Published by Baker Books Buy on Amazon
“If Art does not enlarge men’s sympathies, it does nothing morally,” (George) Eliot once wrote. “The only effect I ardently long to produce by my writings, is that those who read them should be better able to imagine and to feel the pains and the joys of those who differ from themselves in everything but the broad fact of being struggling erring human creatures.” ― Rebecca Mead, My Life in Middlemarch
I am an avid lifelong reader. It’s not only how I pursue my free time, it’s also how I identify myself as a person. Naturally, that’s how I discovered Anne Bogel’s amazing blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy and became interested in reading her debut book, Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, which I think is a book that all kinds of people will love, including avid readers like me.
This summer I had the pleasure of reading Middlemarch for the first time and I learned firsthand how skilled Eliot was in helping readers connect with so many diverse types of characters all centered around life in a town called Middlemarch. She must have been an astute observer of the human character and their various personalities to write Middlemarch. I also must add that I believe that the fact that she was a re-reader of Jane Austen’s works helped her learn how to sketch her characters as a writer.
Thereafter, I read Rebecca Meads’ wonderful tribute to George Eliot, My Life in Middlemarch. Meads’ book made me develop an even greater love and respect for its author, George Eliot because Eliot was primarily devoted to her art to help readers “to imagine and to feel the pains and the joys of those who differ from themselves in everything but the broad fact of being struggling erring human creatures.” I believe that’s what attracts many of us to live as readers; we love the way reading a great story allows us to inhabit another person’s hopes, dreams, and ultimately, their very own being!
Similar to Eliot’s fictional stories, Anne Bogel’s new book is also a wonderful way to help people learn about one another through the personality frameworks she discusses throughout her book. Through her research and passion for this field, Anne explains how people can understand these frameworks in a way that allows them to improve their careers, their relationships, and ultimately, their very own lives. Doesn’t this sound fascinating?
Anne incorporates a lot of very interesting information from some of the most well-known personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. There are several chapters that focus on one type of framework, offering readers an overview of some tools that can help them understand themselves, others, and the world around them. Anne even incorporates some of her favorite book characters into her discussions, including a very interesting take on why our dear Mr. Darcy would be known as a “Rational” according to David Keirsey’s temperament framework.
Anne’s voice can be heard as she layers her own experiences, struggles, and successes within the information she shares with her readers. The book reads like an intimate conversation with a friend, which I absolutely loved. This is a friendly, down-to-earth look into how our personalities can be framed and understood in a way that will allow readers to dig deeper into themselves while gaining valuable information about the people they interact with in their own lives. Imagine being able to understand your spouse, your children, your family and friends, your coworkers, and maybe even your boss just a little bit better so that you engage with them in a more satisfying and healthy manner… That’s really the gift of this book!
I also loved learning about Gary Chapman’s Five Languages of Love and about how learning more about these languages can help bring us closer to our significant other. These languages are described along with personal anecdotes from Anne’s own marriage, which made me imagine how my own relationship could benefit from this knowledge. After all, who doesn’t want to learn how to love their loved ones in more meaningful ways?
Anne Bogel has created a book that readers will eagerly find themselves reading and rereading to learn more about how to understand themselves better along with how to find more enjoyment in their future interactions with the world and with other people. Once you dig into these lenses and you comprehend more about how other people “read the word,” you’ll also feel more in tune with how others connect with one another and how to understand why people respond to the world around them in the ways that they do. As a parent of four children, this book is helpful in seeking to understand my children’s’ personalities and how I can continue to support their own emotional and social development.
Anne Bogel has done a great job helping people “enlarge their sympathies” for one another in her thoughtful and fun-to-read book. She takes on the goal of helping us sketch the characters in our lives (including ourselves) and makes this information relatable to living in the modern world. Whether we read Eliot, Austen, or any other writers in our world, our desire to connect with others lays at the heart of our motivations for reading and book whisperer Anne Bogel shows us in her new book the art and the science behind our world of connecting with each other.
Readers can go to ReadingPeopleBook.com to take a FREE quiz to determine their see reading personalities. Anne has also created a class where you can learn more into all 9 types, which also include book recommendations for each one. You receive this class FREE with a pre-order of this book. You can also get a FREE download of the audiobook, recorded by Anne herself, if you preorder Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything before its release on September 19th. I highly recommend readers enjoy these preorder gifts by preordering this book!
Here’s the book description to give you another insight into this book:
If the viral Buzzfeed-style personality quizzes are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. But what we’re finding is this: knowing which Harry Potter character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn’t as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.
For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), popular blogger Anne Bogel has done the hard part–collecting, exploring, and explaining the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She explains to readers the life-changing insights that can be gained from each and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. In her friendly, relatable style, Bogel shares engaging personal stories that show firsthand how understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray.
I’d like to thank Anne Bogel and her launch team for my eARC and my ARC of this book and for selecting me to be part of this launch team and blog tour. It’s been great fun being part of your reading community and I also can’t recommend your book club highly enough to readers!
Meet Anne Bogel
Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next? Her popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. Bogel lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
You can visit the book’s website, Reading People Book, for all the details on where to buy the book and the pre-order bonuses included if you buy it before the release date of September 19th.
You can also listen to Anne as she talks about Reading People at the start of her recent episodes of What Should I Read Next. These podcasts are wonderful!
It’s Giveaway Time!
I would like to offer a giveaway of this book in its paperback version to one Just Jane 1813 reader. Please enter this giveaway by leaving a comment on this post based on this book and tell us a little about your own personality. Have you taken any personality quizzes over the years? If so, what have you learned about yourself? I’d love to hear your responses and if you post them by midnight, ET on September 17th, I’ll post the winner by September 18, so readers can still preorder their book by September 19 to receive the FREE gifts!
I brought Anne’s book to NYC with me and took a picture with it in front of one of my favorite places, The NYC Public Library! Isn’t the paperback just beautiful!!
You can head to Amazon to preorder this book, which will make you eligible to receive Anne’s FREE gifts.
You can also head to Goodreads to see what your friends are saying about this book.