Book Review – The Year of Reading Dangerously – Andy Miller

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Facts:

  •    Book: The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life
  •    Author: Andy Miller
  •    Genre: Non-Fiction
  •    Year of Release: 2012
  •    Read 318-page hardcover edition in May 2015.

Book Description:

This is a non-fiction account of Andy Miller’s year long experiment in reading.  He has decided to read from his selected “Books of Enlightenment” List for the year. Miller loves his wife and young son, but feels he is falling into some bad daily routines and losing that connection to the magic of being a reader.  We follow him along his journey for the year, as he reads a variety of amazing books, and shares the impressions, events, and situations that occurs during this year long process.

Book Review:

This was an enjoyable book for those who love reading.  For those who are readers, it is wonderful to read about reading.  Of course, if you aren’t a reader, this book will not be for you.  And for those who may want to read some of the books on the list that Miller reads from, be warned there are a few spoilers on some of the books, so you need to be mindful of that.

Miller does a great job presenting his concerns with falling into the numbing pattern of day to day life, concerns which many of us start to feel as we get into the grating habits of daily work and life.  Miller is wonderful at illustrating the issues many of us have, and presenting them in a relatable and often times humorous way.  It is Miller’s use of humour that is one of the highlights of the book.  Sometimes the humour is about reading and novels, but often it is simply about his life, and is written in an approachable way.

The second highlight of the book is the discussion about several of the books on Miller’s list.  Miller doesn’t cover all 50 books on his “List of Enlightenment” but he does cover many.  He doesn’t like all of them, but he gets some form of value from all of them, as they all fall on his journey of reacquainting himself with his passion for reading.  And for many of the books, he is able to connect them with his family life, work life, or the broader world around him.  This creates a great demonstration of why reading is truly so powerful.

Overall, Miller has done a great job talking about the importance of reading, but doing it with humour, and connecting the solitary act of reading with family relationships, friendships, and the world around us.

Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.

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