Martin's Must-Reads

There are one million new books published each year.  With so many books and so little time, where do you begin to find your next must-read? There’s the New York Times Bestseller list, the Goodreads app, the Cape Library’s Staff picks shelf and now Martin’s Must-Reads.

Every Wednesday at 6:42 and 8:42 a.m., and now Sunday at 8:18 a.m., Betty Martin recommends a must read based on her own personal biases for historical fiction, quirky characters and overall well-turned phrases. Her list includes WWII novels, biographies of trailblazers, novels with truly unique individuals and lots more. Reading close to 100 titles a year, Betty has plenty of titles to share. Tune in each Wednesday and visit for previous must-reads. 

“Between life and death there is a library,” she said. “And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived.”

“In Iraq every friendship is a risk. You never know who might turn you in for something as small as a joke, or an offhand comment. Perhaps it will be your best friend who gets your tongue cut out. Perhaps it will be a colleague at work. Perhaps they don’t want to betray you but the mukhabarat will harm their children otherwise.”

“Still, I take responsibility for what happened to my marriage, that’s what I’m trying to say. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that if you can find a way to make things right, you do it. And if screwing over a desperate, privileged girl is the price, so be it.”

"This is the true tragedy of our time: the spiraling decline of our planet’s biodiversity. For life to truly thrive on this planet, there must be biodiversity.  Only when billions of different individual organisms make the most of every resource and opportunity they encounter, and millions of species lead lives that interlock so that they sustain each other, can the planet run efficiently.  The greater the biodiversity, the more secure will all life be on Earth, including ourselves.  Yet the way we humans are now living on Earth is sending biodiversity into a decline.”

For those of us who have sisters we know that it is often a love-hate relationship. We can be so jealous of them, maybe even want to inflict pain, but will also fiercely defend and keep them from harm. Research has shown that can be even more true of twin sisters.