Book Review: “The Little Guide to Your Well Read Life”

Leveens Book
Leveen's Book

A few years ago, I picked up Steve Leveen’s book “The LIttle Guide to Your Well Read Life” at a local bookstore.  As an avid reader, I was intrigued that someone had written a new book on more effective reading.  In a day when reading seems to be dropping to all time lows, it was refreshing to see this book published.

Leveen’s book relies heavily on one written many years before; Mortimer Adler’s “How To Read A Book” is considered by most bibliophiles to be the best written on the subject.  The thing I liked about Leveen’s work is that while leaning heavily on Adler’s theories, it also takes into account new mediums for books such as the growing audio book market.  It also made for easy reading as it was broken down into manageable chapters and yes, it is available as an audio book as well.

The book begins with Leveen’s own background into his reading passion before providing practical advice on how to take notes on what you are reading, organizing your bookshelves for more effective reading, how to get more books into your life, and how to share your love of books though a local book club.  I read the entire book over a weekend while relaxing on my back porch in the summer of 2005.  I recently “read” the book again in audio form to prepare for this review.

After reading this book, you will be well on your way to more fruitful reading in the years ahead.  It’s a fun, easy guide on getting more life from your books and is readily available at many libraries if you’d like to check it out.

Reading is essential for growth.  Whether you read more print books or formulate a way to include audio books into your life, the lessons learned from effective reading are priceless.  If you’d like to learn more, pick up “The Little Guide to Your Well Read Life” and begin your journey today!

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Book Review: “The Little Guide to Your Well Read Life”

2 thoughts on “Book Review: “The Little Guide to Your Well Read Life”

  1. We have recently made an exciting discovery–three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos on the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

    When we discovered them and how intrinsically edifying they are, we negotiated an agreement with Encyclopaedia Britannica to be the exclusive worldwide agent to make them available.

    For those of you who teach, this is great for the classroom.

    I cannot over exaggerate how instructive these programs are–we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

    Please go here to see a clip and learn more:

    http://www.thegreatideas.org/HowToReadABook.htm

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