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

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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 an
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Baker Books
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Lauren
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-shop-reads
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.
Maxwell
A delightful collection of book-ish essays by Anne. I related so hard to all of the musings about being a reader, about book addictions, hoarding books, canceling plans to finish a read, etc. Anne is a lovely person who has written a beautiful little book that you should definitely go read and then buy a copy for the reader in your life.
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 every single word and will definitely be re-reading
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Diane Barnes
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Another book about books for my shelf. Like talking to a good friend about "book nerd problems".
Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Thank you to Baker Books for my free copy! Full review originally published at: http://topshelftext.org/topshelftext...

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
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RuthAnn
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: essay, nonfiction
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 I Read Next podcast, the concepts here felt pretty ...more
Jami Balmet
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a little torn on this one. Really I think I would give this a 3.5. I enjoyed the chapters (the first half probably more) and found myself nodding along a lot as a fellow bookish girl. But after getting to the end of the book, I felt it was a little dull. I love and cherish books and I love encouragement for reading more...but the book gave little else. I thought she would go into HOW to pick the right books for you, tips she’s learned from picking books for dozens of people on her podcast, e ...more
Lisa
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bookstores
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.
Kari Ann Sweeney
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Do you remember the scene in You've Got Mail when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have this conversation:
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Kathleen Kelly: Mr. 152 insights into my soul.
Joe Fox: Oh yeah. No competing with that.
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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.
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Happy release day to this gem. I received my copy as part of the launch team, but I ordered a couple more copies to give as gifts.
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Jessica
Mar 29, 2018 marked it as to-read
Welp, this is being added to my amazon cart right now.
Kelly Hager
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Linda Hutchinson
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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 word comes to life in her charming observations about her r ...more
Ana
Having finished the book, the one question I had in mind was “What was the point of this book?”

Nothing I haven’t already read in perhaps hundreds of lengthy articles and quirky blog posts of my favourite bookish people, and even then, from one link to another, I felt more connected and got more in-depth approaches to almost every imaginable bookish problem than this collection of vignettes evokes.

To quote the author: “Did I just choose to spend four hours of my life on this?” Granted, it was an
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Kaytee Cobb
I love this collection. I'm not a re-reader, but I know I will pick This up to read these essays again and again. I know I will turn back to these book darted pages for smiles and comfort and sweetness and even ideas in the future. This is absolutely THE love letter to books that I've always wanted on my shelves, and this little book will be with me for the rest of my days.
Melissa Joulwan
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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 between the other novels I was reading to cleanse my palat ...more
Anton
Honest, genuine and utterly charming! What a delight!
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.
Rachel | mrs.bennett.reads
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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 opinions that she presents on her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy,
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Janssen
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, non-fiction
This was just delightful. I'm not normally an essay lover, but this one was FABULOUS. Highly recommend for any book lover.
Janelle
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
“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 bookish problems, book friends, and bookshelves, along with literar
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Charlsa
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Sachi Argabright
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 Chapter 10 | Bookworm Problems because I was able to ...more
Shawntaye Hopkins
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books
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.
Rachel B
Oct 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

While a few of these essays were cute, I was quite disappointed with this book overall, for several reasons.

In the very first chapter, "Confess Your Literary Sins," Bogel lists various reading "secrets" and then states, "... absolution is unnecessary. These secrets aren't sins." (p 24) However, she lists benign things like "you've never read Jane Austen" right next to things like "they've read the Outlander series eight times" (Outlander is well-known for having strong sexual content) a
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Giselle Bradley
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If there is any book I have read this year that I would recommend that YOU read. It's this. If you are a reader, a book-lover, or a library user, please pick this up. It spoke to my soul unlike no other. I have never read something so relatable before. Anne perfectly captures what it's like to love books with such an intense passion. After I finished this I picked it up and read the whole book again cover to cover. This is the epitome of a "book for book lovers" & and a "book about books". I ...more
Laura
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 weeks ago, on August 20. I found her podcast, listened to her read
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Stephanie Anze
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I wouldn't be the person I am today if I weren't a reader. I don't just mean because I enjoy reading or spend so much time with my books. I mean that from an early age, and without consciously intending to, the ideas I got from books formed the interior architecture of my mind."

When I see a book, I do not see a bunch of bound pages. I see a portal to a different place, a different time and even to a different dimension. I do not so much see words but images conveyed through them. I am that pers
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Sarah Wessel
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Eileen
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of reading this little book! It is a readers delight. Anne you are my book twin!!
Jan
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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“A good book, when we return to it, will always have something new to say. It's not the same book, and we're not the same reader” 7 likes
“Sometimes I fantasize about getting my hands on my library records. . . my recurring bookworm dream is to peruse my personal library history like it's a historical document.

My bookshelves show me the books I've bought or been given. . . But my library books come into my house and go out again, leaving behind only memories and a jotted line in a journal (if I'm lucky). I long for a list that captures these ephemeral reads - all the books I've borrowed in a lifetime of reading, from last week's armful spanning back to when I was a seven-year-old kid with my first library card. I don't need many details - just the titles and dates would be fine - but oh, how I'd love to see them.

Those records preserve what my memory has not. I remember the highlights of my grade-school checkouts, but much is lost to time. How I'd love to see the complete list of what I chose to read in second grade, or sixth, or tenth.”
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