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Mondays with Megan-The Force Awakens Soon!

Is everyone refreshed after a long weekend? I worked Friday and Sunday, but I still had a fantastic weekend. Thanksgiving was spent in Columbus with a small gathering of family. We listened to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on the drive there and back. We also took a little field trip to The Gates of Hell. It super creepy! The pic on the right is me, my nephew and my cousin. That is pretty much as far as we got into the dark, echoing tunnel.

Saturday was spent lounging around reading and continuing my Star Wars marathon.

This was my first time seeing Episodes II and III and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like them. My 10 year old nephew LOVED them! Hopefully we will squeeze Episodes IV-VI before the new movie comes out.

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Finished: 

  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore-♥♥♥♥♥. The epic alien invasion begins…and ends on a giant cliffhanger, as usual.
  • This is Your Life, Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison-♥♥♥♥
  • Dr. Mütter’s Marvels by Cristin O’Keefe Apotwicz-♥♥♥♥. I seem to gravitate towards strange or gruesome nonfiction and this one certainly fits the bill. Dr. Mütter was a pioneering American surgeon who revolutionized the science of surgery. Fans of the show The Knick will want to check this one out! Also, I now have to add The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia to my list of weird places to visit!
  • Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris-♥♥♥♥. I first read this collection of stories years ago, so I was delighted to discover the edition I selected to listen to had six new stories! Santaland Diaries is just as funny as I remember and I have found a new favorite in 6 to 8 Black Men, a story about Christmas traditions in Holland. For the reader who dislikes the schmaltzy Christmas stories. These are sardonic and hilarious.
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer-♥♥♥♥♥. The Lunar Chronicles has come to an end. WHY?!? After 800+ pages, I am still not ready for it to be over. A perfect ending to a favorite series.

Current Audio:

Currently Reading:

Currently Obsessed With:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

Mondays with Megan-Mockingjay, Part 2-11/23/15

Happy Monday! I had a weekend full of films and fun. On Saturday my brother and nephew came over and we watched Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace. We are working our way through the series to prepare for the new release in December. Despite having seen Episodes 4-6 many times, I have never seen 1-3. Yesterday I saw Mockingjay Part 2 with my sister and her boyfriend’s thirteen-year-old daughter. I really love Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and very much enjoyed the final movie. The thirteen-year-old also liked it, but could not get over the fact that a stranger would give their baby to Katniss. So of course I had to do some research! The babies at the end of the movie are Jennifer Lawrence’s nephews. Seeing the film series end kind of made me want to reread the books. We’ll see!

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Finished: In the two weeks since I last wrote a Monday post I have accomplished so little that I can actually easily include all of my finished books here.

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  • Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King-♥♥♥♥. This collection of short stories features both brand new and previously published works. As with most collections of stories some shine and some are merely fine. The real treat here is that the author introduces each story and explains how or why he came to write it.
  • Wytches by Scott Snyder-♥♥♥♥. You thought you knew everything about witches? Forget what Disney has to say, these crones are terrifying! The evil lurks just under the surface and watches through the trees. This was a fantastic opening volume and the art work is simply stunning. Over and over I marveled at how intriguing and gorgeous the hideous images were.
  • The Straw King (Dorothy Must Die #0.5) by Danielle Page-♥♥♥♥. In this fifth prequel novella readers learn more about the Scarecrow. All he ever wanted was a brain, but he soon discovers that knowledge may not be enough to protect his throne from an invading army. Another fun addition to the Dorothy Must Die family.
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith-♥♥♥♥♥. The third book in the Cormoran Strike series is now my favorite. Someone from Cormoran’s past is targeting Robin and the agency, driving away business and putting both PIs in danger. Can Cormoran figure out who it is before it’s too late?
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling-♥♥♥♥♥. Still a favorite, 5-star read. I am loving rereading these books while my nephews discover them for the first time. On to Goblet of Fire!
  • The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones-♥♥♥♥♥. Hannah and her family are on the run from a centuries old monster; a Hungarian shapeshifter bent on revenge. Told from three points of view, the story unravels at a break-neck pace, sucking readers in and constantly confusing them with the monster’s identity. This is the first book in ages that has kept me up long past bedtime! Absolutely loved it!

Current Audio:

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  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore. Admittedly this is not the best series ever written, but I kind of need to know how things end. Also, they are just kind of fun!
  • 14 by Peter Clines. I am still not sure why I requested this one from another library, but so far, I am glad I did. It’s like The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (minus angry spirits) meets Lost and then gets turned into an episode of Scooby Doo. Again, quite fun.

Currently Reading:

goblet of fire winter passenger

Happy Reading!

~Megan

It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt 10/1/15

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It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt
October 6, 2015
Sky Pony Press
Hardcover, 320 pages

What it’s about:

Seventeen-year-old RJ is at the top of her game. She is the Queen Bee and used to getting her way, even if she has to bully others to get it. So imagine her fury when a Grim Reaper accidentally collects her soul! She refuses to believe she is dead and her protests and tantrums  cause quite the problem in the Afterlife. Everyone agrees that a mistake has been made, but no one can agree on how to set things right. A special tribunal is called composed of three angels, including one who has his eye on Death Himself’s job. Now RJ has a choice. She can wait in limbo until her regularly scheduled death or she can relive three moments in her life. Each do-over is an opportunity to prove that she has a future worth saving. She obviously chooses door number 2. How hard can it be? Especially since she will have three souls to guide her through each of her tasks. The reality is, it is so hard! Will RJ succeed in her quest for mortality? Will it even be worth it? And what is the deal with Saint Peter’s cornhole obsession?

Why you might like it:

Do you love a strong-willed, snarky bully who’s been brought down a notch? RJ is your girl! She is seemingly beyond redemption and it’s kind of a little satisfying to watch her squirm as she relives three of her lowest moments on earth. But hey! We’re not mean girls, so it’s also pretty awesome so watch RJ’s journey. Maybe she isn’t so bad after all. Everyone makes mistakes, right? Are you looking for a laugh? Death Himself, a Hawaiian shirt wearing surfer is pretty funny. But wait! There’s more! Are you looking for a thought-provoking, feel-good story? Look no further than It’s a Wonderful Death. The message is clear: you matter, even if you don’t know it and it’s never to late to think about the choices you make.

Want more like this? Try these:

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

P.S. Thanks to Sky Pony Press for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Mondays with Megan-Teen Think Tank #2 9/20/15

Last week I had the great privilege of attending my second Teen Think Tank conference. This is an amazing group of Ohio Teen Librarians who get together twice a year to talk about teen services. It’s a day of learning, connecting, sharing, and crafting and it is such a valuable resource. I am really excited to try some of the Gross Games I learned about with my teens. I was inspired to add some technology activities to my after school repertoire and I picked up a couple of great craft ideas. One of the most informative presentations was about serving LGBTQ+ teens. I think I have a pretty solid collection of materials but I learned of a few more that I need to add. I myself presented a segment on feed teens on a budget. Basically a griddle and instant pancake mix will turn you into a hero among the teens. I add mini chocolate chips, eliminating the need for syrup and silverware! I have also made cheese quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches on my griddle, all at a fraction of the cost of bags of chips and bottles of pop. In fact, I have completely eliminated sugary beverages from all my programs. It’s all water, all the time and NO ONE has complained! Try it; it can’t hurt!

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Finished:

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  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh-♥♥♥♥♥. The land of Khorasan is ruled by a monster. The young king takes a new bride each night and each morning a silk rope is wrapped around her neck. Sharhzad, who lost her best friend to this man, is out for revenge. She volunteers to be his next wife with the intention of killing him herself. In order to exact her revenge she needs to survive past dawn, so she begins to tell him a story, always leaving the next part for another night. I loved this one! Lovely storytelling, a gorgeous setting, and diverse characters. I am looking forward to listening to the second book.
  • Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore-♥♥♥♥♥. In this sequel to A Dirty Job, Moore picks up where he left off. The souls of San Fransisco are not being collected. The old crew is back in action with the help of a Golden Gate Bridge painter, who may be the key to figuring out who is stealing souls. Lewd, crude, and ridiculously funny. Not for the young reader, but I did just recommend the duology to one of my high school readers.
  • You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day-♥♥♥♥♥. Felicia Day is known in many circles at the Queen of the Nerds. In her memoir she talks at length about her love of gaming, her internet show The Guild, and her health issues. She reads the audiobook and it is truly delightful. This is a must read for fan, but people not familiar with her work can still appreciate her insight.

Current Audio:

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  • Player of Games by Iain M. Banks. Occasionally I like to get recommendations from my teen readers. I have my book club kids write down two titles they think I should read and then I randomly select 1-2. This was my most recent pick. It’s super weird and the person who recommended it hasn’t read it himself. He just thought it would be something I like. At first I was teeny bit miffed (I thought you wanted me to read it so we could talk about it!) but then I realize I do that to them ALL THE TIME. Turnabout is fair play.
  • Lockwood & Co. 3: The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud. This series is great on audio and it is almost the perfect time of year for them! Teenage ghost hunters!

Currently Reading: I have been in a MAJOR reading slump.

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  • A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. I have been reading this one forever. It’s really good and I am enjoying it, I just have no time for digital ARCs right now. I should stop requesting them for a while!
  • Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales. I love this author, so I hope this book with help me with my reading mojo!

On Deck:

wonderful deathWhat an awesome way to start a Monday! This lovely book arrived in the mail for me! The cover blurb is by Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall Trilogy (LOVED that series!) and he says it is “A snarky joyride of a book with a deep moral core; long after you’ve finished laughing you’ll still be thinking about RJ’s journey and perhaps asking yourself: what defines a life well lived?”

Um, yes, please!

Happy Reading!

~Megan

 

 

 

Mondays With Megan-Summer Reading Week 8: The Last Basket! 7/27

Happy Monday! (Sorry, I forgot to actually hit publish yesterday!) I had an exciting weekend. My loyal old car finally gave up the ghost. My mourning period was exactly 1 day. Then I got a new car, complete with new car smell. It’s been more than 10 years since I have had a new-new car. It’s exhilarating and nerve-wrecking all at once. My dog, Kevin, seems right at home, but he is still getting used to the hatchback. I think he resents not being allowed on the clean, light colored seats! Too bad for him.

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Can you believe you have gotten to the LAST week of Summer Reading? I can’t! I think I saved my favorite basket for last. It has an awesome t-shirt and ninja swords!

What’s in Basket # 8? (Swords! It has swords!)

  • Books!
    • The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
    • Four by Veronica Roth
  • Candy!
    • Spree
    • Sour Patch Kids
    • Jolly Ranchers
    • Blow Pops
  • T-shirt
    • pixelated shark and surfer
  • Mini Oreos
  • Silly string
  • Minecraft mini-figure
  • Foam ninja swords
  • 1 Cleveland Gladiators ticket
  • $10 Dollar Tree gift card

Speaking of summer coming to an end (I know, I know, you don’t want to hear about that)…I changed my bulletin board in the teen room to get ready for back to school. Much thanks to my teen volunteers for creating this display and Krista for helping me hang it. I can’t wait to see what favorite titles get added throughout the year.

boardI might have to add some of my current reads to the tree!

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Finished:

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  • Life in Motion by Misty Copeland-♥♥♥. Misty Copeland is an unlikely ballerina. She is muscular and a bit busty and her skin is brown. She discovered ballet at a late age and did not have the money that is often required to pursue ballet. Despite the hardships, she is now the principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. I really enjoyed Misty’s story, but I did not care for the audiobook reader. I will be adding this to my YA collection for sure.
  • Armada by Ernest Cline-♥♥♥♥♥. The action of a video game becomes reality as humans are in a race to protect themselves from an alien invasion. Man, I LOVE Ernest Cline! Wil Wheaton reads the audio again and it is brilliant!
  • Finders Keepers by Stephen King-♥♥♥♥. The second book in the Bill Hodges trilogy centers around the stolen unpublished works of a fictional iconic author. Bill, Holly, and Jerome are back on the case! This one does not have as much cat-and-mouse action as the first, but it’s just as good (if not better).

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

these shallow graves six of crows

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays With Megan-Summer is almost here, but fall is on my mind! 5/18/15

Happy Monday! For those of you counting, there are only 13 school days left before summer vacation! I am almost finished assembling this year’s summer reading prize baskets and I must say, they are pretty interesting this year. I am quite pleased with my breakfast themed basket (thanks to a book club student for the suggestion). I will have all the details for each basket available soon, but for now I can tell you that each one has a $10 gift card of some kind, candy, and books. Some have movies, a couple have t-shirts, one has s’mores fixings, and another has foam ninja swords. So, yes, summer is on my mind too *but* I am already planning fall programs! The calendar is filling up fast and I am really excited about what we will be offering in September. Stay tuned!

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Moving on to this week’s books. I am officially back in a reading slump! I am once again struggling with the printed word, but I doing a ton of listening.

Finished:

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  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli-♥♥♥♥. Simon Spier is a not-out gay teenager. He has been exchanging emails with another student anonymously. When a fellow actor in the school musical discovers Simon’s secret he begins blackmailing him. Simon scrambles to protect the privacy of his new crush, “Blue” but can he do that without creating more drama and compromising himself? This book is fantastic! It’s a sweet and saucy romance with plenty of flirting and swearing.
  • The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters-♥♥♥♥-Olivia Mead is an independent and headstrong teen, and much to her father’s chagrin, she is becoming a suffragist. It is 1900 in Oregon and Olivia’s father hires a performing hypnotist to attempt to cure her of her rebellious nature by manipulating her mind. Instead, Henri makes her able to see the world as it really is. A chilling blend of history and the supernatural.
  • Displacement: a Travelogue by Lucy Knisley-♥♥♥♥♥-Bestselling cartoonist Knisley volunteers to accompany her grandparents on a cruise. Their failing physical and mental health challenges Knisley’s patience. The resulting document of their trip is equal parts travelogue and family history. Compassionate, touching, and a bit sad, this is a wonderful addition to the author’s graphic memoirs.
  • Ask the Dark by Henry Turner-♥♥♥-Billy Zeets has a reputation for being a bad kid. After his mother died he found himself in all sorts of trouble, but that was in the past. He has changed his ways and works hard to do the right thing and help his father. When Billy discovers evidence that may solve some recent kidnappings he is hesitant to speak of for fear he won’t be believed. This was not my favorite book of the week, but is was captivating and solid mystery.
  • Alex + Ada, vol. 1 by Sarah Vaughn-♥♥♥♥♥-When newly single Alex receives an android companion as a gift, his first instinct is to return it. However, he quickly learns that there is more to his new robot than meets the eye. This is a promising start to a new science fiction graphic novel series. I loved it and snatched up volume 2 in a hurry!

Currently Reading:

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I am still reading an e-galley of The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender. It really is great, I just don’t have a lot of time right now. I am also working through What Did You Eat Yesterday by Fumi Yoshinaga. It is a really interesting adult manga series. I am rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with my nephews. Other than that, I haven’t found a new book to hold my interest.

Current Audio:

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I am going to need something light and uplifting after both of these! They are both really good, but heavy material.

Currently Watching:

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I finished the first season of The IT Crowd and started season 9 of Supernatural! I want to binge this one, but I am rationing the episodes so the wait for season 10 on Netflix isn’t so long.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Lock In by John Scalzi Review (or My Adventures with the 2015 Alex Awards) 4/9/15

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Lock In by John Scalzi
August 26, 2014
Tor Books
Hardcover, 336 pgs.
2015 Alex Award Winner

What it’s about:

In the near future a virus sweeps through the world population. For a small percentage the result of the disease is a condition known as lock in. They are fully awake and aware, but unable to move their bodies. With 1.7 million Americans affected, new medical technologies emerge, including systems that allow the locked in, also known as Hadens, to use the bodies of the healthy. Things get really tricky when an Integrator is found at the scene of a murder.Who is the guilty party? The Haden who is using the body of the Integrator or the Integrator who’s body did the killing?

Why you might like it:

You might like it because it is an engrossing and thought-provoking science fiction read. Lock In offers a disturbing look at humanity, medical ethics, political corruption, and technology. And there are robots. So far, this is  my favorite of this year’s winners.

Want more like this?

Try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline or Eye of the Mind by James Dashner.