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

I'd rather be reading

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.


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

Series (if applicable): N/A, nonfiction standalone

Author: Anne Bogel

Publisher (if applicable): Baker Books

Genre(s): Nonfiction, Memoir

Recommended Age: I can’t recommend it due to what the author promoted. Check out my review below.

My Rating: two stars


My Review:

I found the title of this book really hilarious! “I’d Rather Be Reading.” I can really see people giving me weird looks if I took this with me on an airplane or to an appointment because I’d already be reading…

So this was an interesting thing to pick. It certainly described the hardcore bookworm well, and I was nodding to quite a few sentences that actually described me perfectly. I’m glad I am not the only one who isn’t a fan of the popular reads, such as classics or Harry Potter. Technically I haven’t read Harry Potter, but I don’t think it’d be something I’d like anyway considering how much magic and spells are in it. And I think I have a few duplicates of books, as the author remarked about, though not on purpose. I was trying to buy the whole Left Behind series over a year ago from thrift stores, but some of my copies are still packed in boxes and I continued to buy some I thought I didn’t have. Probably wrong, of course, but whatever. It really is mind-boggling to think about this stuff. I’m glad I stopped buying them now, or else I’d probably own a dozen of each book.

Some of the chapters were funny. The one about organizing your bookshelves, that one was pure gold. I like the one about organizing by color because that one just sounds realistic and would make your shelves absolutely gorgeous! And then there’s one about placing all the spines at the back of the bookshelf, and the paper would be the visible part instead. Of course, you’d never be able to know which book you’re looking for, but at least it quiets the room a little…?

I have to say I’m disappointed, though. I disagreed with certain comments she made, such as a few in a chapter about confessing your literary sins. Some of them seemed goofy or to laugh about, such as owning many that you haven’t even read yet (guilty!), while others I took seriously. One sin others struggle with is the firehouse romance one, with the shirtless guys.

“they’re addicted to firehouse romances, the kind whose covers bear rippled torsos…”

I’m also thoroughly disappointed to find she listed reading a book series (Outlander, I believe, which I heard is very inappropriate) as a literary sin.

“they’ve read the Outlander series eight times…”

At the end of the chapter, the author said something along the lines of telling the reader not to worry and that it wasn’t bad nor something to repent for. I would classify those sins as lust and that is not okay since the Bible does talk about avoiding sexual sin. I guess that could be an opinion to some, but I take it very seriously and was raised to not put my complete focus on guys (and shirtless men on covers aren’t very God-honoring to me). Good thing I currently have no interest in it. Honestly, I was really oblivious and was not completely aware of a few remarks about books until checking out other reviews to find said book was inappropriate. Please don’t be like me. 😛

Basically, I’m really disappointed this book seemed to promote your greed when it comes to books. I can see how that is funny, but after reading another review of this book, I realized it really wasn’t. The author is a christian, but I learned she reads certain titles that aren’t exactly appropriate, and basically promoting inappropriate reads is sad.

The one thing I’m not sure about is why this book is listed in the Faith category on Amazon because it has absolutely nothing to do with that at all. The author never said a thing about her spiritual beliefs, and I don’t see how it could be classified as Christian whatsoever.

Overall, I can’t say I liked it. It was okay at first, but I started losing interest as I got further through the book. I really did find it interesting when she talked about her past, how she had the library next door literally! That would be perfect for me, especially when you run out of books to read. Honestly, this book would not be worthwhile because most of the information presented is general knowledge to bookworms (or found online) and would only be good for a laugh. I can’t say I would recommend this book to anyone, and I’m saddened to know that Baker published this.


Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. Check out my Amazon Afflilate Link and Reviewer Disclaimer pages.

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