Book Review: Uncommon Type

It’s been a while since I last wrote up a book review, so here we are!

I recently finished reading Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks, and I loved it! First of all, I want to be upfront in admitting that I love Tom Hanks, and so of course I might be a little biased in how much I enjoyed his book. Don’t tell my husband, but one of my celebrity crushes happens to be Tom Hanks. ❤ Tom Hanks is such a versatile actor. He’s also really handsome. Not only is he an incredible actor, apparently he can also write! Be still, my word nerd heart!


I took this photo of some gears over at the light house in Monterey, CA.

Also, let me explain that I love photographing old machinery. I’m fascinated by gears, such as the kind found in old clocks. I’m curious about the mechanical parts of old tractors. I love old typewriters. I love how they look. I love that some have told stories both literally and figuratively. Every story in Tom’s book (Can I call him Tom?) references a typewriter in some way, and there are photographs of those typewriters as well.

Old Cash Register

This is a photo I took of an old cash register.

So with that being said, here’s a super quick review of his book.

It is really difficult trying to decide which is my favorite story from his collection. So many of them are poignant or clever or heartfelt, etc. For example, “Go See Costas” has the ugly grit of reality, and it has soft spots to warm the heart. “A Month on Greene Street” is different, but cute. But I think my favorite is “These Are the Meditations of My Heart.” Something about it resonates within me. Maybe it has to do something with the fact that this blog helps my own heart’s meditations to be heard.

I’m not going to leave any criticism about the couple of stories that I didn’t really enjoy. Suffice it to say that I really didn’t like “A Junket in the City of Light.” It was not my cup of tea.

However, I’m no book expert, so what do I know? I just love typewriters, and I love to read, and I love when a book can make me laugh, cry, and ponder the universe. I’m glad to say that Uncommon Type: Some Stories did just that. It also made me crush on Tom Hanks a bit more whole lot more.

Have you read it? What did you think of it? Feel free to leave me some comments. Thanks for stopping by! ❤


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