#Our Reading Lives

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

Book Clubbing During A Pandemic: The Online/Offline Experience

A reader and book club host weighs in on the pros and cons of in-person vs virtual book club meetups in the time of COVID-19.

On Growing Up With Beloved Characters

On being a longtime series reader and realizing the characters are suddenly your peers — or that they suddenly aren't.

Rediscovering a Love of Fan Fiction in My 30s

After a long hiatus, I've finally rediscovered my love of fan fiction, and I'm annoyed it took me this long to remember the joys of fanfic.

Agatha Christie’s CROOKED HOUSE and The Thrill of Guessing The Killer

Do you find yourself itching to solve the mystery along with the detective? Musings on the thrill of guessing the killer.

On Being A Reader: Before And After Social Media

How one reader's approach to reading evolved before and after social media, and how reading critically gives more than it takes away.

Raising My Standards In Books Scared Me Off Reading

My new standards in books were supposed to make me fall back in love with reading. Instead, I stopped reading entirely.

Read-Alouds Rock: Falling in Love with Early Chapter Books All Over Again

A reader shares her experience falling in love with early chapter books all over again through reading aloud to her son.

My Relationship to Manga: A Microcosm of Growing Up Japanese American

One reader explores how growing up Japanese American impacted the ways in which they viewed manga.

The Bookish Rituals That Keep Me Grounded

Do you have any bookish rituals? One Rioter reflects on their daily, weekly, and monthly reading rituals that keep them grounded.

Queer Love Is Sacred

The 1920s, The Well of Loneliness argued that Stephen's queer love was the best thing about her. 100 years later, it's still relevant.