Book Review: I'd Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Every week I look forward to listening to Anne Bogel's podcast, "What Should I Read Next?" After speaking to her guest and learning their reading history, she recommends books she believes they would enjoy. I was happy to learn she also had released a book and was very excited when my library finally had it available.

I'd Rather Be Reading is a short book of essays written by Bogel, each detailing some aspect of the reader's life. From her childhood love of reading and visiting libraries and bookstores to how she organizes and decorates her bookshelves, there is something for everyone in this tiny volume. Rather than give book suggestions (which she can't help but do in a few chapters), these essays reflect what is like being a lifelong reader and some of the struggles we all face: reading slumps, running out of room for our books, what to do when all our holds come in at once, and more.

I found this an enjoyable read. Each chapter was short and concise, each focusing on a different subject. I especially found the chapter on her days of living next door to the library wonderful. That would be an ultimate dream of mine- to live beside a library. The way she describes the joy she found in being able to find refuge and comfort in the library just made my heart so happy. I also enjoyed reading her tips on how to get out of a reading slump- I sometimes find myself in slumps and any help I can get in figuring out how to get out of one is greatly appreciated. There were a few chapters that I skimmed quickly, but overall it was a very easy and quick read. It would make a great gift for any reader friend, or a great addition to my coffee table, a book that would catch any visitor's attention.

Bogel's writing style is easy and flowing, and while reading this book I felt like I could hear her voice from the podcast, reading each line in my head. This is a good book, and readers in particular will find it highly enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, fun read that will leave them feeling good and may also give them a bit of guidance when it comes to reading.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2