byBogel, Anne

Paper over Board | September 4, 2018

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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.]]>
Title:I'D RATHER BE READINGFormat:Paper over BoardProduct dimensions:160 pages, 7 × 4.9 × 0.6 inShipping dimensions:7 × 4.9 × 0.6 inPublished:September 4, 2018Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801072921

ISBN - 13:9780801072925


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute little book This is a delightful little book that will reassure readers they are not alone in their reading lifestyle. It’s a small book from author Ann Bogel who also hosts a blog (The Modern Mrs. Darcy) and podcast (What should I read next?). I didn’t read this all in one sitting but rather it’s a chapter a day type of book. There are some things that are repeated, there are new authors and books to discover. It’s the history of Anne's love and relationship with books and reading. "People read for a multiplicity of reasons. Nearly forty years in, I can tell you why I inhale books like oxygen: I’m grateful for my one life, but I’d prefer to live a thousand — and my favorite books allow me to experience more on the page than I ever could in my actual life. " A fun little book, a perfect gift for any reader or yourself. Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little book filled with lots of bookish joy Seriously, how can you not love a book with a chapter on Book Twins?! It's really a thing! Who knew? I'd Rather Be Reading is a book for bibliophiles by a bibliophile -- a little book filled with lots of bookish joy! (and would make the perfect stocking stuffer for the reading addict in your life.) I learned a new bookish term or two while reading this book. Like literary matchmaker. Bwahahaha! That's going to be my new moniker 'cause I sure hope this blog has provided some forever love kind of matchmaking between readers, authors and books! Each chapter is a short essay on all things bookish. From the magic of picking up the right book at just the right time in your life to a comprehensive list of Bookworm Problems that only a true bookworm can appreciate. :-) And don't get me started on the chapter on How to Organize Your Book Shelves...lots of tongue-in-cheek advice here. Like point # 4: "...Some people play tennis in their spare time, Others knit or scrapbook. You're a reader; your hobby is organizing your bookshelves." (p 57) It makes me infinitely happier to know that this strange penchant of mine is not so strange after all! Bibliophiles unite in an organizational frenzy!!!! I'd Rather Be Reading is a potpourri of literay goodness. Fun,quirky, sometimes serious look at our relationship with books. Kinda like reading a bound volume of the best bookish blog posts. "Books draw us deeply into the lives of others, showing us the world through someone else's eyes, page after page." (p 52) Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
Date published: 2018-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Perfect Gift for All Bibliophiles! Would you define yourself as a bibliophile (a person who loves and/or collects book)?  If reading is an integral part of your life, you will be delighted with a new book written by Anne Bogel and published by Baker Books in the fall of 2018.  “I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life” is a charming little book that is filled with essays about all aspects of the roles reading plays in our lives... Simultaneously humorous and thought-provoking, wise and winsome, this book is a pleasant little gift volume for any bibliophile in your life - including yourself! Have you ever considered what the first book was that ignited your lifelong love of reading?  “Hooked on the Story”, chapter 5 of this book, thoughtfully considers this question.   How about trying a facelift for your bookshelves using a new organization method, such as by colour or Trivial Pursuit category?  If these ideas haven’t yet crossed your mind, don’t miss chapter 8 entitled “How to Organize Your Bookshelves” for a good laugh, and possibly a new decorating idea!   And have you ever thought about starting a reading log (anything ranging from a simple list to a detailed spreadsheet complete with inspiring quotes and a detailed synopsis)?  If you are looking for inspiration to get started, check out the final essay of the book with the same name as the title: “I’d Rather Be Reading”.        Obviously this is only a sampling of the 21 essays in this book, but they were a few of my favourites.  Many of the chapters I wanted to share with all my bibliophile family and friends, other chapters were a little boring and difficult to relate to, and a couple chapters were so over-the-top that I couldn’t help but roll my eyes a little (perhaps the author’s intention!).  Overall, however, “I’d Rather Be Reading” rounds out to a pleasant way to celebrate the beautiful blessing of reading in our lives, and inspires us towards mindfulness to and gratitude for the gift of books.  I definitely recommend this charming little volume, and would recommend getting two copies - one for a bibliophile friend, and one to keep for yourself.   I am grateful to have received a copy of this book, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read for the book loving soul This was a pretty gift-sized book, meaning it's smaller than your average book, filled with fun little chapters about books and reading. In many ways, I would almost call it a collection of essays, because I feel like you could pretty much pick up any chapter and read it as a stand-alone. Now maybe if I tried that, I would disagree with myself, but that is my opinion at this point. The chapters are short and can easily be read in just a few minutes. There is a chapter dedicated to how to decorate your bookshelves, a chapter to quotes from the acknowledgements section of books, section Anne encourages you never to miss reading, and there's a chapter on the ways your reading style changes over time. One of the most interesting and intriguing ideas Anne mentioned was having a library history, a way to go back and see all the books you ever borrowed from the library. I find that a fascinating idea. She does encourage everyone to keep some sort of record of the books you have read. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a way to be able to look back and remember. One lady she knew took pictures of the books she read and then bound them into a book. I loved that idea, though I doubt that will ever happen. Chatbooks would be a great way to do that though. I have actually kept records of the books I've read over the last five or so years, I think, at least if I still have the book. Now I keep track on Goodreads and have recently started a book journal as well for the books I read on paper. I just loved this book and it has challenged me to broaden my reading. I love to read, but tend to stick with the same types of books. Now this book, along with a couple other books I've read recently, challenge me to go explore the classics, to branch out and try some books I would ordinarily stay away from. It's on my to process list for goals for 2019. One quote from the book: "If my real life reminds me of something I read in a book, I'm reading well - and I'm probably living well too." It's an interesting thought. I received this book from Baker Books and was not required to write a positive review. For more information on Anne and to see the books she recommends go to Modern Mrs Darcy.
Date published: 2018-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FOR BOOKWORMS EVERYWHERE! 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.
Date published: 2018-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful collection of essays ("bookworm problems") for the voracious reader in your life What a lovely, lovely book. The most accurate review I can give is that reading Anne Bogel's collection of essays on "the delights and dilemmas of the reading life" is pretty much just as wonderful as sitting down with a good, fellow-bookworm friend, and discussing books over a toasty cup of coffee. So, if you're ever missing some good bookish discussion with an old friend, I highly recommend grabbing this book and settling into a comfy chair (it needs to be comfy because you won't want to get up until you've read through all of the essays!).
Date published: 2018-09-18