I'd Rather Be Reading (Bogel) - Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions
We'll add publisher questions if and when they're available; in the meantime, use our LitLovers talking points to help start a discussion for I'D RATHER BE READING ... then take off on your own:

1. Start out by discussing whether or not Anne Bogel's book spoke to you and your love (we hope it's love) of reading. Do her observations hit home for you? Did you find yourself nodding in agreement? How did you experience the book?

2. What particular passages struck you as insightful, meaningful, funny, or especially personal to you?

3. Do you enjoy or do you love to read (and what's the difference)? Is reading a hobby, a way to pass the time, or a deep-seated passion? Why?

4. Follow-up to Question 3: If you answered the question above with "a deep-seated passion," what does reading bring to your life?

5. Have you ever thought of canceling plans you've made so you could dive into the book you have waiting for you? Have you ever actually canceled plans?

6. How has reading shaped and/or defined the person you are? What books in particular have strongly affected you …and in what way?

7. Can you recall any books that have infuriated you?

8. Talk about the book that first hooked you on reading—or the place and time when you knew you were in love with reading.

9. Which of the essays in I'd Rather Be Reading was your favorite?

10. In her book, Anne Bogel exclaims, "How good it is to be among people who are reading!" Why? Isn't reading a solitary passion (we do it alone). Then why is it important to be "among" others who read? This question, perhaps, gets to the root of our penchant for book clubs.

11. Are you book bossy?

12. Does this book make you think any differently about the act of reading? Did it bring insights entirely new to you, or make you see reading in a new way? Or not.

(Questions by LitLovers. Please feel free to use them, online and off, with attribution. Thanks.)

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