Thursday, December 9, 2021

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


I'd never heard of Anne Bogel or her blog, but as an ardent reader, I find something irresistibly cozy about meta-books and I knew I had to read this as soon as I found out about it. There were parts about I'D RATHER BE READING that I really loved: for example, the idea of book twins (that kinship you find with individuals who share a near-perfect match to your own reading tastes), or the books that you feel ashamed about not reading because everyone else thinks you should. I think for the "right" reader, this book will be an easy five stars.

Anne Bogel reads books that are considered classics and consistently top best-sellers' charts. I have very different tastes than her-- I like to read things that a lot of people would consider trash. Heck, even I consider some of it trash. But I love it anyway. #sorrynotsorry Anyway, for every anecdote about loving reading that are broadly relatable, there's passages waxing on Madeline L'Engle and grandmothers floating magnolia leaves in jars of water.

I liked this book but it wasn't really for me. The most relatable book I've encountered so far is A FUCKED UP LIFE IN BOOKS, which I found much more relatable, so that probably gives you an idea in how this book ended up falling short for me.

3 out of 5 stars

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