Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Uncommon Reader

This is a great little read, less than 100 pages. A fictional Queen Elizabeth wanders into a book mobile, feels obligated to borrow a book, and discovers a love of reading. Books soon consume her life, much to the concern of those around her. "Thus it was the dawn of sensibility was mistaken for the onset of senility."

It is not an action packed book, but I loved seeing how reading dramatically changed the Queen's life, and made me consider how reading has changed my life, and how my reading has changed over the past 15 years.

"But then books, as I'm sure you know, seldom prompt a course of action. Books generally just confirm you in what you have, perhaps unwittingly, decided to do already. You go to a book to have your convictions corroborated. A book, as it were, closes the book."

A warning: the F bomb is dropped once.


  1. I'm so glad to find someone else who read and loved this little novella! Glad to know it wasn't just me.

  2. This book sounds like a fun read. I'll have to add it to my long list of books to read! Hey, I noticed you're reading The Alchemist! That's Travis' favorite book of all time. Paulo Coelho is loved in our house. : ) Travis has read almost all of his books, so if you ever want to talk Coelho, he's ALWAYS up for it. Let us know how you like The Alchemist.

    PS I noticed you have another Bethany that comments - would it be helpful if I signed my comments Bethany H???