Approaching the Speed Limit

In the 90s if my friend and I wanted to avoid eavesdroppers, we spoke in our secret language. We learned it from a book. It didn’t take long for us to fire off sentences on the bus or playground, smirking conspiratorially as other kids stared with heads tilted and eyebrows up. I’m not going to…

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…

All the Light We Cannot See

 WWII story fatigue sank me after I completed Hillenbrand’s phenomenal Unbroken, but like a shark,  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr kept circling the deep waters of my To-Be-Read list. Then I heard it featured a blind character named Marie-Laure. I had to discover Doerr’s character development of her. Will she be a…

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…