Cristina Mari Arreola is the Senior Books Editor at Bustle and a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
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The 10 Best New Books Out This Week Include A Queer Rom-Com

Believe it or not, you've made it halfway through June. Have you started plowing through your summer TBR pile yet? Grab a beach blanket and head to your favorite outdoor spot — it's definitely time to start working through that stack, especially beca…
By Cristina Arreola

5 Horror Novels Like 'Hereditary' That Will Have You Sleeping With The Lights On

I'm sorry to say that I have seen summer's most talked-about horror movie, Hereditary and can confirm everything you've read is true: It is an extremely upsetting film. In fact, the Ari Aster-directed flick might be one of the scariest, most uncomfor…
By Cristina Arreola

The First Novel From Sarah Jessica Parker's Imprint & 10 Other New Books To Read This Week

Summer isn't officially here (the solstice is June 21), but I'm prepared to call it as I see it: The warm temperatures and sunny days mean it's summer, and that means it's time to dive into a "beach read" — a.k.a. any book you would take to the beach…
By Cristina Arreola

The 19 Books Coming Out This Week That You Definitely Need To Know

You have probably heard by now that President Bill Clinton and James Patterson wrote a book together — a thriller (fiction, unfortunately) called The President Is Missing. But you may not have heard about the 19 new book releases listed below — all o…
By Cristina Arreola

'Have Books, Will Travel' Is Meant To Challenge What You Think About Travel Memoirs

Even if you've never read a travel memoir in your life, you probably have a good idea of what this kind of book looks like: On a leap of faith, a person embarks on an adventure of a lifetime — maybe to Europe or Asia — after a major heartbreak or dev…
By Cristina Arreola

There's A New David Sedaris Book Out This Week

You know it's going to be a good week for books when David Sedaris drops a new essay collection. His newest book, Calypso, is a hilarious ode to the anxiety that accompanies any sort of "summer vacation" or "relaxation." But that's not the only new …
By Cristina Arreola

Philip Roth Has Died & Many Fans Are Sharing Their Favorite Memories Of His Work

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth died on Tuesday night at the age of 85 in a New York City hospital, The New York Times reports. Writer and friend Judith Thurman confirmed to the paper that the cause was congestive heart failure. His passing…
By Cristina Arreola

The 5 Rom-Coms You Need To Read This Summer, According To Someone Who Writes Them

'Tis the season for rom-coms. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone is rocking the flirtiest items in their wardrobe. I don't know about you, but summer always takes me back to my teenage years — and that automatically makes me want t…
By Cristina Arreola

6 New Books To Know This Week — Including The New Thriller By Stephen King

You know it's going to be a good week when there's a new Stephen King book to look forward to reading. On Tuesday, his latest thriller The Outsider hits bookstores everywhere, and it's exactly the kind of eerie, twisty-turny mystery that will get you…
By Cristina Arreola

Start Reading From This YA Thriller About 5 Cheerleaders' Mysterious Deaths

Summer is the perfect time to sink your teeth into a twisted tale about high school drama and murder. Luckily, The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas delivers on both. The book won't be available until July 31, but Bustle has an exclusive sneak peek below. …
By Cristina Arreola

The 9 New Books You Need To Know This Week

May 15th brings with it a new moon and the half-way point of the month. For me, this is always that delightful and exhausting pause in time when it's not quite spring and not quite summer and the whole world seems to be open with possibility. In othe…
By Cristina Arreola

The 9 New Books To Know This Week Tackle Rape Culture, Racism & Mass Incarceration

It's been over half a century since Zora Neale Hurston died, but the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God isn't done making waves in the literary world quite yet. On May 8, Barracoon, a nonfiction book she began writing in 1927 hits bookstores. Ba…
By Cristina Arreola

The Sequel To 'Love Simon' Is FINALLY Here — & 9 Other New Books To Check Out

If you walked away from Love, Simon wanting to know even more about the new romance between Simon and the elusive Blue, you're in luck: this week brings with it a brand new book from Becky Albertalli, and it's the sequel you didn't even realize you w…
By Cristina Arreola

This Is Probably The Greatest Advice Column Of All Time — And These Are The 15 Best Entries

Everyone has their own road to Cheryl Strayed. I first read Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of "Dear Sugar" columns, when a friend sent me a copy a few months after the death of my mother. One essay in particular — "The Black Arc Of It" — became …
By Cristina Arreola

13 Things We Learned About Meghan Markle From Her New Biography

If you are Royally Fascinated with the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, you just might want to pick up the newest book from Andrew Morton: Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, a biography of the actress-turned-future-princess written by t…
By Cristina Arreola

Here Are The Pulitzer Prize Winners For 2018

On Monday afternoon in the World Room at Columbia University's School of Journalism in New York City, the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2018 were announced by administrator Dana Canedy. Take note, readers, because the winning books are going to be in th…
By Cristina Arreola

7 Books Out This Week That EVERYONE Will Talk About — Including A Meghan Markle Biography

After months of anticipation, former FBI director James Comey's memoir A Higher Loyalty is finally hitting bookstores this week. Although most of the book has already been mined by journalists and reporters for all the juicy stories, the #1 Amazon be…
By Cristina Arreola

Reese Witherspoon's Newest Book Club Pick Is All About The Crooked Road To Happiness

Does "happily ever after" exist? And if it does, how do you even get there? Where is it hiding? Is there a map, maybe? This month, Reese Witherspoon's book club, Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine, will explore those questions by reading Happiness, a…
By Cristina Arreola

The 13 New Books You Need To Know About This Week

If you've got the mid-April blues (how is it still raining... and snowing?), I've got a solution: This week's new book releases will pull you out of that slump faster than you can say, "Is it Memorial Day weekend yet?" On the nonfiction side of thi…
By Cristina Arreola

These Two Teens Wrote A Textbook To Help Educate Kids On Race In The United States

Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi were sophomores at Princeton High School when they realized something: Their school had a race problem, and no one seemed to know how to address it. "We would walk into Princeton High School and realize that not only were …
By Cristina Arreola