Book Review: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 160 pages

Published: September 4, 2018

Publisher: Baker Books

Genre:  Nonfiction, Autobiography & MemoirsSynopsis:

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.


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Such a delightful little book! You never really truly discover how amazing it is to have an active reading life until you see it through it someone else’s eyes and that is what you definitely get with Anne Bogel’s book. I had a hard time not agreeing with every idea, laughing along with each quip and basking in the warmth that I received from every word. As you all know, I am a hardcore book lover. However, my love for books has increased tenfold (is that even possible) since finishing this book. I looked back on my reading life with extreme fondness and anticipate my future reading life with intense excitement.

This book is more than just a memoir or a love letter to reading. I’d Rather Be Reading gives book lovers some interesting advice that gives you the chance to explore the joys of reading just a little bit more. For example, Bogel suggests that you should read the Acknowledgements portion of a book, a part likely most of us don’t read. We are always interested in the author’s writing process and the Acknowledgements page give us a glimpse into it. Bogel talks about a range of lovable topics, such as discovering your “book twin”, due dates for library books can be a good thing and working as a bookseller in a bookstore. But my favorite part was the topic of rereading. Bogel said it best:

When we revisit a book we’ve read before, we see how life has woken us up to understand passages that previously went over our heads. The book itself highlights the gap between who I am and who I used to be. I imagine this is why readers frequently revisit their childhood favorites: they take us back to who we were then, reminding us of times long gone by. Rereading helps us see how we have changed. (For this reason, I should probably be required to reread everything I read as a teenager.) The experience is immensely different, for better or worse.”

My thoughts exactly. This is what I always tell people the benefits of rereading our favorites. We never know what things we will rediscover.

So to my all fellow book lovers out there, please pick this up today! Rejoice in what makes books and reading more than just a pleasurable activity.

Overall rating: 5 out 5 stars


Get It At: Amazon |Barnes & Noble|Book Depository| Your local library

Anne Bogel also has her own a blog and podcast. Check them Out!

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