- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (September 4, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780801072925
- ISBN-13: 978-0801072925
- ASIN: 0801072921
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 208 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life Hardcover – September 4, 2018
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"A book lover's delight."--Annie Spence, librarian and author of Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks
Reading isn't just a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Books shape, define, and enchant us. They are part of who we are and we can't imagine life without them. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads you to remember the book that first hooked you, the place where you first fell in love with reading, and all the books and moments afterward that helped make you the reader you are today.
"Anne Bogel's beguiling latest is a love letter to the reading life, infused with all the warmth, charm, and brilliance her fans have come to expect. I found myself--and my reading community--inside its pages, and you will too."--Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The Almost Sisters
"Personal and fun, Anne Bogel's essay collection is a self-portrait in books--weaving together all the readers she has been. I'd Rather Be Reading is her winsome musings on books, not just as a way to enjoy a good story, but as a way to become a whole person."--Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House
Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. The author of Reading People, she lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
About the Author
Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. The author of Reading People, Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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First, the cover is beautiful. It's a great book to display on your shelves. The book is the perfect size for reading as well. At barely over 7 inches tall it fits in your hands for plenty of non-cramping hours of enjoyed reading.
Second, this is such a fun book. I devoured the book last night. If you are a reader you will find yourself shaking your head in agreement and laughing at some of the examples and stories Anne writes about here. Readers, you are not alone!
Third, Anne seems to be able to pull every kind of reader into her wonderful world in this book. It's not just her world though, it is the reader's world. It does not matter if you only read non-fiction, biographies, mysteries, romance, you will feel like a friend wrote this for your personal enjoyment.
Finally, if you are a lover of books about books or books about reading books you will thoroughly enjoy this. One of my favorite chapters is Life Imitates Art. Any 'You've Got Mail' fans out there?
Such a lovely addition for all the bibliophiles' libraries out there.
I have never found a book so relatable than this one. There were a few times while reading it that I thought “wow, it’s not just me!”. And I love that! I love knowing that there are other bookworms out there that find so much joy in reading that they would literally rather be doing just that instead of anything else. Anne really captured to day-to-day thoughts and struggles of a reader. I also found a few more titles to add to my TBR since she discusses books she has read in the past. And who better to take book recs from than Anne Bogel “ the book whisperer”!
Overall, I loved this book! It’s a quick read and it’s beautiful cover is perfect to display. It’s also a perfect gift for any avid reader in your life!
I am now the proud owner of two copies of this, both the Kindle format as well as the hard back versions. While I wanted to savor it slowly, I also had the desire to devour it so I compromised and read it over the span of three days.
While the book is visually beautiful (the cover is gorgeous and an artist's rendering of her home reading space) and the size makes it a perfect "gifting" book, it short changes it to think of it that way. It was actually a gift I gave myself and loved every page. It's a collection of twenty-one essays, each one a perfectly formed gem. While the essays are highly entertaining and enjoyable to read, they are far from light, fluffy drivel. Each one resonated with me in some fundamental way. Either echoed my thoughts and feelings, stirred a desire for me, or expanded my perspective on the act of reading. Anne is sharp and funny while being incredibly warm and opening her heart to let us take a peek at her reading life.
For anyone who is a fan of the blog or podcast, you will find this to be love at first read. For anyone who is a reader and not yet discovered this amazing woman, you are in for a delightful discovery.
If you happen to not be a reader (or aspiring reader) yourself, but have those in your life who are -- this would be the perfect gift for them.
Bottom line: Inspiring, delightful, insightful. A perfect 10.
A conversational collection of essays all about the reading life, the choices we make about books, and how books change us. Right from the introduction, you can immediately tell that Anne just *gets it* about readers and why we love reading. I was nodding in agreement within the first couple of pages.
Some of the essays might be familiar topics to avid readers, but it's fun to connect on those aspects anyways and be in good company with other readers. Some of the essays might give readers new ideas on diversifying reading, logging books read, diving deeper into how books can change us.
My favorite essays:
"The Books that Find You"
"I'm Begging You to Break My Heart"
"The Readers I Have Been"
This book makes an especially appropriate gift for reading friends to discuss together.
Disclosure: I received a free copy as a part of the launch team. But I also pre-ordered my own copies to gift to reading friends!