With a stack of short selections in the house, I busted through The Uncommon Reader in a matter of a few hours in the early part of the Read-a-Thon.
If you're not familiar (and you probably are!), Bennett's novella is about what might happen if the Queen of England became obsessed with reading. She unknowingly stumbles upon a BookMobile near the palace one day and wanders in to check things out (har!). She ends up with a book, which leads to another book, which leads to another book. And you know how this goes. You're a reader, too. Down the rabbit hole!
As the Queen reads a variety of genres and authors, she learns a great deal about herself. Her priorities begin to shift. She becomes bored with the drudgery of everyday life and the imposed formality of her duties, the repetitiveness of her conversations and appearances.
As one might imagine, her closest advisers are a little bit unseated. They begin to meddle and insert themselves in her reading routine. They reroute her books. They foil her reading plans. It is through reading that the Queen comes to a higher understanding of her purpose, though I won't tell you what that is.
The Uncommon Reader is a fun book. A cute book. A book that most readers will identify with and enjoy, for it reflects our sometimes-compulsive tendencies and the lessons we learn about life and ourselves. Not to mention our voracious appetites for books! While it was a quick read and exactly what I needed to get my bookish heart kick-started, it was just ok. Nice enough. Fun enough. Quick enough. Though, it did not blow my skirt up the way those 4 and 5-star books do.
Nevertheless, it's worth a read! Don't get me wrong on that.
Snuggle (a hug for your grandmother) -- Skewer
Pub. Date: September 2007Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux