Kay's Reading Life. She also comments on this blog on Thursdays when we do "What Are You Reading?" Kay recently suggested a book of essays called I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel. She mentioned it here, but she also reviewed it on her blog. I had to stop reading her review. I'll go back after I write this piece. But, she's right. This is such a perfect book for those of us who are avid readers that I bought four copies for friends.
Bogel opens by talking about this librarian's favorite question, "Can you recommend a good book?" The answer will be different for every reader, but it's a challenge to find your way to success. In chapter after chapter, she lists and addresses feelings readers share. Take the chapter "Bookworm Problems". Do you recognize any of these? "Your library holds all come in at the same time.""Your To Be Read list holds 8,972 titles, and you want to read every one. Your TBR list is unquestionably too long to finish before you die." "You have countless unread books at home, but you can't resist buying one more." Ah, the problems of a book addict.
How can you tear up reading about books? I managed, especially when I read the chapter "Take Me Back" when Bogel mourned that she didn't have the records for every library book she ever checked out. She says that list would capture where she was at various stages of her life, based on what she was reading. She knows even the titles and check-out dates would bring back memories.
Bogel's book is a small one, only 156 pages. But, for a reader, it's an affirmation of a passion. It's confirmation that we're not alone in that passion. There are kindred souls out there.
The dedication of I'd Rather Be Reading says, "For everyone who's ever finished a book under the covers with a flashlight when they were supposed to be sleeping." I think it's for all of us who would rather be reading than doing anything else in life. (And, if you want to read an excellent review of the book, check out Kay's blog.)
Anne Bogel's website is www.ModernMrsDarcy.com
I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life. Baker Books, 2018. ISBN 9780801072925 (hardcover), 156p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I bought a copy of the book.