Anyone who says you must do or see something before you die is setting herself to be second-guessed at the minimum, probably ridiculed and chastised, even slandered and libeled the way people are so vicious these days.

Mikalee Byerman is so confident in her recommendations that she recently released the second edition of 100 Things to Do in Reno Before You Die (Reedy Press, 2023).

I’m no expert on Reno, so I’m not going to judge whether she should have excluded one thing or included something else. I’m not sure even if I were a self-proclaimed expert on Reno, that it would matter. Books like this are subjective. Titles like this are attention grabbers.

That’s not to say the contents aren’t worth reading. They are. In fact, this would be an excellent resource for anyone in the Reno area. It ought to be in guest rooms.

I had fun reading it. I learned about places I had never heard of, and it had me shaking my head in agreement about some places that I would say are definitely worthy of seeing or doing.

The book’s chapters are: Food and Drink, Music and Entertainment, Sports and Recreation, Culture and History, Shopping and Fashion. She even has a segment on Activities by Season, and Suggested Itineraries.

While the bulk of the book focuses on Reno, Byerman also recommends a few things in Sparks, Carson City, Virginia City and the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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