I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

I'd Rather Be Reading

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 Ann...

Details I'd Rather Be Reading

TitleI'd Rather Be Reading
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherBaker Books
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Books About Books, Essays

Reviews I'd Rather Be Reading

  • 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 s...
  • Kate Olson
    (I received a free copy of this book as a member of the launch team).This book is an absolute delight. It’s a beautiful small volume of essays about books and reading and is something every avid reader will want to read and savor. And if you are looking for a gift idea for a bookish friend in your life, what an amazing choice this book would be! This book made me laugh so hard I cried, and then it flipped and made me cry for real. I related to ...
  • RA
    This collection of essays is charming and chatty, and I will definitely give it as a gift in the future. I nodded along as I read - lots of "me, too!" reactions along the way. I have to imagine that any bookish person will feel similarly. It's a bit of preaching to the choir, but readers gonna read, so it's all good. The only reason I'm not effusive about this book is that, as a regular reader of Modern Mrs. Darcy and listener to the What Should ...
  • Linda Hutchinson
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I would be less than honest if I did not admit that the author of this sweet book is also the leader of my online book group. Anne Bogel, in addition to being a tremendous leader of readers, is also a writer. I am honored to belong to the MMD book club which has expanded my reading horizons and introduced me to amazing book friends around the world. This group has transformed my reading life tremendously. Anne’s love of the written...
  • Melissa Joulwan
    It's no secret that I adore Anne Bogel's podcast What Should I Read Next? so I had high expectations for this collection of essays. On her podcast, Anne is just the kind of person with whom you'd want to discuss books: opinionated but not pushy, insightful, relatable, and quick to laugh—all of that warmth and intelligence and sheer book love comes across in these essays. I read it over the course of a month or so, dipping into the essays betwee...
  • 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 es...
  • Sachi Argabright
    I loved this book! It was so charming and wonderful, and I related so much to the stories told. This book will heighten your book aspirations, while adding to your TBR along the way. This slim little collection would make a perfect gift for your fellow book lover, or help you out of a reading slump. This book made me excited to read more, support my local indie bookstore, and maximize my library resources. I want to give a special shoutout to Cha...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    Do you remember the scene in You've Got Mail when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have this conversation:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀📚Kathleen Kelly: Mr. 152 insights into my soul.Joe Fox: Oh yeah. No competing with that.📚⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Well- it wasn’t a person, but a book. From cover to cover this absolutely delightful book is filled with insights and reflections that filled my bookish soul.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Happy release day ...
  • Sarah Elizabeth
    I adored this book of essays on the reading life, by a woman I deeply admire and whose work I confidently support. I've been a fan of What Should I Read Next? since it launched, and a reader of Modern Mrs. Darcy for even longer. Anne's voice and style feel like a dear friend, and this book highlights the best of what she offers the world. I have already requested our library order copies of this book and passed it along to my fellow librarians to...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    A book about books: warm, chatty, entertaining, and easy reading essays for devoted readers. Short chapters make this ideal to pick up for a few minutes of reading each day. A colorful and quaint cover makes this a charming coffee table book or a delightful gift for a reader in your life.
  • Sarah Russell
    Anne has done it again! This book is a great little treasure for those of us bookish people who have so many readerly loves and problems (see my favorite chapter—Chapter 9). This is a quick read that readers will bond over and a great gift idea for your readerly friends. Thanks Anne!
  • Shawntaye Hopkins
    Love. I’m a huge fan of Anne Bogel, her blog (Modern Mrs. Darcy) and her podcast (What Should I Read Next?). I read this short book in one sitting. If you’re a READER, not much will surprise you here. What you will get is that feeling of SHE GETS ME in almost every essay. Also, it is a beautiful book, Insta and side table-worthy.
  • Janelle
    “I’m grateful for my one life, but I’d prefer to live a thousand.” - Anne Bogel I am an avid reader, a hardcore bibliophile, but the most wonderful thing about this lovely collection of essays is that it’s for every type of reader. Whether you pick up one or twenty books a month, it’s like sitting down with a friend for that inevitable, fun, and familiar book chat we all love so much. It touches on a bit of everything, including booki...
  • Rhiannon Johnson
    (Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)This slim volume is like a peek into my brain. Author Anne Bogel discusses all sorts of topics that I love chatting with my bookish friends about: how we love planning our reading lists, organizing our bookshelves, which books are our favorites and why, how the same books mean something different to us when we read them at different times in our lives, and so many other ...
  • Katherine
    I've been a long-time follower of Anne Bogel's blog and podcast, and I enjoyed her first book Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything last fall. So I was super excited that Baker Publishing sent me an early copy of this new book of essays about books and reading (in exchange for an honest review :) ). I adore well crafted essays about my favorite hobby. Some of these essays had me laughing out loud,...
  • Cara Meredith
    I do believe I read this book with a stupid, perfect, “she gets me!” grin on my face the entire time. A must-read for any reader.
  • Jamie
    So, so good. If you’re a reader, this pretty little book is for you. I keep thinking what a lovely gift it would make for readers, too; if I didn’t own it, I’d definitely want to.
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    If there was ever a love letter to reading and being a bookworm, this is it! This pint-sized essay collection had me thinking about how my own reading life has developed over the years, and how being a reader has shaped my life.I loved reading Anne’s recollections of her childhood and her first bookish memories. Her writing is intimate and I felt like I was sitting on a couch with a friend, cup of tea in hand, talking about reading memories. Th...
  • Monica
    With a title like I'd Rather Be Reading, I knew Anne Bogel was going to be a kindred spirit before I even started reading this book. I had read her blog a few times before but I didn't hang out with her work until I read this book.I'd Rather Be Reading is a series of 21 essays about books and reading. Bogel in general writes about book shelves, book stores, book friends, libraries, and how the books she has read have shaped her. I especially like...
  • Ivan
    An ode to the reading life, and a delightfully written book to boot. My favorite chapters include the various readers she’s been (ch. 11), the treasures that await us in the acknowledgement pages (ch. 13), and the pleasures of rereading (ch. 17). Since we’ve been neighbors for several years, and we’ve shared the same local library and independent bookstore, I appreciated her sharing about the unique joys of living near these places.Perhaps ...
  • Laura
    I’m a sucker for books on books and books about reading, and have read a lot of them. Some have been bad, and many have been good, and a few have made it to my list of favorites, likely to re-read many times. I hadn’t heard of Anne Bogel, or her blog, “Modern Mrs. Darcy,” or her podcast, “What Should I Read Next?” until I saw something - either in a newspaper or social media - that mentioned her podcast. That was just a couple of week...
  • Beth
    Anne Bogel's I'd Rather Be Reading is a true bookish delight! I felt like I was chatting about the reading life with a fellow bookish friend as I read each page. This book will resonate with the hearts of all bibliophiles and bookworms who enjoy the experiences afforded by the written word and a story well told. I found myself noting several great quotes about the reading life that I will certainly reference again in the future. I especially love...
  • Rachel Dawson
    Being on the launch team for #IdRatherBeReading is SO FUN. I’m the biggest Anne Bogel and loved getting to dive into this one early. It’s such a spot on book for bibliophiles and would make an excellent gift for your bookish buds! It’s short and sweet, lovely in every way, and will have you thinking I HAVE FOUND MY BOOK-LOVING PEOPLE AT LAST. My favorite parts? Confessing your literary sins and how to arrange your bookshelves! I’m a sucke...
  • Brei
    I loved every word in this book from the Dedication on. I felt like Anne was speaking directly to me and every reader out there. I received this book and finished it in one sitting. Just a delightful book every reader should pick up and read. I will be giving it as a gift to all of my favorite readers! I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Annie
    This is an absolutely precious collection of thoughts that affirms our lives as readers. I also shared it with my mom, my first reading influence, and she is loving it as well. I reserve my 5 Star rating for books that wow me “over the top” so although torn, I am leaving this at 4.
  • Teri Hannan
    I attended a book signing last night at The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis with Anne Bogel for this title. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of relatable essays about the reading life. I feel like I just finished a marvelous bookish conversation with a friend. Highly recommend for any bibliophiles or bookish people.
  • Adelle
    4.5 StarsI really enjoyed this book. First, and to some this may seem silly, I loved the size. I loved how it felt in my hands. And the cover... beautiful. But most of all, I loved what was inside. It spoke to me as a lover of books. It was great to read something and just say, “Yes! That’s how I feel, too!” I enjoyed the different insights about sharing your favorite books with others (pros/cons), empathizing with the different “Book pro...
  • Katie Toungette
    I smiled through this entire book! It was like reading the words someone who has the insight of a good friend with the same love of reading as you. Anne has such a warmth to her voice, and can describe a feeling or a scene like few other can. If you love reading, or know someone who always has their nose in a book and a dreamy expression on their face - GET THIS BOOK. It is a true comfort read - one I will come back to time and time again.
  • Rachel | mrs.bennett.reads
    "I’m grateful for my wider literary family. If we're to divide and conquer these titles, we need each other." Anne Bogel's new book is such a delight! As someone who doesn't have many people in her "real" life to talk books with, I am always hungry for bookish conversation. Reading this book felt like sitting down with a good friend to talk about my favorite subject - reading, and the reading life. I have always trusted Anne's taste and opinion...