Book Lovers’ Delight: I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

We are readers. Books grace our shelves and fill our homes with beauty; they dwell in our minds and occupy our thoughts. Books prompt us to spend pleasant hours alone and connect us with fellow readers. They invite us to escape into their pages for an afternoon, and they inspire us to reimagine our lives.”

The audiobook for Anne Bogel’s I’d Rather Be Reading, read by the author, was the perfect companion to a day filled with cooking meals and cleaning my room. It’s lighthearted and a breeze to listen to; I sped through like eight chapters without even noticing.

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(Chapter: “A Reader’s Coming of Age”)

I’d Rather Be Reading is a collection full of spectacular, talkative essays that chronicle and accentuate the simple things in books make us love in them. Bogel’s love for books shines so sincerely in her writing. Her bookish enthusiasm reminded me of why I read in the first place.

Not out of habit or duty, but because reading is part of who they are. It’s in their blood. They’re book people.”

This book also reminded me of the human connection I feel after reading a good Nonfiction essay collection, which I haven’t experienced in a hot minute. Surprisingly, it also brings back memories on all those books that made up your life one by one. The ones that changed the game by making you love reading, the ones that you hate to love and love to hate, the funny books, the childhood favorites, and so many more that came to shape the person you are today.

There’s a love letter to the library next door. Taking the hint when a book arrives at the right time in your life when it seeks you out. Living out her bookseller dreams for a day (and the odd requests received). Being “book bossy” and the treacherous ground of unsolicited advice that accompanies recommending people (especially her kids) what to read. The beauty of rereading a book, which reminded me of a podcast I listened to that hosted BookTuber Ariel Bissett, who talked more in detail on why rereading matters: We read to find books we love and want to revisit.

Coming of age with books and rereading them years late makes you see and uncover different things each time. They’re like photographs, taking you back to the exact moment in time when and where you read.

Rereading can make you remember who you used to be, and, like pencil marks on a door frame, show you how much you’ve changed. ”

Other goodies include a full chapter on Bookworm Problems. The hidden pleasures in reading the acknowledgments and sharing some of the favorite last page excerpts from books the author has read.

“I’m a reader who always wondered what the writing life was like, and not knowing the details, supplied my own—” “But in the acknowledgments, the authors hint at the practicalities of writing books, brass-tacks details that might otherwise never occur to readers.”

I enjoy reading the acknowledgments at the end as well because it makes for a less abrupt switch of mindset between reading and not reading. It also grants me the time to part peacefully from the book, like having trailers after the movie to prepare me for the exit. Also: “I especially enjoy stumbling across miscellaneous goodies and oddities, the things an author can’t include anywhere else”

In short: I’d Rather Be Reading capture the truth of our bookish experience in bite-size chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

Lastly, I have to mention this brilliant idea the author had on getting her hand on her library records. These records show so much of our timeline; our history through our bookish finds. It would be an ineffable experience.

“Based on my borrowed titles alone, I’d be able to clearly see the months and years I spent away from my hometown, the one I’m happy to live in even now. I would be able to spot the summer I got engaged, when I checked out every book on wedding planning in the library system. The month I learned I was pregnant and immediately cleared the shelves of those books. The sudden surge of board book checkouts a year later, after we’d added another tiny reader to our household. It’s all right there, in my library records.”

Among the many noteworthy book recommendations, I’m already on my way to my local library to browse their book shelves. Oh, and, of course, the on theme black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout the book were a joy to look at:I'd Rather Be Reading 1- bookspoils(Chapter: “Windows to the Soul”)
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TV Review: American Vandal | Season 1

With the announcement of a second season renewal, I came across Netflix’s American Vandal online.

The mockumentary series takes a look at the aftermath of a high school prank that left 27 faculty members’ cars vandalized, causing more than $100,000 in damages that the student in charge must pay back.

The above is a vague way to say that 27 cars were vandalized with 27 spray-painted dicks and nobody knows who did it. Yes, this is an actual Netflix show. And you can watch the trailer below to give you a little taste of this masterpiece:

When I first checked out the above what immediately came to mind was the infamous dick drawing scene from the film Superbad:

So this eight part original series is basically a spin-off in my mind. Like the film, the humor is hilariously over-the-top yet still completely self-aware and self-composed. And surprisingly so, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

At its heart, the show takes on a very insightful and sobering commentary on the preconceived notions in the American education system, the mess that is high school, social media, and the way we perceive others.

Admittedly, it took me a couple of episodes to really get invested in the “case” for Dylan Maxwell, but I was slowly won over… mainly thanks to the fact that I’ve been on the look-out for a show to deliver those mystery vibes, without the nightmares and worrying of leaving my house. American Vandal’s concept is over-the-top, always bordering the line between hilarious and obscene, and that’s exactly what hooked me in the first place.

Overall, I would 100% (* in Alex Trimboli’s voice *) recommend this show if you’re a fan of theories, conspiracies, and in-depth investigations.

October 2017 Reading Wrap Up

As anticipated from last month’s wrap up, October brought a bunch of newly released gems out into the world. It was a month to remember.
In total I read 10 books:

Honorable Mention:
Season two of Stranger Things was released this last Friday, and you know I had to binge-watch the shit out of it in a day… Mostly because I was scared to get spoiled online, but also because once you get hooked it’s nearly impossible to leave Hawkins behind.

The plot, courtesy of this article: Stranger Things season 2 begins nearly a year after the first installment, on Halloween in Hawkins, Indiana. (The boys are going as the Ghostbusters, naturally.) Will has rejoined his pals after being rescued from Things’ alternate dimension, the Upside Down. But all is not well with young Mr. Byers, as evidenced by the slug he coughed up in season 1’s final moments.

I came late to the hype behind the first season, having watched it only 5 months prior to the sequel’s release. But thankfully that turned out to have its benefits, since my mind was still fresh with certain plot points to start my binge-watch right away. I also went in knowing exactly what I wanted from the ongoing arc: Eleven’s backstory, my boy Dustin Henderson with his ragtag group of loveable nerds, and Jonathan with Nancy, of course.

The season started out with a bang (quite literally). And I’m beyond grateful that I got what I wanted and so much more:

(SEASON TWO SPOILERS BELOW)

  • The plot is a bit slow going at first, but once it caught a rhythm I couldn’t bring my eyes off the screen, so much so that the mere act of blinking actually hurt after awhile.
  • The autumn aesthetic is strong here. Plus, the attention paid to detail in each shot is mind-boggling.
  • We’re introduced to Lucas Sinclair’s family, and I was living for his sister’s one-liners:

The true star of this show.

  • We have so many new character dynamics I wasn’t even prepared to love: Chief Jim Hopper and Eleven, Dustin and Steve Harrington… Speaking of the latter, Dustin is my sun and stars and my love for him knows no bounds.
  • On a more grim note, we get to see Eleven visit her mother, Terry Ives, and finally find out the truth about her history. I can only say that the backstory is chillingly terrifying. But it just goes to show the brilliant masterminds that are behind Stranger Things.

Sunflower, 3 to the Right, 4 to the Left, Rainbow

The thought put behind the words the mother repeated left me shaking. Truly one of the most intricately thought-out backstories.

  • Last but not least, I have to mention my favorite build-up finally happening between Nancy and Jonathan… And let me just say that the anticipation leading up to their moment was DELICIOUS:

I can live on happily now.

Overall, I can say without a doubt that Stranger Things delivered so much with its newest season. It was the little things like I mentioned above that make the series feel much more real to me. Simply put, season two was Bitchin’.


That was my October wrap-up, thank you for reading!