Let’s talk about books.

I had a meeting with local radio station owner and talk show host Kenneth Forte yesterday. As we talked about a project we were working on, the conversation turned to the topic on everyone’s mind these days–Covid-19. Before I really knew what had happened, I agreed to be a guest on his Monday morning talk show. As he walked out the door, he reminded me to send him a list of books that I would recommend for Covid-19 reading.

I was immediately both very excited about the opportunity to talk about books on the radio and very nervous about the opportunity to talk about books on the radio. Excited because I always enjoy talking about books and having to opportunity to share my love for literacy with my community. Nervous because I had been asked to compile a list of books I would recommend. It always makes me nervous to recommend books. I feel that by doing this I present myself as an expert on what everyone should read, and that just seems pretentious. There are more than enough pretentious people in the world, and I don’t want to be one of them. What I do want to be as Dickson County’s only bookstore owner is someone who is always happy to talk about your latest read and guide you toward your next. I want to be a cheerleader for books and literacy in our community. So if you listen in to the radio on Monday morning, don’t expect to hear my list of books you should be reading. Do expect to hear me talk about the books that have been on my mind these last few weeks, the books I’m currently reading, and the new releases that I’m excited about

So, here is a sneak peek of the five books I will be talking about on Monday morning.

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner was one of my favorite reads in 2019. It is now available in paperback and is sure to be a popular book club pick this summer.

Anne Tyler’s newest novel Redhead by the Side of the Road is another release from last week. I’ve never read an Anne Tyler novel I didn’t like.

In the last few weeks, I’ve found myself referring to the lessons found in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. The 30th anniversary edition of this book will release on May 9th.

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s picture book After the Fall about the aftermath of Humpty Dumpty’s famous fall is a wonderfully delightful book to read with children as we all work to overcome fear created by Covid-19.

If you enjoy hearing about books and literacy, consider listening in on Monday morning. (Maybe we can convince Kenneth to make Monday morning book chats a regular thing.)

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