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Reading with the Queen January 10, 2008

Posted by bookgoddess in Books, Great Reads, Reading.
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I’m a huge fan of books about books.  You know, books where reading, or books, or bookstores, or book clubs, or even librarians, play an important role.  There are books that range from the deeply moving (Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi) to the really funny (The Librarian by Larry Beinhart).  Yes, I have a list of them for you, and I’m sure you’ll find something fabulous to read.  There are some on the list I haven’t read, and really, I would like to stop typing and start reading.

But before I do that, I want to recommend The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.  One day, the Queen (yes, that one, or actually a fictionalized version of the Queen) loses control of the Corgis.  She runs them down near the kitchen door of the Palace, where a bookmobile is parked.  Out of royal politeness, she checks out a book.  As is often the case, one thing leads to another, and she becomes an avid reader, aided in her selections by one of the Palace servants.  We’re always saying that reading changes lives, and indeed it seems to change the Queen.  She’s not nearly as motivated by the public events and official state appearances as she once was.  Her advisors are appalled, and make vigorous efforts to deter her from this new and dangerous course.

I’m not going to reveal the ending, and I don’t know if I’ve conveyed that this is a very witty book indeed, but I really think you will enjoy it.  And – it’s a novella, so you actually could read it in an evening and credit yourself with having read a whole book!

Happy Reading!

The Book Goddess

P.S. – Oh, yes, here’s a link to the “Books About Books” reading list. 


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