Why “A Great Reader”?

To quote a scene from one of our favorite books, Pride and Prejudice:

“Miss Eliza Bennet,” said Miss Bingley, “despises cards. She is a great reader, and has no pleasure in anything else.”

“I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,” cried Elizabeth; “I am not a great reader, and I have pleasure in many things.”

Like Elizabeth, we are not “great readers” and we take pleasure in many things. However, we do have an unusual fondness for reading that has led to the devouring of many books. Here at A Great Reader, we would like to share some gems with other aspiring “Great Readers” who are searching for books worth reading. After all, to borrow from Flannery O’Connor, “a good book is hard to find.”

Who Are We?

Hannah: I’m a writer who reads for necessity, education, diversion, or all three. I spend a good deal of time every month hunting down really good books. I like to read fantasy, especially Tolkien’s books, but you can talk me into reading almost anything that snatches my interest with the first page and leaves me a little wiser with the last one.

Olivia: I’m a  nerd who reads almost all the time. J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Jane Austen are my favorite fiction authors, but since I’m a nerd, history is my favorite subject in school and I read a good many books about that too.

You’ll also see our brothers’ names under “Recommended for who?” in our reviews. Timothy is sixteen, an almost-computer-nerd who reads more than most boys his age but less than us. Michael is a twelve-year-old who reads every mystery known to man. We put the boys’ ratings on here so that our readers can get a real man’s opinion.


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