Tasha Brandstatter

Tasha is the least practical person you will ever meet. She grew up reading historical romance novels, painting watercolors like a 19th century debutant, and wanting to be Indiana Jones--or at the very least Indiana Jones's girlfriend. All this led her to pursue a career in the field of art history. After spending ten years in academia without a single adventure in Mesoamerica, however, Tasha decided to change her career and be a freelance writer (although she's still waiting on that adventure). In addition to writing for Book Riot, she's a regular contributor to History Colorado, the Pueblo PULP, and Opposing Views. She also runs two book blogs: Truth Beauty Freedom and Books (title inspired by Moulin Rouge, best movie ever) and The Project Gutenberg Project, dedicated to finding forgotten classics. Tasha also likes to have a drink or two and blogs about cocktails at Liquid Persuasion, as well as small town restaurants on Nowhere Bites. Blog: Truth Beauty Freedom and Books and The Project Gutenberg Project Twitter: @heidenkind

THE GOLD-BUG: The Most Mysterious Edgar Allan Poe Story You’ve Never Heard Of

The Gold-Bug was Edgar Allan Poe's most successful story and introduced the science of cryptanalysis to the world. So why haven't more people read it?

How to Make Rain Gutter Bookshelves

Rain gutter bookshelves are cheap and relatively easy to build, and they're perfect for kid's rooms or tight spaces. Find out how to make them here!

Best Illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe’s THE RAVEN

A definitive guide to the most stunning illustrations for The Raven you'll ever lay your eyes on, from artists like Doré, Manet, Rossetti, and more.

Inbox/Outbox: July 7, 2017

What books did you acquire (inbox) and finish (outbox) this week?

Diverse Historical Romances: A Reading List

Expand your romance reading repertoire with a few of our favorite diverse historical romances!

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Second Books in a Series

Should you buy, borrow, or bypass on these second books once you've read book one?

5 More Literary Wine Labels

If you want to pair a good book with a great drink, look no further than these 5 literary wines!

Reading Pathways: Anne Stuart

Where to start with the work of prolific romance author Anne Stuart.

Literary Tourism: Agatha Christie

Travel the world through the shoes of Agatha Christie (& those of her characters!)

Cool Bookish Places: Jimbocho, Tokyo’s Book Town

Where to go if you're a book lover in Tokyo? Obviously Jimbocho, an entire district dedicated to nothing but book stores, publishers, and more!

Literary Tourism: Japan

We're heading to Japan in this edition of Literary Tourism.

Do You Read In Your Dreams?

Some scientists say it's impossible to read in dreams. Some scientists are also not devoted book nerds. Let's get to dream reading!

The Book Lover’s Guide to Living Abroad

A book lover's guide to successfully finding and exploring books while abroad.

5 Authors to Get You Started In M/M Romance

Reading Pathways: Where To Start With Agatha Christie

Where to start with the mystery novels of Agatha Christie.

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