The 12 Best Books I Read in 2021

I didn’t reach my reading goals for 2021. I started the year with a Reading Challenge on Goodreads of completing 77 books. Didn’t think it would be too challenging. After all, in 2020, I read 126 books (although my initial goal was only 99). In fact, I’ve met or exceeded my reading challenges for theContinue reading “The 12 Best Books I Read in 2021”

How to Kill a Mockingbird, a Longing for Belonging, and the Power of Story

A Strange Introduction to Boo Radley The autumn I was 12, my big brother, Emmanuel, invented a name for our neighbor across the street: Boo Radley.  The man’s name was actually Doug. Although in his late thirties, he still lived with his mother. Doug had narrow eyes and a strange, perpetual smile. We had beenContinue reading “How to Kill a Mockingbird, a Longing for Belonging, and the Power of Story”

A Good Book Is a Good Friend … and Authors Make Great Friends

Reading a book by an author you haven’t read in a while – a favorite author – is something like meeting up with an old friend. A good friend. The Depth of True Friendship You smile at the sight of your friend and their face lights up. You shake hands or hug. The two ofContinue reading “A Good Book Is a Good Friend … and Authors Make Great Friends”