Podcast Episode 32: Cristina Arreola (Senior Books Editor at Bustle)

Cristina Arreola

In Episode 32, Cristina talks about her job as Senior Books Editor at Bustle and her path to that job, Bustle’s approach to recommending books, and shares her book recommendations (some by Latina authors).

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  • Cristina’s path to becoming Senior Books Editor at Bustle.
  • How Cristina’s path would have been different had she known about all the book jobs that existed right when she graduated college.
  • The qualities Cristina looks for when bringing on new freelancers or contractors.
  • Cristina’s main job responsibilities.
  • Bustle’s approach to recommending books.
  • How Cristina organizes the ARCs and decides which of them to read.
  • Cristina’s take on the January 2020 releases so far (yes, already!).
  • One of Cristina’s favorite “bad reviews” of all time.
  • How Cristina and I try to fit backlist books into our reading lives.
  • Cristina’s experience attending the National Book Awards.
  • What it’s like to compile Bustle’s Best Books of the Year lists.

Cristina’s Book Recommendations

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Book She DIDN’T Love

One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About

Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Cristina

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Cristina Mari Arreola is the Senior Books Editor at Bustle, where she writes about literary fiction, nonfiction, young adult novels, romance novels, and whatever Reese Witherspoon posts about on Instagram. Cristina also talks about books at Book of the Month, where she recommends books on an intermittent basis. She also served as a judge for the 2018 PEN America Open Book Award. In her free time, Cristina reads books, talks about books, hangs out with other people who loves books, visits bookstores, and thinks about how she should maybe get another hobby. 

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