Readers, I have some big news and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share it. My next book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, is coming your way on September 4. And today I get to show you the cover!
I’m delighted (see what I did there?) with how this turned out. The book is hardcover and beautifully illustrated, yet the retail price is cheaper than your typical paperback.
(And yes, that is a watercolor of my very own library.)
If you’re intrigued by this essay collection on the reading life and know you’ll want to read it when it comes out, I very much appreciate your pre-orders. They truly make a big difference for authors, by creating buzz among readers and booksellers, by influencing how many copies retailers order for release day (thus no terrible OUT OF STOCK situations), and they influence where my book will be sold come September. The more pre-orders, the more my book will be stocked in actual, physical bookstores—everywhere from Barnes and Noble to Target to your local indie. As a book and bookstore-lover, I would dearly love the actual, physical book to be available wherever YOU get your books.
If you think you’d be interested in reading I’d Rather Be Reading, and you’re inclined to do so, you can pre-order from any of these retailers:
And don’t forget about your local indie! You can preorder wherever new books are sold. It’s also not too early to put in a purchase request at your local library.
Here’s a bit more about what you’ll find inside:
For so many people, reading isn’t just a hobby or a way to pass the time–it’s a lifestyle. Our books shape us, define us, enchant us, and even sometimes infuriate us. Our books are a part of who we are as people, and we can’t imagine life without them.
I’d Rather Be Reading is the perfect literary companion for everyone who feels that way. In this collection of charming and relatable reflections on the reading life, beloved blogger and author Anne Bogel leads readers to remember the book that first hooked them, the place where they first fell in love with reading, and all of the moments afterward that helped make them the reader they are today. Known as a reading tastemaker through her popular podcast What Should I Read Next?, Bogel invites book lovers into a community of like-minded people to discover new ways to approach literature, learn fascinating new things about books and publishing, and reflect on the role reading plays in their lives.
The perfect gift for the bibliophile in everyone’s life, I’d Rather Be Reading will command an honored place on the overstuffed bookshelves of any book lover.
I’m so excited to share more about this book as publication day draws near. It is so good to be among people who are reading, and this essay collection is bursting with enthusiasm for the literary life and the readers who love and live it.
Once again, I’ll narrate the audiobook, and we’ll have great pre-order bonuses for you like we did with Reading People. We don’t know exactly what they are yet, but they’re gonna be good—just hang on to your receipt and you’ll be set.
I so hope you enjoy this book. Thank YOU for teaching me how good it is to be among people who are reading, and for supporting this work so I get to keep doing it.