#Our Reading Lives

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

How Reading Rilke Helped Me Deal With Grief

A reader shares how reading Rilke’s intimate letters helps them deal with cutting ties with their best friend.

A Case for Genre Juggling: Balancing Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

One reader and writer explains how she balances reading fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, often at the same time.

What I’ve Learned So Far Podcasting About Books

After a year of podcasting about books, here are the things I've learned along the way. If you want to start your own, these tips can help!

Bookselling During A Pandemic: What Fresh Hell Is This?

From starting at a bookstore in January 2020 to working there now, the bookselling experience has changed dramatically (over and over again).

The Changing Impact of Books and Timeless Truths: Thoughts While Reading STATION ELEVEN

A reader finally gets around to reading Station Eleven and ponders the changing impact of books over time.

Mary Oliver’s Poetry: Reading Her in the Worst of Times

Not knowing how to be useful in a dying world, one reader has looked to Mary Oliver’s poetry for answers and inspiration.

Why I Keep Failing Reading Challenges, But I Still Try

How many of us keep failing reading challenges every year? I do it constantly, but I still try to complete them. Here's why.

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.