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

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

by Anne Bogel

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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 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.

The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone's life, I'd Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493415311
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 68,071
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. The author of Reading People, Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. The author of Reading People, Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
bwilhoite More than 1 year ago
This was a book about books. I didn't love it like most people did. I really wanted too. There were parts I liked better than others. I agreed with some and laughed at others. But some parts bored me and I found myself wanting to read a novel instead. I'm still glad I read it though. I believe most people would find this enjoyable. This book was like a conversation with a book lover.
Eire2011 More than 1 year ago
This book has touched me in so many ways and felt connected to another fellow bookworm. It's amazing how books can connect people whether through a love of similar literature or just through a love of enjoying books. Though I love reading books and sharing my love of them, it's hard sometimes to accurately depict especially if someone asks why I love reading so much. It really is similar to having friends that you can connect with and being caught up in their lives because the author just has an amazing way of drawing you in. I loved this book so much and has deepened my love of being a bookworm. If you are also a bookworm who enjoys reading about other bookworms, then this could be the book for you. Reading is generally a solitary experience which is one of the things I love about it but it can also connect you to other people through a love of reading. This book could very well be the connection you're looking for or a fun amusement to revel in being a person who enjoys the occasional book or is like me and rarely goes a day without reading. So very well done, I can't wait to read more of Anne's books and enjoy the privilege it is to be a reader who can choose to own and borrow books from the library!
amandainpa More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to reading this book…I’m an avid reader and book lover so of course a book about books should be a very fun experience. Unfortunately, this one fell flat. Published by Baker Books, a Christian publisher, I was surprised to see some very “un-Christian” books and types of books referenced. This normally would not bother me but my expectations on content is different when the book is published by a Christian publisher. (I’ve had similar issues in the past with “Christian” fiction books including cursing and sexual content in them). I believe this was one of the main things that rubbed me the wrong way with this book. I only truly enjoyed one chapter…”Bookworm Problems”…this was a very tongue in cheek, funny list of problems that book lovers can face. I highly enjoyed this chapter and found myself relating to many of the points. I also found that I didn’t relate to most of the author’s preferred books…this is most likely a personal problem on my end, but I found it less enjoyable, having not read probably 95% of the books that were referenced. It didn’t feel like any of the information was new or interesting and I found the book a bit dull overall. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t the book for me. My Rating 2 stars I received this book from the publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“We are readers. Books are an essential part of our lives and of our life stories. For us, reading isn’t just a hobby or a pastime; it’s a lifestyle.” Everything about this book makes me smile. The cover, the little illustrations throughout, the chapter titles, the chapter topics, the examples. Everything. This is the book I wanted, even needed, Anne Bogel to write. She is a true reader that understands readers. I could have read this book in one lovely sitting. But being at grandparent’s house while reading and seeing their eyes view me as an antisocial guest or inattentive parent, I stretched the reading out for two whole days. The one example missing from bookworm problems is reading a great book in bed until you’re ready to fall asleep. Then closing the book to go to sleep, but thinking about the pages for so long that you can’t sleep, until finally you just lick the book back up and read some more. I think this example is noteworthy because I did it while reading this book. Three times.
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! There were so many moments in this book that I nodded and exclaimed, "That's me!" For instance, I've had certain books that seem to find me just when I need them and I could totally relate to her obsession with 'You've Got Mail,' my favorite movie of all time! I could relate to being so engrossed in a book that I couldn't stop reading (my most extreme circumstance was staying up until 5 in the morning when I had to work the next day!) I, however, really wish I had a book twin and I think I'd been searching for one and not even realized it. To have someone with your exact taste would be amazing! There are so many books she mentioned that I've wanted to read but haven't yet or some I've never even heard of that are going on my to-be-read list! As for the ones I'd read, it was fun to see what she thought of them or how they impacted her and to remember how I felt about them, too. It felt like we were sitting in a cozy library somewhere surrounded by books and discussing our favorite reads. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone who loves books and it would make a great gift for the book lover in your life! I received this book from Baker Books. I was not compensated for this review; all opinions are my own.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life is the conversation you long to have over tea with a fellow book nerd. It’s the 150-page embodiment of the classic C.S. Lewis friendship filter question: “What? You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” True to her claim that she “doesn’t get bossy,” Anne poses a number of the great questions of the reading life, shares her own conclusions in a conversational style, and leaves readers free to live their way into their own conclusions as they experience the delights and persevere through the dilemmas of the reading life. If you regularly find yourself getting hooked on a story line, if you think about the characters in a book long after you’ve reached the last page (maybe even mentally continuing the story or wondering what those characters are up to), or if you feel as if you know a favorite author well enough to have decided that they could be your friend should you happen to meet them–or that you would be terrified of them–you are probably a book person. For you, reading is more than a hobby or a pastime or a means to an end. Reading is a way of life. Many thanks to Baker Books for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
MrsBishop More than 1 year ago
“I’d Rather be Reading.” It’s kinda my mantra. More often than not, I’d choose a good book over television, work, or sometimes even conversation. That’s why when I saw I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel, I knew I HAD to read it. I’ve followed her blog The Modern Mrs. Darcy for just about forever, and take her book recommendations very seriously. She’s sort of my reading guru. And she may have possibly written this book for me. I could have written it myself- having some of the exact same thoughts and feelings about some things that I read in it. Like that fact that it’s really hard to recommend books to others. I average around 80 books a year, and when people ask me for a recommendation, I have a REALLY hard time offering them one. Because like she says, “Readers want to discover what they want to read, and they want to discover it for themselves.” A book that I LOVED may not at all be the book for you. Books are unique in that way. They mean something different to each person that reads them- and that’s one of the many reasons that I love reading! And like Anne also points out, sometimes a particular book finds its way to you, at the exact time you need it. Like magic! Need a laugh? She had me laughing out loud with her chapters on ‘Bookworm Problems’ and ‘How to Organize Your Bookshelves.’ If you’re an avid reader- they will really resonate with your life. I kept forgetting to share this book with you- because I read through it almost twice. The first read through in almost one sitting. If you’re a lover of books like me, and Anne, add this one to your shelves. If you’ve ever found yourself muttering, “I’d rather be reading…” this book’s for you. *I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are my own.*
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Christmas is coming soon and you’re probably wondering what you should buy your bibliophile friend, you might want to consider “I’d Rather Be Reading” by Anne Bogel. This is a beautiful compilation of the reader life. Anne reminds us that we aren’t alone and that she completely understands. The author writes as if she’s sitting across from you and having a personal conversation that revolves around all things books. This is one of those books that you’ll want to keep on the shelf so you can reread it over and over again, and loaning out, or buying for your bookish friends. It’s one of those unforgettable books that you’ll read in one sitting because it’s so perfect. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today. I promise you won’t regret it. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
academy252 More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of thoughts on reading and the reading life.  The book starts out strong and I was really able to connect to her first few chapters.  About midway through the book the chapters started to drag a little... maybe even rambling in places.  The book was really like reading blog posts on reading but like any blog there were good posts and not so great posts.  It was certainly not dreadful by any stretch of the imagination but it was just not what I expected after following Anne online for some time.  It just felt like the publishing company asked her to write a book and she said, "Ok, I will see what I can put together."  I was just really anticipating more than I got.   It is important to let you know it is not really a large book but more of a gift book size.  If you have a reading friend it would be a nice little gift for them I am sure.  It was a quick read for me and I will pass it along to a fellow reading buddy when I can.  
LDuPrez More than 1 year ago
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life is the second book by blogger and book aficionado, Anne Bogel. You may recognize Anne's name if you're familiar with her popular blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy or perhaps you've heard of her podcast, What Should I Read Next? I've loosely followed Anne's blog over the years and have visited for a variety of reasons but I've most recently gained interest as she's been focusing primarily on books. When I discovered via Instagram that Anne was releasing a book titled I'd Rather Be Reading, it was love at first sight. Not only is the cover of the book beautiful but the content is highly entertaining especially if you consider yourself to be of the bookish nature. Anne's book is a memoir of sorts detailing how she came to love books and the impact reading has had on her life. As an avid reader myself, I could relate to most of the examples included in I'd Rather Be Reading and was thrilled to learn that my passion for all things book related is shared by many. My favorite chapter is Bookworm Problems because I could identify with almost all of the problems Anne mentioned. This chapter reminded of the famous C.S. Lewis quote, "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What? You too! I thought I was the only one.'" Since I was little, reading has been a huge passion of mine. I remember growing frustrated when my mom would take my sisters and I to our local library and I was limited to checking out 15 books. To work my way around the system, I would use my mom's card to borrow a few extras. When it comes to reading, I just can't get enough and I'm thankful for the way Anne's book brought to my mind the sweet memories I've gained in my own journey with reading. If you enjoy reading in any capacity, I'd Rather Be Reading is for you. I received I'd Rather Be Reading compliments of Baker Books in exchange for my honest review. 
princapecos More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a reader for more than half a century (!), so when I heard that Modern Mrs Darcy (Anne Bogel) was writing a fun book about reading, I was intrigued. I’ve read books about how to read and what to read, but never one simply about being a reader. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began I’d Rather Be Reading, but once I opened it, it was hard to put it down. I really enjoyed learning what shaped the author’s life as a reader, especially as (and her growing family) lived right next door to their town’s library. What a dream. But what really sold me on the book? She gets me. When I came to Chapter 8: How to Organize Your Bookshelves, more than once I found myself actually laughing out loud in self-recognition. And Chapter 10: Bookworm Problems, read like a flow of consciousness from my own life. The author reminds me that book people are my people. One other note: I know you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I may have swooned a little bit when I pulled this pretty book out of its mailing package. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
The title of this book captured my attention because it is a regular thought of mine. That and the picture of the crammed bookshelf! I mused about the books written for other interests, but none are as quirky as a book to read about reading. I had to chuckle. They say “birds of a feather flock together” that is true of avid readers. We don’t have anything outwardly to show about our passion other than shelves and stacks of books visible only to those who visit our homes. In our collective love of the written page we share certain traits and oddities exclusive to our tribe. This book is for us!!! Ms. Bogel totally gets it! It is not genre biased (and neither are we, a reader is a reader!). As you read the essays you feel a sense of “yes, there are others like me!” I felt understood and accepted in my odd little world as a bookworm. She took me through a whole rainbow of emotions, from tears of laughter to tears of the heart. Ms. Bogel captured the joys of being a bookroom along with the emotional and mental conflicts. The chapter, “How to Organize Your Bookshelves” really close to home as that has been a goal for a long time. I was also taken back in time to my childhood beginning love of books. The trips the library every week in the summer. Reading all the Wizard of Oz books (I was so surprised to find there was more than one story!) and the Wind in the Willows series. The memory of being put to bed and reading under the sheet with a candle, yes a candle! Only to spill hot wax on the sheet upon hearing my mother’s footsteps. That was a sticky wicket to explain! I found this book to be delightful, making be feel normal as few of my friends, acquaintances or family is readers. If you are addicted to reading, add this book to your TBR list! I received this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I stated are my own.
KayteeCobb More than 1 year ago
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.
rendezvous_with_reading More than 1 year ago
Anne Bogel has written a delightful collection of essays that celebrate the reading life and is aptly titled after every book lover's mantra; I'd Rather Be Reading. She covers everything that we bibliophiles identify with; the books that made us love reading, shelf shortages, library holds, our growth as readers, finding our book twin, and more. She puts into words the inner workings and rationalizations of a book hoarder,..oops, I mean book lover whose TBR stack is longer than an expected lifetime. This is really ode to what we all love about books and reading! If possible, I encourage you to listen to the audiobook, as Anne narrates it herself and rather than reading, it feels more like a conversation from the heart.
Elena_L More than 1 year ago
For you, a book lover, this book is the perfect read! Anne Bogel write beautifully, talking some truths that spoke deeply into our hearts. I'd rather be reading is a easy-reading and light hearted book: as a bookworm, I could clearly identify with the majority situations portrayed, plus I appreciated some famous and relevant quotes. The advices were so constructive and useful, besides, "a book about books is all we were lacking of". Reading is not a hobby or option, is a lifestyle.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book a good story writing and compelling to read that are telling the story or a journals life living in their day and night with also providing a knowledge in to all the personal nature of reading to shapes the reader bring them to the pages and explore of how to read and chooses a good books or even you gone to pick the bad one but we will fix that and helping us to enjoy a book. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers for this review”.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“I’d Rather Be Reading” by Anne Boegel was a delightful read! I really had no idea what this book would be like, but I really enjoyed it. It was a very light read and one that can be read very quickly, in a matter of hours. Anne Boegel talked about books and readers. There were so many parts of this book that I thought that is me! I loved how I could identify with so many topics she covered. I highly recommend this book for heavy or light readers. This book was a great refreshing read. I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
AprilGrippo More than 1 year ago
This gorgeous little volume is filled with essays on reading, with titles like "The Readers I Have Been", "Book Twins", and my favorite, "Confess Your Literary Sins". My OWN literary sin is that I love nothing more than to be the first to read a brand new release, so I can talk about it. I can’t help but think that the author, Anne Bogel, gets me! Anne describes “the delights and dilemmas of the reading life” perfectly, acknowledging that sometimes it’s the book club meeting that keeps reading on schedule, or that occasionally a book just isn’t as good when you read it again. With each essay on reading, with each backstory of an author or a book, I felt more and more in the company of someone who understood what it’s like to talk books with a friend, or let chores wait in favor of just a few more pages. If you’ve ever stopped a stranger at the airport to tell them how much you loved the book in your hands, if you’ve ever blinked back tears from an unexpected reaction to what you were reading, or even if you’ve begged your friends to read something you were just dying to discuss, this book is for you. I can’t wait to give copies to my reading friends - the colorful watercolor cover and the gold lettering are the gift wrapping to the treasures inside.
Rachel Bennett More than 1 year ago
"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, and her podcast, What Should I Read Next, and was delighted at all of the book titles she dropped - my TBR definitely grew as I read! To me, this was the ultimate comfort read, and something I will pick up again and again when I want to read something fun and cozy. Highly recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd Rather Be Reading is a delightful book of short essays on the reading life that will satisfy book lovers. My personal favorite chapters are “Confess Your Literary Sins” and “Bookworm Problems.” Ms. Bogel’s conversational prose will make you feel like you’ve sat down with a friend for a cozy chat about all things book related.
ADelightfulGlow More than 1 year ago
If you are a deep-in-your-bones reader, if books make you happy, if reading is part of your life without even THiNKiNG of questioning it....then the title of this beautiful, little book will make you smile big! I loved reading this book. I am already looking forward to re-reading it. Chapter 10 titled, "Bookworm Problems" is one of my favorite chapters and had me nodding my head and laughing out loud. I also loved hearing pieces of Anne Bogel's story and reading life and the formative years she spent living next door to the library. As someone who has always loved reading the acknowledgements in a book, I totally absorbed Chapter 13 titled, "Keep Reading" where Anne talks about the insight and perspective you can pull out about an author through the acknowledgements they write. Anne Bogel often shares this quote from Kathleen Kelly in "You've Got Mail". As it sums my feelings up perfectly about this book, I'll share it here..... "Read it! I know you'll love it!" *I received a copy to review and all opinions are 100% my own!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most delightful love letter to readers. Anne pens over twenty lovely essays all about the bookish life and makes me so glad that I'm a reader. Her words will make you feel understood and will compel you to reflect on your own reading life in all the best ways. I'm already excited to reread this one!
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
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 liked the essay, The Books Next Door, where she talked about living next door to a library. It sounds like a book nerd dream come true to me. Book Bossy, How to Organize Your Bookshelves, Bookworm Problems, Book Twins, and I'd Rather Be Reading were some of my other favorite essays but I truly did enjoy them all. I devoured I'd Rather Be Reading over two days because I wanted to stretch out my pleasure and didn't really want this book conversation to end. I really could have just read it in one sitting since I was enjoying it so much. The cover itself is gorgeous and invites me to sit and read with Bogel. I came away from this book shaking my head up and down in agreement with Bogel throughout the book. I gleaned a few new favorite quotes. I wrote down a few book titles that I wanted to check into and read. I also left grateful after reading the last essay that I have kept track of all the books that I have read since sixth grade except for my college years when I was too busy learning and growing in other ways to write them down. I took some time to flip through my lists last night after finishing this book and I could see my own reading trends and how I have grown over time through the books that I have been reading. I highly recommend I'd Rather Be Reading if you are a book lover too--you will also likely spend time nodding in agreement and in reflection of your own reading life. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
HalieRenee88 More than 1 year ago
Truly a delightful little book! It takes just a couple of hours to read the quick-160 pages, and you kinda wish there was more, because it's just so cozy and relatable. My favorite chapter was "Life Imitates Art," and it's all about Kathleen Kelly & "You've Got Mail," and now I'm just dying to go re-watch the movie of course. I also loved the chapter about living next door to a library, and it made me nostalgic for something I've never even done before - like living next door to a library. This book is truly for every reader. If you like reading, you'll like this book! Highly recommend. (Note - I was chosen to be part of the launch team for this book, so I received a free copy, but I honestly loved it.)