Readers: today we’re starting something fun and social and bibliotherapeutic. (That is a word, right?)
In less than a month my new essay collection, I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, hits bookshelves. The first essay is titled Confess Your Literary Sins, and in it, I share how (and why) readers somehow feel compelled to reveal all the guilty secrets of their reading lives—to me.
Spoiler: what I’ve learned over the years is that feels so much better—and is so much more fun—to get these secrets out into the open.
I’d Rather Be Reading is illustrated by the incredibly talented David Cecil Holmes. The illustration for this chapter, shown above, may be my favorite in the entire collection.
Today, I’m inviting you to do just that. We’re confessing our literary sins on social media—or, if you gave that stuff up, in the comments here—in the name of bookish camaraderie (and sometimes, commiseration).
Read the intro and first chapter now!
My publisher gave me permission to share the introduction and first chapter with you: click here to get the PDF.
Listen to me read Confess Your Literary Sins
Today I’m sharing a special bonus episode of my podcast What Should Read Next where I read you the first chapter. You get to hear me tell the story in my own voice (extra fun, because I narrate the audio version myself). I also think it’s a great introduction to the feel and flavor of I’d Rather Be Reading.
Listen to What Should I Read Next? wherever you get your podcasts, or click the triangle in the player below. (Heads up, RSS readers, you need to click over to the blog to see the player.)
If you enjoyed that and want to become a regular WSIRN listener you can read more about how to listen to a podcast here.
A deadline approaches
An important window is about to close and I don’t want you to miss out. My publisher and I teamed up to create some terrific preorder bonuses for you including the audiobook version (for free!) and what you see in the above photo. Everyone who preorders (that means, orders by September 3, before the book comes out on the 4th) gets those bonuses. But to make sure you have those in your hands by the September 4 release date, please preorder and complete the form by Tuesday August 14th because my team and I need time to process and get those in the mail.
(I’m so grateful for your preorders, because they are SO IMPORTANT to the success of a book—I explain why here.)
Confess YOUR literary sins
Readers, now it’s your turn: We are inviting YOU to confess your literary sins. If you totally faked your way through a term paper, or hate the book everybody else loves, or fell asleep so completely during a reading of Where the Red Fern Grows your desk tipped over backward, or listen to a podcast about reading but don’t actually READ, we—and I’m speaking for your fellow readers here—want to hear all about it.
Post your confession to your favorite social media platform—with a great photo, if appropriate—and use the hashtag #confessyourliterarysins. I’d love it if you tagged me with either (or both) @annebogel and @whatshouldireadnext. Feel free to tag the book as well with #idratherbereading.
I can’t WAIT to see what you share, and will share a round-up of some of my favorites with you in the weeks to come.
Not feeling super social these days? Drop your literary sins right here in the comments.
Thanks so much. I can’t wait to see what YOU share. Happy reading!