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I'd Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  1,379 ratings  ·  342 reviews
For anyone who'd rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this book is the ultimate must-have. In this visual ode to all things bookish, readers will get lost in page after page of beautiful contemporary art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books. Artwork from the likes of Jane Mount, Lisa Congdon, Julia Rothman, and Sophie Blackall ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Chronicle Books
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Dannii Elle
My full review can be found on United by Pop.

Edited by Guinevere de la Mare, this gorgeous book may be small but what it lacks in size it makes up for in content. This contains a selection of beautiful and varied paintings, illustrations, photography, typography, essays, quotations, and poems all concerned with the love of books and reading. The content, although focused on this one topic, is varied enough in style to please every peruser of its pages. Some of the featured art comes from renowne
Neil (or bleed)
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Yep. I'd rather be reading. ...more
TS Chan
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Beautifully compiled with bookish essays, quotes, poems, art, typography and photography, this is quite a little gem for bibliophiles who love collecting whimsical books.

The introductory essay is akin to a short autobiography of the author, a bookworm whom many of us will relate to. The final paragraph of this nostalgic piece of writing is a must-share.

The love of reading that has passed down through generations of my family is the greatest gift that I could imagine and the greatest legacy I
Diane Barnes
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Tiny little book....4 essays and some artwork.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Tiny book for suckers. Like one of those little old Hallmark gift books, but for NYC snobs.

For example, the essay on Slow Reading advocates classics that require work to be appreciated to ppl who have not even made room in their day for 30 minutes of reading because they're busy on Twitter. Magazine articles, like the essay itself which is from the magazine The Atlantic, "don't count." Nor does non-fiction, or genre fiction, or much else, according to the essayist. Huh. Way to insult your target
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I'd rather be reading is filled with pictures about books and the love of books, as well as a few essays on the love of reading. I love bookish images and photos, but was unfortunately disappointed in the ones chosen for this book. There are more inspirational pictures on instagram and pinterest. ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very cute little book. It’s like looking through a bookish tumblr page. I thought it was interesting there was an essay calling for a slow reading movement and another with tips for how to read more.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing

it's basically SERIOUSLY AESTHETICALLY PLEASING bookish artwork and photographs & a few essays about reading. the first essay entitled "i'd rather be reading" by guinevere de la mare was PERFECT. i teared up. much books, such pages, very love. i could EXPLODE.

i could pick out any sentence from the first essay and to me it's just dkdjdjshd. 😭🙌🏼 because she GETS it. every reader will understand this ess
Sep 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hardly a book, all of this could be seen on someone's tumblr page. ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute book with text, pictures and illustrations all in favor of the love and joy of reading. I was expecting it too be a bit longer (bought it online so didn't see a slim it was) and I would have enjoy more content, but still a good book that book lovers will enjoy and recognize themselves in it! ...more
Jenna | Bookmark Your Thoughts
"At first, the other kids in the class - those who hadn't been brave enough to stand up to Big Literacy - were envious of the freedom that allowed us to doodle at our desks during reading time. But after a few days, something began to shift. We began to get bored. And all the other kids started to be able to do something we couldn't. They were looking at letters but seeing words. Suddenly they had a superpower, and we didn't. My days of academic protest were over."

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Beth Bonini
This delightful book is the perfect gift for book-lovers - particularly of the Bookstagram kind. It’s a visual feast of book quotations and book slogans and book illustrations and book photos. If you agree with L.M Montgomery that you are ‘simply a book drunkard’, you will undoubtedly enjoy this book - and it may also inspire those who have not yet made reading a part of their daily routine. Essays from Guinevere de la Mare, Maura Kelly, Ann Patchett and Gretchen Rubin all pay homage to the idea ...more
Lesley Looper
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the essays and the artwork were delightful! Nice, quick read about one of my favorite subjects!
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hmmm, not really. I would have happily have looked through people's bookshelves for hours. This was more meme heavy. It was also tiny. I expect an art book to be hefty. The title is the best thing about it. ...more
Sim ✨(wholesimreads)
🌟🌟🌟 3.5 stars

A quick but enjoyable read. Scattered with cute illustrations and quotes, it reminded me why reading is the best thing ever.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will forever carry this around with me.
Sarah Wagner
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
So, first of all, the title of this book basically reflects my permanent mood. And secondly, like the primary author, I am a lover of books and I've totally had the experience of a literature class destroying my pleasure in reading. Of course, I have and will likely always come back to reading, like an alcoholic returning to drinking. Which is why this small volume, with short articles, poetry, quotes, and art about reading, is a delight to my soul. ...more
Michelle Leonard
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Very cute, pretty and short book about readers and the love of reading. Includes an intro and 3 short essays...the rest of the book is made of up lovely bookish arts and quotes.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Impossible not to love this 'ode to all things bookish' ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The most relatable part of this book happened in the first essay, where the author stated, "Bridge to Terabithia—my God, I don’t think I could get through Bridge to Terabithia dry-eyed today" and that's when I knew that I would want to re-read this book again just to hear how much other people love books as much as I do.

This whole book had maybe 3 total essays but a lot of pictures related to reading, I read through it really fast but I also got a bunch more books to add to my "to-read" shelf a
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ll give it 4 stars for the first essay and the book art, but the middle two essays bothered me. One by Ann Patchett and the other by Maura Kelly espoused the sort of book snobbishness that drives me crazy. They seem to say that if you’re not reading classics or literary fiction, you’re wasting your time. (I actually had a whole rant about the looks people give me when I say I liked Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey but I ran out of energy. Basically, if I can listen to a hipster douche wax eloq ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely collection of beautiful pictures. But, it's not just the pictures! The little essays scattered throughout are also very interesting and fun to read. A great recommendation for book lovers! ...more
Kelley Hartnett
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute fast read with a few reading/book related essays, and fun book-themed art & photos. I read it in the carpool line one afternoon. Think of this as a tiny little coffee table book.
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
"The love of reading that has passed down through generations of my family is the greatest gift that I could imagine and the greatest legacy I can leave my child. I am so lucky to have been raised as a reader,"

I absolutely adore books about book and will never pass a chance to read another one, be it a collection of essays or a fictional novel about bookworms. I'd Rather Be Reading is a collection of four short essays, each connected by a few pieces of bookish artwork. In general, it's a goo
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the art in this book! The essays were just okay. It really made me happy to thumb through, though.

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Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you want validation about why you love reading.. and yes! fiction! Read This Book! yes, it is very short but the four essays-Autobiography of a BookWorm- A Slow Books Manifesto- Cheating by Ann Patchett and 13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done.... will warm your heart and your reading head....
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It was entertaining, the pictures were beautiful, but it didn't feel like a whole book. Just 4 short essays and a bunch of pictures. Nice one to get distracted, but nothing I'd cherish. Still, I guess I'm glad I've read it. ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, non-fiction
A delightful set of essays that is accompanied by some really beautiful illustrations! In fact, I think I loved those more than the essays! So much that I want to make posters and frame some of them!

@Smitha you know which one I am giving you!
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Reading this book is my holiday gift! De la Mare spied on my life! She knows that I have a Book Twin(1); I stay up too late reading; I struggle to find places to store books; Books stay with me for years in years; There are lines from books that I continue to quote; and so much more!
yasmine skalli
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
a cute collection of bookish art, pictures, quotes and short essays
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Guinevere de la Mare is the co-founder of Silent Book Club, a global community of readers with local chapters in 250 cities around the world. She's the author of I'd Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers (Chronicle Books, 2017) . ...more

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