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. 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 KRCU.org for previous must-reads. 

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandria Victoria is roused from bed with news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England.

I’m Betty Martin with Martin’s Must Reads and if you’ve been watching the PBS series "Victoria," then you will enjoy reading Daisy Goodwin’s novel of the same name.

For most New Yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is not just a train station, but a crown jewel, a masterpiece of design. 

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis is an historical novel that takes place in Grand Central Terminal.

The story begins in April of 1928 with Clara Darden, the only female teacher of the Grand Central Art school.  She teaches the technique of illustration, draws illustrations for Vogue and works for Studebaker automobiles helping to design the car interiors and their ads. The story follows her through heartbreak and financial hard times.

“Oh dear, what does one wear after learning her husband can’t bear the sight of her? Can I quickly fashion a funeral shroud out of the bedsheets? No, I’m still Mrs. Douglas Simmons, and I need to act like it.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and that’s a quote from Mr. and Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel. 

“There are those who will argue such things should not be written. The songs are for the Keepers. Have I, of all people, forgotten the written word is sacred? But who am I, if not a Keeper of the Old Way? My name is Languoreth, daughter of Morten.”

I’m Betty Martin with "Martin’s Must Reads" and that quote comes at the end of the historical fantasy The Lost Queen by Signe Pike. This book, the first of a trilogy, was ranked as one of the best Fiction for 2018 and has been compared to the Outlander and the Mists of Avalon series.

“I never heard the siren. I slept through the rising wind and tree branches wrenching loose and colliding with the roof. I glanced out the window and saw the Oklahoma sky soaked with a new color. Damp jade. Split pea soup. Moss on stone.”

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