Cristina Arreola
Cristina Mari Arreola is the Senior Books Editor at Bustle and a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She also talks about books at Book Of The Month and Latinx In Publishing.

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Harry Potter World Has A TON Of Holiday Decorations — And You Can Get Them All Online

Harry Potter is not a Christmas book nor film, yet, inexplicably, it is forever united in my mind with the holiday season. There's a little file in my brain labeled "Christmas," and stuffed inside you'll find the recipe for Butterbeer, my blue and si…
By Cristina Arreola

The Harry Potter World Christmas Light Show Is FINALLY Here & OMG You Need To See This

Find a Portkey, pack your Ron Weasley sweater, and grab a friend or two, because you're going to want to travel to Orlando, Florida immediately after learning about this: on Saturday, the Wizarding of World of Harry Potter is debuting a Christmas lig…
By Cristina Arreola

Joe Biden Reading From His New Memoir Will Wreck You, Especially When He Reads This One Part

When it comes to grief, Vice President Joe Biden is a bit of an unwilling expert. In 1972, just over a month after being elected as Delaware's U.S. Senator and a week before Christmas, Biden's wife, Neilia, and 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, were kill…
By Cristina Arreola

The Author Of 'Wonder' Says This 155-Year Old Novel Is THE Book To Read In The Era Of Trump

Ever since Wonder's release in 2012, children and adults alike have been inspired by writer R.J. Palacio's profound tale of self-love, understanding, compassion, and the wonder that lies within us all. The story follows Auggie Pullman, a 10 year old …
By Cristina Arreola

The 20 Best Books That Came Out This Year, According To Amazon

If you, like me, approach the end of the year with a sense of ever-heightening anxiety about all the books you didn't get a chance to read in the previous 12 months, then this list of the 20 best books of 2017, according to Amazon will certainly exac…
By Cristina Arreola

21 YA Authors Describe Their First Drafts In One Sentence — And It's Not Pretty

Every November, writers from across the world settle in to finish a 50,000 word novel in one month. Yep, you read that correctly. That's about 1,666 words every single day, including Thanksgiving. So, why would anyone want to do that to themselves? W…
By Cristina Arreola

This Pet Shelter Sorts Their Animals Into Hogwarts Houses To Help You Find Your New BFF

Harry, Ron, and Hermione might have been doting parents of Hedwig, Pig, and Crookshanks, but so many dogs, cats, owls, toads, and rats don't have forever families to call their own. It's up to pet shelters to find loving homes for these needy animals…
By Cristina Arreola

This Book About Rape Culture Is Nearly 20 Years Old, But It's Still Too Painfully Relevant

If you came of age in the last 15 years or so, there’s a good chance you read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Maybe it was assigned reading, or maybe you, in circumstances similar to mine, learned of it from a friend, who got it from her older sister…
By Cristina Arreola

Jane The Virgin's Book Is Being Published IRL & You Can Start Reading It Now

If you're a fan of Jane The Virgin, you already know that the titular character, Jane Villanueva, is an avid reader and writer who (finally!) landed a book deal last season with fictional imprint Lorden + Gregor. Well, the imprint, the character, and…
By Cristina Arreola

These 8 Spooky Audiobooks Will Terrify You More Than Any Horror Movie

October is the perfect month to indulge your spookier side: telling ghost stories over warm ciders with friends, watching slasher flicks, listening to true crime podcasts, and of course, reading as many horror novels as you can get through in a month…
By Cristina Arreola

Colin Kaepernick Has Reportedly Signed A $1 Million Book Deal

Former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick may not be able to find a gig playing in the NFL, but he's allegedly found one writing for one of the world's most esteemed literary imprints. According to PageSix, Kaepernick has reportedly ink…
By Cristina Arreola

This Book Is Bringing Those Inspiring Subway Sticky Notes To Your Coffee Table

In the days following Donald Trump's election as president of the United States, Americans desperately searched for outlets for their grief, outrage, and disbelief. It was amidst this swirl of emotions that a powerful project became a beacon of hope …
By Cristina Arreola

Matt Bellassai's New Book Is The Hilarious Anti-Adulting Guide You Need RN

If you, like me, are afflicted with a chronic case of secondhand embarrassment, then let this serve as notice that there's one story in Everything Is Awful: And Other Observations that will force you to get up, set the book down, and take a brisk wal…
By Cristina Arreola

Why This Poet Is Writing A Haiku For Every Single U.S. Senator

"Poetry makes nothing happen," or so wrote W.H. Auden in his 1939 elegy for Irishman W.B. Yeats, a poet and a senator. It's a sentiment more writers than not would refute, and, strangely, it's almost entirely contradicted by the following words, ofte…
By Cristina Arreola

'Lincoln In The Bardo' Just Won The Man Booker Prize, So Add It To Your TBR As Soon As Possible

On Tuesday evening, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders was announced as the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize, a prestigious literary fiction award that comes with a check worth £50,000, or about $65,000. George Saunders is the second American…
By Cristina Arreola

Turns Out There Are Book Versions Of Your Favorite Hallmark Holiday Movies

Hallmark has just dropped an early holiday present for all of you who love to spend the months of November and December tucked away on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and a warm cup of tea. Hallmark Publishing is releasing four new holiday e-books ins…
By Cristina Arreola

Lauren Graham Has A New Book Coming Out, And It's Going To Make The Perfect Gift

If you ever wished that Lorelai Gilmore could walk around with you and give you advice and make a joke whenever life gets just a little bit too hard, you're in luck: New York Times bestselling author Lauren Graham, the actress who brought Lorelai Gil…
By Cristina Arreola

These Harry Potter Pumpkins Are The Cutest DIY Halloween Accessories You'll See All Year

Break out your wands — erm, I mean, hot glue guns — because you're going to want to recreate these Harry Potter pumpkins as soon as you watch the video below. Trust me when I say these are the cutest DIY Halloween decorations you'll see all season. …
By Cristina Arreola

The Actual Hogwarts Express Saved A Stranded Family In Scotland — Yes, Really

Here's a little magic for your Monday morning: the steam train made famous as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films was used to rescue a family stranded in the Scottish Highlands last week. Yes, really. The Cluett family — two parents, and …
By Cristina Arreola

Why This Illustrator Is Giving Mexican Lotería A Feminist Update

If you were unlucky enough to be awake and moderately sentient during the last year, you are likely acutely, brutally aware of the prevalence of toxic masculinity. It's easy enough to place the blame on Donald Trump, but in truth, this is disease tha…
By Cristina Arreola