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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 | Anne Bogel
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.
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kaykay521
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Absolutely loved it 😍📚. I‘m a sucker for books about the reading life and Anne did not disappoint! I read this in just a couple hours this afternoon, and actually like it better than Ex Libris: Confessions of a common reader. This one just spoke to me more. FYI if you aren‘t listening to Anne‘s podcast What Should I Read Next you should 😊. It‘s fantastic. I borrowed this from the library but will be getting my own copy ASAP

MizDoniaBuding loved that lil book 2w
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kaykay521
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My English teacher did the same thing, only for me it was 7th grade not 5th..and yes the reaction was the same. Not a dry eye in the house. Boys and girls both

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jdsutter

"...I'm grateful for my one life, but I'd prefer to live a thousand—and my favorite books allow me to experience more on the page than I ever could in my actual life." -Anne Bogel, I'd Rather Be Reading

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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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CogsOfEncouragement I have never set a goal, but I am always happy to be able to see how many books/pages I read and compare it to other years. I love that about goodreads. 4w
Suelizbeth That was an interesting article. I have set a goal 3 years in a row. The first year, I exceeded my goal, so I increased it the second year and met it, but this year, I'm far behind, but I don't seem to care. I was in a bit of a reading slump, so I fell behind right away, but I'm not sure I'll try very hard to catch up. I am reading more intentionally so I'm reading more slowly and actually listening to more audiobooks and podcasts. 4w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @CogsOfEncouragement I am the complete opposite. I did the challenge and most years met the goal, but comparing year to year was taking joy out of my reading. I kept trying to outdo myself. 🤣 4w
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Suelizbeth "reading more intentially" Love this. I found myself focusing more on quantity and not quality reads so I'm trying to be a better reader even if it makes me a less prolific reader. 4w
booksandsympathy I find I'm not good at challenges. I actually made my Goodreads challenge smaller this year than I ever have before. I tried to do the whole, "read a book by a woman under 30, read a book that takes place in Africa, etc...." kind of challenge and it was an epic fail. I read according to mood, so that didn't work at all. 4w
wideeyedreader I like to do the Goodreads challenge not because I need encouragement to read—but because I like to see how much reading I can do in a year. For me, it‘s less of a push to read more and more of a neat look at my reading, and how my life effects it. 4w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @booksandsympathy I read according to mood as well. I look at those category challenges as a life long project. I just keep a bunch of lists in my book journal and when I feel lost as to what to read I look at them for inspiration. 4w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @wideeyedreader i don't really need the encouragement and the focus on quantity ended up stifling some of the joy for me. I don't think I need any data beyond what I read and when I finished. I wasn't using goodreads in a way that was good for me. Paper and pencil seems to have gotten me back to reading again 😁 4w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @CogsOfEncouragement I'm glad. It's a popular challenge, it's just not for me. 4w
wideeyedreader @RestlessFickleBookHoarder That‘s a good way to do it! Everyone likes different things, lol 4w
DGRachel I found I had this demotivation problem with things like the Book Riot and Pop Sugar challenges, but not with Goodreads. I like setting an overall goal, but I also try to make it reasonable. The one challenge I‘ll probably give up next year is MountTBR, because failing that one crushes my spirit, which destroys the joy of reading. 4w
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JoyBlue
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I finished my summer reading requirements in the wee hours of the 7th day (a week ago yesterday), but I missed my regular library visit last week (out of town for Number One Son's spectacular wedding). Today, I collected my T-shirt. 📚💙😎

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Susanita
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I‘ve barely been home from vacation for two weeks, and I‘m already looking at planes and trains for #readingretreat2020 (no automobiles because I‘m not crazy enough to try driving on the wrong side of the road). Maybe I‘ll get back to Heathrow and have another giant cup of tea. #londoncalling #wanderingjune

BarbaraBB I know the feeling... I always need to know when my next #readingretreat (love the #) will be ✈️🚂 1mo
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Bookboss
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I enjoy Bogel‘s podcast, “What Should I Read Next?”
This is a collection of short essays on Bogel‘s reading life. Most of what is covered in the book Bogel has talked about on her podcast, so nothing much new here. Still, reading this collection was a pleasant enough way to spend a relaxing hour or two after a stressful day at work.

suvata Great book 1mo
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Bookboss
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A great day at the library! I‘d Rather Be Reading, Giovanni‘s Room, Books For Living, In The Wolf‘s Mouth, and Disappearing Earth all available!

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Sarah83
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Such a wonderful book about reading, reading habits and about being a bookworm. Divided in 16 chapters Anne Bogel talks about different parts of a bookworm's life. There are several chapters you smile the whole time while you read them, just because you are quite like that. A cosy book for everyone who loves to read and who is proud to be a reader. 😍 @rubyslippersreads thank you for sending me this book. 😍

Crazeedi Oh I NEED to read this book!!❤ 1mo
rubyslippersreads You‘re very welcome! Now I need to read my copy. 😄 1mo
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JoyBlue
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I finished my first summer reading log at 1-something this morning! Woo hoo! I'll go get my T-shirt prize this week.

britt_brooke Nice!! 1mo
SleepyDragon Is that the Beanstack app? My library just adopted that app, and I'm learning to use it before our SRP starts Monday. I like the tracking function so far. Sounds like your library has better prizes, though. Lol 1mo
JoyBlue @SleepyDragon It is! I‘m not likely to use it to its fullest, as I already track in ~5 places, but it‘s handy for logging and interacting with the library. Enjoy your summer reading! 📚💙 1mo
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Larkken I always forget to participate in the library reading programs! That's really fun. 1mo
JoyBlue @Larkken Get ye to the library! Stat! 1mo
Larkken @JoyBlue 💃🏻 haha 1mo
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JoyBlue
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I didn't have sticky flags handy most of the time I was reading. I may have to buy my own copy and read it again soon. Quite a few of her reading habits match mine or at least resonate. Delightful little collection of essays! [I stayed up too late last night—just one more essay....]

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BookPixie
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Really excited about the 2 new editions to my bookish mug collection - the middle bookshelf mug and the right library card mug :)

IamIamIam I love the notebook mug!!! 1mo
SW-T I have the one in the middle too. Love your collection 😊 1mo
MrBook Ahh! I love these!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Sarah83
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Today's #fridayreads 😍

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Sarah83
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Love this 😍

BiblioLitten Yes!! 1mo
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Sarah83
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My next buddyread with my favourite booktwin @Bambolina_81 😍😍😍

ephemeralwaltz I love Anne Bogel! I really need to read this.
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Moony Ohh it sounds good! Is it an non-fictional book? 1mo
Sarah83 @Moony yes it is. It is about the struggles when you read. Quite funny and entertaining 1mo
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Lindy
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Anne Bogel (of What Should I Read Next? podcast) narrates her own work in this short, uplifting collection of thoughts about our reading lives. Littens will identify with much, if not all, that she has to say. I especially enjoyed the chapter about reading author acknowledgements. I was sad, however, to learn that Bogel feels the need to apologize for reading some kinds of books, as when mentioning Drowning Ruth: “Confession: Oprah pick.”

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Lindy
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“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” -Anna Quindlen, as quoted in the tagged book.

Cathythoughts Love this ♥️ 2mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Yeah, isn‘t it perfect? 2mo
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JoyBlue
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June 1 is one of my favorite days of the year—Summer Reading starts at the library! By 12:13 this morning, I had registered online. [I might have done it sooner, but I was busy logging my last book read in May, which I finished just before midnight.] Anyway, I posted this screenshot on my library trustee Facebook page before 😴; I‘ll drop in to the celebration at main library this afternoon. Happy Summer Reading, dear Littens!

LibrarianRyan I love and miss Summer Reading. 2mo
DarcysMom We can't sign up until Monday for summer reading at my library - and you have to do it in person. I expect we'll be there when it opens. 🙃 2mo
JoyBlue @LibrarianRyan I‘m so sad for you! Hugs! 2mo
JoyBlue @DarcysMom Awww—well, enjoy Monday! 😀 2mo
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Lindy
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I feel a bit stupid for not knowing that it was William Morris who is famous for saying “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I thought that was Marie Kondo‘s original idea. In her book, Anne Bogel encourages people to keep books they‘ll never read as long as they find the covers beautiful—not at all in line with the KonMari method.
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AnneCecilie I haven‘t read the KonMari book, but I would definitely argue that a book with beautiful cover sparks joy. I know that a beautiful cover makes me happy 😊 2mo
Lindy @AnneCecilie 😁👍 2mo
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Lindy
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If my real life reminds me of something I‘ve read in a book, I‘m reading well.

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JoyBlue
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DH was shocked to get home from last night's hockey game at nearly 1 am this morning to find me still working on my jigsaw puzzle and reading with my ears [and I didn't stop until well after he went to bed]. Before he left for tonight's game, he asked "What are you doing tonight?" I just held up my book. Follow-up question (with judgy tone): "Until what time?" Hey—I'm already in bed! That's promising, right? ?

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Butterflyamore

‪Hey! I have an AMAZING #bookishgiveaway going on right now on my Facebook page. The more participants, the larger the prize package will be! Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/262384764521804/posts/283956155697998?s=1282951466&sfns... #bookmerchandise #booklovers #winbookstuff #bookish #readinglife #bibliophile

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ShyBookOwl
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1. I just scroll through my kindle library and goodreads TBR until something catches my eye 📚
2. Yes, usually an audiobook 🎧
3. Work & Netflix 🙄
4. Tea 🍵
5. @Shands @bbdeese 🙋🏽‍♀️

@Eggs
#wonderouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗🌺👏🏻 2mo
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BeckyLeJ
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Now that life is getting a little bit back to normal, I‘m able to actually dive into some reading. These are some of the books I plan to read from @annebogel‘s summer reading guide!

#summerstooshort #IdRatherBeReading

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Julsmarshall
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Who else waits impatiently for Anne Bogel‘s Summer Reading Guide every year? I do! It‘s here and is full of great suggestions. Thanks Anne! @annebogel

Amiable I added SO many books to my TBR with this! 😬 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I printed this out and added books as well to my TBR pile. 2mo
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Bibliogeekery
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This was a cute, short, sweet book written for bookworms. I wanted a bit more from it but still enjoyed it on a rainy day at the cottage. It had me reflecting on my own history as a lifelong book lover in a pleasant way. 📚😍

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Bibliogeekery
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Enjoying this little book at the cottage

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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🙌🏼😍🙌🏼

Graciouswarriorprincess I saw it and immediately went to #Netgalley to see if I can request some of the books. I will also print it out tomorrow. 2mo
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jb72
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4🌟🌟🌟🌟 Just finished this little gem. It‘s a short book, but packed with some interesting tidbits on reading. Of course I added a few titles to my ever growing TBR. Bogel mentions two important points I‘d like to touch on: acknowledgements and starting a book journal. I started reading dedications and acknowledgements a few years and many are great! Next: start a book journal! I‘ve been wanting to for years. Have you?

MySharonaK What do you do in a book journal? 2mo
jb72 @MySharonaK Really you can make it as elaborate or as simple as you want. There a few YouTube videos and plenty of Pinterest pictures online. Basically I want to record all of the books I read into a paper journal. I also want to set up some yearly and goal pages. It‘s similar to the bullet journal system only for books. 😁 2mo
MySharonaK @jb72 it sounds like a wonderful idea! Thanks for explaining 2mo
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jb72 @MySharonaK Anytime! 😁 😉😺 2mo
Crazeedi I bought a book journal the first ofthe year. I have my list of books read on Goodreads but I love The physical copy. Ijust wish I had donethis from my youth.😍 2mo
jb72 @Crazeedi That is awesome! I wish I had started at a young age. But I guess better late than never. I also may create a few past yearly pages. 2mo
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GinaKButler
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It‘s the most wonderful time of the year. 🎶 @annebogel at Modern Mrs Darcy just released her 2019 Summer Reading Guide!

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I could quote this whole book. It‘s amazing! But I loved this.

Tamra Nice! 2mo
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ShyBookOwl
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"Adding books to my to-read list just gives me more reason to live!"

I love it. Agreed. I will die with my ever-growing TBR, but I'll also never run out of things to read while I'm alive.

rretzler I‘m in the same boat and still buying books. I don‘t feel the slightest bit guilty, but I do feel a little sad that I likely won‘t ever read all the books I want to. 😔 2mo
ShyBookOwl @rretzler say NO to book guilt lol I'm with you there! 2mo
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stacybmartin
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A sweet gift from a member of my IRL book club - she got a copy for all of us to enjoy. I‘ve wanted this book for awhile - I love the podcast by Anne Bogel (What Should I Read Next?) and she just started a new one (One Great Book). This cover is also amazingly beautiful. Plus, she‘s from Kentucky!

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Bookwormjillk
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Listened to the What Should I Read Next podcast on my audio walk today. Looks like I just beat a storm!

This week‘s episode is really good!

ShyBookOwl I liked it too! I can't imagine keeping my book a secret that long (if I ever wrote one lol) 2mo
Bookwormjillk @ShyBookOwl me too! I would be telling everyone! 2mo
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AutumnRLS
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"You pile the stack in your passenger seat, and your car yells at you because it thinks you have an unbuckled passenger." I may have just laughed out loud at Starbucks and startled several people. But it's so true!

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If this has happened to you—if the right book has almost magically appeared in your life at the right time to hold your hand for the journey—you know it feels like a special kind of grace.

-Anne Bogel in I'd Rather Be Reading

Crazeedi ❤ yes 2mo
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AutumnRLS
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Already delightful. Love her podcasts too.

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UwannaPublishme
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I love geeking out over books about reading. Lots of funny and relatable stories here about book hangovers, literary sins and the classics that changed our lives. Cheers to creative author and podcaster extraordinaire Anne Bogel! Though I blame “Who Should I Read Next?” for a good portion of my TBRs! 🤭📚📚📚

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janeycanuck
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A delight - just wish it was longer!

RadicalReader How I feel about a lot of audiobooks 3mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Moved some furniture around for a new reading nook.

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LeslieO
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Pretty much always. I'd rather be reading.

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ShyBookOwl
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Latest episode ??❤
600 books a year... talk about reader goals!

"Everything's better with books."

#readinglife
#bookpodcast

Susannah Holy mackerel, I‘d be ecstatic if I could get to 100. I need to listen to this podcast. 🤓 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Susannah Me too! This is the first year I'm really counting my books read but I'm anticipating about 80 at my current rate 3mo
Susannah I have a goal of 60, which for me, is a stretch. 600 is unfathomable. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Susannah I don't think a person who reads 600 books does much else. I love reading, but I like other things too 😂 3mo
Susannah Whew, me too! 😉 3mo
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Rudis
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A short & sweet musing about a variety of aspects of reading & reading life. I found it a fast read to fill out my nonfiction reads.

#nonfiction2019 - Something Personal

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MelissaSue81
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I know a lot of Littens already have read this, but I hadn‘t, so I was excited to see this on ebook deal today!

WhatWouldJaneDo Planning to snag a copy today as well! I keep seeing glowing reviews so I'm excited about this one. 3mo
JacqMac I bought this one today, too. 3mo
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ShyBookOwl
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Latest episode 📚🎧❤

Life is short & my TBR is way too long... 😂

Bookwormjillk This was a good episode! 3mo
ShyBookOwl Listening now 👍😊 3mo
WhatWouldJaneDo Anne Bogel's ebook is on sale today if you haven't read it! I'm going to pick up a copy. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @WhatWouldJaneDo good to know! Thanks! 3mo
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Liberty
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My exciting news is out: I‘m going to be next week‘s guest on the What Should I Read Next podcast! It‘s a booknerd‘s dream come true. 📚🎉🌟

Avanders 🎉🎉🥳 3mo
olivia.ferz Congratulations! 💞💞 3mo
Samplergal Wow!! Congratulations 🎊🎉🍾! 3mo
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Grrlbrarian You‘re the perfect choice! Congratulations! 🎉 3mo
Dragon 👍😀🎉 3mo
Susanita My favorite podcasters together at last! 3mo
MamaGina What a challenge for Anne Bogel!!! Look forward to listening 🤓 3mo
tammy_sue Yay! I enjoy both your podcasts and can‘t wait to listen in 👏🏻 3mo
SoniaC Just finished today‘s podcast and found this out. I‘m super excited for next week. Now to listen to All The Books! 3mo
sophierayton Arhhhhh!!!! Excited much?!!!! 3mo
Bookchipmunk A Tuesday Liberty Double Header! Can‘t wait 😻😻🤓 3mo
Jas16 I have honestly never listened to that podcast before but definitely will next week 3mo
rather_be_reading fav episode ever! 3mo
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HOTPock3tt
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😮WOW! I swear this book was talking about me the entire time! I can‘t believe how closely I related to every chapter and the whole overall feel of it. It‘s written about the reading lifestyle with struggles and triumphs we understand. It was so intriguing to find that it‘s not just me. This author just gets me. A very enjoyable/relatable read!! All the stars!

JoScho Yay! So glad you loved it 💗 3mo
Centique I listen to her podcast which is great but haven‘t got the book yet. Have you heard it? It‘s called What Should I Read Next 3mo
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CocoReads
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Utterly delightful. I enjoy her podcast, although I haven‘t listened much lately and this book is a love letter to books and readers. I especially enjoyed “how to organize your bookshelves”, “bookworm problems” and “book people”. I checked this out from the library, but I‘m thinking I‘d like to own it. 😁 📚📚

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HOTPock3tt
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Omg Jody!!!!!! @JoScho I can‘t thank you enough for the AMAZING birthday gifts!! 😍📚💝‼️Soo excited to read this!! I‘ve heard great things about it and there‘s a very long wait list for it at my local library! Love the tote bag with all the books on it! That‘s mostly what‘s always in my bag everyday 2/3 books lol!😎 Also how, HOW in the world did you know that wild berry is my fave flavor of lifesaver gummies?! 😻 Thank you soo much friend!!! 💖

HOTPock3tt @JoScho Ok and question...HOW did you know that plain M&M‘s are my favorite?!! 😱😍♥️ I literally can‘t even pass by them in the grocery store without buying them!!! (edited) 3mo
JoScho Yay! So glad you like all of your treats! I got lucky with the candy. Super excited that I nailed it! I also sent my favorite-Cadbury Mini Eggs!💗💗💗 3mo
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trigeekgirl
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There is a reason the kids used to call me Book Freak in school. They never understood why I didn‘t find that to be insulting....

C.Perone So true! 3mo
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