#Our Reading Lives

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

What Dani Shapiro’s INHERITANCE Taught Me About How I View Family

One reader on struggling to connect with the themes of biological identity and family in INHERITANCE.

Meh on the Debut, In Love With the Sophomore

TFW you didn't love the debut novel and are completely taken by surprise when you fall head over heels for that same author's second book.

How Do I Incorporate Short Stories Back Into My Reading Life?

A reader who fell out of love with short story collections ponders how best to make reading short stories part of the routine again.

Reading About Clean Queens and the Tidying Revolution

Are you a fan of the KonMarie Method? Do you take inspiration from Zen techniques to face your daily chores? One reader considers the tidying revolution.

How Working in Publishing Made Me Appreciate Books More

A reader explains why working in the publishing industry made him appreciate the value of a book more.

Finding Mongolian Literature in Translation

When I decided to move to Mongolia, I tried to find Mongolian literature in translation. There's not much out there, but this is a good starting point.

Messages Left Behind in Library Books (An Ode)

A reader reflects on the messages left behind in library books at their university library, and how the notes acted as documents of time and place.

10 Biggest Disasters for Any Bookworm

Reading can be a wonderful thing, but beware the reading disaster. Whether it's a lost bookmark or spoilers, these scenarios are a bookworm's nightmares.

Literary Tourism: Concord, Massachusetts

Take a trip to the historical literary city of Concord, Massachusetts, home of some of the biggest names in American writer history.

Reading About Modest Fashion

With Hafsa Lodi’s MODESTY: A FASHION PARADOX hitting shelves, one reader considers other conversations around modest fashion encountered in books.

How Flawed is Acceptable?

The question remains valid. Are we allowed to appreciate flawed books? On the surface, the answer is a clear yes. Nothing is without flaws, after all.

How Gail Carson Levine Helped Me Love Myself

"Are soft and sensitive girls allowed to be protagonists, too?" Here's how Gail Carson Levine's works (and their adaptations) helped one reader bloom.

The Multi-Generational Book Club

A new book clubber on the benefits of participating in one very multi-generational book club, with readers ranging from age 25 to approximately 75. 

Seeing My Queer, Ill Self in Jenn Shapland’s New Memoir

One Rioter felt deeply seen as Jenn Shapland linked invisibility, queerness, and illness in MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CARSON MCCULLERS.

Wonder Woman and Me

A reader talks about what Wonder Woman gave her as a woman, a parent, and a comics reader.