What is Mommy Reading? – “The Reader”

The Reader,” by Bernhard Schlink, was an Oprah Book Club selection in February 1999.  It is a very intriguing and quick read.  It shows an interesting development between two characters during postwar Germany.  It is a story of love and secrets, and shows how situations can bring strangers together in interesting ways.     

Here is a description of the book (book is 224 pages): 

When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder..Amazon.com

Personal Rating:
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), I would rate this book an 9.  I really enjoyed the quick pace of the book.  I was always wanting to read the next chapter.  I also love reading anything related to history, and this does show how times were in Germany after the war.  There is a link to Amazon on the right sidebar of this page if you would like more information about the book, or if you would like to purchase it!  It is 60% off right now and comes to under $6!  What a deal!   

*It was also made into a movie!  Great movie and followed the book pretty well.  Read the book first though!!!  

Have you read this book?  What did you think?  What rating would you give it?  

* REMINDER:  Tomorrow night is our first “Virtual Book Club Meeting!”  We read Loving Frank, and we will be discussing through Twitter (#LovingFrank) from 8-9pm EST.


  1. I cannot believe I’ve never read this book! It sounds really interesting and definitely something I’d be interested in. I’m definitely putting it on my to-read list! :)

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