I’d rather be reading: The delights and dilemmas of the reading life by Anne Bogel


Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

This is the book that every book lover should read. I’d Rather Be Reading is a collection of essays that every bookworm is bound to relate to, from growing up reading to finding the right book at the right time. Anne recounts her childhood memories in her local library and her evolution as a reader.IMG_3862

Anne Bogel is the creator of the blog Modern Ms. Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? I had the pleasure of meeting Anne during her book signing event at my local independent bookstore, Blue Willow Bookstore. Here is an embarrassing picture of me fangirling with Anne.

During the event, you could feel the passion for books in the room, some of the people who attended the event drove an hour and a half to just to meet Anne. It was an event for readers by readers. Anne was an incredible speaker, from the moment she started reading us one of her essays from her book she captured everyone’s attention in the room with her storytelling voice.

This book is the kind of book that you want to absorb while reading, the kind of book you highlight and make notes in, the kind of book that fills you up with happiness from knowing you’re not the only one who felt that way about books. In summary, if you’re reading this blog it means you like books and you should definitely read this book. If that’s not reason enough to read it, here are few of my favorite quotes from the book :

“A good book, when we return to it, will always have something to say. It’s not the same book, and we’re not the same people”

“I’m the sum of all these bookish memories. My head is so full of musings and insights and ideas from books that I’m not sure who I would be or how I would think they were all taken away.”

“Books draw us deeply into the lives of others, showing us the world through someone else’s eyes, page after page”

Rating: 5 stars

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Thank you for reading!


3 thoughts on “I’d rather be reading: The delights and dilemmas of the reading life by Anne Bogel

  1. Ooooh this sounds right up my alley! I’m going to check out her podcast too! I’ve been listening to Well Read but they’re on an extended hiatus so I need another book podcast!


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