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Mischief Managed.

The last Harry Potter movie is being released today and I find myself feeling strangely sad. As someone who doesn’t even particularly love the movies, this is a pretty odd sensation.

I started reading Harry Potter in 1999. I was almost the same age as the characters and it all felt so deliciously real. I devoured the first book and immediately demanded the second. Luckily, it had just come out, and in a matter of a day or two, I had finished that one too. Then came the waiting for the publication of the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Best “bodice-ripper” I ever read!

I just finished reading the book Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean and all I can say is - WOW. I haven't read one of these "bodice-rippers" in a long time.  I went back and forth between laughing and fanning myself and sighing and crying! Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always been a good girl, and always does the right thing. Deciding it is time for a change, she makes a list of things she must do in her life to satisfy her so she can truly be happy. She wasn't counting on the charming and devastatingly handsome, Gabriel St.

A Grown-up Book for People Who Like Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia

The final Harry Potter movie is coming out this month. If you liked reading the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia series, try reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This is a book about magic with dark overtones. The main character, Quentin, is a high school senior who has always loved the “Chronicles of Fillory” and feels disconnected with his world. He goes for a college interview only to find the interviewer dead and a strange paramedic there who gives him an envelope that leads him to Brakebills, a college for magicians.

What's a Good Book to Read

What’s a good book to read reminds me of a person standing in front of an open refrigerator asking what’s good to eat. In both cases the answer depends on the person’s mood and taste. Is the person looking for something sweet or spicy? Substantial or indulgent? Comforting or unusual? Both food and books can have these characteristics. Moods and tastes can also change during the year. The person who wants to read light romances in summer may change to suspense by Halloween, then inspirational stories for Christmas, followed by acclaimed literary novels, and then an intriguing biography.

Reading Journals

Every year I say to myself: keep track of everything you read. Write down every title and author. Each year around March I realize I forgot to do it. Last year, I finally started—in June. It has been an exciting and interesting way to track what I’m reading and how much I read. The journal has shown me that I average a book a week.

Any “Seppies” out there?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP to her fans who are known as "Seppies") has a new book out titled Call Me Irresistible. If you enjoyed her previous book, What I Did for Love, you will love this one too. The small Texas town of Wynette wasn't prepared for the whirlwind named Meg Koranda. When Meg arrives to be maid of honor at her best friend's wedding - to the town's golden boy - she creates turmoil everywhere she goes.

Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux. Published 2010

This book is a little different from what I usually read, but I like to read books that have a Wisconsin connection. The author Madeleine Roux went to Beloit College and started a fiction blog which is the basis for this book. The main character Allison is a graduate student in Madison and working at a bookstore when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. She is able to connect to the Snet—a secret military emergency Internet—when she can find electricity to recharge her laptop computer and write her blog.

Nora Roberts Bride Quartet

Did you ever dress up in one of your Mom’s old dresses and play “wedding” as a child? I know I did. Our poor family dog had to endure hours of wearing one of Dad’s ties in my pretend weddings. Every once in a while a book series comes along that has all the right ingredients for a romance lover like me. Nora Robert’s takes those childhood dream weddings and brings them to life in the pages of her Bride Quartet series.

Book Clubs

The Fond du Lac Public Library hosts four adult book discussion groups every month. New members are welcome at any time:

Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr

I enjoy reading books that have a Wisconsin connection. By that I mean the book has a Wisconsin setting or the author is from Wisconsin. I just finished reading a new book, Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr. The author grew up in Japan, Wisconsin, and California, and the book is set in central Wisconsin. There are autobiographical elements in Wingshooters. Both the author and the main character have a Japanese mother and a white American father and have English Springer Spaniel dogs.

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