I'd Rather Be Reading

The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

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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.


Endorsements

"I'd Rather Be Reading is a book lover's delight. Readers will be reminded of the books that shaped their own lives (and maybe add a few more to the list)."

Annie Spence, librarian and author of Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks

"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. Anne believes books find their way to you when you need them. You need this book in your reading life."

Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House

"This book is a reader's delight. Lovely illustrations and Anne's witty commentary will keep you laughing and nodding all the way through. Whether you gulp it down or revisit it time and time again, I'd Rather Be Reading will make you crazy grateful for your own unique reading life."

Sarah Mackenzie, author of The Read-Aloud Family and host of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast

"Books help make us who we are, and they make us better people. Anne Bogel's charming essays in I'd Rather Be Reading, all about the bibliophile's journey through life, will make you fall in love with books all over again."

Jane Mount, founder of Ideal Bookshelf and author of Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany for People Who Love Books

"In this thoughtful essay collection, Anne Bogel reminds even the most weary reader among us that there is no greater pastime than that of getting lost in a good book. I'd Rather Be Reading is a charming exploration of all the ways books entertain, challenge, and change us. It's a call to read with exuberant joy and a meditation on the things that hinder us from doing so. A must-read for anyone who calls themselves a book lover!"

Ariel Lawhon, author of I Was Anastasia


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    Anne Bogel

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