mini book review: i’d rather be reading

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I’ve always thought of myself as a voracious reader but after reading Anne Bogel’s essays on her love of reading, I confess to feeling a little inadequate.  Her passion for books is palpable on every page.  Some of the essays were a tad boring, maybe because I don’t know Bogal personally, but overall I’d Rather Be Reading was a delightful book that paid homage to the beauty of the written word.  Highly recommended to story lovers everywhere!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Eva

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10 thoughts on “mini book review: i’d rather be reading

  1. I also felt inadequate after reading this book! Before reading the book, I felt like I was slightly well read but after reading this book… nope. I’m not even slightly well read. I realize that I have read very little books, and I need to expand my horizons. I think the author loves bookstores a little more than me too. Perhaps this is because I don’t have a lot of money to buy books, so I’ve grown very dependent on the library. 🙂

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  2. I like Bogel’s blog, and I’m a reader, but I just don’t like her “reader” stuff; I’m not usually into her recs or her, to me, slightly silly “reader community” type talk. I felt this book was more of the same and mainly read it for contrast with Sarah Clarkson’s Book Girl. Bogel’s book is a bit exclusive and trite, but Clarkson’s book seems to be more inviting, encouraging, inspiring, and definitely much deeper (I bought it without reading, a big no-no for me usually, and LOVED it and have since lent it to one sister and sister-in-law).

    Apparently, books about reading is quite a publishing trend recently. I have Karen Swallow Prior’s On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books. I also discovered when rummaging in my room for a Fall Clean, And So I Began to Read: Books that Influenced Me by Faith Cook, that one of my mom’s friends gave to me.

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