The Year of Reading Dangerously by Andy Miller

It was lovely to welcome Jean and Katherine to our May meeting, and to welcome back Amy and Emily, who had both been away having babies.

Since we mostly read fiction, our choice for this month was an unusual one: Andy Miller’s The Year of Reading Dangerously, his account of a year of reading from his self-created List of Betterment.  We didn’t spend that long discussing the book, but it did (as hoped) provide an excellent springboard for a great discussion on all things book related: why do we read and what; do we lie about reading books we feel we “should” have read; how did we come to reading; how do we define well-read, and much, much more.

Next month is also unusual in that, for only the second time, we will welcome an author to our meeting.  Carys Davies is the author of The Redemption of Galen Pike, which we are reading as part of this year’s Read Regional campaign.  Excitement is mounting!




Meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm until 9pm with reader in residence Cathy McCracken.

We meet in the Windsor Hotel on South Parade, Whitley Bay. Come into Reception and go through the double doors in front of you, then turn left and follow signs to the Conference Room.

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