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

12 Catalan Books Available in English Translation

Explore the literature of Catalonia through stories from the region and culture through these curated Catalan books in translation.

Who Was Virginia Woolf?

The author is too often reduced to her death—we break past that into who Virginia Woolf really was, as a woman and writer.

Why Anna Karenina Isn’t the Romance People Think It Is

While Anna Karenina isn't romance, it has one of the gentlest, truest romances of classic literature—but only if you know where to look.

The FEAR STREET Trailer Dropped: Here’s What You Should Know

Find out what books Netflix is drawing from for its new R-rated movies based on the popular series from R.L. Stine.

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards

Winners of the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards include Kacen Callender, Jenn Shapland, and more in the ceremony celebrating 2020's LGBTQ books.

24 Must-Read New Books of Spring And Summer 2021

Discover the best and buzziest new releases coming your way, including books by Paula Hawkins, Helen Hoang, Nghi Vo, and more.

Quiz: What Reading Aesthetic Are You?

Are you a cottagecore reader with a picnic blanket or more of a librarian in a cozy cardigan? Find out with this reading aesthetics quiz!

9 Books Where Nature or Landscape Are Main Characters

Nature takes center stage in these books, including Fauna by Christiane Vadnais, translated by Pablo Strauss.

Chill Out With the Best Books to Read in a Hammock

Ready to start summer early or enjoy hammock reading whatever the season? Keep it cool and easy with these excellent hammock books.

An Ode to Stories That Make Us Happy-Cry

Here's a toast to happy tears. To books that make us happy-cry, that give us that sharp relief and quiet catharsis.