4 early September releases about books and reading

My next book I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life is hitting shelves September 4. I always pay attention to the new books on the horizon, and because of my own new release I’ve been even more interested in what’s coming this fall.

I’m always interested in books about books (because: obviously), and there is some great stuff coming your way this fall. This September 4, to be precise. At first I thought the synchronization was a little strange, but I’ve decided to embrace it: September 4 is going to ABOUND in bookish enthusiasm.

Enjoy this little list, and stay tuned for a much longer one about the great forthcoming novels I can’t wait to get my hands on this fall.

Books about books: 4 early September nonfiction releases about books and reading
I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

Of course I had to include this—September 4 is a big day for me! This essay collection is written BY a book lover (me) for book lovers (YOU) and I can't wait till it hits shelves near you. 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. By turns wistful, funny, inspiring, and entertaining, I wax poetic on the magic of the library next door, bookworm problems, the books that made me fall in love with reading, and an "instructive" piece on how to organize your bookshelves that would fit right in at McSweeney's. More info →
On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

I endorsed this, saying: "It is not enough to read widely, Karen Swallow Prior says in her thought-provoking new collection. We must also read well—and thankfully Karen takes her reader by the hand and patiently reveals how a close (and enjoyable!) reading of literary works ranging from Jane Austen to George Saunders can pull us toward the good life. This illuminating literary overview prompts us to examine more deeply the books we know and love, and to reexamine our own hearts and minds through the lens of great books." More info →
Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

I love Jane Mount's work and her well-known coffee table book My Ideal Bookshelf. I'm thrilled she has a new collection on the way. I haven't seen the finished version yet, but Jane interviewed me for this book ages ago and I'm hoping to see some of my favorites illustrated here. If you wouldn't mind seeing Jane and me in one place, stay tuned for events updates—I've got some good news coming your way soon. More info →
Book Girl: A Journey through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life

Book Girl: A Journey through the Treasures and Transforming Power of a Reading Life

This book about books has a distinctive how-to element, and is built around 20 annotated book lists, such as "The Nightstand List: Classics You Should Eventually Read," "Courage, Dear Heart: The Spiritual Classics That Made My Heart Strong," and "Not Escapism: Novels That Helped Me Cope with a Broken World." More info →

These books are all hitting shelves on September 4, and you can preorder them right now wherever new books are sold. And many authors offers great bonuses when you do: click here to read about the fantastic preorder bonuses for I’d Rather Be Reading.

Happy reading, everyone!


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  1. Tina Mueller says:

    Hi Anne, thank you for this wonderful book tips …
    My book is out since July and there is also a bookshelf on the cover … Unfortunetaly its in German and the title is “Zeilenglück – Buchmagie & Leseliebe” (which means something like that: Row happiness – book magic & reading love) … You can see it here: https://tredition.de/autoren/tina-mueller-23328/zeilenglueck-e-book-102593/

    I´m looking forward in reading your book and I preordered it already 😉 …

    Have a nice reading day, much lovely greetings from very hot Germany over to you,
    love, Tina 😉

  2. Liz Ekstrom says:

    I am so here for this trend. Yay for books about books by book people! Of course, I’ve already pre-ordered your book and will be reading that the day it comes out. The others look amazing, but they will just have to wait. 😉

  3. M Stickland says:

    Thanks for this book list! Also I just watched 7 ways to get more out of your reading life! So much helpful info. I’m wondering if there will be link to the audio at some point so that we can listen to it again?

  4. Missy says:

    This has nothing to do with the book list (although I do love recommendations!) I just read Guernsey literary and potatoe peel pie society and LOVE doesn’t truly capture how much I enjoyed this book!!!! So thank you Anne for recommending it! I will think on these characters for a long time and miss their correspondence! Keep up the work you do! And congrats on the release of your second book!

  5. Linda says:

    When I was working at the library the other day “How to Read a Book” by Mortimer Adler came through. I was thinking of picking it up. Now you’ve just added four more title for me to check out. Thank you!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Love Karen Swallow Prior and had no idea she had a new book coming out! Thanks for sharing! And of course, I’ve already pre-ordered I’d Rather Be Reading!

  7. LuAnn says:

    My birthday is coming up and I think I just found 4 books for my ‘wish list’!
    And, btw, there are giveaways on GoodReads for both your book and the one by Prior.

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