Staff Picks

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....

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.

Bone House by Brian Freeman

A thriller set in Door County. The book starts with a prologue. Ten year old Glory Fischer witnesses a fire that destroys the Bone family house and kills the mother and 2 sons. Daughter Jen survives because she was having a sleep-over with Glory’s older sister Tresa. The story picks up six years later. Mark and Hilary Bradley moved to Door County from the Chicago area. Both are teachers, but Mark’s job was cut after allegations that he had an affair with Tresa. Both say it is not true. Hilary and Mark are vacationing in Florida where Hilary is watching a college dance team competition.

Take a peek inside the world of New York’s elite real estate in Hot Property

Michelle, Samantha, and Sabrina Kleier - the stars of HGTV's hit real estate reality show Selling New York - share the glitz, glamour, and gossip of Manhattan society in their new book Hot Property. From the Upper East Side, to Tribeca, and, of course, Central Park, life behind the closed doors of these luxurious million dollar properties is not always as it seems.

Girl in the Blue Beret, a WWII Novel

Veterans’ Day is coming soon on November 11, and each year we lose more of our World War II veterans. In remembrance, why not read one of the many novels or nonfiction books on WWII? The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason would be an excellent choice.

World War II is a popular setting for novels. I have read and enjoyed several in the past few years:

I Gave My Heart to Know This by Ellen Baker

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian

Carry Me Home by Sandra Kring

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