Riot Headline COVID-19 Updates from the Bookish World

#Our Reading Lives

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

More Than Toys: Exploring History With American Girl

For one reader, AMERICAN GIRL was more than a favorite book series and doll: it was a lifestyle.

Racing Through the Pages: How Books Taught Readers Anyone Can Run

On the books that have inspired both pro and amateur runners, motivating and encouraging them, no matter where they are in their journey.

I Read My Way Out: My Year of Reading Copiously and Therapeutically

One reader on making big life changes, including changes to her reading life. Talking about the journey, the goals, and the books that lifted her up.

Books and the Brain: The Social and Emotional Benefits of Reading

A look at the social and emotional benefits of reading.

The Scholarship of Sexy Privilege: Why Do I Love Dark Academia?

Dark Academia books promise dastardly deeds done under the light of the moon. But what hypnotic hold has the genre got on me?

Moving Abroad to Dubai and Finding Bookish Things

A newcomer in the United Arab Emirates seeks out the bookish corners of her new home, exploring a festival, the library, and more in literary Dubai.

On Becoming a Romance Reader

A reader shares the story of her personal journey toward becoming a romance reader, from hiding behind Nora Roberts covers to recommending titles.

How to Keep a Language Alive

A first-generation immigrant on the challenges of trying to keep a language alive, and two helpful books not intended as guides for parents on the struggle.

Let Life Happen: Letting Books Find Us Organically

A few weeks ago, I was watching one of my favorite romantic comedy films for the one-billionth time, He’s Just ...

The Books I Read in High School

"As someone who loves to read now, I find myself lagging in conversations with other readers who went to better-funded schools..."

Check the Books: Reading My Way Through OCD

One reader with newly-diagnosed OCD looks at how OCD is represented in books, and what more she'd like to see in representations.

I Went on a Dogsledding Adventure and Was Awkward at an Author and Celeb Musher

One reader on an awkward -- but memorable -- encounter with a dogsledding author.

Hating Popular Books Does Not Make You Superior: A Lesson Learned

Not liking something that's popular isn't a personality trait.

How to Raise a Reader (Does Anyone Actually Know?)

Does surrounding your child with books, reading to them regularly, and keeping a bookish household guarantee that you'll raise a reader?

What Was Up With the Body Swapping Trend?

A reader on a '90s book series for young readers that shone a new and ableist light on the body swapping trend in books and other media.