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Random Reads March 2014 Out of the Easy and February in Review

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It is already time for a new Random Reads, hosted by I’m Loving Books! Random.org decided that in February I should read book #31 on my TBR list, Vicious by Victoria Schwab. I absolutely loved it! You can read my full review of Vicious here. In March I will be reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This was book # 20 on my list, added June 16, 2012.

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From Goodreads:

“It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.”

And just because I am a big nerd, here is my February in review:
Total Books: 16 (not too shabby for a short month!)

Read: 11
Listened: 5

Favorites: It was impossible to pick this month. I had so many amazing reads!

Cress by Marissa Meyer, Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe, Vicious by V.E Schwab, and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart were all standouts for me.

Review Written: 4

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulburg
Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Roomies by Sara Zarr
Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Teen Programs:

Teen Tech Thursdays
Dungeons & Dragons
Teen Pizza Pagers discussed Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
High School Book Club discussed Mothership by Martin Leicht

Teen’s Choice: To read in March

The Outcasts by John Flanagan
The House of Stairs by William Sleator

Teen Screen: An Interactive Princess Bride Viewing

princess bride

There is no doubt that The Princess Bride is a cult classic. It also happens to be a personal favorite of mine so you can imagine the joy and pride I felt when my new Teen Advisory Group selected it for an after school program. I decided to increase the viewing pleasure with a little interactive guide. I thought this would be very easy to find. It turns out the internet is full of Princess Bride drinking games, but nothing library appropriate. So I had to adapt. I kept it simple, but you could make the game as complicated as you want. I found all of the supplies I needed at a dollar store. I also borrowed from the Children’s Department’s supply closet (it’s the perfect place to find paper towel tubes!)


The “rules” are simple and so are the supplies.

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Bubbles, party favor noise makers and paper towel tubes make for an inexpensive but entertaining viewing experience. My teens especially enjoyed the sword fighting bits. What would you add to this list?

Happy Watching!


Mondays With Megan: Critter Christmas, Puppy Love, and What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? I sure did. Saturday was the Critter Christmas Party sponsored by Rocky River Public Library to benefit the Cleveland Animal Protective League. This was my first animal program at the library and I really had no idea what to expect. I am so excited to report that the day was HUGE success! APL staff and volunteers brought four dogs and four kitten to the library for a day of cuddles, crafts, and adoptions. Over 90 people stopped in to say hello, make crafts, and drop off gifts for the animals! Two of the dogs found forever families and a third guy stole my heart and will hopefully be mine soon. The animals that went back to the APL took bags of food, treats, and toys with them to share with their friends. This event was so easy and inexpensive to put on and I hope to see it become an annual event here at the library. My crafts were a hit among people and pets alike. For the cats we made a simple toy out of pipe cleaners and jingle bells (attach a bell to one end of the pipe cleaner and then wrap it around a pencil to make a curly cue shape). The kittens on hand loved them! The dogs got snacks. The day before I whipped up a quick batch of No-Bake Peanut Butter Treats (1 c. natural peanut butter, 3 c. quick oats, and 1/2 c. milk) which were rolled into bite-sized balls and gift wrapped in foil. They were a tasty favorite!

In other news, I FINALLY finished A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin and quite frankly, I find it a little distressing and uncomfortable not having another one to snatch up. On the bright side, I am now able to zip through my enormous TBR list and maybe even meet my reading goal. Maybe. Let’s check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts with the past week’s progress.

It’s Monday! What Are You  Reading?

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In the Car: I will finish Viva Jacquelina! by L.A. Meyer today. Up next is Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick.

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Currently Reading: Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich and The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

hard eight westing game

Walking the Dog: The weirdest book ever. Contest by Matthew Reilly. So weird.


This week’s hopefuls: Bloody Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey, Undead by Kristy McKay, and a handful of graphic novels.

blood prophecy undead

Only twenty books to go to make my goal. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can….

Happy Reading!