Turning Pages

I know they exist because other people mention them, but I never had one. A summer reading list that is. Maybe because my family was already making regular trips to the library and bookstore and bookmobile, my teachers knew not to slip one inside my final report card. Who knows. But the reading mosquito bit…

Blind Bibliophilia and Free Books

I’m a nerd. Of course I love to hold books in my hands, flip the pages, inhale the freshly-pressed inky scent. But with these eyes, reading regular print is a hardship. A paperback becomes a project. I gotta use my magnifier and risk major eye strain or fuss with my text reading equipment and hold…

A Little Extra on the Side

My love of audiobooks blossomed wide like a rose bud during eye surgery recoveries. Over the years I’ve tended to my literary rosebush, pruning away poor listens as needed and fertilizing and watering with new narrators and genres to grow the intellectual interest. 15 years ago, audiobooks demanded more energy to read: the time spent…

A Summer Challenge

No tickets. No helmets. Lucky stampers, optional. It’s up to you, readers, when you play the summer game: book bingo. One of my favorite pods, Books on the Nightstand (BOTNS), runs an annual reading challenge from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Randomly generated bingo cards guide players to explore new authors, genres and other types…