Leah Rachel von Essen

Leah Rachel von Essen is a writer and editor who gets most of her reading done while walking. She works full-time as a magazine assistant editor, while also reviewing for Booklist, writing for Book Riot and other publications, writing her blog, and working on writing and querying her novels. She uses her spare time to watch women's soccer, travel, and sometimes even sleep. Originally from New Jersey, she came to the South Side of Chicago to study magical realism, surrealism, fairy tales, religious studies, and the forms of the novel at the University of Chicago. She, her cat Ms. Nellie Bly, and her two large bookshelves live reading-and-walking distance from Lake Michigan. Leah writes about the books she's reading at While Reading and Walking. Twitter: @reading_while

6 Fantasy Releases to Dig Into this Fall

Six superb fantasy book recommendations and recent releases to pair with your warm cup of tea as we dive further into fall 2019.

It’s Okay to Burn Out on the Things You Love—Reading Included

Creative burnout can make writers and readers alike feel guilty for needing a break for recovery. One Rioter urges readers to let themselves rest.

On Reading, Walking, and Seasonal Depression

Why one Rioter who reads and walks is dreading the advent of late autumn and the dark evenings that come with the shorter days.

5 Fall Book Recommendations For Those First Chilly Days

Find recommendations of books that are perfect for those first cozy, chilly days of changing leaves, warm tea, and comfortable sweaters.

How to Handle a Lot of Books in a Small Apartment

Rapper and Poet Noname Launches a Book Club

The book club has the goal of highlighting progressive work from writers of color and writers within the LGBTQ community.

3 Books I’ve Given as Wedding Gifts

Celebrate The Muggles: Seeking Fantasy That Celebrates the Nonmagical

Frustrated with books that attribute our world's wonders to outside sources of magic, I've found myself seeking books that celebrate the nonmagical.

Beach Reads for Every Month of Summer 2019

5 Books About Women’s Soccer for the Women’s World Cup

Women's World Cup fans, we've got some books you should check out. Get in the spirit and be inspired by these nonfiction books about women's soccer.

Why Arya and Sansa Stark’s Sisterhood Means Everything

One Rioter reflects on how the evolving relationship of the Stark sisters in Game of Thrones mirror her own relationship with her sister.

5 Comics that Left Me Speechless

Light-Hearted Comics to Make You Smile

Let’s Be Reasonable About Spoilers, OK?

Between Game of Thrones and EndGame, spoilers have been a hot topic of discussion recently. Here's how you can be respectful...and reasonable.

A Q&A with V.E. Schwab: On Creativity and Transparency

Book Riot sat down wtih V.E. Schwab to talk about creativity, transparency in publishing, and the re-release of her debut THE NEAR WITCH.