Leah Rachel von Essen

Leah Rachel von Essen is a writer and editor who gets most of her reading done while walking. She works full-time as a magazine assistant editor, while also reviewing for Booklist, writing for Book Riot and other publications, writing her blog, and working on writing and querying her novels. She uses her spare time to watch women's soccer, travel, and sometimes even sleep. Originally from New Jersey, she came to the South Side of Chicago to study magical realism, surrealism, fairy tales, religious studies, and the forms of the novel at the University of Chicago. She, her cat Ms. Nellie Bly, and her two large bookshelves live reading-and-walking distance from Lake Michigan. Leah writes about the books she's reading at While Reading and Walking. Twitter: @reading_while

8 Adult Coloring Books That Are In a League of Their Own

From Fat Ladies in Space to Young House Love!

The Success of Amazon Books Should Make You Angry

Amazon Books is about to become the fifth largest bookstore chain in the US, and it's because of the decline in physical and independent bookstores.

Why EMMA is the Worst Jane Austen Novel

Hint: it has less to do with Emma's character and a whole lot more to do with poor Harriet Smith.

Okorafor’s WHO FEARS DEATH is Coming to a Screen Near You

WHO FEARS DEATH is coming to HBO, with executive producer George R.R. Martin!

Literary Tourism: An Off-the-Map Bookish Tour of Chicago

Looking for bookish places to visit in the great windy city of Chicago? Hop on a train and check out these literary landmarks, libraries, and bookstores.

10 Books to Read if You’re Mourning Sense8 Being Cancelled

Sense8 was primarily about empathy. Check out these ten book recommendations to open your mind to others' experiences and worlds.

Inbox/Outbox: May 26, 2017

What books did you acquire (inbox) and finish (outbox) this week?

Don’t Be the Worst at Book Signings

There are a lot of very rude people getting their books signed out there. Here are some tips for being polite the next time you go to a book signing.

5 Short Classics To Read During Russian Literature Week

From Tolstoy to Chekhov, check out these 5 short story and novella recommendations to celebrate Russian Literature Week.

The 10 Best Books to Introduce You to Magical Realism

Ten great book recommendations to introduce you to the world of magical realism.

Why I Hate The Hobbit

How an awful experience reading the book in school turned one reader into a Hobbit-hater.

Queerness, Hans Christian Andersen, and The Little Mermaid

On Hans Christian Andersen's sexuality, and how he worked it into his stories.