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Mondays with Megan-The End of Summer Reading-8/3/15

Hi All! Today was the drawing for the last summer reading basket. I can’t believe how fast that went! I had a record number of participants-207 teens. They read a combined 399 books and magazines. Now the back-to-school countdown begins. I am actually pretty excited about all the things I have planned for fall. You can find out all the plans at the library’s Back to School Breakfast Bar. We’ll have pancakes and waffles and all sorts of toppings. We’ll play games and talk about all the fun upcoming library programs.

I got a lot of reading/listening in last week, which is good because this week I am busy with G.I.S.H.W.E.S and next week I am on vacation! Check out what I’ve read:

new monday

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

Finished:

man called ove darkest part of the forest fables happily ever after these shallow graves lumberjanes

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman-♥♥♥♥♥. Ove (pronounces Oova) is a gruff and grouchy man, but behind his curmudgeonly exterior is a sweet and sad story. His story slowly unfolds when new neighbors move in next door and disrupt is strict and orderly routine. I loved this book so, so, much. It’s sweet and quirky and sad. I laughed, I cried, and then started recommending it to anyone who would listen.
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black-♥♥♥♥. In the town of Fairfold humans and fairies coexist, making the town a tourist stop. The main attraction is the horned boy locked in endless sleep in a glass coffin. Hazel and her brother Ben have always loved the boy. When he disappears, a strange and deadly chain of events is set into motion. I am not usually a fan of fae stories, but Holly Black is a master.
  • Fables vol. 21, Happily Ever After by Bill Willingham-♥♥♥♥. This is the penultimate volume of the series and story lines are getting wrapped up. Don’t worry, things aren’t wrapping up in a nice tidy manner! Things are pretty brutal and grim and the stage is set for one last epic battle.
  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly-♥♥♥♥. It’s the Gilded Age in New York City and Josephine Montford is a young aristocrat destined to make a good match for marriage, when her father dies from an accidental gunshot. With his death, Jo’s world begins to crumble. With the help of a dashing reporter and a medical student who works at the morgue, Jo sets out on a dangerous path to discover the truth behind her father’s death. I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book, which is due out in October. I really enjoyed the ending, but my one complaint is that fact that this book is really long. Unnecessarily long. It kind of dragged in the middle.
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson-♥♥♥♥. Another totally weird graphic novel! Five best friends at camp keep stumbling upon strange things in the woods-strange three-eyed foxes, yetis guarding a tower, and a weird neighboring boys camp. Will the Lumberjane scouts figure out what in the world is going on? You won’t find out in this first volume, but you’ll want to know!

Current Audio:

unhinged

Currently Reading:

six of crows rest of us just live here heart of tin

Happy Reading!

~Megan

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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.

kevin

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!

new monday

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

Finished:

life armada finders keepers

  • 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:

armageddon

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Week 4-6/29/15

Happy Monday! We are starting Week 4 of Summer Reading and this week’s basket might be my favorite. In addition to some awesome books and candy, this basket has all the fixings to make S’mores!! If this sounds like the basket for you be sure to enter early and enter often! Remember, this year you can submit entries online.

As for my own summer reading, I am still devouring audiobooks at a record pace and my reading funk seems to be over *fingers crossed it stays this way*

new monday

Finished:

shutter vacationers finding audrey fixer eight hundred grapes rat queens 2

  • Shutter, vol. 1: Wanderlost by Joe Keatinge-♥♥♥. I am not entirely sure what this is all about. I do know it’s being compared to Saga and Fables, but I don’t think it is as good as those. It’s very weird and I am curious to see where the story goes. Maybe all will be clearer in subsequent volumes.
  • The Vacationers by Emma Straub-♥♥♥. The Post family vacation is anything but relaxing! Everyone has a secret and the drama is high. This one was fine. For a better dysfunctional family drama try This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper.
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella-♥♥♥♥. Teenaged Audrey struggles with anxiety after suffering a trauma. With the help of her family, her therapist, and a new guy she makes great progress in her recovery.
  • The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes-♥♥♥♥♥. Tess’s life is turned upside down when she is forced to leave her home in Montana to live with her sister in Washington DC. Her sister is entrenched in the dark and dangerous world of politics and Tess soon finds herself in the thick of things as well. This is an exciting and timely political thriller.
  • Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave-♥♥♥♥. Set in the heart of California wine country, this is delightful family drama full of marriage dramas of all types-fear of losing a spouse, fear that one has chosen the wrong spouse, and fear that love is not enough of a reason to get married. This is a fun, quick, summer read.
  • Rat Queens vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe-♥♥♥♥♥. Oh man, the Rat Queens are back and as amazing as ever. My favorite part of this volume was getting major bits of backstories for the characters.

Current Audio:

none of the above saint mazie

Currently Reading:

hand drawn jokes book of speculation curse of the spellmans

On Deck:

fables happily ever after after the red rain we all looked up

I have a ton of digit ARCs that need some attention. It’s so hard to choose what will actually be next.

Happy Summer Reading!

~Megan

Mondays with Megan-Summer Reading Week 2! 6/22/15

Happy Monday! Summer reading is in full swing and it’s so exciting. So far 146 teens have signed up (thank you, Chipotle!) and have read over 100 books. I have brought up another basket this morning and it’s a fun one. The credit for this one goes to one of my book club student. It’s a breakfast basket! If this one looks good to you all you have to do is read for a chance to win! Enter your books/magazines/graphic novels, etc. in the box at the AV Desk *or* online.

Basket #3

  • Books!
    • The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
    • Sure Sign of Crazy by Karen Harrington
  • Candy!
    • Haribo Sour S’ghetti
    • Spree
    • Reese’s Pieces
    • Blow Pops
    • Jolly Ranchers
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off DVD
  • Pop Tarts
  • Lucky Charms & Froot Loops
  • Nesquick
  • Mini football
  • 1 Cleveland Gladiators Ticket
  • Burt’s Bees lip balms
  • $10 Starbucks gift card

My own summer reading is also in full swing. I have finally gotten my mojo back! I am still getting tons of listening done (my dog and I have been enjoying spending hours at the beach) but I have also devoured a couple of print books this week too.

Mon Reading Button PB to YA

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Finished:

pirate hunters last stand my sunshine away devil you know very good lives

  • Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson-♥♥♥♥♥. From the author of Shadow Divers comes another deep-sea diving adventure. Two divers risk it all to find The Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate John Bannister. Another compelling read!
  • The Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy-♥♥♥♥♥. The penultimate book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series. Devastating betrayals, bloody battles, and quirky humor. Tension has built to a breaking point. I need the last book!
  • My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh-♥♥♥. An unnamed narrator tells the story of his childhood in Baton Rouge, focusing on the summer the that object of his affection, Lindy Simpson, was raped. Beautifully written coming of age.
  • The Devil You Know by Trish Doller-♥♥♥♥. Eighteen-year-old Arcadia is desperate for adventure and a spontaneous road trip with two gorgeous strangers seems like a good idea. When the trip takes a dangerous turn Cadie learns that one of the guys is not who he claims to be. Thrilling, sexy, and suspenseful. I read this in one sitting!
  • Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling-♥♥♥♥♥. In 2008 J.K. Rowling gave the commencement speech at Harvard. This is that speech. According to Rowling, you don’t need magic to change the world. You only need imagination. Truly lovely and inspiring.

Current Audio:

vacationers finding audrey

Currently Reading:

fixer shutter circus mirandus

This week’s Netflix binge:

orange

This week’s podcasts:

undisclosed mystery show all the books mortified

Happy Summer Reading!

~Megan

Top Ten Tuesday-Books I Want in My Beach Bag-5/26/15

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, which means that The Broke and the Bookish want to know what books we plan to have in our beach bags. I actually got a new beach bag for my birthday, so now I just need to load it up with books! Here are my top contenders:

1. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb.

kissing in america

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

ember

3. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins.

miss mayhem

4. The World Forgot by Martin Leicht.

world forgot

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab.

A Darker Shade final for Irene

6. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

boy most likely to

7. Alex + Ada, vol. 2 by Sarah Vaughn.

alex ada 2

8. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. (a reread for book club)

uglies

9. The Devil You Know by Trish Doller.

devil you know

10. Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud.

pretending to be erica

I will also be rereading Harry Potter and The Spellman Files and finishing the Skulduggery Pleasant series…only 2 more books to go.

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Nantucket Red by Leila Howland Review 7/3/14

Before I review Nantucket Red, I thought you might like a little refresher on the first book, Nantucket Blue. This is what I wrote in March, 2013:

nantucket blue

Cricket Thompson knows that this summer is going to be epic. She has been invited to spend the summer in Nantucket with her best friend Jules and the rest of the Clayton family. In addition to beach parties and sunbathing, she is confident that this will be the summer that her long-time crush, Jay Logan, finally notices her. Unfortunately, all her plans go up in smoke when tragedy strikes. Her invitation is revoked and she faces a summer trapped bouncing between her depressed mother and newly remarried father. Taking matters into her own hands, she heads to Nantucket alone to offer her support to the Claytons. Nothing goes according to plan, but Cricket manages to have an unexpectedly epic summer in spite of everything.

This touching debut novel is the perfect summer read. I loved Cricket and her devotion to Jules and their friendship, even at a time when Jules could not reciprocate. Readers may be eager to criticize either or both of these characters over their treatment of each other, but I have actually been in both situations and have to say that they are both completely realistic and believable. The romance was a bit of a surprise (though admittedly I had hoped for it) and provided an interesting plot twist. The forbidden guy was sweet and funny and the issue of sex was well handled. I enjoyed all of the little side stories and each one plays a role in shaping Cricket into the person she was both when she arrives in Nantucket and who she is at the end of the summer. There is plenty of conflict to sink your teeth into, but the moments of pure joy will warm you heart. I will definitely be watching for more from this author.

You may also enjoy The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

And there is more!

nantucket red

Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
May 14, 2014
Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 288 pgs.

What it’s about:

All of her hard work has finally paid off for Cricket. She is heading to Brown University in the fall where she will play lacrosse. Her scholarships will cover most of her expenses, but she still needs to make some fast cash, so she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. It becomes immediately clear that the island she loved so much last year is not the same, but then again, neither is she. She is bombarded with new people, experiences, and opportunities, but it is when she with her oldest friends that she makes her biggest mistake. One poor decision could jeopardize everything that she has worked so hard to earn. Cricket is forced to reexamine her plans and really think about what she wants for her future.

Why you might like it:

Are you looking for a fun, summer-y, beach read? Look no further! The island of Nantucket is all about sun and surf. Curious about what life after high school has to offer? Cricket and her friends are busy navigating a whole new world and trying to find where they fit in. Do you like your romances to have a little conflict? Are you a fan of the girl who finally listens to her heart and stands up for herself? You will probably enjoy Cricket’s roller coaster of a summer. She weathers the ups and downs like a champ! This book is all about Cricket and the exciting new adventure she is embarking upon.

Want more?

You might also enjoy Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando and Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Mondays with Megan 6/23/14 Summer Reading Week 2!

Summer reading is officially underway and our first winners have been chosen. Congratulations! A new basket full of goodies is just waiting to be won. Stop by to sign up (if you haven’t already) and check out this week’s prize. I see a beach towel, The Princess Bride on DVD, free Chipotle, some of my favorite books, really cute Duck Tape (it has owls on it!), Oreos, and more! You should win this one! If I could play, I would have a really good shot at winning because I read a bunch of books last week.

 mondayreading new monday

Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

Finished:

the one aj fikry things i learned in school bzrk 3

  • The One by Kiera Cass. There was something so ridiculously compelling about this series. I *had* to finish it. I *needed* to find out how it ended. I really did not like this series and my dislike seemed to grow with each passing book. And yet, I read them all. I could rant, but that’s not very nice, so I will just say that these books were too shallow for my liking.
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Now this book? This book was beautiful. A love letter to quirky little bookstores and the people who support them.
  • Things I Learned in School by Connie Masters. That’s my aunt! She wrote a book! This is a thoughtful collection of essays discussing the author’s 30+ years working as a school psychologist.
  • BZRK: Apocalypse by Michael Grant. I am still trying to wrap my head around this one. This was a brutal and brilliant ending to  the trilogy and I am so lucky to have gotten a sneak peek.

Current audio:

francona boys in the boat

Still listening to Francona: The Red Sox Years and I just started The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

Currently reading:

in the shadows what i thought was true sunrise

I started In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim di Bartolo the other night, but decided the illustrations were to creepy for bedtime. I am a baby. So, I swapped it out for What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. In the spirit of finishing up trilogies (The Selection, BZRK), I dove right into Sunrise by Mike Mullin. It’s a hefty book, so it should keep me busy most of the week.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan