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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:

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  • 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:

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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-Readathon Sign Up Time! 9/22/14

Happy Monday everyone! In case you missed my post over the weekend, I have been selected to be a Round 2 Cybils Awards judge! Mark your calendars because nominations for these awards open October 1. October is also when the bi-annual Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon takes place. Save the date: October 18th! Oh happy day! It’s time to start making a readathon TBR list. I am so far behind on my reading goal and I am counting on this readathon to get me back on track. My reading these days has been so sporadic that I hardly have anything to report. 😦 But, it’s Monday, so here goes!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts. Be sure to stop over for more great lists.


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  • Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. I am not sure what I had expected of this one, but I was certainly a bit surprised by some of the twists and turns of the story. I really liked Amy and Matthew and I appreciated the fascinating look at what it is like to live with a disability.
  • The Secret Place by Tana French. Stephen Moran is back in this fifth book of the Dublin Murder Squad series. When new evidence comes to light in a cold case, Moran jumps at the opportunity to work the case. The case involves the murder of a teenaged boy on the grounds of a private girl’s school and Holly Mackey, daughter of Detective Mackey, appears to be involved in some manner. I adore am slightly obsessed with The Dublin Murder Squad. This latest installment is magical and have savored every word.

Current Audio:

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  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I set aside Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye for the time being in order to finish this series.

Currently Reading:

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Still. *sigh*

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!



2014 Cybils Awards-I am a Round 2 Judge!

Cybils-Logo-2014-Rnd2I am so excited to report that I will be one of the Round 2 Judges for the 2014 Young Adult Fiction Cybils Awards! What are the Cybils, you ask? Check out this mission statement:

Cybils Awards Mission

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

Round 2 judges read and discuss the 5-7 finalist that the Round 1 judges select from the hundreds of nominated titles. Sounds like fun, right? Want to join in on the fun? You can, by nominating your favorite books. Nominations begin October 1. Be sure to check out the Cybils website for all the details about nominating books. In the meantime,  I should get busy meeting my fellow Round 2 judges! We are going to have lots to talk about when we start our reading in January!

Happy Reading!