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

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

  • 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

Recommendations by category:


Historical Fiction:

Page Turners:

Books with Beautiful Language:

Fast Books:

Favorite Series:



Quotes to remember:

“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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Episode 119
Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do
Pride and Prejudice
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
The Complete Father Brown Mysteries: By G. K. Chesterton – Illustrated
You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life
The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1)
Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
Watch With Me: and Six Other Stories of the Yet-Remembered Ptolemy Proudfoot and His Wife, Miss Minnie, Née Quinch
Jayber Crow
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done
Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)
The Lake House: A Novel
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
A Fall of Marigolds
Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel
Love Walked In
Belong to Me: A Novel
Gilead: A Novel
Hannah Coulter
The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work” (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality)
Mitten Strings for God: Reflections  for Mothers in a Hurry
Gift from the Sea: 50th-Anniversary Edition
Still Life
Tremendous Trifles
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky: A Novel
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

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