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.

Footnotes vs. Endnotes

Footnotes vs. Endnotes. Which do you prefer as a reader, and what do they mean, anyway? Tika tells us what's what.

8 Books for Kids Featuring Entrepreneurs

These kids, both fictional and real, show us that it's not just adults who have great ideas that can bear fruit.

An Absolutely Serious Analysis of MADELINE

Is Madeline a call for universal healthcare? Is Miss Clavel psychic? Bemelmans leaves us with more questions than answers.

Singledom in Fiction: An Update Turned Rant

There's still a void of happily single women depicted in fiction, despite there being more single women in fiction.

How I’m Decolonizing My Sci-Fi Reading

On the challenging but rewarding process of decolonizing one's science fiction reading, and tips for how you might do so, too.

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.