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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.


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


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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:

darkest part of the forest man called ove

Currently Reading:

these shallow graves six of crows

On Deck:


Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-Happy New Year! 1/12/15

Oh, dear, it must be Monday because I spent a nice chunk of time Saturday preparing this post and in one swift motion this morning I managed to delete it. I am not actually sure how, but it is irretrievable. Gah! I have no idea what I wrote. I am pretty sure I said something about being sick and hitting a reading slump. Oh! Wait. I remember. I recently took over ordering and maintaining the Adult Graphic Novel collection here at the library so I combined my goal of getting to know the collection better with my overall 2015 reading goal and came up with the number 225. I am going to be reading a lot of graphic novels this year! Also, I decided to try my hand at Tumblr. It’s a work in progress, but you can check it out at ya-why-not.

I have 2 weeks worth of reading to report on!

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


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  • Girls Like Us by Gail Giles-This is a Cybils Finalist. It’s all very hush, hush for now.
  • Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula by Andi Watson-What a cute YA graphic novel. Coming-of-age, romance, and the undead.
  • Trillium by Jeff Lemire-A super trippy sci-fi standalone from the author of the Sweet Tooth series.
  • The Ticking by Renée French-A strange little graphic novel with very few words. The story of the a boy with facial deformities is told mostly through weird but lovely black and white pencil drawings.
  • When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds-Another Cybils Finalist.
  • Stitches by David Small-A graphic memoir, fitting from YA and Adult readers. Loved it.
  • Revival by Stephen King-Not my favorite from King, but a solid character study with a bizarre ending.
  • Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero-Yet another Cybils Finalist.

Current Audio:

rosie effect

  • The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. This follow-up to The Rosie Project has been heavily criticized, but I am still enjoying the audio. It is early in the book, but so far no complaints.

Currently Reading:

funny girl great typo

I still need to pick a new YA, but I have so many choices! I can’t decide.



It’s not bad, but I just didn’t care.

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-Vacation Time! 8/11/14

As summer winds down and kids get ready to go back to school, I am finally getting my own vacation in! I am so excited to be heading to Newport, Rhode Island this weekend for my cousin’s wedding. I have never been and I plan to cram as much in as possible. Some vacation preparation included clear up some of my reading shelves! Check out how many books I finished last week (and then in a totally counterproductive move, look how many I started…*groan*).

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hatchet chapel wars mr.mercedes arsonist amity seconds

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is the story of how a young teen survives alone in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash. My nine-year old nephew loves this book and told me I just HAD to read it myself. I really enjoyed it and plan to read the rest of the Brian Robeson series-it’s my ticket into his exclusive book club!
  • The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. When 16-year old Holly inherits the family wedding chapel when her beloved grandfather dies, she has no idea that the future of the chapel is uncertain. She really has her work cut out for her! Add in a romance with the competition’s grandson and you have a perfect summer read. This was just the light read that I needed!
  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. The latest offering from King is less horror and more crime thriller. This cat and mouse tale stars a retired detective and the mass killer he failed to catch when he worked the case. Deeply disturbing at times, as is to be expected. I really enjoyed this latest offering and the audio is excellent!
  • The Arsonist by Sue Miller. After spending 15-years doing humanitarian work in Africa, Frankie Rowley has returned to the sleepy New Hampshire town of Pomeroy, where her parents have retired. As the town is besieged by an arsonist, Frankie struggles with her father’s failing health and her own lack of direction. This was my first Sue Miller book, and honestly, I was a little disappointed. The title and description are misleading, as the fires take a back seat the family drama.
  • Amity by Micol Ostow. Check out my review here.
  • Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Katie is a talented young chef with a successful restaurant and a second one in the works. Things are going well, until suddenly, they aren’t. Lucky for Katie, she gets a little help from a mysterious new friend who offers her an easy solution for a “do over.” All would have been fine if Katie had just followed the rules, but the thrill of a fresh start was too enticing. Soon everything is out of whack, nothing is working, and it’s all Katie’s fault. This graphic novel from the author of the Scott Pilgrim is fantastic! A fun, cautionary tale.

Current Audio:

conversion that summer

  • Conversion by Kathrine Howe. To tell the truth, I am having a hard time connecting with this one. We’ll see.
  • That Summer by Lauren Willig. So far, I am enjoying this dual storyline book. It’s reminding me a little of The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, which I really liked.

Currently Reading:

i'll give you the sun romeo redeemed dark triumph gods of newport

  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This is the book I have been looking for all summer. The book that would hook me, suck me in, and not let me go! I am getting an A.S. King vibe from this one and you may recall that I am just a *teeny* bit in love with all things A.S. King.
  • Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay. This is the companion book to Juliet Immortal, which I recently read that the recommendation of a teen reader.
  • Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. Despite wanting to read this one, I didn’t intend to start reading it last week. This is what happens when you leave your current books at home and have access to the entire library collection! This one might be coming on vacation with me if I don’t finish it by Thursday.
  • The Gods of Newport by John Jakes. Ok, I am really barely reading this one. I just thought it might be fun to read before I head to Newport myself!

Happy Reading!


Mondays with Megan-Summer Isn’t Over, But Summer Reading at the Library Is! 8/4/14

It was with a little sadness (and honestly, a tiny bit of relief-summer reading is a big project!) that I drew the final summer reading winner. Despite the fact that our contest was shortened by two weeks this year, I had more teen readers sign up! I love keeping stats, so I can tell you that 119 teens signed up and those who went on to read and enter for prizes read a combined 351 books!

In really sad  news, I just learned that L.A. Meyer, the author of my most beloved Bloody Jack series, passed away last week. He had been ill with Hodgkin Lymphoma. The final chapter of Jacky Faber’s saga is scheduled to be published this November. This final reading will certainly be bittersweet. I am forever grateful for this series. Thank you, Mr. Meyer, Jacky is my hero.

Now, on to my Monday reading report. It’s a small one this week. Not because I wasn’t reading. I was. I just can’t say what I was reading. I know, that’s so mean of me. I am sorry. Forget I said anything. Let’s just look at my sad little reading list….

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that night through the woods

  • That Night by Chevy Stevens was a fast-paced thriller/mystery. Toni and her boyfriend Ryan are convicted of murdering Toni’s younger sister. Despite their insistence that they are innocent the pair spend more than 15 years in prison. Upon her release, Toni wants nothing more than to rebuild a life, but Ryan is so sure that he can prove their innocence once and for all. Plenty of twists and turns, this one was exciting and heartbreaking all at once.
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll is a new graphic novel full of creepy short stories. The illustrations are stunning and the stories are reminiscent of Poe. Dark and lovely.

Current Audio:

arsonist mr.mercedes

Two more thrillers! Mr. Mercedes is delightfully horrifying.

Currently Reading:

hatchet amity chapel wars memorial

My 9-year old nephew has started a Hatchet Book Club. Members include me, his mom, his younger brother, and my aunt. I love this kid’s enthusiasm! I am still working on Amity. The problem is that it is scary. I can’t read it at home. I almost finished with The Chapel Wars. It is very cute! I also started a new graphic novel, Memorial by Chris Roberson. It’s a pretty interesting concept.

On Deck:

I have no idea!

Happy Reading!



Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading is Almost Over! 7/28/14

It’s hard to believe, but Summer Reading is coming to an end. I have one more basket to give away. Be sure to get all your entry slips by Saturday. Despite the unseasonably cool and rainy weather, I managed to to squeeze in a ton of summer fun. But not a lot of reading. Part of it is that I still have not found a book that  I feel the need to be lost in. I am enjoying my reading, but nothing has sucked me in lately. Luckily I managed to finish a couple of things so I something to talk about today.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


juliet immortal dreams of gods and monsters

  • Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay was recommended to me by one of my avid teen readers. This book offers a unique twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet tale. In this version, Romeo betrays Juliet in order to secure immortality. For centuries the two have been battling for the souls of true lovers. Good versus evil, light versus dark; it’s always the same, until the day Juliet falls in love…again. I am a sucker for retellings, and this one certainly is satisfying. It was a quick and suspenseful romance and I will definitely read the companion book.
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor is the third book in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. I am not ready to be done with Karou and her gang. Not at all. The ending is fantastic, except that it’s an ending. Zuzana and Liraz really stole the show for me.

Current Audio:

that night mr. mercedes

  • That Night by Chevy Stevens-the story has really picked up! I need it to stop raining so I can take this book and the dogs for a walk.
  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King-I just started it yesterday, so it’s too early to tell, but the reader is fantastic. Will Patton reads The Dream Thieves series as well. I really enjoy a familiar voice.

Currently Reading:

chaos of the stars chapel wars amity hatchet

I am still working on all the same books as last week, with the exception of Hatchet. My nine-year old nephew recently read and loved Hatchet and decided that he and I should have a Hatchet book club. I am reading the first book while he devours books 2-4!

On Deck:

questionI don’t know!! Suggestions?

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!

game of thrones

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!

bloody jack

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!

traitor in the tunnel

Happy Reading!