Winter ’20-’21 Latinx Reads

id: background of brown bricks with a a wooden sign pointing in four different directions in the foreground; the four directions are alternating red and blue and have different cities written on them: Chicago, Houston, San Juan, and Sao Paulo. One the top in a red banner is the title of the post “Winter ’20-’21 Latinx Reads List” and in smaller font in the bottom right of it is the handle @boricuareads.Scattered around the banner are the covers of A Sled for Gabo, Muted, Brown Trans Figurations, A Spy in the Struggle, Shaking Up the House, and Pedro’s Theory. /end id

40+ books to hunker down with for the winter, whether by a fireplace or by the beach

There are over 40 books on this list, which consists of books written and/or illustrated by Latinx that are being released between November 27th, 2020 and February 14th, 2021. Because it’s a shorter list, it will be divided by age category only (Picture Books, MG, YA, Adult). Each book has a link to its Indiebound (or Bookshop.org) page, the names of the author, illustrator, editor, or contributors, the release date, and a short description of the book in my own words (or copied and pasted from the back jacket copy). Each part is sorted by release date.

Disclaimer: This compilation is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive; it only contains titles I’ve been able to find through extensive research. If you know of a book I didn’t list, or have a correction to make, don’t hesitate to let me know. I also add books at my own discretion, as I have no intention of boosting sexual harassers, racists, homophobes or transphobes, but if you noticed I slipped and added a book by someone who’s been accused of harassment of any kind, let me know so I can take them out of the list. This list is in no way an endorsement of the contents of each book, as I don’t have the knowledge of what is in each and every book. All (or, at least almost all) links lead to indiebound.org as I am an Indiebound affiliate. Support your local bookstore!

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Dimension 20’s Fantasy High Characters as YA Books

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Not many people might know that amidst the quarantines and lockdowns, this year I’ve gone down the rabbit hole and come out a giant fan of Dimension 20. Dimension 20 is CollegeHumor’s response to the rise of Actual Play Dungeons and Dragons shows, placing a group of talented comedians and improvisers playing a tabletop roleplay-game in front of cameras. The anthology series tackles different characters and settings per season, with the first one focusing on a group of first year students at a fantasy high school focusing on adventuring. The season is full of mysteries, discoveries, and teen angst, all while the comedians play as elves, half-orcs, gnomes, and more fantasy races. It’s a show close to my heart, which is why I decided to do a book recommendation post based on the core group of characters, also known as The Bad Kids, in the first season of Fantasy High. I’ve kept it to YA books for the characters, seeing as they would be the target audience of YA books. (All books link to Indiebound, which I’m an affiliate of. By clicking and buying through Indiebound links, you support independent bookstores and your local book blogger.)

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#R9, or, the Fall Latinx Reads List featuring Cemetery Boys (Finally)

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id: background of grey bricks with a computer monitor in the foreground. On the screen, simulating a Zoom call, it reads “#R9, or the Fall 2020 Latinx Reads List finally featuring Cemetery Boys”. Beneath that text, is a background of orange fall leaves. On the bottom of the screen are little windows with the covers of Never Look Back, If Dominican were a Color, Land of the Cranes, and Prime Deceptions. /end id

Fall has arrived somehow. Time is fake.

Some of the book releases in this list have been postponed by publishers, therefore this list is… ephemeral. But this one FINALLY has Cemetery Boys, so get off my back. It’s also Latinx Heritage Month season so yes I am here to wreck your TBRs.

There are over 90 books on this list, which consists of books written and/or illustrated by Latinx that are being released between September 1st and November 26th, 2020. As always, it will be divided by age category (Picture Books, MG, YA, Adult) as well as genre/subgenre such as SFF, Contemporary, etc. Each book has a link to its Indiebound page, the names of the author, illustrator, editor, or contributors, the release date, and a short description of the book in my own words. The only sections without handmade descriptions are the poetry and non-fiction ones, as they’re hard to describe, so I used descriptions from the jacket copy. Each part is sorted by release date.

Disclaimer: This compilation is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive; it only contains titles I’ve been able to find through extensive research. If you know of a book I didn’t list, or have a correction to make, don’t hesitate to let me know. I also add books at my own discretion, as I have no intention of boosting sexual harassers, racists, homophobes or transphobes, but if you noticed I slipped and added a book by someone who’s been accused of harassment of any kind, let me know so I can take them out of the list. This list is in no way an endorsement of the contents of each book, as I don’t have the knowledge of what is in each and every book. All (or, at least almost all) links lead to indiebound.org as I am an Indiebound affiliate.

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Mid-Year Check In 2020

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We’re in the middle of the year Quaran-2020, so I thought I would talk a bit about my reading progress so far. In January, I’d pledged to read 50 books, and I’m glad to report I’ve surpassed it by reading 86 books (by the time I’ve drafted this post). I’ll share my stats at the end of the year, but I wanted to do the “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag” (I can’t seem to find who the original creator of the tag is, so I’ll just link to paperfury’s 2017 blog post?) as well as shout-out some of my favorites of the year so far. 

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If You Liked This Album, You Might Enjoy This Poetry Book

One of my favorite genres of posts are the “If You Liked X Thing, You Might Enjoy Y Thing” type posts. As someone who very much enjoys very niche interests, I thought why not mix something that’s enjoyed by everyone (music) and something enjoyed by, well, me (poetry). Even as I write this, I’m listening to Chloe X Halle’s newest album UNGODLY HOUR, which is a full jam and a half. When I read, I can’t help but think of songs that would fit into the world of the book and I make endless playlists for the books I read.

That’s why when the idea of pairing albums I enjoy with poetry books it just made sense. Songs are poems with rhythm and melody, and poems can so easily be songs. So I gathered seven albums and paired them with poetry, like a good sommelier. The last two books are novels written in verse (because I’m allowed to cheat at my own game), and I highly recommend listening the audiobooks if you have that access. All book links go to The Lit Bar’s Bookshop.org website, where you can support an Afro-Latinx-owned bookstore and get these incredible texts in the process. Hope you enjoy this! Continue reading “If You Liked This Album, You Might Enjoy This Poetry Book”