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

Author: Anne Bogel

Pages: 160 Pages

Publisher: Baker Books

The Blurb

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.

The Review

I love reading books about books. Strange really when I could just read the book that the authors of this style of book is actually talking about. I think it is because of that shared connection between booklovers or that saying that seeing a person read a book you like is like the book recommending the person. I don’t know, I just feel that if I were to write a book then it would be one like this.

I’d Rather Be Reading follows author Anne Bogel through her reading life; her time as a child, a young adult, a wife, and a mum. She talks about how books have influenced her or have been there when she needed them. We read about her love of bookshops and libraries and how she has given that gift to her children. It really is joy packaged in 160 pages.

I have read a lot of books of a similar ilk but this has to be one of my favourites. Anne Bogel did a great job with I’d Rather Be Reading.

I’d Rather Be Reading – The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel is available now.

For more information regarding Anne Bogel (@AnneBogel) please visit www.modernmrsdarcy.com.

For more information regarding Baker Books (@ReadBakerBooks) please visit www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/bakerbooks.

Title: I’d Rather Be Reading

Author: Guinevere De La Mere

Pages: 96 Pages

Publisher: Chronicle Books

The Blurb

For anyone who’d rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this ebook is the ultimate must-have. In this visual ode to all things bookish, readers will get lost in page after page of beautiful contemporary art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books. Artwork from the likes of Jane Mount, Lisa Congdon, Julia Rothman, and Sophie Blackall is interwoven with text from essayist Maura Kelly, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, and award-winning author and independent bookstore owner Ann Patchett. Rounded out with poems, quotations, and aphorisms celebrating the joys of reading, this lovingly curated compendium is a love letter to all things literary, and the perfect thing for bookworms everywhere.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I’d Rather Be Reading is pretty much my life motto. It applies to nearly every situation and I will quite happily use it as an excuse to not have to do something that I won’t want to do. I’d Rather Be Reading as a book concept put me face to page with like minded people who shared their love of books and the stories surrounding how that love grew.

It is such a simple idea but it was beautifully executed and the accompanying artwork is stunning. I’d Rather Be Reading is a little small to be considered a coffee table book but it is definitely a book to be kept close at hand to dip into when possible.

I’d Rather Be Reading by Guinevere De La Mere is available now.

For more information regarding Guinevere De La Mere (@zenguin) please visit www.silentbook.club.

For more information regarding Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks) please visit www.chroniclebooks.com.