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

Inbox/Outbox: April 13, 2018

What books did you acquire (inbox) and finish (outbox) this week?

The Magic of Investing in a New Library

One Rioter describes how seeing the renovation of her hometown childhood library inspired her for the future, and reminded her how much libraries matter.

42 Oscar Wilde Quotes on Identity, Inspiration, and Art

If you don't already know the Irish playwright and poet, here's a crash course, you've likely seen Oscar Wilde quotes, both misattributed and accurate, all over your Pinterest boards. Here's what the brilliant author actually said and wrote.

Why I’m Cautiously Excited About the FAHRENHEIT 451 Adaptation

HBO is adapting FAHRENHEIT 451 into a film, starring Michael B. Jordan. One reader is cautiously excited for an adaptation of a book that reflects on the media's threat to free thinking in 2018.

NYT Sues to Have Harper Lee’s Will Unsealed, and Wins

On Tuesday, Harper Lee's will was unsealed, raising new questions and continuing old debates about the author's legacy and what she would have wished for her books going forward.

20 Gorgeous Neil Gaiman Tattoos Inspired By The Author

20 beautiful Neil Gaiman tattoos, inspired by AMERICAN GODS, STARDUST, the Sandman series, and more, featuring quotes, dreamscapes, and favorite characters.

22 James Baldwin Quotes On Literature, Life, and Prejudice

From the author of The Fire Next Time and Go Tell it On the Mountain, 22 James Baldwin quotes about history, racism, homophobia, the prison system in America, writing, and more.

National Book Critics Circle Awards Name 2017 Finalists

The finalists for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Awards, a prestigious literary honor, have been announced, and include Jesmyn Ward, Carmen Maria Machado, Roxane Gay, and more.

Your Favorite Authors Design New Covers for First Editions of Your Favorite Classics

Sotheby’s is auctioning off first editions of beloved classics, all with new covers designed by your favorite authors and illustrators.

Literary Tourism: A Magical Harry Potter Guidebook to Scotland and England

Take your dream literary tour of Scotland and England, courtesy of Harry Potter.

Adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s INVISIBLE MAN Coming to Hulu

Ralph Ellison's classic novel INVISIBLE MAN is on its way to Hulu, following the streaming service's success with THE HANDMAID'S TALE.

100 Must Reads Of Magical Realism

Here are 100 magical realism must-reads and diverse recommendations, from novels to short story collections.

What the Harry Potter Epilogue Taught Me About Happiness

It's September 1, 2017, the day that the epilogue of Harry Potter takes places. Here's what one reader learned about happiness from reading it.

How to Pack Books for a Vacation

Going on vacation? Here are tips and recommendations for packing books for your trip.

100 Must-Read Books About Happiness

100 book recommendations about finding happiness, searching for happiness, and figuring out what happiness means in the first place.