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Mondays with Megan-Spring Fever! 3/16/15

Greetings! It’s a gloriously warm day here in Northeast Ohio and all I can think about is sitting on a patio with a book…that day will come eventually. My big exciting news this week is that I *finally* ungraded my phone to a smart phone. It didn’t take long to fall in love with my iphone. One of my favorite features? If you guessed downloading audiobooks, you are correct. It is so easy to do and the library has tons of great titles. See our wonderful collection for yourself here. I personally have my eyes on Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. It’s been on my To Read list for ages! I think it’s time to create a wish list.

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


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  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen-♥♥♥♥♥-Readers get to catch up with the Waverlys of Bascomb. A lot has changed for sisters Sydney and Claire since Garden Spells. Just magical and delightful.
  • The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson-♥♥♥♥♥-The third installment of the Shades of London series picks up where the cruel cliffhanger of book 2 left off. The story branches out into exciting new territory!
  • Saucer Country by Paul Cornell-♥♥♥-When the leading Democratic candidate for president (a Hispanic woman!) claims that she was abducted by aliens her trusted advisers scramble to make sense of her claim. This was an interesting blend of political intrigue and X-Files. It wasn’t my favorite, but I will certainly pick up the second volume.

Current Audio:

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  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. I am working my way through her collection of work. This is her second book and came to me via Interlibrary Loan. Did you know you could do that? It’s so easy to do. You can do it yourself from our website or ask your favorite librarian to help you!
  • Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. This is my first download to my iphone!

Currently Reading: (once again I am kind of all over the place, starting and stopping books left and right)

how to start a fire undertaking of lily chen kingdom of the wicked girl with all the gifts

Sort of Reading: (aka, picking up and putting down, but still interested)

harry grave peril girl at midnight

Returned unread:


I am looking forward to another week of awesome reads!

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-Teen Think Tank Wrap-up 3/2/15

Good afternoon evening (oye, this day got away from me) friends!

I had a busy weekend of work this past weekend. On Friday I the almost 3 hour journey to Lima, Ohio to attend my very first Teen Think Tank meeting. About 40 teen librarians from around the state gathered at the Lima Public Library for a day filled with fun activities. We did crafts! We talked about books! We learned new games! I am so excited to incorporate some of the things I learned into my own programs. I think the thing I am most looking forward to trying is the website Kahoot! I know my teens are going to love playing trivia this way.

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  • French Milk by Lucy Knisley- ♥♥♥ The author and cartoonist’s debut work, chronically her month in Paris with her mother. Charming and full of food!
  • Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer-♥♥♥♥♥ The final chapter of Jacky Faber’s story. A satisfying end to one of my favorite series.
  • I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan-♥♥♥♥ An accurate portrayal of a day in the life at a library. Never a dull moment!
  • Death Bringer by Derek Landy-♥♥♥♥♥ Book six in my new favorite series! More murder and mayhem abound.

Current Audio

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  • First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen-I am never disappointed by Sarah Addison Allen.
  • The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith-Slowly but surely making my way through this one. If only the weather would cooperate so I can get back to daily walking!

Currently Reading

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Harry Potter is a re-read for me. My nephews are experiencing for the first time!

On Deck

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Current TV Obsessions

supernatural Orphan+Black+Season+2 party down

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-“Gateway” Books and Random Reads April 4/1/14


This week The Broke and the Bookish are asking about our Gateway Books/Authors. These are books that sparked some new interest. Maybe the lead us to a genre we never expected to love or a similar new author. Either way, this it were things all began…

1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. This was one of the first YA Science Fiction books that I ever read. I chose it for a class while I was working on my MLIS. I loved it and have been a devoted fan ever since. With the exception of Extras, the man can do no wrong.


2. Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham. My first adventures with graphic novels! Love, love, love.


3. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. This was my introduction to Steampunk.


4. Sarah Addison Allen taught me that contemporary women’s fiction can be magical.

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5. Song Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. The gateway to high fantasy. It was so far out of character for me to read these books. My love for them was quite shocking. I hardly recognize myself anymore!

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6. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This was the first time I was able to bond with both my mother and much younger brother (13 years separate us) over books.

harry potter7. Stephen King was my introduction to adult reading. In my mind and memories I went from Nancy Drew to Stephen King. I really have no memory of what I was reading in grades 5-7. I am pretty sure I was 11 or 12 when I started reading King. By the time I started high school I was a steady diet of Stephen King, Anne Rice, and John Irving.


8. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This was my self-prescribed intro to Russian literature and my first step towards plugging gaps in my education. Honestly, I abandoned that task ages ago. I did however, enjoy this one and a few others.

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9.  The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. The gateway to all things zombie. I admit that my love of zombies has waned a bit, but this will always remain my first and favorite undead book.

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 10. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer. This series opened so many doors for me. First, it reminded me that historical fiction can be so much fun. Second, I learned just how much the reader of an audiobook impacts the listening experience. I was new audio user and Katherine Kellgren made it all worth while. Also, this series reminded me to read more pirate books!

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random reads

In short, Random Reads is a meme where we pick a random book from our 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’s Random Read was Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. I LOVED it! Be sure to check out my review!

In April I will be reading #15 on my TBR list: The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency #3) by Y.S. Lee. I added this to the list on September 3, 2011. It’s time to get caught up with this charming YA Victorian-era mystery series, especially since I think there is a new one coming out this year!

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Happy Reading!



Mondays with Megan-I Have Cress and There is Nothing Else to Say! 2/10/14

It’s Monday. Boy, oh boy, is it ever Monday. I overslept today for the first time in ages. I am not talking about the hit snooze one too many times kind of oversleeping. I am talking about turn off the alarm and wake in a panic almost an hour later oversleeping! And then I got stuck in the apron of my drive  because they apparently plowed overnight and I thought I could just power through the two feet of frozen slush (thank you city of Cleveland for actually plowing my street). I was wrong. Thankfully there was a guy walking down the street who was willing to give me a push. Stupid winter is kicking my butt! But none of this matters, because I HAVE CRESS (*see bit about oversleeping*). Work is really interfering with my reading time….I am so distracted by it this fact that I can’t think of anything else to report, so I will just give you my Monday reading report.

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  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen-All the charm and magic I have come to expect from her. Just lovely.
  • Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel-I was actually surprised by how much I loved this one! Ben’s parents are scientists who want to study language acquisition in chimps so they adopt a baby chimp and raise him as a child. This only works out for a little while and then Ben is forced to choose between what he believes is right and what he as been told is right. I want my book club to read this one!
  • Avalon by Mindee Arnett-I was excited for this one, but in the end I can’t say that I loved it. I really enjoyed all of the characters and the story was awesome, but it suffered from pacing issues. The first half was too slow, but I am so happy I stuck it out because the second half was incredible. If you are a patient reader looking for a space adventure I encourage you to pick it up. I will definitely be watching for sequel.
  • Regretsy by April Winchell-This is a hilarious collection of strange items found on Etsy. If you like Awkward Family Photos and Cake Wrecks, you will enjoy all the weirdness in this book.

Current Audio:

the dead in their vaulted arches this is what happy looks like

Currently Reading:

cress broken hearts vicious fairest in all the land

In theory I am working on all of these, but in reality, Cress trumps all.

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan 2/3/14

Good Morning! Everyone recovered from the Big Game? I don’t know about you, but I actually watched more of the Puppy Bowl than the actual Superbowl. I am not much of a football fan, so I didn’t have any hopes and dreams dashed last night. And if the rest of the winter is like the past few days (above freezing and sunny here in Cleveland!), then I am a-ok with the giant rodent’s predictions. I am not even close to being prepared to do yard work. I am enjoying the blanket of snow that is hiding all of my half-started projects. Besides, this is reading weather! Not that I really did much reading last week…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis is a disturbing look at a world without an abundance of fresh water. I really enjoyed this debut novel from a fellow Ohioan.
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh offers a painful, but sometimes hilarious glimpse into the world of depression. This book is composed of materials previously published on the author’s blog, Hyperbole and a Half as well as new material. The stories about the dogs was my favorite and left me in tears (my own dogs now know for a fact that I am insane).

Current Audio:

lost lake half brother

I just love Sarah Addison Allen’s books, and her newest, Lost Lake is just as dreamy and charming as I expected it to be. I will finish this one this week. On Playaway I have Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. The dogs and I are all thrilled to have warmer temperatures so we can get back into our walking (and listening) routines. I think Half Brother will make an excellent addition to my book club reading list!

Currently Reading:

avalon fairest in all the land broken hearts

On Deck:

the dead in their vaulted arches

My next audiobook is definitely the new Flavia book! As for print books, I am not sure what will be next.

Happy Reading!


Mondays With Megan 1/27/14

Happy Monday! I took a long weekend and am back to work nice and refreshed and thank goodness, because there is a lot to be done! First and foremost, decorating the teen room for Valentine’s Day. Because, why not? And because my awesome coworker pointed me in the direction of these cute and nerdy library-themed candy heart decorations. I also need to spend some time mulling over this year’s ALA Youth Media Award Winners. And of course, I also need to get busy on my Monday Reading List!

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  • Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando was quite fun. Through an exchange of emails, two young women assigned to be college roommates get to know each other. Full of the worry and excitement of leaving home for the first time, this was a charming story. This will inevitably be compared to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which is fair enough.
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix was a little confusing and slow to start. Sabriel is the daughter of the Abhorsen, the powerful necromancer charged with keeping the dead where they belong. When he goes missing Sabriel must leave the comfort of her boarding school and venture into the Old Kingdom to find him. This is the first is a trilogy and I did not love it, but Nix is a compelling storyteller and I am confident things will pick up. I will certainly give Lirael a shot.
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer follows a group of people who meet at an art camp in 1974. The six teens forge a bond that lasts a lifetime. This one slowly drew me in and I ended up really liking it.
  • Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg is due out in February, so I will have a review up later, but I will say it was wonderful! I loved the alternating POV and banter between Levi and Macallan.

Current Audio:

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  • I am so excited to have Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen in my car. Her books are so dreamy and magical.
  • On Playaway I have The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I am a little late to the party and romances seem to be the theme…just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Currently Reading:

not a drop to drink house of secrets this one summer

  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis has lots going for it-it’s a dystopian book, written by a fellow Ohioan and there is a blurb on the (totally awesome) front cover by Michael Grant. I just started and hopefully I can tear myself away from The West Wing long enough to get into my book.
  • The House of Secrets by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini. This book is HUGE and the house is pretty creepy.
  • Finally, I just downloaded an ARC of This One Summer, a new graphic novel by cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki.

On Deck:

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Another blast of Arctic cold is heading my way. Maybe tomorrow will find me snuggled up with a book instead of at work?

Happy Reading!