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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.

Social Anxiety for Book Readers: Etiquette Questions

It’s no secret that I suffer from anxiety, as I have written quite a few posts about it here on ...

The Weight of My Unread Cuban Books

I am Cuban. I was born in the U.S., first-generation.   Havana Salsa: Stories and Recipes by Viviana Carballo   ...

Wait A Minute, Mr. Postman: Books About Letters

In his poem “To Sir Henry Wotton,” John Donne wrote: “More than kisses, letters mingle souls/For thus, friends absent speak.” ...

Finding Comfort in CASTLE WAITING

As a teenager, I babysat four children every Tuesday night for several years. This is where I discovered the joy ...

How CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD Made Me a Feminist

I was not born a feminist. None of us were, and to claim otherwise would be to deny the systemic, ...

Buying Books in Grocery Stores

Recently I steered my shopping cart around the bend past the plastic cups and utensils aisle and saw a kindred ...

Geek Problems: The Angst of Missing Pulls

I recently moved from DC to Florida.  In the process, I had to leave behind the first comic book shop ...

Why I’m Helping To Fund The Indie Publishing Revolution

For a long time now I’ve been trying to make sure my money goes directly to independent publishers and their ...

Manga, the Cyborg Girl, and Me: A Love Story

On my fifteenth birthday, a friend gifted me three single-issue comic books. That’s what I thought they were at first ...

I Love Batman, but I’m Not Really Well Bat-Read

Though Batman Day isn’t really spurring the same kind of intense joy in me that Force Friday did recently, it ...

I Guess I Read Erotica?

Not long ago, I set out to write a “read this, not that” post centered around erotic fiction. In service ...

A Personal History in Queer Lit

There are two common excuses I’ve seen for people wanting books removed from school libraries or reading lists. Either the ...

Embracing the Magical Girl in Me (with ZODIAC STARFORCE)

There’s a saying that “Hell is a teenage girl.” Sure, being a teenage girl is one of the hardest things ...

White As the Default

The post you’re reading is part of Book Riot’s observance of #BlackOutDay. We are turning our attention fully to issues ...

I’m Bringing “Womanist” Back

The post you’re reading is part of Book Riot’s observance of #BlackOutDay. We are turning our attention fully to issues ...