Feature Writer Lynne Tatum – Diving into a Good Book

What are you reading these days? Has your taste in books changed over time? Do you find yourself re-reading a beloved novel? No longer interested in torrid romance novels, I’m irresistibly drawn to adventure stories, legal and medical mysteries, biographies of singers and music in general. I primarily read for relaxation and entertainment. Have you noticed that readers of commercial audiobooks will announce, “Performed by”? As many narrators tend to be actors, this is often true as they bring the characters to vivid life. Conversely, a poor reader can absolutely kill a story for me and it will go unread.

Some series that have completely captured my imagination have been J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, L. A. Meyer’s Bloody jack, Susan Collins’ The Hunger Games, and Rick Riodan’s the 39 Clues. I realize that these are aimed mainly at young people but as so many of you will attest, it makes absolutely no difference when it comes to a well-read, fast-paced, riveting storyline. Just this holiday weekend I downloaded the first installment of Angie Sage’s Septemus Heap series and I’m gratified to know that Audible has the remaining titles, as waiting for the next book in a series can be most exasperating. This book sounds very familiar and I’m wondering if I once attempted to read it but could not get through it. Has this ever happened to you? You begin reading a book to determine whether you have or haven’t read it?

Faithful readers will know my passion for music and I have read and enjoyed at least a few books on the subject. Memorable biographies are those of opera singers Marion Anderson, Renee Fleming, and Jazz singer Dina Washington. An outstanding and detailed book that I read a few years ago that remains reasonably timely is Mark Coleman’s “Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, One Hundred Years of Music, Machines, and Money.” The Juggernaut reality/talent show American Idol absorbed almost ten years of my life so it is only appropriate that I very recently completed Richard Rushfield’s candid “American Idol: The Untold Story.” What an enlightening and infuriating account of a show that had us cheering and sneering, often during the same episode.

Reading is a life-long passion and I hope to pass on with a set of earbuds or headphones firmly in place as an exciting tale issues forth.

I would like to take this time to thank those who posted well-wishes and remedies for my cold. It turned into a stubborn sinus infection that became exacerbated by insidious acid reflux. My voice is finally returning to something close to normal. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to all those who comment on my articles.

Happy New Year!

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