I'm not usually a big reader of memoirs, but I really enjoyed this one. I can't resist a book that largely features a love of reading and, of course, librarianship. Hanagarne is open about both the good and the bad in his life and he writes about both in such a way that it's impossible not to like him. I especially loved when he was writing about his childhood reading and visits to the library. Everything felt so familiar; parts of it were like reading about myself as a kid. His stories and thoughts about working in the library were a great mixture of hilarious, sad, and powerful. If anything, I would have liked more of those. However, as the strength training is what helped him with his Tourette’s, it is a large part of the book. It was also a part that I was surprised to find so interesting.
Hanagarne's writing benefits from his love of reading. His book reads quickly, much like fiction, due to the great pacing, plotting, and characterization. Though his writing isn't overly flowery or stylistic, he words things in a very appealing way. I found myself marking favorite lines over and over again. It was really hard to choose one.(less)