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Recommended Romances I was thinking we hadn't had a romance review on MADreads for a bit, so thought I should write about something I've read. But when I looked back over my recent reads, I found three titles I wanted to bring to your attention. First up is one that is considered to be in the new category of books called "New Adult". These books (often romances) are written for and about 20-somethings who are in those first stages of adult life. First love, first time living on their own, etc. And ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 16, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach

A friend recommended Rachel Bach's trilogy to me since she knows I enjoy military SF. And I thank her right now for the suggestion. Fortune's Pawn introduces mercenary soldier Deviana Morris. Devi's ultimate goal is to join the elite special forces of her planetary kingdom, but to do so she can either spend years in the military slogging her way up the ranks, or go mercenary and ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 9, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This summer I watched The Last Ship, an action adventure tv series (based on the book of the same title by William Brinkley). The series, which is very action-packed and fun (if sometimes a bit over-dramatic and thin on the plot details), takes place in the months after a disease has wiped out about ninety percent of the world's population - think Ebola on extreme steroids. And with all the recent news about the Ebola disease, the plot doesn't seem that far-fetched. This shoot-em-up series ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 5, 2014 | 0 comments
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Adult Summer Reading Club We're almost to a 1000 books read and entered in our online Adult Summer Reading Club (969 titles as I type this). There's still time to get your books read and entered for our weekly drawings. So if you need some suggestions for what to read, take a look at what others are reading. ribbonknight thinks that ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 12, 2014 | 0 comments
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Reading Suggestions from Librarians Looking for your next great read? Follow Madison Public Library on Facebook and tune in on Monday, August 11 for our next Facebook online event.Madison librarians will be on Facebook from 5:30-7:30 pm with custom book recommendations just for you. Post the last three books you read and enjoyed on our Facebook page from 5:30-7:30 pm, and we’ll respond with another title we think you’ll enjoy. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
August 9, 2014 | 0 comments
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Read-A-Romance Month August is Read-A-Romance Month and the Central Library is getting in on the fun. On Thursday evenings in the month of August we'll be talking about romance novels. Each week we're covering a different sub-genre.  August 7th: One Foot on the Floor - Gentle Romance August 14th: Things That Go Bump in the Night - Urban Fantasy RomanceAugust 21st: Hot & Now - Contemporary Romance ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

"That doesn't sound like a school triva night," said Mrs. Patty Ponder to Marie Antoinette [her cat]. "That sounds like a riot." So opens Liane Moriarty's new novel, Big Little Lies. The melee is happening at the Pirriwee Public School in a suburban Australian town, and before the night is over the police will be called to investigate.  Flash back six months to orientation day for the new kindergartners and their moms. Madeline is a confident woman celebrating (mostly) ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 16, 2014 | 2 comments
A review of The Actress by Amy Sohn

Maddy Freed is attending the Mile's End film festival to promote her first indie film. She hopes that her boyfriend, the director, can get a distribution deal for their film. What she doesn't expect is to come to the attention of talent manager Bridget Ostrow and her client, the mega-star Steven Weller. She's soon caught up in a whirlwind that doesn't show any signs of stopping. And she can't imagine the impact the two Hollywood powerbrokers will have on the course of her life.Maddy falls hard ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
July 2, 2014 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Club It's the end of our fourth week of the Summer Reading Club and we have 419 books that have been read and logged from our online participants. Great job everyone.  pixie3 laughed out loud at Let's Pretend This Never Happened  "In each chapter, Jenny Lawson tells her personal anecdotes of growing up with her excentric father ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 28, 2014 | 0 comments
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Summer Reading Club The Library's Summer Reading Club has been going for a little more then a week and we've already had 134 books logged online. What makes SRC so great is that the whole family can participate. And you can do so in person by filling out a registration card at your local library or online as these readers are.  Here's a sampling of what's already ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
June 12, 2014 | 0 comments