A Paean to Reading

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

A very book-ish sort of book! Imagine what would happen if Queen Elizabeth II were to begin reading… compulsively, widely, and attentively. (If you envision all heck breaking loose, then you and Alan Bennett are on the same page.) In this enchanting novella, the queen’s dogs create a huge ruckus near the “travelling library” that is parked near the palace, so she goes in to apologize and then checks out a book just to be polite. And thus she starts down a slippery slope… She becomes addicted to books. And man, does it make her advisors nervous. A lovely little book about the glories and the power of reading.