Length: 160 pages
Audiobook Length: 2 hours and 23 minutes
First Published: 2018
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.
Quotes from I’d Rather Be Reading
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.
We can’t know what a book will mean to us until we read it. And so we take a leap and choose.
You accept that it’s time to cull your personal library. You lovingly handle each book, determining if it brings you joy. It does. They all do. You are full of bookish joy, but still woefully short on shelf space.
I feel certain of this: I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I weren’t a reader.
Reading is often viewed as a solitary act; that’s one of the reasons I love it, and it’s certainly my favorite escape and introvert coping strategy of choice.
About Anne Bogel
Anne Bogel is an author, blogger, and podcaster. She is the creator of the popular book blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcasts What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book. She is also the author of three books: Reading People, I’d Rather Be Reading, and Don’t Overthink It. She currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and four children. Visit the author’s website →