- A list of books, periodicals and other published material compiled by a critic or genre expert and deemed to be essential to understanding an author, genre, writing style or famous person's life.
#: During a study of Victorian literature, the English literature professor recommended some Dickens, Tennyson, Browning and Hardy to his students as essential reading.
- A notice or handout given to a person or group of people by someone, to aid in the understanding of a policy or procedure.
#: Since there seems to be a problem with our absentee policy, I am handing out a policy to remind you of what our requirements are. This is essential reading, folks.