#Our Reading Lives

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

The Weird Optimism of Novels About Doomsday Cults

How reading fiction about doomsday cults can actually be an exercise in optimism and hope. Someone has to live to tell the story, after all.

I Read Trevor Noah’s Favorite Books. Here’s What I Thought.

I read five of Trevor Noah's favorite books. Here's what I thought of them and what I learned about Trevor Noah through this experience.

Why I’m Obsessed with BabyLit

One bibliophile mother's love for series BabyLit with baby book adaptations of Frankenstein, The Raven, and more

When I’m Nostalgic for the ’80s and ’90s, I Read These Books

Many of us have pleasant memories of our childhood, and when nostalgia for the '80s and '90s hits, these are some books to turn to.

To the Authors I’d Follow Anywhere

There are some authors who take you places you'd never expect to go and you'll follow them because they're just that good.

Falling in Love to Fall Asleep: How Romance Audiobooks Saved My Bedtime Routine

Books are often used in bedtime routines, but this writer dives into a particularly effective combination of method and genre to fall asleep.

Please, Keep Your Sequels

I no longer have any patience for series. Tell me what you have to say in one volume or forever hold your peace.

The Short Story That Saved My Life

"Rachel's story allowed me to translate the weight and confusion of behaviors I was exhibiting, but didn't understand."

Books That Bring the ’80s Nostalgia Are Like a Warm, Fuzzy Blanket

There's something cozy about revisiting that 80s nostalgia, and we're in an era chock full of it in books.

I Cooked My Way Through a Jane Austen Cookbook. Here’s How It Went.

I cooked my way through a cookbook inspired by Jane Austen's novels, and it opened up the world of the books to me.