The upside to my long commute through two and a half counties each morning and afternoon is that I get to listen to a good chunk of a book during the course of one ride. Here are some that made the cut, in no particular order, while traveling in December and January.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Shocking her blue-blood political family by volunteering for the war effort in 1939 London, socialite Mary takes a job teaching evacuated and marginalized children. She begins a romance with her employer, Tom, who is dealing with his own issues and guilt of having not joined up to go into battle like his friend Alistair. When Mary and Alistair finally meet, a painful love triangle is formed and challenged by the grueling realities of war.
Time Travel: A History by James Gleick
Why are so many people obsessed with time travel; maybe it’s the thought of going back to right a wrong or maybe they just want to be a first-hand witness to famous moments in history? Whatever the reason, “the acclaimed author of Chaos presents a thought-provoking exploration of time travel that details its subversive origins, evolution in literature and science and enduring influence on our understandings of time itself.”
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
I always like to throw in a classic. I don’t know if others would consider this book to be a classic but when listening through, I found it to be a bit dated and along the lines of The Davinci Code, but entertaining none the less. “Endeavoring to decipher a five-hundred-year old text that weaves a mathematical labyrinth within a love story, researchers Tom Sullivan and Paul Harris obtain a diary that may contain the key to the code, but when a fellow researcher is killed, they realize that the book contains a dangerous secret.”
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
It is always exciting, if not often scary, to imagine what if scenarios. What if the Germans won World War II, what if the Russians were the first to land on the moon, what if Rome never fell. In the same vein as these what if scenarios, Underground Railroad is, “a tale set in a modern America where the Civil War never happened and four states still enforce slavery follows the experiences of a talented black bounty hunter who infiltrates an abolitionist group to catch a high-profile runaway.”
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
This book is the second installment in The 5th Wave series. “Survivors Cassie, Ben, and Ringer endure a fifth attack by other invaders who are determined to exterminate the human race by eliminating all trustworthy human characteristics.”
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
This narrative is a bold and revealing look at a moment in time in a young woman’s life that helped shape who she was to become, cinematic history, and the world itself. Carrie Fisher, known as best-selling author of Postcards From the Edge and Hollywood icon for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, “shares interconnected essays exploring her life as the child of Tinseltown royalty, adventures on the sets of Star Wars and struggles with bipolar disorder.” This story narrated by the author herself, is even more poignant due to Fisher’s death at the close of 2016.