#Our Reading Lives

Our Reading Lives features stories about how books and reading have shaped who we are and how we live.

Are You Really a Reader if You Have to Motivate Yourself to Read Books?

Reading is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby. So why do some of us book lovers have to motivate ourselves to do it?

Want To Work At A Bookstore? Here Are Some Tips To Keep The Fun

Love the idea of turning your love of reading books into a job? Here are some of the good and bad aspects of being a bookseller.

Of Small Town Book Fairs and Yearly Bookish Rituals

A small town in West Bengal, India welcomes its yearly book fair, reclaiming its place as a setting for local authors, socializing, and joy.

Joan Didion, New York, and Me

I didn’t expect was to ever fall out of love with NYC. Interestingly, my relationship with NYC-centric literature has been the same way.

I’ve Read 100 Books In A Year And You Won’t Catch Me Doing That Again

In November I realized I'd read 90 books, so I had to go for 100. Did I do it? Yes. Would I do that again? Not a chance.

Books and Reading Are Two Different Hobbies

I love books, especially the online bookish community. So why does reading sometimes feel more like a chore than a fun hobby?

How Does Japanese Literature Portray Tenderness Towards The “Self” And The “Other”?

These everyday stories that ruminate on love, loneliness, and hope beating all odds helped me get through a difficult time.

What Surprised Me About Joining a Read-Along

This reader's love for the Immortals After Dark series brought her to joining a read-along, which had some unexpected results.

How to Start an Intentional Book Collection

Some books come in and out of our lives, but what about the ones we keep? Here are some considerations for your permanent book collection.

How List-Type Books Help Me Through Difficult Times

When stress makes reading difficult, books of lists and snippets of text can be easier to turn to, especially if they're hopeful.