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Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist 1/21/14

toptentuesdayThis week, The Broke and the Bookish are asking about all the fun things we want to read about or things we want authors to write about. These things can be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc. A number of things jump to mind…and make me pause and think hmmm, what does this say about me?

1. Serial Killers-Lucky me, there are a few new serial killer books coming out this year!

dear killer killer instinct blood of my blood

2. Oz retellings-And more Oz books! I love the world of Oz and can’t wait for the new Dorothy books coming out. Below is the only one with a cover image right now. Still waiting on Prophecy of Oz by Megan Shan to get a cover.

dorothy

3. Male point of view-I feel like I read so many books with awesome heroines. Male POV is always a welcome change of pace for me.

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4. Road trips-My favs!

open road summer let's get lost

5. Time travel-I am way behind on my time travel books!

river of no return timeriders map of time

6. Ghosts-Even though I am a big baby, I do love a good ghost story! I just finished this one and I really need The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson!

breath of frost

7. Misfits-I love a story with quirky characters who haven’t yet discovered their place in the world. Because, let’s be honest. Who hasn’t felt out-of-place and unsure of themselves at some point? Current misfit read:

roomies

8. Con artists-I want more books like How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller and The Curse Workers by Holly Black!

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9. Aliens-there is such a wide range of alien fare out there. So far I have been enjoying these:

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10. Sassy heroines-A sure-fire way to get me interested in a book is to describe the heroine as smart, sassy, or snarky. I do love a mouthy leading lady!

heartsatstake paranormalcy i'd tell you bloody jack

What are your go-to topics/characters/settings?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

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Mondays With Megan-Spy School Week 2 8/12/13

gallagher girls readathon

It’s week 2 of The Gallagher Girls Read-a-thon, hosted by Books As You Know It.

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Last week I revisited I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. This is where the magic beginnings! In retrospect I realize that this is not the best book in the series. It’s a quick, fun beginning, but it is so different from the books that follow. My favorite things about this one are getting to know the school itself and meeting the characters. The Gallagher Academy is full of surprises and the secrets we learn in book one are just the tip of the iceberg. I love the quirky professors, the fine dining in the cafeteria, and the long list of useful items allegedly invented by some clever spy girls. I also realized that despite not being a fan of Josh, he is a very important tool and his role was necessary to move Cammie and the series forward. If you haven’t started the Gallagher Girls series, I suggest you get busy. If you read the first book and never continued, I assure you that each book is better than the last! I am looking forward to digging into Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy this week.

Moving on to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Thanks to Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for hosting!

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Finished:

i'd tell you i love everybody sees the ants crayons monsters of men emerald green bayou 1 bayou 2

Man, I killed it last week! If I keep this up I may get back on track with my reading goal! I have yet to be disappointed by A.S. King. In Everybody Sees the Ants she tackles bullying. I love how she weaves magical realism into her stories. I also love how she writes adults-just like real life. None are perfect. Some totally suck, others try their best. I can’t wait for Reality Boy! After seeing The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt on a bunch of blogs I just had to see for myself what the fuss was all about. Oh boy, was this an adorable and hilarious little picture book. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up (even if you don’t have a young one to share it with!). I finally finished Monsters of Men, the final book in the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness. This stuff is brilliant! It was powerful and disturbing and left me with a lot to think about. Finally, I zipped through an ARC of Emerald Green, the final book in that adorable Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. There were plenty of surprises and clever twists, but I wish it wasn’t over! Finally, I read Bayou vol 1 & 2 by Jeremy Love. The artwork is gorgeous and the story is a dark and bizarre blend of Southern folklore, and African-American history and folklore. I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought is was pretty cool. I wish volume 3 was published.

Current Audio:

secret keeper joyland

Oh, The Secret Keeper…I am loving this one. The suspense is killing me! I also started Joyland by Stephen King. A creepy carnival seems to be an appropriate end-of-summer book.

Currently Reading:

cross my heart explosive eighteen shadows

I had my fill of dark and disturbing for a while. I all about light and fun this week so I will be continuing with the Gallagher Girls read-a-thon. Stephanie Plum is also a nice, predictable comic relief. I am finally going to start Shadows, the second book in the Ashes trilogy. Monsters comes out in September and I want to be ready!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Mondays With Megan-Spy Girls Rule! 8/5/13

gallagher girls readathon

Today is the first day of the Gallagher Girls Read-a-thon, hosted by Books As You Know It. I am really excited to start at the beginning again. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You will be me night-time read all week. What a fun way to end the day and a perfect way to spend the remaining days until the long-awaited final book…42 days and counting.

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Finished:

smile summer up in flames just like fate

Smile by Raina Telegemeier is an awesome middle grade graphic novel. It got plenty of hype a while back and it was well-deserved. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski was the summer road trip book I was most looking forward to reading. Sadly, it was just kind of meh. Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young was a quick, fun read that reminded me of the choose your own adventure books that I loved as a kid. Add this to the long list of reviews I need to right…

Current Audio:

secret keeper everybody sees the ants

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton will be appearing on many Monday lists…it is 20 hours long! I am only a few chapters in, but I know this is going to be an awesome story. I also started Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King. I have read and love Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Ask The Passengers. I am half way through and it is just as wonderful.

Currently Reading:

emerald green cinder monsters of men

Yeah, that’s right! I know all the right people and am so lucky to have an ARC of Emerald Green, the third book in the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier! Of course this means that I may not get around to quickly rereading Cinder. Oh well. I am still working my way through Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. It is really long and heavy. Also, there is a new POV that is kind of throwing me off. It is so good, but I am just not flying through it like the others.

Abandoned:

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Last week I abandoned Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. I was listening to the audio book and one of the discs just was not cooperating. I realized that I was not invested enough in the story to try to make it work or get the print copy. I may got back to it someday, but not right now.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Want a Book

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish is all about insta-want (not to be confused with the dreaded and annoying insta-love trope). I am talking about those themes/descriptors/genres that pique your interest the moment you hear them. I have been known to have a Pavlovian response to the following:

1. Time Travel. This is a relatively new obsession and I must admit I am not indulging it nearly enough.

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2. Road Trip. I have always wanted to be the kind of person who takes road trips. I love the romantic book versions of road trips. In reality, gas station bathrooms are disgusting, you can only eat so many Combos, and cars are pretty uncomfortable. But the road trip novel? Heaven!

amy and roger abundance of katherines going bovine

3. Serial Killers. Nothing like a serial killer to get the heart pumping!

i hunt killers christopher killer name of the star

4. Secret Societies. Who doesn’t want to be a part of a secret society? There is so much variety here-spies, magicians, nano-technology, paranormal agencies, secret demon hunters and more! LOVE this theme.

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5. Dark Humor. I love books that have a wicked sense of humor. I also enjoy a serious book with unexpected bits of much-needed comic relief.

hold me closer  dirty job sapphire blue golem

6. Sassy/Snarky/Plucky Heroine. It’s true! I love a mouthy gal! Frankie, Lucy, Sophie, Evie, Elvie, Amy, Jackie, and Ruby, I am looking at you!

frankie hearts hex hall paranormalcy mothership texas gothic bloody jack boyfriend

7. Retellings/Mythology. Fractured fairy tales and modern mythology seem to be all rage and I like it. I need to read more!

cinder fables strands of bronze and gold percy my ex from hellsisters red frost beastly

8. Zombies and Vampires. For me this one is cyclical. I burn out on one and move to the other. I think I am heading back into a vampires kind of mood. I want to read Immortal Rules soon.

forest of hands and teeth original hearts this is not a tesst immortal rules

9. Paranormal that is NOT zombies or vampires. You know, ghosts, chimera, demons, and other such mystical creatures. I never did get into mermaids though.

diviners daughter of smoke raven boys clockwork

10. Romance. I have been fighting this one. I was never a romance reader growing up, but I just have to come to terms with the fact that I enjoy a nice teen romance. I do!

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Bonus: Words/Topics that make me run away

1. Cancer. Nope. Can’t do it. No thanks. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Too much real life experience with the old C-word to last many life times. No need to read about it. I am also not a huge fan of suicide and eating disorder books.

2. Holocaust. I try. I really do. I acknowledge that there is a ton of really amazing literature out there, and I have appreciated the works that I have read, but oh man, it is so horrifying and disturbing. I can’t handle it. I just can’t.

3. Fairies. So far there has been one exception: Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want on a Deserted Island

Real quick, two things. 1. Thanks a lot The Broke and the Bookish for getting the Gilligan’s Island theme song stuck in my head. Yeah, I blame you. And, 2. Love the new look. So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books we would want with us if we here stuck on a deserted island. As I sat down to list the ten books that I would be happy to read over and over, I started to obsess about the deserted island thing. Why was I there? That would totally determine the ten books that I would just happen to have with me. I really can’t think of many scenarios that would have me carrying my favorites around. The more likely situation is that I am on a vacation that went horribly, horrible wrong. In which case, I would have ten books that I have been planning to read with me. So I am going with that scenario. My TTTs always highlight my favs, it’s time to ‘fess up about the books I keep meaning to read.

1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis.

2. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Everyone loved this one. It’s amazing, blah, blah, blah. I know. I just can’t read everything. It’s on the list.

3. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. I own these for Pete’s sake!

4. Ashfall by Mike Mullin. I like the cover for the sequel better, but I have heard great things about this debut. I am totally going to read it. I swear.

5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I have been saying that I am going to read this book for years. Years, people. In fact, it may take getting stranded for me to actually get to this.

6. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. True confession time. I just bought the book on CD for the library so I could listen to it. I love my job 🙂 Look at the cover! A dragon!

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I know.

8. Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. Been meaning to read this one. I actually bought it for my Nook, so maybe while I am on vacation next week…

9. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. Again, heard good things…

10. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. And again…

There are a few non-YA books that I have been eyeballing for ages too. I might just happen to have an eleventh and twelfth book tucked away somewhere. That would totally be like me. They would probably be:

12 & 13. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon and The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma.

I would get so much reading done if I was stranded on an island!

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Timepiece by Myra McEntire Review

If you haven’t read Hourglass yet, stop reading! I was thrilled to have gotten an advanced copy of Timepiece from Netgalley, but I quickly discovered that I was really fuzzy on some of the details from the first book. It turns out that I was not alone! In fact, I wish I had seen this quick and dirty Hourglass cheat sheet sooner! Oh well, I somehow muddled through *arm dramatically thrown across forehead* Ok, enough melodrama. It really is time for you to stop reading if you don’t want any Hourglass spoilers. For real. Have a look at the pretty pictures and then move along, preferably to the library/bookstore/internet to get a copy of Hourglass.

   

Timepiece picks up where Hourglass left off, with a twist. The buff, tattooed, bad-boy with a big heart, Kaleb, tells the story of what comes next for the young members of the Hourglass. The timeline has been compromised, rips are becoming visible to all the members of the Hourglass and the future is more uncertain than ever. Jack is back and the Hourglass is not the only group that wants him. A mysterious, but terrifying ultimatum has been issued: get Jack and the information he possesses or time will be permanently altered with devastating consequences for the members of Hourglass. The clock is ticking and Kaleb and his friends have no idea where to start or even what to look for. Can Kaleb protect the people he loves and save the ones that Jack has already harmed?

Timepiece does not disappoint! The romance between Emerson and Michael is still electric, but it takes a back burner in this book, which makes sense given Kaleb is one telling the story. But romance fans, don’t dispair! There is a surprising new romance developing in the crazy town of Ivy Springs and I  enjoyed watching it unfold. The plot continues to twists and turns and offers surprises that will once again keep readers frantically flipping the pages. Character development is key and it is a treat to get inside Kaleb’s head (most of the time. He can actually be a bit of a pig at times). I have only one tiny issue. One of the things that I loved about Hourglass was the amount of adult involvement in Emerson’s life. I loved that she had trusted adults to confide in and ask for help. That changes in Timepiece and there is a noticeable lack of adult supervision. Part of this is vital to the plot, but a few situations felt too coincidental. Like I said, a tiny issue that did not detract from my enjoyment of the book at all. Now, the cliffhanger ending? That’s just cruel.

Timepiece is a solid sequel and I anxiously await more. If the author is taking requests, I would love a book from Michael and/or Lily’s POV. Watch for Timepiece in stores and libraries June 12, 2012.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to See on the Big Screen

It’s Top Ten Tuesday! This week The Broke and the Bookish want to know which books we think would make awesome movies (true to my cheater self I also added some that I think would make awesome tv shows). I will only do this list on one condition: Hollywood has to promise not to screw any of these up! Seriously, don’t Percy Jackson any of these or else I’ll, I’ll… Oh hell, let’s face it, I can’t do a darn thing about it. But really, don’t mess them up. You are welcome for the suggestions. They rock. So, Lights! Camera! Action!

1. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. At first I thought, hmm, Uglies, because hooverboards, right? But actually, I think the Leviathan series would be a more breathtakingly amazing film. Can you imagine it? Also, Mr. Westerfeld was kind enough to include blueprints. You’re welcome set and props crew. I’m not saying no to Uglies, either. Unless they plan to screw it up. In that case, leave my favorite series alone please.

2. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. The part where they realize that there are buildings under them? I sort of had a Star Wars moment in my head then. Also, I would like to see what they do with Tool.

3. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. How could you not want to see this as a movie? I mean, the script practically writes itself! I am sure there is some leftover Lost stuff that they could reuse. I think this may be my best suggestion of the day. Please do it.

4.  Hourglass by Myra McEntire. I think the world is ready for another “I see dead people” movie, don’t you? Also, there is the whole redacted  thing. And Michael? Mmmmm.

5. I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak. I don’t know, I just really like Ed Kennedy and ever since I listened to if I can’t stop associating Jesse Spencer with Ed. No, he did not narrate, and it’s probably really stupid American of me, but Ed is Australian, Jesse is Australian, and the guy who narrated is Australian…see where I am going with this. I am not proud of it, but it’s the shameful truth-they all sound the same to me apparently!

6. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. This would make one hell of a zombie movie. Someone should get on that. I am sure there are plenty of disappointed Walking Dead extras who have been killed off already and need to put their amazing zombie skills to use.

7. Heist Society by Ally Carter. Maybe it’s time for a tough, female lead who doesn’t have to be in a kill or be killed situation all the time? I mean, there is danger, and all, but there is also much more humor and kissing as well. I think it’s a smashing idea.

8. The Knife if Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I would like to see someone try to make the whole Noise thing work without driving the audience crazy, because if they can do that, this would make an awesome and suspenseful movie!

 

9. Blood Red Road by Moira Young. One of my favorite underappreciated books. This film would be awesome-a quest, cage fighting, battles, a hilarious and handsome guy…what more do you want?

10. Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. The Ultimate Mean Girls. The danger here is that it has the potential to turn into an After School Special.

Ok, time for the bonus round-book series that would make awesome tv shows.

1. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. A family of dysfunctional private investigators. Yes.

2. The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan. House is wrapping up, maybe Hugh Laurie would like to play Halt?

3. Gone by Michael Grant. Oh, what a creeptastic show this would make.

4. White Cat by Holly Black. I really need more of the Curse Workers.

What do you think?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan