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

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

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

3.5/5 (33 evaluări)
92 pages
29 minutes
Aug 15, 2017


For anyone who'd rather be reading than doing just about anything else, this ebook 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 is interwoven with text from essayist Maura Kelly, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, and award-winning author and independent bookstore owner Ann Patchett. Rounded out with poems, quotations, and aphorisms celebrating the joys of reading, this lovingly curated compendium is a love letter to all things literary, and the perfect thing for bookworms everywhere.
Aug 15, 2017

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Guinevere de la Mare is a San Francisco–based writer, author, book lover, and the founder of Silent Book Club, a pop-up speakeasy for readers worldwide.

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I'd Rather Be Reading - Guinevere De La Mare

i’d rather be Reading

the autobiography of a bookworm

By Guinevere de la Mare

Read any essay about the love of books and the author will undoubtedly mention an obsession with reading born in early childhood. My story starts with a twist. I had no interest in learning to read. When it came time to begin the process of decoding diphthongs and navigating the minefield of i’s before e’s except after c’s, I said, No thanks.

My kindergarten class was divided into small groups of four or five students, and I became ringleader of my group, convincing the other members that we had far better things to do than waste our time on those pesky lined work sheets. There were block towers to build! Dress-up games to be played! Reading was for suckers.

My teacher, Mrs. Schmidt, was a smart lady. She cocked an eyebrow and then wisely let me lead this rebellion unfettered. Suit yourselves, she told us. But there would be no block building or dress-up corner privileges. We could sit quietly while the rest of the class learned to read. Fair enough. I was too busy basking in my newfound power to consider the consequences.

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.

The story has become family lore. I’ve heard it retold by my mother countless times, and truthfully, I have no memory of a time when I couldn’t read. Looking back, I’ve got to hand it to Mrs. Schmidt. My grandmother was the director of the school—and her boss. I can only imagine the conversation at the staff meeting that particular week. Well, Doris, I picture my teacher reporting, your granddaughter has informed us that she won’t be learning how to read. I’m sure they had a good laugh.

My grandmother was born on a chicken farm in Kansas and graduated from UCLA. In 1949, as a young mother of two, she set sail for Honolulu. My grandfather had been hired

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  • (5/5)
    Short but sweet. Lots of eye candy for readers.
  • (4/5)
    Very entertaining if you're as much of a bookworm as I am. Loved the illustrations. My one complaint is that it's too short.
  • (3/5)
    Some lovely art, some essays that were interesting an dine I just want to argue with (the one about reading slow and reading literary only)
  • (5/5)
    The book I needed to remind myself why I read and why I should re-develop my reading habits.
  • (5/5)
    I just loved this little book about books. Any bookworm would love the cute pictures and reading ideas from author