Cristina Mari Arreola is the Senior Books Editor at Bustle and a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.

'The Hate U Give' Started A Conversation. Angie Thomas Hopes It Continues With Book Two.

The movie adaptation of The Hate U Give begins with a talk: Maverick Carter sits down with his children — the story's protagonist, Starr, and her two brothers — to talk through The Black Panther Party's Ten-Point Program and instruct them on how to…
By Cristina Arreola

Milicent Patrick Designed One Of The Most Iconic Monsters Of All Time. Then She Was Forgotten.

The history of the classic movie Creature from the Black Lagoon is probably not something you have spent much time thinking about, unless you're a film-buff or diehard horror fan. But a new book might just convince you to give the Creature — and the…
By Cristina Arreola

Phoebe Robinson's Memoir, A RBG Biography & 15 New Books To Know This Week

If you want to know about every single detail of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, this is your chance: a detailed biography of her life is one of the best new books out this week. But beyond RBG, there's a few memoirs, rom-coms, YA fantasies, and even…
By Cristina Arreola

'Milkman' By Anna Burns Is The 2018 Man Booker Prize Winner

On Tuesday, Anna Burns, the author of Milkman, was announced as the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, a literary fiction award of £50,000 (about $65,000) open to any novel published in Britain and written in English. Burns is the first Northern…
By Cristina Arreola

The Book That Inspired Netflix's 'The Haunting Of Hill House' Is SUPER Creepy

On Oct. 12, Netflix will release a TV series inspired by Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, one of the most beloved horror novels of the 20th century. But if you haven't read the classic book, you probably won't realize that…
By Cristina Arreola

This Week's 9 Best Books Include New Titles By Haruki Murakami & Tana French

The world may be on fire (literally — climate change is warming the Earth at unprecedented rates) but at least you can always depend upon thing to be true: every Tuesday, there will be new books, and this week's new book releases might just distract…
By Cristina Arreola

We Went To The New Harry Potter Exhibit In New York & It's Just As Magical As You Imagined

I have, on more than one occasion, referred to New York City as "magic," but I always meant it figuratively. Until now. Beginning on Friday, Oct. 5, The New-York Historical Society's "Harry Potter: A History Of Magic" exhibit will bring literal…
By Cristina Arreola

This Rom-Com Is Basically A Queer Teenage 'Pride & Prejudice' & You Can Start Reading Now

If you're in the mood to read a romantic comedy (and really, who isn't?) with major Pride and Prejudice vibes but with a queer couple, I've got just the book for you: Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi, out on June 11, 2019. If that…
By Cristina Arreola

This Book Retells 'The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow' — From The Woman's POV

If you're a real Halloween creep like me, you probably spend the entire month of October watching horror movies, reading spooky stories, and telling your friends about all your most terrifying ghost sightings (regardless of whether or not they want…
By Cristina Arreola

Venus Retrograde Could Make Dating Trickier Than Usual — But These Love Affirmations Can Help

You probably heard the news already: Venus is going retrograde on Oct. 5, which could make dating and relationships a little more difficult than usual. But don't worry quite yet: I asked Mecca Woods, Bustle's resident astrologer and the author of…
By Cristina Arreola

Laura Lippman Describes The True Story That Inspired Her Noir Novel 'Sunburn'

In Sunburn, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman delivers a noir novel that's as sensual as it is suspenseful, as tantalizing as it is thrilling. Lippman is no stranger to the world of crime novels; she's been nominated for over…
By Cristina Arreola

The 16 Best New Books This Week Feature Dark Magic, Espionage, And Poison

Fall is one of the best seasons to be a reader: There's all the awards (The National Book Awards are announced in November, and the Man Booker Award is announced in October, among others), there's the chilly temperatures, which make for the perfect…
By Cristina Arreola

This Book Puts The Spotlight On Missing Black Girls Who've Been Ignored By Police

In her YA thriller Monday's Not Coming, author Tiffany D. Jackson spins a tale of murder, neglect, and systemic racism, all told through the lens of a middle school aged girl. When Claudia's best friend, Monday, goes missing, it feels like she's the…
By Cristina Arreola

This YA Novel Is A Heart-Wrenching Exploration Of The Grief Of Losing A Parent

"My grief is tremendous, but my love is bigger," or so wrote author Cheryl Strayed about her mother, who died when she was in college. In Girl In Pieces author Kathleen Glasgow's new novel, How To Make Friends With The Dark, a teenage girl reckons…
By Cristina Arreola

The 14 Best New Books This Week Include Titles By Reese Witherspoon & J.K. Rowling

Considering the news coming out of Washington D.C. this week, you probably need a mental break. Luckily for you and me and everyone who hopes to maintain some level of sanity in these trying times, books are the perfect escape — and this week's new…
By Cristina Arreola

'Archenemies' Is A Superhero Story With A Twist — & You Can Start Reading Now

Look, I get it: The next Avengers movie doesn't come out until next year, the world is a mess, and you probably just want to settle in with a kickass superhero story that transports you to a different world for a little while. Well, do I have good…
By Cristina Arreola

The Author Of 'Cross Her Heart' Was Inspired By A True Crime — But It's Not Quite That Simple

At least twice a week, I read a piece of news on the internet that forces me to think to myself, "That must be the plot of a Gillian Flynn novel." Sadly, more often than not, it's just real-life in all it's gory, creepy, horrifying, distressing…
By Cristina Arreola

6 Jane Austen Audiobooks Read By Your Favorite Celebrities

Autumn is the perfect season to read Jane Austen. For whatever reason, the crisp weather just makes me want to get cozy with a cup of tea and indulge all my lurid fantasies of Frederick Wentworth. Unfortunately, fall is also the perfect season for…
By Cristina Arreola

One Of These 10 YA & Kids Books Will Win A HUGE Literary Award Later This Year

Book awards season is officially here, which means you can clear your schedule (who wants to go out when it's raining, anyway?) and settle in with one or two or 30 new books, beginning with the ones listed below. On Wednesday, the National Book…
By Cristina Arreola

This Week's 11 Best Books Will Change Your Thoughts On Politics, Literature & Personality Tests

It's quite a time to be alive and aware at all of anything going on around you — as demonstrated in many of this week's new book releases. Of course, this week brings with it the publication of Fear: Trump In The White House by Bob Woodward, an…
By Cristina Arreola