In The Uncommon Reader, as the Queen’s new passion for reading takes up more and more of her time, the Buckingham Palace staff becomes worried. As her chief aide Sir Kevin explains, “To read is to withdraw. To make oneself unavailable. One would feel better about it if the pursuit were less . . . selfish.” Sir Kevin suggests a press release encouraging the improvement of reading standards among the young or literacy in general.
Her Majesty disagrees. “One reads for pleasure. It is not a public duty.”
What are your thoughts? Is reading a pleasure or a duty in a literate society?
*Once a week, library staff will post an entry here on The Uncommon Reader, this year’s All Fairfax Reads selection. The project invites all residents of Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax to read and discuss the same book. Check our Web site for a book discussion guide and upcoming events as they are scheduled.