GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy


Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

In My Reading Life, Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading. He includes wonderful anecdotes from his school days, mov­ing accounts of how reading pulled him through dark times, and even lists of books that particularly influenced him at vari­ous stages of his life, including grammar school, high school, and college. Readers will be enchanted with his ruminations on reading and books, and want to own and share this perfect gift book for the holidays. And, come graduation time, My Reading Life will establish itself as a perennial favorite, as did Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

About the Author

PAT CONROY is the bestselling author of nine previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, My Losing Season, The Pat Conroy Cookbook, and South of Broad. Several of his books have been made into successful films. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.


  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385533578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385533577



Pat Conroy has constructed a book about his life that is part memoir, part short stories and captures his love of words in such a wonderful way.  The fact that he loves books so much is what drew me to this one.  He beautifully describes the people that inspired him to read and how that led to writing.  My book group chose Beach Music as a selection and that is the only book I have read by him, but after reading his captivating essays about the written word, I am going to explore more of them. 


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  1. Thanks for this great giveaway! I am a follower, and will post this in my blog’s sidebar. Have a wonderful weekend, Mary. 🙂


  2. One of the best books I’ve ever read is Pat Conroy’s “The Great Santini”. It’s one of the very few books that I’ve read more than once.
    jryder416 at yahoo dot com

  3. Interesting fact about Pat Conroy from his website:

    The Prince of Tides — his book steeped in the American South — was written in Rome.

    patricia [dot] mariani [dot] esq [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. Read The Prince of Tides many, many years ago during law school and loved it! (daily entry 12/08)

    patricia [dot] mariani [dot] esq [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. JULIA — JHolden955 (this is the first time in a long time that #1 has come up on and Julia is usually the first entry LOL)

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