Confess your literary sins.

I have started following Anne on Instagram. She is really doing it, really living the reading, bookish life that we all want to. This book has inspired me to slow down, FORGIVE my un-reading (English major, at that) self and to pick up a book…

Reader, whatever secret you’re keeping, it’s time to spill it. I’ll take your confession, but the absolution is unnecessary. These secrets aren’t sins; they’re just secrets. No need to repent.  —Anne Bogel

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Photo by Anne Bogel – @annebogel

A few weeks back, this cute book came to my doorstep. I was excited to read it and to dig into these delights and so called dilemmas of the reading life.

I have to admit, the first chapter intimidated me. I felt read—like Anne knew the thoughts running through my mind. Like she was a preacher in a church calling out my pitfalls and sins while I sat in a pew before her.

But my feelings of intimidation finally faded away as I began to realize that Anne really does know (and want nothing but grace and growth for) the reader’s heart and mind. Beyond the delight of reading, she really does know the dilemmas we all feel when it comes to wanting to read but not ever reading enough (or, let’s be honest—ever).

Since digging into I’d Rather Be Reading, I have started following Anne on Instagram. She is really doing it, really living the reading, bookish life that we all want. I’d Rather Be Reading has inspired me to slow down, FORGIVE my un-reading (English major, at that) self and to pick up a book.

Last week, I even did the wild and crazy thing of going to the library…something I’ve always loved but haven’t done in the last year or so.

I’ve been inspired and encouraged to carve out the quiet time to read again because I’ve felt understood by Anne whose writing voice, at times, sounds like a teacher pushing a summer reading list and a friend with grace in her hands for when the reading list doesn’t get, well…read.

This book would make the sweetest gift…or the sweetest tea-time read! I cannot wait to display this book out in my new place (I’m moving soon). I hope that others will be intrigued by it and then inspired to read, too.

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Photo by Anne Bogel – @annebogel

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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