RAR #119: Delighting in Your Own Reading Life, with Anne Bogel

12.31.2018 - By Read-Aloud Revival

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Would you like to read more in the new year?

I don't mean reading to your kids. I mean reading for you.

Many of us want to read more, but we're not sure how to make that happen. We feel like we can't fit it in, or maybe we even feel guilty when we sit down to read something just for fun.

This episode is just what you need! I'm chatting with Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy, author of I'd Rather Be Reading.

In this episode, you'll hear:

why it's OK to prioritize your reading life
how to read more (hint: we all have a bit more time than we think)
why it's just fine to quit a book that is causing a block

Plus, we recommend about 20 books for you ... I mean, of course, right?!

Listener Guide
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1:04 Read-Aloud challenge time!
2:40 Books for YOU!
3:44 Listener Q: Should kids read to me?
6:52 Prioritizing your reading life
8:31 Anne Bogel is back!
10:24 Pick a winner
11:51 It is OK to quit
12:56 Has Anne ever had a reading slump?
14:48 I want to read, but how?
18:51 Two types of readers
20:10 Bookworm problems
21:23 Re-reading
25:12 Mysteries
27:47 Historical fiction
29:25 Page-turners
31:06 Beautiful language
33:04 Fast books
34:41 A series
36:32 A classic
37:21 Non-fiction
39:38 Let the Kids Speak

Links from this episode:

Register for the 31 day Read-Aloud Challenge
Modern Mrs. Darcy
What Should I Read Next
RAR #43: Raising Kids Who read, Daniel Willingham

Recommendations by category:

Sarah: The Lake House by Kate Morton
Anne: The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

Historical Fiction:

Sarah: A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Anne: Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Page Turners:

Sarah: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Anne: I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos

Books with Beautiful Language:

Sarah: Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry or Watch With Me by Wendell Berry
Anne: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Fast Books:

Sarah: Mitten Strings for God by Katrina Kenison and Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Anne: The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris

Favorite Series:

Sarah: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Anne: Three Pines Mysteries by Louise Penney, starting with Still Life or The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, starting with Cinder


Sarah: Tremendous Trifles by G.K. Chesterton
Anne: Emma by Jane Austen


Sarah: Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Anne: You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt or Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

A few quotes from this episode:
"For all of the talk about how important it is to help our kids fall in love with reading, if they don’t actually see the adults in their lives reading for pleasure then why would they believe us when we talk about the refreshment and joy that reading gives or that reading is a worthwhile thing to do just for the joy of it?" -Sarah Mackenzie

"The important thing to remember before you go looking for great books for you is that a great book means different things to different people." - Anne Bogel

"If you were in a reading slump the single best thing you can do is to set aside a book that’s not working for you." - Anne Bogel

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