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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Uncommon Reader (mini review)

by Alan Bennett
120 pages

The Uncommon Reader: A NovellaI picked up this short book because I was in need of something simple and quick to read, something that didn't require any real thought in order to enjoy it.  This was the perfect book for that.

In this unlikely story the aging Queen of England picks up a sudden interest in reading, an interest in which her family and advisers do not approve.  The fun part of this book is seeing how this slight interest turns into a burning desire and then into a passion, a progression which a book lover like me can easily identify with.

The story isn't particularly believable but is isn't exactly far-fetched either. Don't expect tons of character development or plot progression - pick it up when you need a quick getaway.  It will remind you of why you fell in love with books all those years ago.

18 comments:

Amanda said...

I have this out from the library on audio so hopefully I'll enjoy it!

Anna said...

I loved this book! It was a fun read.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

lol... It really would be fun to read.

Trish said...

Heh, I love a quick read like this! And if it reminds me of why I fell in love with books, then all the better :)

Alyce said...

I agree with everything you said about this one. It's a great little book!

Heather J. said...

Amanda - I hope you DO like it - it was just what I needed at the time.

Anna - I agree!

Nana - Sometimes you just need a fun book, you know what I mean? :)

Trish - Exactly!

Alyce - That's just what I thought. :)

Valerie said...

I enjoyed this novella too, and loved the ending!

Eli said...

Happy blogoversary!

Serena said...

I really loved this book.

Heather J. said...

Valerie - See, and I wasn't in love with the ending though I did like the rest of the book.

Eli - Wow, I hadn't even noticed that it was today - thanks!!!

Serena - It seems like one that everyone really enjoyed.

Teena in Toronto said...

Sounds interesting!

Happy blogoversary :)

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Happy blogiversary, Heather! And nice stash from your secret santa :)

I haven't yet read AN UNCOMMON READER, but I expect I'll get to it at some point. The other reviews I've read have said much the same - enjoyable romp that will remind you why you love to read.

fantaghiro23 said...

Happy Blogiversary! I enjoyed this book a lot, too. I loved how it showed that books will lead to other books.

Marg said...

This is the kind of book that I would classify as a great comfort read! It's not realistic at all, but so much fun to read!

Book Reviews said...

What I liked most in this book? the end of story, very well written.

Darla D said...

I've been meaning to read this one for ages! Sounds like I'd better get to it soon. Glad you enjoyed it!

Nan said...

I have this but haven't read it yet. I'm hit or miss with AB. Some I love, others I don't, but I really look forward to this one.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What a delightful cover. This sounds pretty good!

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