I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.
Every year, almost always in the summer, I try to read a baseball book. It's become a bit of tradition, and it just seems like a good American thing to do.
Usually, some book or other penetrates the media and comes into my consciousness to end up on my summer reading list. Sometimes, I get recommendations from friends. There's never a shortage of titles from which to choose. I count both fiction and non-fiction.
This year's book, Larry Tye's "Satchel" biography, was featured on several of the podcasts to which I subscribe when it first came out several years ago but only found it way to the top of my list this summer. Lo and behold, on the back cover the publisher brags that it was the "Casey Award winner for best baseball book of the year."
Whaaat? How have I never heard of the Casey Awards? I've been obsessed with book awards since I was a girl with the Newberry winners. Book prizes equal instant reading lists. Check. Check. Check.
Well, the Casey awards are online, of course. I've read a few of their winners and nominees, but surprisingly, not many. This will be a treasure-trove for me in years to come. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFGiHm5WMLk