I’d Rather Be Reading – Anne Bogel

Sometimes you read a book that feels like someone has been spying on your life! This book fromAnne Bogel was one of those. Right from her dedication, “For everyone who’s ever finished a book under the covers with a flashlight when they were supposed to be sleeping.”, I knew I would strongly identify with this book.

One of the moments she describes happens quite early in the book. The chapter is about when a “book finds you”. It’s one of those things where you pick up a book at precisely the right time, and it changes everything. I’ve had a few of those, and the lessons of the book never leave you.

Anne also shares the importance of a library, and the influence it had on her kids growing up experiences. It’s true! Books hold a whole other world – and we only need open the covers to travel there. We do well to share that with our children, and to give them that legacy to carry with them always.

I also heavily identified with her chapter, “Bookworm Problems”. From not being able to go to a movie based on your favourite book, because you are afraid of what they did to the plot, to staying up too late to finish – I’ve lived these moments.

It was fun reading the accounts from a bibliophile kindred spirit. I have to say though, I was a little surprised at the very, very few Christian titles she refers to – given the fact that Baker published this. A book like this can draw people explore titles listed, and that was strangely lacking. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but my expectations for contents was very off.

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


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