First line: Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, it’s time for our mystery celebrity.
Summary: Hedy Lamarr, once considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world, was an actress and an inventor. She was born and grew up in Austria. However, when Europe seemed to be on the brink of world war, she fled to England and then the United States. Upon arrival she started her career in Hollywood. She starred in blockbuster films, married multiple times and lived the life of celebrity. But she also had a secret. She was a scientist. She loved inventing things and learning about the world around her.
My Thoughts: Several years ago, I read The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict, where I learned about Hedy Lamarr for the first time. It was a wonderful story about a fantastic woman. She was greatly overlooked for her inventions and only remembered for her looks. I love that people are now realizing her greatness.
I loved this version of her life. Graphic novels are becoming a form of literature that I have been more open to recently. I loved the artwork. It was all beautifully done and had lots of detail. Sometimes I find myself overlooking the art in a graphic novel but this one I took my time to look longer at the scenes before turning the page. If you are looking for a quick read and want to learn something new then this is perfect for you.
I have an endless reading list. It continues to get bigger no matter how many books I read per year. I will never be able to read everything I want to read but I will try my hardest!
One way that I have found to be very helpful in reducing my to be read pile is audiobooks. There are many ways that audiobooks can be useful including digital downloads and books on CD or Playaway. Some books are great in audio form while others are not. It all depends on the reader and story. Moreover, when you find that one perfect story you will be hooked.
My favorite audiobooks are the Harry Potter series. Jim Dale, the reader, does a great job of creating new voices for the characters. He brings the stories of J.K. Rowling to life.
When I go on road trips, especially by myself, I like to have something to listen to in order to stay awake. I feel like I am traveling with someone rather than alone. When I bought my most recent car, the only thing I really cared about having was a CD player so that I can listen to audiobooks. It really surprised the car dealer that I did not want blue tooth or back up cameras. Very simple tastes for this librarian!
Another time I have learned is wasted and could be filled with reading is during my morning routine. Apps like RB Digital and Sunflower eLibrary (Overdrive) are perfect for this. I always have an audiobook downloaded on my iPhone that I can have playing while doing my hair and eating breakfast.
With the wide variety of audiobooks available it is never difficult to find something interesting. The last several years I have been able to read over 100 books due to audiobooks. It gives me much more freedom to work my way through my list of books.