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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

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Inspired by history lessons and her character growth in GAME OF THRONES, I am officially endorsing Sansa Stark, Lady of Winterfell, for the Iron Throne.

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Why books that begin by giving away the ending deserve their due, and why they give us a glimpse into what actually matters about storytelling.

How Novels Full Of IMs And Email Gave Young Girls A Voice

The dislike of YA made up of texts, emails, and instant messaging was rooted in a classic backlash against anything that young women find their voices in.

The Best Comics We Read In November 2018

Rioters share the best comics they read in November because who doesn't want more comics to read?!

Did William Goldman or S. Morgenstern write THE PRINCESS BRIDE?

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How DC Bombshells Makes Me Feel Comfortable in My Queer Skin

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