The Year of Reading Dangerously

The Year of Reading Dangerously

How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-so-great Ones) Saved My Life

Book - 2014
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"A vivaciously witty and entertaining chronicle of one man's quest to better himself by reading fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones), The Year of Reading Dangerously--the grown-up version of a grade-schooler's reading journal--reminds us why we should all make time in our lives for books"-- Provided by publisher.
"An editor and writer's vivaciously entertaining, and often moving, chronicle of his year-long adventure with fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones)--a true story about reading that reminds us why we should all make time in our lives for books. Nearing his fortieth birthday, author and critic Andy Miller realized he's not nearly as well read as he'd like to be. A devout book lover who somehow fell out of the habit of reading, he began to ponder the power of books to change an individual life--including his own--and to the define the sort of person he would like to be. Beginning with a copy of Bulgakov's Master and Margarita that he happens to find one day in a bookstore, he embarks on a literary odyssey of mindful reading and wry introspection. From Middlemarch to Anna Karenina to A Confederacy of Dunces, these are books Miller felt he should read; books he'd always wanted to read; books he'd previously started but hadn't finished; and books he'd lied about having read to impress people.Combining memoir and literary criticism, The Year of Reading Dangerously is Miller's heartfelt, humorous, and honest examination of what it means to be a reader. Passionately believing that books deserve to be read, enjoyed, and debated in the real world, Miller documents his reading experiences and how they resonated in his daily life and ultimately his very sense of self. The result is a witty and insightful journey of discovery and soul-searching that celebrates the abiding miracle of the book and the power of reading"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2014]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780061446184
Branch Call Number: B MILLER
Characteristics: 338 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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dreams_in_blue
Mar 24, 2017

This author is completely horrid.
Think a pompous stuffed shirt who is convinced that he is the ultimate personage on the authority of books, and he dared to "read dangerously" because...I'm actually at a lost as to why this title was chosen. Perhaps because "Arrogant self-aware bookseller reads 50 books and talks down to the readers about them" is too long and wordy, though more true.
There was also the thing of footnotes, on every page. I get wanting to explain something that might seem complicated to "those who might not understand" but to have them on every page where they serve no purpose except to continue a part of his thought process? (You are not using them correctly dude)
If you can't tell, I really had a hard time with this book. If you like it, cheers, but it's so not for me.

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zipread
Dec 06, 2016

Sorry: not for me.

hgeng63 Feb 17, 2015

Not one for the ages. Could have been cut by 1/3. The subject matter of the bk is more lovable than Miller's handling of it.

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