who work with or live with teenagers to take a moment and read what she has to say. This post came from hippodilly circus. Once you are finished, come on back for some TTT fun!

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This week for Top Ten Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish are looking for our all-time favorites (from the past 3-5 years).

From 2012:

1. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride. Devilishly dark humor.

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2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I just loved this sweet romance.

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3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Totally obsessed with cyborg Cinder.

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4. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt. There’s just something about Doug and the birds.

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5. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. This is one of the few books that I have read more than once. I think I have read it three times now. I adore it so much.

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6. The Diviners by Libba Bray. This one was so creepy!

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From 2013:

7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. This one is never on the shelf at the library because I keep making people read it.

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8. Winger by Andrew Smith. I read this one in one sitting on my front porch.

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From 2014:

9. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I can’t believe it took me so long to pick this one up. I now own the series. I still need to read the last one.

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10. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. I tend to become a little obsessed when I find something I like. Current obsession is this series.

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11. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. This is the type of romance books I like.

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12. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. ALL. MY. LOVE.

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13. Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys. This is the kind of book that makes me read historical fiction.

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If you are in my neighborhood, stop in the Teen Room and check out the Top Ten Tuesday display. I am trying something new! The display does not match this post exactly because so many of my all-time favorites are checked out, but you’ll find more amazing titles for you to try.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Leading Ladies 2/24/15

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is all about the leading ladies. Hermione, Jacky Faber, and Cammie Morgan will always be at the top of my favorites list, but I have also discovered many new amazing leading ladies. In no particular order, I give you my list:

1. June Iparis-Not only is she a genius, she is a total fighting machine!

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2. Cassie-She’s a natural-born profiler and the FBI needs her help!

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3. Glory O’Brien-Glory is a freedom-fighter and feminist extraordinaire!

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4. Darla Edmunds-Let’s be real, Alex would have been dead before the middle of book one if not for Darla. She is smart and practical and knows all about mechanics.

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5. Valkyrie Cain-This girl takes to the world of ancient magic like a fish to water!

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6. Jennifer Strange-Jennifer doesn’t need magic to run her magical agency and manage all the weird magicians. Also, she has the best pet and car!

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7. Alina Starkov-Humble orphan? Pfft. This girl has a DESTINY!

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8. Ava-You don’t want to mess with a firebug or her friends. She’ll burn you alive!

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9. Sybella-One of Mortain’s assassins, Sybella is skilled in both the arts of death and seduction. The story of her past is devastating, but she is a survivor!

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10. Theo-She’s a tough cookie to actually like, but you have to admire her strength!

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11. Josie Moraine-She’s the daughter of a prostitute who wants a better life for herself. I love this gal!

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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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Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Character Driven Books-10/7/14

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and the Bookish are asking for our favorite character-driven books. These are books were the characters come alive for readers. They grow and develop and they are the ones driving the plot forward rather than heart-racing action. For me, these books are the ones I savor and the ones that tend to stick with me long after I have closed the book.

1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This one is a slow burner of book. It may take a while to get into it, but the patient reader is in for a treat.

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2. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. One of my all-time favorites. I just love Ed and The Doorman.

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3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I could gush about this one all day long.

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4. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King. It’s really difficult to pick from A.S. Kings books. They are all character-driven and they are all beautiful and amazing.

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5. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. I love this book about an unlikely friendship.

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6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. See all those awards on the cover? This book deserves every one! Ari and Dante are fantastic.

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7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This is one of the best unreliable characters I have read in ages.

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8. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This one features a colorful cast of characters and readers will be rooting for Josie from the start.

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9. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I really enjoyed this debut novel. Theo is such a complex character. She has a lot going on!

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10. Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. I haven’t mentioned this old favorite in a while!

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It was hard to limit myself to just ten!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Recommend If You Never Read X 8/5/14

toptentuesdayThis week The Broke and the Bookish want to know what we would recommend to people who never read X. I solved for X and came of with recommendations in a variety of genres.

If you never read TEEN HISTORICAL FICTION, try these:

1. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Josie is the seventeen-year old daughter of a prostitute. It is 1950 and the French Quarter is home to organize crime, brothels, and bars. It is also home to the small bookshop where Josie works. The money she earns there will be her ticket out of the Big Easy. Her dreams are close to becoming reality when her mother is implicated in the death of a tourist. Plenty of local flavor, a murder mystery, and a girl with big dreams make this one a winner.

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2. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. In 1918 Americans were dying at home and abroad. At home the deadly Spanish Influenza pandemic had the nation gripped with fear. Abroad, WWI would eventually claim the lives of 110,000 Americans. In San Diego, sixteen-year old Mary Shelley Black watch as streams of mourners turn to seances and spirit photographers to contact their dead loved ones. The historic photographs only enhance the haunting text. A hint of romance and a whole bunch of creepy!

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3. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. The year is 1914, and Europe is on the verge of a war. Prince Alek, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne is on the run from the Clanker Army. Deryn Sharp, a girl disguised as a boy, is an airman for the British Air Force learning to fly the genetically engineered air beast, the Leviathan. The two form an uneasy alliance as they struggle to protect their secrets and stay alive. Leviathan will appeal to readers of science fiction and steampunk, but one can argue that it also has a strong historical component!

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4. In Darkness by Nick Lake. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, a teenaged boy is trapped alive in the rubble of a hospital. Alone in the dark, “Shorty” counts the story of his life, his involvement with a gang, the family members he lost, and all of the violence he witness and caused. Along side his story, readers learn the story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a Haitian rebel who led a slave rebellion and helped to drive Napoleon and the French out of Haiti. This powerful story is truly deserving of the Printz Award.

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If all you know about TEEN CONTEMPORARY FICTION is John Green, you need to branch out and try these:

5. Reality Boy by A.S. King. Seventeen-year old Gerald Faust was the child star of a reality TV show. Twelve years later, Gerald is still haunted by his anger-filled past. Convinced that nothing will ever change, despite the fact that he works so hard to be nothing like that TV boy, Gerald is ready to snap. When a new girl at work shows interest in him, he is naturally weary. He tries to avoid her, with no success. This book is disturbing and heartbreaking, like most A.S. King’s books. However, her characters always manage to find some thread of hope, some form of redemption or have some realization that things can get better.

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6. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. Callie has spent her entire childhood on the run. Kidnapped from her family by her mentally ill mother, she can’t even remember what it is like to be normal. When her mother is finally arrested, Callie is reunited with the father she doesn’t know anymore. Living in a small town with big family is overwhelming as Callie has to learn to live in the present and be a part of a family. This one is gritty and sexy!

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7. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. Eighteen-year old Leonard Peacock plans to spend his last birthday on earth saying goodbye to the four people he cares about. Leonard is sad and weird and the target of his former best friend’s torment. He has had enough and he has a plan to put an end to all of the pain he is in. This is a powerful and haunting novel.

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If you don’t read TEEN SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY because you think it’s all supernatural romance and Hunger Games-type dystopian, think again and try these:

8. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson. In an alternate reality past, the American Isles are being threatened by Wild Chalklings (yes, chalk monsters). Rithmatists have the power to bring two-dimensional figure to life to battle these creatures. Joel, the son of a chalkmaker, must satisfy is desire to learn Rithmatics by sneaking into lectures at the Armedius Academy. When students start disappearing, leaving trails of blood behind, it is up to the Rithmatist to solve the mystery. As the professors work to find the missing students they also discover that Joel, despite not being one of them, has some unique talents of his own. Unique, unusual, steampunk-ish.

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9. BZRK by Michael Grant. In a not-so-distant future a battle is taking place. What is at stake? The human mind. Free will. The combatants? On the one side you have the batsh*t crazy conjoined twins, the Armstrong brothers. They want to create utopia. Opposing them is a radical fringe group known as BZRK. The battle ground is the brain and the weapons are nanotechnology. Things end one of two ways: victory or madness. This series is both exhilarating and terrifying.

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10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This fractured fairytale of a story features a cyborg Cinderella, a handsome prince, a wicked stepmother, and an evil Lunar queen. An orphan and a cyborg, Cinder is a second-class citizen, but she is also a gifted mechanic. It this skill that brings the young Prince Kai to her stand at the market. A malfunctioning android, a mysterious plague, and the threat of war loom large and Cinder may be the key to saving everyone. Fans of sci-fi and fairy tales alike will love this fresh twist on a classic story!

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan