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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rachel Bennett
    "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...
  • Paul Randall Adams
    Originally posted at pluckyreader.comFull disclosure: I received this book early as part of the I’d Rather Be Reading Lanch Team.I'd Rather Be Reading could very well be the title of my autobiography. I say this phrase at least six times a day. I think it probably several hundred times more. And if you're reading this blog, chances are you've had this thought a time or two.I'd Rather Be Reading is an essay collection, and to be honest, it's the...
  • C.E. Hart
    I’d Rather Be Reading is a delightful book for the book-obsessed, story crusading fiction fanatic. Namely me. I’m part of this club and proud of it. I love reading, browsing, smelling, touching, talking about, and collecting books. Books helped shape my childhood and continue to inspire me as an adult. “I’d rather be reading” is pretty much my daily mantra. Fictional characters are living, breathing, authentic human beings in my head. T...
  • Sommer
    It’s no secret that I’m never not fangirl-ing over Anne Bogel. I’ve been reading her blog for over five years and listening to her podcast since the very beginning. Because of that, Anne feels like an old friend. Reading this book felt like sitting down with a mentor to hear them gush about reading, and I loved every minute of it. My favorite chapter was the one all about the acknowledgements sections of books. I loved the little nuggets An...
  • Leah
    I have enjoyed Anne Bogel's writing on her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, and her previous book, Reading People. This beautiful little book is a delightful tribute to bibliophiles everywhere. The chapters are short and easy to read, with many 'oh, that is SO me' moments sprinkled throughout. Anne knows how books minister to people, the struggles that bookworms have (such a funny chapter), and how stories captivate our soul. Pick up this little book if ...
  • Vicki
    I received this book as part of Anne Bogel's Launch team. I am not usually one who enjoys essays as my experience with them is that they are dry and boring. Anne's essays about the (as the title suggests) delights and dilemmas of reading life are spot on and neither dry nor boring. Each chapter tells a different reading tale she has experienced and can apply to anyone who has a love of the written word.Sometimes the book you need comes at the tim...
  • Sheryl
    I loved this little book. I feel so lucky to get to read it early and before I was finished, i had already ordered 2 more for gifts. Anne gets readers. She is the main reason I read a lot (along with my Kindle Paperwhite and our fabulous e-library). Her thoughtful recommendations and enthusiasm for books is contagious and it shows in this book. Thank you Anne for bringing me back to reading and for this thoughtful book.