#Our Reading Lives

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

Where Are All the Menopause Books That Don’t Demonize Aging?

As I began the journey into my 40s, it was tough to find good books about menopause. Then 2021 hit, and things started to look up.

How Graphic Narratives Make My Illness Feel Seen

Being seen is powerful, and being seen when you have a mental illness in graphic narratives can change your entire world.

Craving Fictional Horror To Escape Real Horror

Where do you place the feeling of terror when you can’t do anything about the things scaring you? One way is to turn to fictional horror.

I Swapped My Phone Screen Time for Reading Time

Do you find yourself on your phone when you meant to read? Me too. Here's what happened when I swapped screen time for books for a week.


An homage to THE WORST WITCH and its late author Jill Murphy.

When You Can’t Speak Your Mother Tongue, Does Translated Fiction Fill the Void?

What happens when as a member of a community, you’re unable to speak its language, so imperfect translations are your only viable option?

Portals to the Past: The Wonderful World of Used Books

On the irrefutable magic of used books and used bookstores.

A Love Letter To THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS by Stephen Graham Jones

A love letter to Stephan Graham Jones' THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS, and a testament to how a single book can open a world to a whole genre.

The Lasting Power of Alexander’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

A reader examines the lasting legacy of one of her favorite children's books: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

How EARWIG AND THE WITCH Helped Me Understand the Benefits of Horror for Kids

We don't necessarily think of the horror genre as being a great benefit to kids. Earwig and the Witch shows us how we're wrong.