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#Our Reading Lives

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

Reading Calvin & Hobbes for the First Time as an Adult

Growing up, I loved reading Sunday comic strips but was an adult before I read Calvin and Hobbes. The child I was didn't seem to care.

Why Latin American Horror Hits Close to Home

I can't deny that Latin American horror books hit very close to home. There is a certain kind of terror in the everyday terrors they depict.

Like Pressing a Bruise: Books I Regret Rereading

One reader reflects on the books she's reread, wondering what made them so appealing in the first place.

FROG AND TOAD Knew I Was Gay Before I Did

I don’t believe I “knew” I was gay until I was a teenager. I didn’t have the language. Except maybe I did, by way of Frog and Toad.

Finding Home in a New City Through History and Urban Fantasy

On learning to appreciate the complexity of London as a newcomer through urban fantasy and history books.

How Books About Books Get Me Out of Reading Slumps

The appeal of books about books goes beyond the obvious love for literature. One writer explores what how meaningful they can really be.

The Not So Fun Side Of Being A Book’s First Reader

Getting advanced copies of books and audiobooks as a book reviewer is the dream for many readers, but it does have a few downsides.

What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Reading Self

One reader on learning how to love books, even after a childhood and adolescence of avoiding them.

Do My Old Favorites Still Hold Up?

There is just something so comforting about sinking back into a familiar world, but do books read in years past hold up is the question.

Remembering Reading to My Brother

My brother asked me to read to him in his final days like back when we were kids. I hope It was a comfort to him like it was for me.