The internet has a dirty little secret that’s hiding in plain sight: People love to read. Looking back on 2019, that trend is only growing. The majority of the most-read WIRED stories this year were ambitious longreads.
They ranged across a wide array of topics—from inside accounts of tech companies in crisis to twisty crime tales to heartbreaking medical mysteries—but they shared some crucial traits: in-depth reporting and thinking, narrative punch, nerve-touching timeliness.
So herewith, our list of the most-read features of 2019. Admit it, you like to read. So dive in now before a new year—and all the mind-blowing stories it will bring—is upon us.