Are you having trouble getting started reading this year? Sometimes a quick read will do the trick and get you out of that reading slump! Try one of these short books that are also long on enjoyment to jump start your 2021 reading.
The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
When a lonely widow opens a bookshop in her small English town, things don't go exactly as she thought they would. The building she buys to house her shop is damp, decrepit and possibly haunted. The townspeople are not as fond of books as she first believed. And she makes enemies among the gentry who have opposed the shop from the beginning. This is a melancholy little book, but full of humor and clean, crisp prose.
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
What would happen if Queen Elizabeth II happened to wander into her local bookmobile one day to check out a library book? The Uncommon Reader uses this premise to present a funny, delightful portrait of the current queen of England and an exploration of monarchy in general. As Her Majesty grows more deeply involved with books and her reading life, she begins to neglect her duties, her family and (shockingly) tradition. With an ending that is startling and hilarious, this book will leave you thinking about Bennett's clever homage to reading long after you finish.
The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy
If you like memoirs but don't have time to devote to reading one right now, this brief autobiography will suit you perfectly. Author Deborah Levy writes about her mid-life divorce and trying to define a new life for herself as a single mother in this intelligent and profound look at what it means to be a woman in our modern society. Levy's observations and insightful probing of her own choices and life path are a springboard to the reader's own thoughts on the subject. A fascinating and invigorating book. - Anbolyn (Sunset)