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Sandra Kring and Her Bright Ideas

Wisconsin author Sandra Kring’s new book A Life of Bright Ideas has just been published. It is a sequel to The Book of Bright Ideas with many of the same characters. Kring writes about small town life, family, and friendship in a down-to-earth, humorous, conversational tone. It is best to start with Book of Bright Ideas to understand the characters and so that the ending from the first book is not spoiled.

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of Valentine's Day, this post is dedicated to my love of romance novels. I admit it. I am an incurable romantic. I love that light-headed, stomach dropping, lump-in-your-throat feeling you get when the man you love says something sweet, does something silly that touches your heart. What do I look for in a good romance novel? I want my heart to flutter, I want to laugh....and cry too....

Get Engaged (or Outraged) with "Time for Outrage"

Time for Outrage is a book written by a ninety something Frenchman. So why should you pick it up? This slim little book doesn’t look like much and only takes about 30 minutes to read, but it is both an inspiration and a history lesson in one. Hessel was a member of the French Resistance in World War II, worked closely with the postwar French government, and helped to craft the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Catherine the Great

Robert Massie has written several books about the Romanov dynasty in Russia, including a biography of Peter the Great for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. After years of research, Massie recently released a biography of Catherine the Great.

Warm Up With a Hot Romance

It's All Greek to Me by Katie MacAlister is both steamy and hilarious at the same time. Eglantine "Harry" Knight sets off for Greece at the last minute to stand in as manager of a friend's touring band. This six-foot-tall, wild-haired, tempestuous woman meets the man of her dreams, but there is one problem - she can't pronounce his name. It's much easier to call him "Yacky" instead of Iakovos, so you really can't blame the poor girl. Though the story line is a bit predictable – girl meets Greek playboy billionaire, sparks fly, etc...

Meagan's Favorite Reads of 2011

2011 saw a lot of wonderful books published. Whether they made me laugh, cry, or look under the bed for monsters, here are some of my favorites.


Bossypants
by Tina Fey 

Need a Little Christmas Spirit?

Christmas is right around the corner and stress levels are on the rise. Need a little something to get you back into the holiday spirit? There is nothing like a warm, heartfelt Christmas story to lift your spirits and bring back the true meaning of the holiday season. Take your pick from this list of new books by some of your favorite authors.

Susan's Top 15 Picks for 2011

Susan’s 15 Picks for 2011

These are all books that were published in 2011 that I read and liked.  Since I like books with a Wisconsin connection, about half of the titles have a Wisconsin connection.

My Top Four, Alphabetically by Author

The Queen by Steven James

I like to read books with a Wisconsin connection, and The Queen is a Christian thriller in the Patrick Bowers series that is set in northern Wisconsin. All of the books in the series are named for chess pieces starting with the first book The Pawn. This is a great book to read for those who like suspense and espionage.

The Most Dangerous Thing

I recently finished “The Most Dangerous Thing” by Laura Lippman and can’t stop thinking about it. Lippman, an accomplished journalist and mystery novelist, also writes “stand alone” novels. These novels are often set in and around Baltimore; this novel is set in the suburb of Dickeyville, where Lippman herself grew up.

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