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Upcoming Spring ’19 Book Releases by Latinx Authors & Illustrators

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(banner that says “Latinx Spring Reads 2019” on top, @boricuareads under the 2019, and in the bottom there are book covers with leaves and stems under them to simulate flowers)

The snow is starting to melt, the trees are looking green again, flowers are beginning to welcome sunshine and showers…

Here? It’s gonna get hotter as Easter approaches, with more people bathing at the beach and more tourists starting to arrive for their Spring Breaks. That’s right, Spring is around the corner. The time between Spring and Summer is my favorite, as it’s cool enough for me to wear cool jackets and but also hot enough that we don’t have to wear coats (I mean, I don’t have to wear coats at any given time here, but I’m being empathetic for those going through harsh winters and who are waiting for Spring to arrive).

It also means it’s time to bring a new list to your lives, or, what I’ve dubbed “#Read&Latinx.” We’ve had Summer 2018 (#ReadLatinx), Fall 2018 (#2Read2Latinx), and Winter ‘18-19 (#ReadLatinx:Winter Drift) to prepare for this monster list. 

Curating these lists is both a joy and a curse, seeing as I’d like to buy every single book but I know that can’t be feasible (I’m both broke and unemployed). Working on these posts is my way to give back to a community of writers that can be often ignored by a community of readers as well as publishing at large when they’re not given ample publicity in comparison to many hegemonic writers.

In any case, I’m proud to present over 70 books that will be releasing between February 15th and May 31st, 2019. It consists of books written and/or illustrated by Latinx authors. The list will be divided by age category (Picture Books, MG, YA, or Adult) as well as genre (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Anthology) and subgenres (Literary, Contemporary, Fantasy, etc.) Each of the books listed will have the title, the name of the author/illustrator, its release date, and a short description written by yours truly. Each category is sorted by release date. Books marked by an asterisk (*) are ones I don’t know their official release date or don’t have enough information about.

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!

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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe: a review

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How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker? When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk. A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.

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Sunshine Blogger Award tag

Hi everyone! I was tagged by Nicky at smallqueerbigopinions/nickyoflaherty and they’re amazing so you should follow them! Thank you so much!!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

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Questions for Me:

1. If you could change the genre of one of your favorite books, which book would you pick, which genre, and why? One of the books I really love is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, and I’d really love to see the legend/myth of Achilles and Patroclus as a space opera. I think the drama would translate well and I just like space. Imagine all the lyrical prose you could write about the vastness of a galaxy and being able to find your soulmate right beside you. Fuck me up.

2. Do you read graphic novels? Why or why not? I do, I’m just very picky! The last graphic novel I read was The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks, which was just Okay. Some I really love, though, are Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, and The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by The McElroys and Carey Pietsch.

3. What’s one book you read that was hyped up so much by other people, yet you were disappointed when you read it? Act Like It by Lucy Parker. I just really don’t like alpha heroes, especially ones who are extremely entitled and borderline abusive.

4. What’s the last book you rated five (5) stars, and why did you love it so much? The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo! I love her verses, and the fact that it made me tear up at the beach while reading the scene where Xiomara confronts her mother. Fuck!!!

5. When rating a book three (3) stars, do you consider that a bad or good rating? Or neither? Show your work! I consider it a mediocre rating. Sometimes I’m just personally unable to give it 4 stars due to my own personal misgivings with the book (see: Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters, which had the first gay Latina I ever read about but the portrayal of her makes absolutely no sense).

6. Share five (5) of your favorite tropes and recommend at least one book to go with each trope!

  • enemies to lovers – I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest
  • heists! – The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • latinas defying the patriarchy – Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • bisexual love triangle – Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
  • found family – Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

7. If you worked in a library and were asked to recommend three (3) YA fantasy books, which would you choose and why? We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia for its complexity in that it’s not a magical fantasy, nor an Earthen fantasy, but it’s a world closely resembling ours with political crises similar to ours. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, because you can have a romance full of lush, delicious prose, while still having fun. And Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova, because you can have urban fantasy full of zombies while still being able to talk about trauma and family. 

8. Which books are your most anticipated for the rest of 2019? Nocturna by Maya Motayne, Zoraida Córdova’s A Crash of Fate, The Fire Keeper by J.C. Cervantes because I need to know how Zane is doing, The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring, Slay by Brittany Morris, Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron, Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite, Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi dDeyemi, and so many more oh God.

9. Share one author who you think is underrated/underhyped and which book of theirs you think someone should start with to get the best feel for the author’s style. Anna Meriano and Mia Garcia. I loved A Dash of Trouble and I loved The Resolutions, so that should tell you where to start.

10. Alpha males or beta males? Why? Betas! I already gave good reasons, but I still have yet to find an Alpha hero that is fucking respectful toward their LI. Anyway, read Take the Lead by Alexis Daria.

11. What is your GoodReads goal for 2019? My goal is to read 50 books in 2019, but I’m already at 32/50 and it’s mid-April. 


I’m tagging for this challenge Caro santanareads, 24hryabookblog, Kazen alwaysdoing, and whoever wishes to do so (you’re all Sunshines to me!)

My Questions:

  1. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?
  2. What’s an overly hyped book/series that you haven’t been able to get into?
  3. What genre (sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary, etc) do you wish you read more of?
  4. What’s a book you’d hand-sell to anyone and everyone who crosses your path?
  5. Which book has lit up your heart and made you feel loved?
  6. Mention a book with a plot twist that had you gasping out loud.
  7. This is a no-judgement zone: do you dog-ear pages?
  8. What was the last book by a Black woman that you read? The last book by a Latina? By an Asian woman? By a Native or Indigenous woman? Are you conscious of who’s writing the media you consume?
  9. When was the last time words moved you and shifted the perception of something in your head?
  10. Do you review all the books you read or only specific ones?
  11. As book bloggers, we are both consumers and creators: we consume books and proceed to create content about what we’ve consumed, only for someone else to consume what you’ve created. Is there ever a break between being both consumer and creator? ….In all seriousness, what’s your favorite post you’ve created and why?

Thank you all for reading! Tomorrow, my review of Sal and Gabi will be up, so make sure you come back and check it out, since it’s been a long time in the making.

Lima :: Limón: a review

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In her striking second collection, Natalie Scenters-Zapico sets her unflinching gaze once again on the borders of things. Lima :: Limón illuminates both the sweet and the sour of the immigrant experience, of life as a woman in the U.S. and Mexico, and of the politics of the present day. Drawing inspiration from the music of her childhood, her lyrical poems focus on the often-tested resilience of women. Scenters-Zapico writes heartbreakingly about domestic violence and its toxic duality of macho versus hembra, of masculinity versus femininity, and throws into harsh relief the all-too-normalized pain that women endure. Her sharp verse and intense anecdotes brand her poems into the reader; images like the Virgin Mary crying glass tears and a border fence that leaves never-healing scars intertwine as she stares down femicide and gang violence alike. Unflinching, Scenters-Zapico highlights the hardships and stigma immigrants face on both sides of the border, her desire to create change shining through in every line. Lima :: Limón is grounding and urgent, a collection that speaks out against violence and works toward healing.

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American Dreamer: a review

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No one ever said big dreams come easy

For Nesto Vasquez, moving his Afro-Caribbean food truck from New York City to the wilds of Upstate New York is a huge gamble. If it works? He’ll be a big fish in a little pond. If it doesn’t? He’ll have to give up the hustle and return to the day job he hates. He’s got six months to make it happen—the last thing he needs is a distraction.

Jude Fuller is proud of the life he’s built on the banks of Cayuga Lake. He has a job he loves and good friends. It’s safe. It’s quiet. And it’s damn lonely. Until he tries Ithaca’s most-talked-about new lunch spot and works up the courage to flirt with the handsome owner. Soon he can’t get enough—of Nesto’s food or of Nesto. For the first time in his life, Jude can finally taste the kind of happiness that’s always been just out of reach.

An opportunity too good to pass up could mean a way to stay together and an incredible future for them both…if Nesto can remember happiness isn’t always measured by business success. And if Jude can overcome his past and trust his man will never let him down.

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The Last 8: a review

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A high-stakes survival story about eight teenagers who outlive an alien attack—perfect for fans of The 5th Wave 

Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the only reason she isn’t among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it. 

When Clover hears an inexplicable radio message, she’s shocked to learn there are other survivors—and that they’re all at the former Area 51. When she arrives, she’s greeted by a band of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth.

Only they aren’t the ragtag group of heroes Clover was expecting. The group seems more interested in hiding than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But then she finds a hidden spaceship, and she doesn’t know what to believe…or who to trust.

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Crazy on You: a review

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Worse than a one-hit wonder, Tassia Hogan is a one-line wonder. Infamous for a memorable, extremely provocative verse, her music career is going nowhere. Finding a decent man to date has also proven fruitless . . . they all think she’s as wanton as those lyrics. But now her label is offering Tassia the chance to shine–with a catch. The album is duets. Her partner is a Country Western singer. And he’s just as reluctant to agree as she is.
Hyde Love has been in the music business since he was eleven, and he’s becoming more and more disenchanted with it. Collaborating on an album seems great in theory, but Tassia is an R&B singer. Melding their sounds and personalities will be difficult–though not as tough as keeping things strictly business. Getting involved with his partner could prove career-wrecking, yet discovering the real Tassia could be earth-shattering.

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