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

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

 

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Mondays with Megan-Critter Christmas III-12/15/14

This past Saturday was my Third Annual Critter Christmas Party with the Cleveland Animal Protective League. They brought four dogs and eight kittens to the library. Throughout the day over 100 people stopped in to see the animals and leave donations. We even had one adoptions!

This is Dinks. She found a forever home this weekend!

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Izzy, Coco Strudel, and Tina are just a few of the pets that went back to the APL. If you are thinking about adding a new pet to your family please consider giving a rescue animal a chance. And a special thank you to everyone who stopped by to leave a donation or just stopped in for a cuddle.

As Christmas rapidly approaches I am trying to juggle last-minute reading and checking off items on my enormous To Do list. So far I have baked two batches of cookies, ordered a few gifts, and made a trip to Barnes & Noble for my nephews. Oh! and I bought a ton of fancy cheese. I got lucky with my assignments. Last week I discovered that short stories, novellas, graphic novels and audio books are the way to go right now. Novels just slow me down!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Text

 

Finished:

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  • The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin. This edition is a reprint of a novella originally published in 1980 and is set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire. This little novella tells the story of a girl and the legendary Ice Dragon who befriends her.
  • The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige. This digital novella is the second prequel to Dorothy Must Die. In this one readers learn more about Glinda and Jellia Jam. One is not as good as she claims and the other learns that she an important role to play in the saving of Oz.
  • Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich. This collection of short stories all examine the theme of parents and the spoiled brats who love them. Dark, off-beat and irreverent as well as laugh-out-loud hilarious.
  • Fables, vol. 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham. It is clear that this series is winding down, and Camelot is setting the stage for a big finish.

Current Audio:

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Currently Reading:

glory o'brien all the bright places how to be a woman

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan-Happy December! 12/1/14

Greetings! I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Mine was quiet and relaxing and I had plenty of time over the long weekend for reading. I also went and saw Mockingjay Part 1. Its been a long time since I read the book, but I actually like the fact that I no longer remember details. For me the book and the movie are two very different experiences and I try not to compare them too much. Also, I really like Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss more than the Katniss in the books.

The end of the year is near! Can I finish 23 more books in the next 31 days? I sure am going to try!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts

Finished:

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  • The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy. This is the third book in The Skulduggery Pleasant series. Valkyrie Cain is a little older and a little wiser, and it’s a good thing because the danger she faces is the most terrifying yet! The series has really taken a dark and deadly turn. I can’t wait for more.
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I loved every minute of this one. This could also be called Amy Poehler Kills at Adulthood. I want to be a grown up like her.
  • Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. This is a gritty look at one young man’s struggle with PTSD following a tour in Afghanistan. Moving, powerful, and the cover does this one a huge disservice. This one is definitely for more mature readers.
  • 1339 Quite Interesting Facts by John Lloyd. I have always enjoyed trivia-style snippets of weird information, so I knew I had to take this one home. I shared many of the facts with my nephews on our drive to Thanksgiving dinner, however, I would not hand this to a child. There are a number of interesting, but not family friendly, facts in the collection!
  • Flunked by Jen Calonita. I will have a full review soon, but this was  cute middle grade/YA crossover about a reform school for former fairy tale villains. Fans of fractured fairy tales will want to watch for this one!
  • My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins. Confession: I am quite Scroogey when it comes to holiday stories. This collection of twelve holiday stories had some that were ok, some that I really enjoyed, and a couple that I loved. So, overall, a surprisingly satisfying holiday read!

Current Audio:

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  • The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
  • Food: a Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Currently Reading:

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  • Captive by Aimee Carter
  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • There’s No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige.

On Deck:

I’m not sure! Maybe one of these:

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

Zombies vs Unicorns

 

 

 

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In honor of Short Story Month 2011, I have (temporarily) set aside The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan in order to read a few stories in Zombies vs Unicorns. It’s a good thing these stories are a lot of fun because my fingers have been twitching with anticipation ever since I got the newest Kane Chronicles book! I’ll get to it this weekend, I promise.

Back to zombies and unicorns. Yesterday I declared my loyalty to Team Zombie without having read any of the stories. Since then I have read the first two unicorn stories and one zombie story. Based on entertainment value alone, the unicorns are winning so far (shocking, I know. Well played Team Unicorn, well played). However, I am not yet convinced that the unicorn is better AND Carrie Ryan is up next, who I am sure will release me from whatever spell the unicorns may have put on me. Team Unicorn must be resorting to some underhanded trickery to lure me away from Team Zombie. Their insecurity is sad, but understandable. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be on a team with Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld, and Maureen Johnson?

Jealous of the fun I am having? Well, join me in the zombie/unicorn madness! It’s fun and the stories are short so you’ll fly right through them. I am curious, are you Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

Braaaaaaaains, um, I mean, uh Happy Reading!

˜Megan