Long Lost Review: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennet

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The Uncommon Reader

Alan Bennett.

A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, the Queen is transformed as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word.

The author of the Tony Award winner The History Boys, Alan Bennett is one of Britainโ€™s best-loved literary voices. With The Uncommon Reader, he brings us a playful homage to the written word, imagining a world in which literature becomes a subversive bridge between powerbrokers and commoners. By turns cheeky and charming, the novella features the Queen herself as its protagonist. When her yapping corgis lead her to a mobile library, Her Majesty develops a new obsession with reading. She finds herself devouring works by a tantalizing range of authors, from the Brontรซ sisters to Jean Genet. With a young member of the palace kitchen staff guiding her choices, itโ€™s not long before the Queen begins to develop a new perspective on the world – one that alarms her closest advisers and tempts her to make bold new decisions. Brimming with the mischievous wit that has garnered acclaim for Bennett on both sides of the Atlantic, The Uncommon Reader is a delightful celebration of books and writers, and the readers who sustain them.ย 

Taken from book blurb

So I only recall brief snippets of this book but I remember being charmed. If only because the protagonist is the current, Queen of England. As the blurb states, the story follows the Queen as she stumbles upon a mobile library and from there develops a love of the written word. Dear old Lizzie makes her way through the classics as well as modern literature.

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My Goodreads Year in Books – 2019

I did it – I finished the challenge!

Previously in 2018 I had challenged myself to read 70 books and beat that challenge, so this year I thought I would go for the big ๐Ÿ’ฏ. I am happy to say that I have beat that by *almost* 50. So close ๐Ÿ˜‹

Since I surprised myself so much this year, I plan on upping the challenge to 150 books in 2020. So wish me luck and also check out all that I read in 2019.

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Christmas Book Bingo by The Never Ending Bookshelf

Happy Holidays everyone!

The lovely Jess over at The Never Ending Bookshelf started a Christmas themed Book Bingo towards the end of November that really caught my eye. The below bingo card really inspired me to sit down and tackle some Chrissy books.

While I haven’t read too many Christmas themed books this December, I was able to read three of them. The three books are all QUILTBAG romances that I had mixed feelings about – however two of them were quite enjoyable and fun books about the holiday season.

So, using the content from the above three books I was able to cross off five of the prompts.

Snow: The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott because the main character sadly spends the first half of Christmas Eve sleeping on a bench in the snow ๐Ÿ˜ž

Gifts Exchanged: The Ugliest Sweater by Gillian St. Kevern because half way through the book there is a gift exchange which features one of the characters giving quite a naughty but Christmas themed present ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ

FREE CHOICE: I choose Santa ๐ŸŽ… In Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert, main character Nicolas dresses as Santa multiple times to help with a charity drive because he just cannot say no.

Christmas in the Title: The Christmas Throwaway by RJ Scott because tadar! It’s in the title ๐Ÿ˜‹

Scrooge/Grinch Character: Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert because Nicolas starts off as such a scrooge. Thank goodness he has Teddy to make him see the error of his ways – elf costume and all ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ

So yay! With three books I achieved a Bingo!

Be sure to check out The Never Ending Bookshelf and let Jess know how you went with your Christmas reads! While you’re there why not see how you went on the challenge and post to let us know ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŽ…

2019 Book Bingo 2.0

Due to such a great response to my Book Bingo Post, I thought I would share the love and post a blank Bingo Card for people to use.

To use this card, all you need to do is click the image, ‘Save image as,’ and then go to town filling in the blanks. There are many different ways you can edit this image, if you have the software you can use the Adobe Creative Suite, use Canva which is free and in browser, or simply pop it into paint and add text to your hearts content.

If you do use the below blank card, be sure to let me know! I’d love to see what you’re challenging yourself with this year!

As always, Happy Reading!

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Book Bingo 2019

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Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again! Reading challenges were met, I’ve finished reading Christmas themed romances, and now I am looking to the new year. I figured that since I focused on my Comfort Zone Challenge last year, I would go back to Book Bingo this year.

I had a fun time trying to expand upon my last Book Bingo Card and really challenge myself. I did find last time though, that I was struggling to fill the spaces as I wasn’t really looking forward to reading books that would fit the squares, so this time I made sure to give myself wiggle room.

Squares such as Shifters, Western Romance, Sports, Fae, and Paranormal are all kind of vague. This vagueness and lack of specificity should help me keep my motivation throughout the year as I can easily find books to my taste to fit those genres.

If you are wondering, MC means Main Character and Poly Romance is referring to a polyamorous relationship.

If anyone is interested in using this bingo card, go ahead. I only ask that you attribute the blog if you post it anywhere ๐Ÿ™‚ You should look forward to sporadic updates about my progress as the year proceeds.  As always, happy reading!


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Book Bingo

Thanks to the lovely Amy ofย Lost in a Good Book, I have recently hopped on the Book Bingo Bandwagon.ย So after a few hours of deliberation and then a few more hours making the image, I present you with the ‘What I Like’ Book Bingo List.

 

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You may notice that there is a quite a diverse range of options but a lot of these are open to interpretation. For all of you who want to know,ย B.C.E. means Before Common Era which is essentially a non-denominational way of saying B.C. or Before Christ. Additionally MC simply means Main Character and ‘Pile of Shame’ is in reference to those books that are the ‘to read’ piles.

If anyone is interested in using this bingo card, go ahead. I only ask that you attribute the blog if you post it anywhere ๐Ÿ™‚ You should look forward to sporadic updates about my progress as the year proceeds. ย As always, happy reading!