Tika Viteri

Tika has tucked herself into an apartment in Oakland, CA, ruled by two grey cats and an extremely finicky fiddle-leaf fig named Ruth Bader. She has also surrounded herself with enough gin, books, plants, and yarn to last a lifetime; her taste in all four leans highly colorful. When not reading and knitting, she can be found boxing, running (reluctantly), or yelling about politics online.

Quiz: What Book Should I Read Next?

There are so many good books every year, and how to pick and choose is always a struggle. So, what book should I read next?

Letters & Longing: Retellings of Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano, the newest movie adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, comes out this week! But there are lots of other Cyrano retellings to enjoy, including Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare.

A Bookish Guide to Yule

Get to know the celebration of Yule through books and bookish traditions.

What is a(n) Herbarium?

Explore the background and reasons for creating a herbarium, including what they are and why they're deeply important to natural history.

Great Aunts of Literature

What role does the aunt play in literature? A look at aunts of literary history and why they're such great characters.

Literary Scandals: Who Was the Real-Life Dracula?

Gather 'round, fellow gossipers, as we discuss the literary tea surrounding Dracula. The real inspiration for the iconic vamp will shock you.

2021 World Fantasy Awards Announced

This year's World Fantasy Awards were announced this weekend. Check out the winners across each category.

Trust the Process: Learning to Draw from Books

During lockdown, I decided to try my hand at learning to draw and paint as a total beginner, using books as my guide. Here's how it went.

A Polite Plea for a Biopic of Emily Post

The fascinating history of Emily Post, woman behind etiquette guides and so much more — and why she deserves a biopic ASAP.

The Beauty and Magic of Local Cookbooks

Whether you're missing a favorite restaurant or spicing up your home cooking routine, local cookbooks are a great addition to your shelves.