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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – A Book Review

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What would happen if the queen suddenly became completely and utterly obsessed with reading. This is a gorgeously written story about what happened when the queen was walking her corgis and strayed towards a mobile library then felt obligated to borrow a book.


It was like she had found a whole new world that she was missing out on and the more that she read, the more opportunities she felt like she had missed out on. She had met so many authors in the past, but never fully understood them. I love this quote from the book : It was like she had found a whole new world that she was missing out on and the more that she read, the more opportunities she felt like she had missed out on. She had met so many authors in the past, but never fully understood them. I love this quote from the book :

What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do. This book has quickly become by far, my favourite read of the year. It’s a well written, at times hilarious book about the events that followed the queens discovery of a mobile library.

STORY OF MY LIFE!


What I found particularly interesting was how Bennet showed the people around her both on a personal and a professional level and how they reacted to her new found love of literature. I think it goes without saying, but they weren’t best pleased. They saw reading as something that was a waste of time and as a “pursuit of pleasure, not duty”. It was not in their opinions, a suitable activity for the queen. 

Books are not about passing time. They’re about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand

Reading this book just made me happy. I read this all in one sitting, and I was sad when it was over. If you are a like myself, a serial bookworm you will totally relate to the queen’s character in this book and be rooting for her all of the was. I LOVED this book! 100% recommend it to anyone who needs a quick pick me up or for an easy read to get you out of a reading slump, get this.

Read More about this book on Goodreads Here 

You can get this book on Amazon Here

Ciya!

Jade

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P.s If you can ever think of a book that you would like me to read and review, let me know in the comments! 🙂

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