I had seen several positive reviews of The Uncommon Reader, a novella by Alan Bennett, so I had high expectations when I sat down to read it. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I frankly found it rather boring. The premise is that the Queen of England discovers a mobile lending library and starts to read, becoming completely captivated by the joy of reading to the point of being less attentive to her usual duties. Bennett certainly has a few insightful thoughts on both reading and the social strata in England, but overall it is a far from memorable book. I did not particularly like the writing style; it did not engage me in the characters, but rather was more like a quick sketch. I have no doubt that this style was intentional, but it didn’t work for me. So, there’s my short, not-so-positive review. I am curious, if you did like the book, what about it did you like?