National Read a Book Day

Pick a book… any book! Serious nonfiction or comic book, romance novel or mystery thriller… your choice.

Sometimes when I read, I like to be entertained with something light and fun. Most times I find myself reading nonfiction works that I literally read with a highlighter in my hand to mark concepts that particularly strike my fancy, and I turn down the top corner of that page to make it easier to find again. I confess that I have done this for several decades. The result is hundreds of books that I have read once… always intending to go back to again, and yet never quite getting there. Even when I’ve donated books, they come filled with my scrawled notes, highlighted passages, and turned-down corners. (Sorry.)

If I am re-reading a book, it is because I am recording and editing the audiobook version of it. Producing audiobooks, I must admit, is a blast! I wish I had discovered the industry 20 years ago.

The most fun I’ve had with books was working on our Maltipoo Bandit’s book. “A Dangerous Book for Dogs: Train Your Humans” comes with a warning to NOT let the book fall into human hands. I mean, he didn’t want all his canine secrets revealed to humans, of course.

But there are digital formats as well as paperback editions in both black and white and full color because he included lots of photographs. And the audiobook edition (on Audible) is sprinkled with fun animations and sound effects.  Producing it meant re-reading it a couple of times. And he still makes me laugh out loud! (Yup… the photo is Bandit with his book.)

Today is the day to read a book… whether it’s one you hold in your hand while relishing the turning of each page or one that you read on the run in a convenient digital format or one that you listen to while on a boat or in a car. Happy Reading!

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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