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I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

For so many people, reading isn't just a hobby or a way to pass the time--it's a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can't imagine life without them.I'd Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.The perfect gift for the bibliophile in eve...

Title : I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
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ISBN : 9780801072925
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 160 pages
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I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life Reviews

  • Lauren

    Readers, listen up.

    This book is a hot beverage & a cozy blanket on a chilly evening, or a cold glass of sweet tea on a summer’s day. It is Bag End to Frodo Baggins. It is delighted gasps, mhmmm’s, giggles, “I never thought of that!”s, & “I do that too!”s.

    It is the perfect gift for a fellow reader or the perfect comfort read for a Tuesday. (Or any other time ending in “day”.)

    Pick this one up ASAP & spend a minute with a kindred spirit. You won’t regret it.

  • Kelly Hager

    Oh, you guys. You guys. If you are a constant reader, you need this book. I've seriously never felt so seen. 

    As you know, reading is primarily a solitary thing. You probably have actively literate friend or are in a book club (or multiple book clubs) but generally it's you and a book. Or you and books, plural, if you're like my friend Bekki and have multiple books going at once.

    But this book is for us. As I write this, I'm in the middle of an especially book-filled weekend. I watched To All the

  • Charlsa

    I love books that bring a smile to my face, and I'd Rather Be Reading does just that. I relate to every one of these short essays. For an avid reader this book will cause some introspection, but not TOO much, about yourself as a reader. It will remind you of both the pleasure and knowledge you have gained from books and give you some great tips. Most importantly, it will help you to appreciate the reader you have become.

  • Diane Barnes

    Another book about books for my shelf. Like talking to a good friend about "book nerd problems".

  • Lisa

    My copy of I'd Rather Be Reading is a small hardcover book with a beautiful cover. Holding it and reading it was a calming experience during a very stressful week. There is nothing new or groundbreaking here - just a fellow book lover sharing her experiences and insights about reading. That's exactly what I needed and I enjoyed every page.

  • Sarah Wessel

    Quick, pithy read that makes you feel "normal" regardless of the type of reader you are. I particularly liked the chapters about organizing bookshelves and about becoming book bossy.

  • Jan

    3.5 - 4 Stars

    Fun, coffee table type read that's perfect for Bibliophiles. If she had included lists of recommended reading and tips for finding good books, I would have rated it higher. Now for my copy of Book Girl to get here.

  • Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)

    Thank you to Baker Books for my free copy! Full review originally published at:

    Anne Bogel, creator of Modern Mrs. Darcy and the What Should I Read Next? podcast, writes thoughtfully and beautifully on what it means to be a reader.

    In I'd Rather Be Reading, Anne writes about everything from how to organize your bookshelves, to being book bossy (I am so guilty, by the way), and classic bookworm problems. Just the other day as I drove home from the library, m