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Are You a Dawdler or a Lollygagger?

Did you put off filing your income taxes until the last minute again this year? Do you continually struggle with deadlines, surf the Web instead of paying the bills, and prefer distraction to action? If so, I have the perfect self-help book for you. The Art of Procrastination, written by John Perry, an emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University, claims to be the effective guide to the art of dawdling, lollygagging and postponing.

Patron Saint of Lost Dogs

If you like books featuring animal/human relationships such as those by James Herriot, Susan Wilson, and W. Bruce Cameron, or if you like books with quirky characters, humor, and a touch of romance such as those by Fannie Flagg and Anne Tyler, then you probably would enjoy this warm and fuzzy debut novel from a veterinarian who wrote two memoirs, Tell Me Where It Hurts and Love Is the Best Medicine.

The Power Trip by Jackie Collins

Fun, fast, and trashy, with delicious characters skillfully woven into a complex plot and set against glitz and glamour, The Power Trip by Jackie Collins contains just the right amount of sex, mystery, greed and murder to make it the bestseller that it is. Five dynamic, powerful, and famous couples set sail on Russian billionaire Aleksandr Kasianenko's luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. Each of the couples accepted the coveted invitation for the cruise for their own - mostly selfish - reasons.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

When I read Ready Player One it reminded me of a cross between the last Harry Potter book and Hunger Games with the same premise of a lone teen battling evil. The book is set in the United States in the year 2044 when things have gone bad due to climate change and poverty. Wade Watts is an impoverished 18-year-old orphan living in a vertical trailer park called the “stacks”. He has rigged up a junked van as his sanctuary where he can log into his virtual school and spend all of his free time in the virtual world of OASIS.

Lisa Scottoline Writes Humor?

I am a huge Lisa Scottoline fan. Her suspense novels are fabulous and keep me guessing to the very last page. Who knew she could also write humor? Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca Serritella, teamed up to put together one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. Titled Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim, the book caught my eye on the new nonfiction shelves the other day and I read it last night from cover to cover. It is hilarious!

A book to celebrate Irish storytelling

St. Patrick’s Day is coming, so here is a fun book to celebrate Irish storytelling. The Pig Did It by Joseph Caldwell is the first book in a humorous trilogy set in present day Ireland. The main character, Aaron McCloud, goes to Ireland from New York to see his Aunt Kitty and brood about his bad luck in love. Aunt Kitty is close to Aaron’s age and writes “corrected’ versions of classic novels. On the bus to Kitty’s house, some loose pigs are blocking the road, and Aaron helps round them up only to find himself stranded with a pig no one claims.

The New Thriller by Lisa Gardner is Outstanding

Touch and Go, the new thriller by Lisa Gardner, can only be described as an edge-of-your seat thrill ride. The story features the kidnapping of a high-flying CEO Justin Denbe, along with his wife, Libby, and their teenage daughter Ashlyn. The Denbe's have the kind of life you read about in the pages of a glossy magazine; a gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, a great marriage, a perfect life.

If you like Debbie Macomber and Jennifer Chiaverini...

Three Good Things by Wendy Francis is a debut novel set in the Madison area. This is a light and heartwarming story about two sisters who are trying to make the best of their lives while dealing with the difficulties that come along. If you like books about family dynamics with a dash of romance, then you may like Three Good Things.

Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs is my go-to author when I need a lift. I'd been feeling a bit under the weather for the past week so I scooped up Return to Willow Lake, her latest in the Lakeshore Chronicles series. You can tell from the majority of my blog posts that romance is my favorite genre, but Return to Willow Lake is so much more than just a romance novel. This is a book about family and what's really important in life. Sonnet Romano has always been an overachiever. She works in New York at a worldwide agency that helps underprivileged children.

Anna's Playground by Fond du Lac Author Karen Barouski

Fond du Lac author Karen Barouski has written a page-turning thriller set in Marinette, Wisconsin in the late 1990s.

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