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Uncommon Reader
Uncommon Reader | Alan Bennett
From one of England's most celebrated writers, a funny and superbly observed novella about the Queen of England and the subversive power of readingWhen her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large. With the poignant and mischievous wit of The History Boys, England's best loved author revels in the power of literature to change even the most uncommon reader's life.
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AvidReader25
Uncommon Reader | Alan Bennett
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Above all I‘m always prepared! You never know when you‘ll need a book. I keep an emergency one in my car in case my car ever breaks down. My husband saw that and asked, “Wouldn‘t it make more sense to keep road flares or something in your car?” 😆

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Pickpick

A quick read with some laugh out loud moments.

Unfortunately those who most need to hear the message that reading is good and important (but not necessarily the most important thing in life) are least likely to read the book.

I'd love to know if HM read this and what she thought.

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rwmg
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SleepyDragon
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RIP, Lilibet.

This is a great book, with Queen Elizabeth as the main character in a fictional account of the discovery of reading.

vivastory I loved this one 5mo
Dragon 😢💚🐉 5mo
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vivastory
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#AlphabetGame
Title that begins with the letter U
One of my fave books about literature is a U title: Rabih Alameddine's An Unnecessary Woman, about a reclusive unpublished translator living in Beirut, surrounded by books & haunted by her personal & social past. Then there's Darnielle's Universal Harvester, a midwestern story of psychological geography & unease. Speaking of unease, I read Faber's Under the Skin years ago & it continues to be👇

vivastory one of the most unsettling books I've ever read. I am going to choose as my U Alan Bennett's Uncommon Reader. A novella full of humor & love of reading as the Queen obtains late in life a newfound love of literature after stumbling across a bookmobile & all she wants to do afterwards is ignore her royal duties & read. This might be the single most relatable dilemma of royalty that I've encountered. 5mo
Leftcoastzen Another vote for Under The Skin , must get to it! 5mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen The film adaptation is quite different but very good 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 🙌🏻📚 5mo
jlhammar Yes, An Unnecessary Woman! One of my favorites. I loved The Uncommon Reader too. 5mo
vivastory @jlhammar Glad to find another fan of Unnecessary Woman! I really need to read more Alameddine. 5mo
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Sophronisba This book is so much run, I really enjoyed it. 6mo
kspenmoll Loved this book! Great choice! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this too 6mo
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rubyslippersreads
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Now we finally know what the Queen carries in her handbag! 👑👜😂

LeahBergen Well, that AND a marmalade sandwich (of course). 😊 8mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Of course, because we all love a snack while we‘re reading. Tea with Paddington was the cutest thing I‘ve ever seen. 😊🐻 8mo
LeahBergen It actually made me a bit teary! 8mo
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CoverToCoverGirl Lol! Absolutely brilliant! 🤭🤩 8mo
MicrobeMom 😂😂 8mo
squirrelbrain It made me teary too @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads - glad I‘m not the only one! 😭 8mo
LeahBergen @squirrelbrain We‘re the sappy trio, I guess! 😭 8mo
julesG @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @squirrelbrain It was so cute. I teared up, too. And my kids both said that Elizabeth must have a great sense of humour. 8mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 8mo
LeahBergen @julesG Yes, she must! ❤️ 8mo
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IMASLOWREADER
Uncommon Reader | Alan Bennett
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a short charming read about the queen discovering the love of reading…. #readinggoal #audiophile #readinglife

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Blueberry
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A short, fun read in a set in a castle with a #library.

#SavvySettings @Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

LeahBergen I really enjoyed this one! 11mo
jlhammar Love that novella! 11mo
Eggs Beautiful 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! 11mo
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jimfields3
Pickpick

This is a quirky little book. It didn‘t pull me in very much, but the ending made me review the whole plot. My jaw was literally left hanging open.

At only 120 pages I think it‘s worth the time, especially for fellow Anglophiles.

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Pickpick

I read this years ago. I just reread it and though the story is simple, there are so many great quotes for book lovers!

“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren‘t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

“Books or not about passing the time. They are about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, Sir Kevin, one wishes one had more of it.”

Jinjer IS THAT YOUR GORGEOUS BEDROOM?????

I love that book. My German BFF sent me a copy for birthday or Christmas one year because she loved it so much. It's wonderful.
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AvidReader25 @Jinjer I wish! I stayed in the sweetest Airbnb this weekend. It was a former train depot turned cottage and that was my room! 1y
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vivastory
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I bought this book a couple of years ago at HPB. I sat down to finally read it & the slightly expired coupon from Honeybaked Ham fell out.

Tamra Ha! Universe must be providing you with a bookmark. 1y
Suet624 darn! 1y
LeslieO I loved this one! 1y
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saresmoore I still have yet to read this! I blame the public library. 1y
terryduncan5719 Did you like it? 1y
vivastory @saresmoore It's a quick read 👍 1y
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Uncommon Reader | Alan Bennett
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Pickpick

Cute novella showing how anyone, including the queen, can fall under the spell of reading. It also shows how a reader‘s passion can be seen by others as odd or inconvenient.

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OutAndAbout
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Pickpick

Lovely little novella about The Queen falling in love with reading much to the chagrin of her staff and advisors. Fun telling of how reading can open One‘s mind and experiences.

kspenmoll I so enjoyed this little gem! 2y
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So far this is charming. About The Queen‘s finding of a bookmobile in her backyard and how it leads her to become a reader.

“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren‘t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

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Pickpick

Both short books. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE is stunning—author/poet‘s word choices, powerful simplicity, creative format, evocative message. Gut slamming, yet carries a message of hope.
The Uncommon Reader-what a juxtaposition!Delightful, imaginative tale of Queen Elizabeth II discovering the joys of reading,to the point that her voracious appetite for books precludes all else,royal duties,family.

kspenmoll The Queen‘s privilege, superiority by birth, wealth, separateness from the “commoners”, has insulated her successfully. Books crack her open ever so slightly, changing her inner world. Such a wonderful concept. Perfect book for readers! 2y
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kspenmoll
Uncommon Reader | Alan Bennett
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#AwesomeApril #readathon #checkin

I finished the books in the first two rows, and am still reading the 3 in the last row. I was on vacation all week and it was rainy, so what else was I to do?!

Andrew65 Doing wonderfully 👏👏👏🙌 2y
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kspenmoll
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Loving this little gem if a book. #Royals #books #travelinglibraries

LeahBergen I loved it, too. 😊 2y
Blaire Me too. We read this for one of my book clubs a number of years ago and it was such a fun read. 2y
kspenmoll @LeahBergen @Blaire Totally charmed by this book!!! 2y
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OutAndAbout
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I just discovered another #StoryGraph function. Anne Bogal at Modern Mrs. Darcy just posted 21 short books, including the tagged one. I tagged all of them in #StoryGraph, then made that tag public, and here it is!

https://app.thestorygraph.com/tags/1b3542da-1bef-4b23-91b8-810b32174cbf

How to: click on the tag to pull up the page, edit the tag (paper beside the name), click the “make public“ box, and then you can use that URL to share.

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TheKidUpstairs
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I spent a couple months in #London back in the day. Dug up one of my old uber-touristy pics. Tagged is one of my favourite London-set odes to reading.

#LitsySpringBreak @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Magpiegem Definitely the part of London Londoners don‘t see (says the Londoner) I haven‘t been there since I laid down flower for Princess Di. It‘s a shame we really should make the effort to go and see the beautiful places on our relative doorstep. When I go to the states I always do touristy things. Even though as an air hostess I was sometimes there 10 times in a month 😂 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful my friend ❤️ 2y
Tera66 Great pic! 😍 2y
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TheKidUpstairs @Tera66 thank you! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Magpiegem I think the same is true for most people who live in big cities/touristy areas. But it can be fun to play tourist in your own city for a day! 2y
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Mehso-so

My last review for a #24in48 read.

I felt the story was okay, and at times comical, but it just missed something, making it a so-so read for me. The Queen rediscovers her love of reading, and the Royal household and staff respond in a not so positive way. Book mentions within the narrative are interesting.

Letter U for #LitsyAtoZ

#Under150Pages for #Booked2021

Cinfhen Sorry it didn‘t live up to bookish expectations/ it sounds delightful 2y
Librarybelle @Cinfhen It was humorous to see the Queen focus more on her book than other queenly obligations. 2y
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Allylu
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It doesn‘t look purple in this photo, but believe me, it truly is. And it‘s about the Queen, so it‘s definitely Royal. It‘s the most purple book I own. #12ColoursofDecember #RoyalPurple #WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders

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Teresereading
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So true, I always love to discover a new author.

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TsundokuManasi
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Sometimes you find amazing books in unexpected places. This is one of those amazing finds from the Old books store. Surprising and alluring...

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Eggs 👏🏻📚🤗❤️ 3y
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GoneFishing

Books are not about passing time. They're about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, one just wishes one had more of it. If one wanted to pass the time one could go to New Zealand.

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Profound and funny 💚😅 Thanks for sharing. 3y
annahenke Love this book 3y
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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira
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Day 10 - I am posting one book per day from my ever growing to-be-read stack. No description nor explanation on why I wish to read it 😉 Join the fun if you want. #bookstoread #tbrpile

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Blueberry
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Pickpick

A short but fun read. I started it on my morning walk on audie and finished this afternoon. 4 star.

LeslieO Love this one! 3y
BookishMe 😍😍 3y
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Scribblewitch
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#magicalreadathon2020 Finished all 12 of my #owls2020 with 35 minutes to spare 😂 #owlsreadathon

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emilyhaldi
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First quarter of #booked2020 complete! I really tried to read prompts only from the winter quarter due to my OCD, but that didn‘t work out for me 🤪 still counts, right?!

Hat/ Head covering on cover - Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
#liveandlearn - Ghost Soldiers
#covercrush - The Dutch House
Finish in a day - The Uncommon Reader
Red, white, or blue type on cover - French Exit
Banned Book- The Country Girls

IamIamIam Whoo hoo! 3y
Cinfhen Ohhhh, I need a #BannedBook 👍🏽♥️ 3y
Cinfhen This is your #official” entry for #FirstQuarterDrawing 🎉📚😄❤️ 3y
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LeahBergen Did you like The Uncommon Reader? I did! 3y
BarbaraBB I love the cover of the Tartan cuisine 😍 3y
BarbaraBB And I do have that OCD too... 😂 3y
Nebklvr Ghost soldiers was rough! 3y
emilyhaldi Sorry to say I do not recommend my banned book 🙅🏻‍♀️ @Cinfhen I was bored to tears. But I suppose you should try it maybe since we tend to have different book tastes!! 3y
emilyhaldi @LeahBergen loved it!! The perfect read to distract myself during this wacky time 🤪 3y
Cinfhen I think I‘m gonna pass....I forgot I purchased this one for #BannedBook 👉🏾 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job. I read all over the seasons this quarter too. I'm #somoody about books right now ... 3y
Reviewsbylola These are really solid choices! 3y
britt_brooke The original painting that became The Dutch House cover was on display at Parnassus Books last time I stopped in. So beautiful! Did you like the book? 3y
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Linsy
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Don't they always?!

This novella was a lot of fun! A servant and the Queen become reading pals and her interfering staff send him away. When I looked up “down on the farm,“ one of the definitions seemed to fit his trajectory. The story is how reading can open the world, even to someone who has been seemingly everywhere.

I'm at about 11 hours now. #24b4Monday is helping me wrap up the books I've been juggling lately!

BookishMe How TRUE! and I love books that lead me to others... Oh, and this book is ABSOLUTE Delight 💝❤️💝 3y
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emilyhaldi
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I‘ve fallen behind a bit on #booked2020 😅 but managed to escape from reality for a bit with this lovely book that I was able to #finishinaday Now to find a quick #millenialauthor read....

BarbaraBB How are you doing? Not traveling to Europe to visit @AnnieD must be hard for all of you. Is your state in lockdown? X 3y
Cinfhen I read a book of poetry by one of those smart ass millennials but it was super quick and mildly painless xx 3y
emilyhaldi LOL @Cinfhen smart ass millenialls is right!! 3y
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emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB we were definitely bummed to have to cancel our trip ? but hoping that we can reschedule for later in the year. I'm trying to enjoy the time at home for gardening and spring cleaning! ??? I have been working from home for a week but Ohio isn't in complete lockdown...Yet? Sounds like it will be another week at home atleast but then we'll see. How long are you planning to be in "quarantine"?? 3y
emilyhaldi And what about you @Cinfhen ?? Are you guys in lockdown at the moment? I haven't heard much news about Israel! (edited) 3y
BarbaraBB We‘re not in quarantaine either... yet. Now Spring is arriving and the parks and beaches were overflown with people this weekend. No social distancing at all!! I think if many more people will be infected next week because of this, we‘ll go in lockdown too. 3y
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BookishMe
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One more for #vivabibliophile
The Royal bookworm and her wise ruminations make great bookish #quotes
Fun #novella to #reread ??

"You don't put your life into your books. You find it there."

Congratulations @vivastory
To more delightful reading!

Cinfhen Excellent choice!!! 3y
BookishMe @Cinfhen 💐 thank yous 😍 3y
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Singout
Pickpick

A fun piece of English fluff for my #Booked2020 #readinaday prompt. Queen Elizabeth stumbles across a bookmobile while chasing the corgis and, guided by a kitchen servant with a preference for gay lit, falls into the world of reading addiction, to the consternation of Palace staff.

Blueberry Very good succinct review. 😀 3y
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Singout

"One is meant to take an interest in things, not *be* interested in things." --Queen Elizabeth

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GinaKButler
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Up next on audio...🎧

Come-read-with-me I love his reading of this book! I sat in my car laughing - people must have thought I was crazy! 3y
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LeslieO
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My year. I reread the Pilcher on Kindle last week and it was a wonderful read for the season but if I had know it was almost 700 pages I might not have done it! #2019 #myyearinbooks

LeslieO Note: my total was actually 47. 3y
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QuietlyLaura
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Day 4 of #GratefulReads is a book #under250pages and I went with one of my favorite fiction titles, The Uncommon Reader. It‘s such a fun, quick read about the Queen of England taking up reading and how various people react to her new hobby.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

ljuliel This was such a cute book. I really liked it . 👑 👜 3y
QuietlyLaura @ljuliel I love your choice of emojis! 👏☺️ 3y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 3y
Sharpeipup What a great book choice! 3y
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“‘...but briefing is not reading. In fact it is the antithesis of reading. Briefing is terse, factual and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.‘” (P22)

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jb72
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Pickpick

I snuck this short book during the #24B4Monday Readathon. It was a very good book. The Queen takes up reading and many of her subjects are against it.

BooknerdsLife This sounds like a fun read 😄 4y
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Jari-chan
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I remember I read this book in the #hammock my father gave to me as a present. It was a lovely summer and a lovely book.

#LetsTravelJuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚❤️ 4y
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“...but briefing is not reading. In fact it is the antithesis of reading. Briefing is terse, factual, and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive, and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.”

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monalyisha
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Is anyone going to #ReaderCon in Boston this coming weekend? I don‘t really have the time but this program is seriously tempting me.

Most anticipated events:
*Readings by CAT VALENTE (😍) & Austin Grossman
*The Shirley Jackson Awards
*”The Horrors of Being Female”
*”Renovating the Haunted House”
*”Carrying the Albatross” (depictions of mental health in fiction)
*”Picture Book Storytime for All Ages”

(Other talks I‘d love to see conflict 😭)

Clare-Dragonfly Wow, those all sound amazing. 4y
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly Right?! Titles of other talks that I wish didn‘t bump up against the ones above are: “Cultural Hauntings and African-American History”, “Am I Allowed?: Representation, Appropriation, and Anxiety”, “Marginalized People Destroy History”, “The Peril of Being Disbelieved” (which has to do with womanhood), & “Found Family in SF.” I want to yell at the person responsible for scheduling the time slots. 😆 But also I want to GO! 4y
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jessinikkip
Uncommon Reader | Alan Bennett
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When its been a cruddy day, your car burnt oil, you had to detour 5 miles around a parade, forgot your work shirt and had to go home.... And then work at a gas station on the holiday. Sometimes you get a big milkshake and go on break

JoyBlue Hope the milkshake did its magic! 4y
Texreader Oh gosh. I sympathize. I‘ve had days like that. Surely it means it can only get better, right? 4y
jessinikkip It got crazy busy and my feet hurt, but no more major mishaps, so it must have helped!! 4y
Megabooks Sounds like a good idea! I‘m sorry you had a rough day. I hope it‘s gotten better! 4y
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Pickpick

Sometimes the shortest books are the best books. This charming gem is excellently written and a marvelously enjoyable read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LeahBergen I loved this one. ❤️ 4y
Aimeesue I loved this book too. ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Suelizbeth @Aimeesue 😻😻 4y
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Freddie4473
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Starting this short novella thanks to @modernmrsdarcy book list on some great books that are less then 200 pages. I'm liking these quick reads that capture you quickly ❤📚

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BarbaraBB Great books. I have recently discovered Higashino and am becoming a fan 💛 4y
TrishB Love the cube vibe! 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Tin man is on my ever growing list!!! 4y
vkois88 Cute pic! 4y
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