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.

Best Books About First Contact With Aliens

What does it mean to meet an alien? These books about first contact will keep you hooked start to finish.


An homage to THE WORST WITCH and its late author Jill Murphy.

Times Are Changing: COVID-19 and Library Late Fees

How has COVID-19 impacted the movement of libraries going fine-free?

Buckle Up, Me Hearties: Best YA Pirate Stories

Buckle up, me hearties, because I have got some boo-tyful treasure for you: the best YA pirate stories for spooky season and beyond.

What Witches Actually Do During the Autumn Equinox: A Bookish Guide to Mabon

Welome to autumn, readers! Settle in with this bookish guide to harvest festivals, the fall equinox, and the witch celebration of Mabon.

The Top Amazon Books Across Time

Amazon has been keeping data on books for 26 years, so what makes the list of the top Amazon books across the decades?

Dungeons & Dragons and Racism, Oh My

It's on fans of Dungeons & Dragons to hold the creators accountable for racism.

A Brief History of Botanical Illustration

A look at the history of botanical illustration, from pharmacopoeia dating back to 50–70 CE to more modern renderings of the earth's plants.

Respected Sociologist and Activist James Loewen Dies at 79

Sociologist, activist, and author James Loewen dies at age 79. Here's a look at his legacy.

Bookish Hills Upon Which I am Prepared To Perish

Because sometimes you just need to stir the pot, here are the bookish hills this Rioter is willing to die on (plus a bonus Grease hot take).