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For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles. In The Happy Reader 9, For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles. In The Happy Reader 9, our summer classic is Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island


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For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles. In The Happy Reader 9, For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained. The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles. In The Happy Reader 9, our summer classic is Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island

30 review for The Happy Reader - Issue 9

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kinga

    This issue was brought down by a lacklustre interview. The interviewer didn't let Lily Cole shine and she seemed more interested in herself than in the person she was interviewing. The only interesting thing I picked up was this quote: "There is no motivational app for reading. Unlike with exercise and 'self-improvement', we are meant to just... do it. How vulgar, to need a 'regime' for enjoying books." The other half which was the usual exploration of one selected Penguin Classic (this time 'Trea This issue was brought down by a lacklustre interview. The interviewer didn't let Lily Cole shine and she seemed more interested in herself than in the person she was interviewing. The only interesting thing I picked up was this quote: "There is no motivational app for reading. Unlike with exercise and 'self-improvement', we are meant to just... do it. How vulgar, to need a 'regime' for enjoying books." The other half which was the usual exploration of one selected Penguin Classic (this time 'Treasure Island) was fantastic as always. I like how the essays selected are never some boring literary treatises but meandering rivers of associations. Still if you haven't subscribed to the Happy Reader yet, do so right now (it's super cheap for the UK - you basically pay for postage only). It's a nicely designed little gem of a magazine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Austra

    Conversation with Lily Cole about books and related stuff is why I love THR so much. The other half was a proper guilty pleasure - though I didn't love "Treasure Island" too much (probably should have read it 20 years earlier), all that talk about treasure, parrots and pirates was very entertaining. And now I'm off to watch "Black Sails". Conversation with Lily Cole about books and related stuff is why I love THR so much. The other half was a proper guilty pleasure - though I didn't love "Treasure Island" too much (probably should have read it 20 years earlier), all that talk about treasure, parrots and pirates was very entertaining. And now I'm off to watch "Black Sails".

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dioni (Bookie Mee)

    First part is interview with Lily Cole. Didn't know her before but she seemed cool - a model who's also a bookstore owner, a startup sharing app founder, and a Cambridge Art History degree graduate. Ada by Nabokov was brought up a couple of times, which piqued my interest. The second part is all things Treasure Island and Robert Louis Stevenson, which I read a few months ago with the book club. I'm never into Pirate-y stuff much, but it was a fun read nevertheless. I'd love to go to the island wh First part is interview with Lily Cole. Didn't know her before but she seemed cool - a model who's also a bookstore owner, a startup sharing app founder, and a Cambridge Art History degree graduate. Ada by Nabokov was brought up a couple of times, which piqued my interest. The second part is all things Treasure Island and Robert Louis Stevenson, which I read a few months ago with the book club. I'm never into Pirate-y stuff much, but it was a fun read nevertheless. I'd love to go to the island where Stevenson died and was buried. Another good issue by the Happy Reader.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CuriousBookReviewer

    Curiosity level: Inspiring (Lily Cole), and interesting (Dive into Treasure Island worlds) • "There is no motivational app for reading. Unlike with exercise and 'self-improvement', we are meant to just... do it. How vulgar, to need a 'regime' for enjoying books." -p.5 • I've never read a bookish magazine before. This is thinner than a literary journal like The Paris review - yet filled with hors d'oeuvres of bookish information. I enjoyed reading Lily Cole's interview on being an all-rounder (actres Curiosity level: Inspiring (Lily Cole), and interesting (Dive into Treasure Island worlds) • "There is no motivational app for reading. Unlike with exercise and 'self-improvement', we are meant to just... do it. How vulgar, to need a 'regime' for enjoying books." -p.5 • I've never read a bookish magazine before. This is thinner than a literary journal like The Paris review - yet filled with hors d'oeuvres of bookish information. I enjoyed reading Lily Cole's interview on being an all-rounder (actress, supermodel, bookstore owner) without bothering about the quiet stigma that the British attach to people who are good at many things. • The next portion of this magazine is based on the adventures of Treasure Island: a bunch of bookish tidbits about pubs with the theme of treasure island, a fun section on piratey looking flags of the world, and even an actual treasure map. I snoozed a bit here but it was still fun to read! • Suitable for: Magazine readers who enjoy a more bookish bent

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I enjoyed this issue a little less than the previous ones, because the interview with Lily Cole wasn't terribly interesting to me. I enjoyed this issue a little less than the previous ones, because the interview with Lily Cole wasn't terribly interesting to me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Howells

    Issue 9 of the (now) biannual literature magazine. Usual rules apply. Front half is an interview with Lily Cole (very much a renaissance woman) & the back half contain articles that are loosely connected to Treasure Island. It's a shame it's now only 2 issues a year, especially as it can be read in less than an hour...it will be a long wait until the next issue. Issue 9 of the (now) biannual literature magazine. Usual rules apply. Front half is an interview with Lily Cole (very much a renaissance woman) & the back half contain articles that are loosely connected to Treasure Island. It's a shame it's now only 2 issues a year, especially as it can be read in less than an hour...it will be a long wait until the next issue.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaden Nelson

    I skimmed a lot of it.. I thought I would be more interested in it. Not bad I guess, but not really my favorite.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Claire Bonello

    Always a delicious read (especially on a sunny day).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maria Lianou

    Loved the article about the pirate parties.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Spock

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mireya

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aneta

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ward Mertens

  18. 5 out of 5

    Grace Ebert

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clif

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michael Pfister

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nikola

  23. 4 out of 5

    Philipp

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Davison

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason Lundberg

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kara Rubenstein

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kite

  30. 4 out of 5

    Keithkris

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