Our Reading Lives features stories about how books and reading have shaped who we are and how we live.
A reader examines her history with TWILIGHT and shares her wiser, more critical, and more snarky thoughts on MIDNIGHT SUN.
Reading might be good for stress relief, but what happens when it becomes what creates stress for you?
How Tournament of Books made one reader think more critically about the books she reads, and how she approaches them as both a reader and a writer.
One reader contemplates the question of who gives meaning to fiction: is it the reader's perspective, the author, or both?
A reader examines why Tiffany D. Jackson's novels can be stressful, and how stories like GROWN advocate for Black girls and women.
Six years after moving to D.C. and deciding it's not for me, there’s still something holding me back from leaving: the libraries.
A woman's meditations about Agatha Christie and murder mysteries, including a discussion of why Miss Marple is awesome.
Jessica Darling made me feel less alone growing up, navigating what it is to discover oneself while experiencing mental illness.
One reader questions his compulsion to read as a prop for self-worth, and considers how reading slumps lead to existential angst.
Since COVID-19 began and Zoom calls became a regular feature of our lives, we've become even more fascinated by other people's bookshelves.
A reader on the Appalachian audiobooks that took her back home to Appalachia and helped her prepare to move farther away from it.
It is clear that my journal anticipates a reader. No, begs for a reader. Begs for someone other than me to hear what it has to say.
One reader shares why Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING is a source of solace in tumultuous times.
Real readers weigh in on how the stress and new routines of the pandemic have changed how much we’re reading—and what we’re choosing to read.
One Rioter describes three different types of two-person book clubs that have helped her make and maintain long-lasting literary friendships.