It’s That Time of the Year!
That’s right, it’s time to put on a Especial de Navidad de Banco Popular CD (I’m particularly partial to the 2005 one, Queridos Reyes Magos), start making some coquito, pasteles, lechón, and arroz con gandules, and dig into the Winter celebrations. You may have some snow, or you may not (like me); you might put up a Christmas tree, or light up a Menorah, or celebrate Candlenights with the McElroy Brothers.
One thing’s for sure, it’s a time to celebrate with your loved ones, wrap yourself up with warm blankets, and maybe enjoy a nice Winter read.
And thus continues the tradition to post a list of books by Latinx authors and/or illustrators being released during a new season. This time, the Winter reads will encompass books that will be coming out between November 23rd, 2018, and February 14th, 2019. Yes, in my mind Winter starts the day after Thanksgiving and ends on Valentine’s Day.
This list is shorter than past ones, with only 14 titles at the moment of writing this. However, this is by no means comprehensive, and if I see a book that isn’t on this list on time, I’ll be promoting it on Twitter. If it escapes my grasp, don’t worry; I’m working on a separate list of books that I didn’t get a chance to shine a light on during the year.
- The Sacred Roots of Ofelia Rosas by Christina Montoya (11/24/2018): A grandmother’s legacy to her grandchildren creates intrigue and an interweaving story about family.
- Their Perfect Melody by Priscilla Oliveras (11/27/2018): A woman previously known as the life of the party and has had to become a caretaker. A man determined to bring back her passion for music. Love is in the air! (My review will be out next week)
- Reindeer Games: A Holiday Romance Anthology; story by Andie J. Christopher (12/01/2018): A group of people are snowed-in… and they’ll probably be warming each other up **wink wink** In Christopher’s story, Frankie’s stuck with her ex and his new boyfriend… Interesting…
- Dance All Night by Alexis Daria (12/11/2018): A novella within the DCLU (Dance Off Literary Universe), Daria’s focusing her matchmaking powers on Nik Kovalenko (you know, Dimitri Kovalenko’s younger brother) who’s been pining after a professional ballroom dancer and certified Scrooge.
- Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love
anthology, feat. pieces by Adi Alsaid, Cristina Moracho, and Ibi Zoboi (12/18/2018): YA Authors pen letters to teens about what love songs don’t usually talk about: what happens when love isn’t enough. Talking about heartbreak, betrayal, cheating, and intimate partner violence, this should heal your heart-shaped wounds.
- Sarai Saves the Music by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown (12/26/2018): Sarai’s school’s music program is getting its funding cut, and she decides to unite with her friends to organize a fundraising concert. (Spanish version will be available 02/26/2019)
- Blizzard Besties by Yamile Saied Méndez (12/26/2018): Vanesa Campos is determined to not ruin her family’s Christmas vacation at a ski resort. However, her little brother might be determined to do otherwise… (My review will be out at the end of November/beginning of December)
- One Night More: A Hotel Arroyo Novella by Sabrina Sol (12/29/2018): Not much is known about what the novella will be about, but if it’s penned by Sol, it’s guaranteed to be steamy.
- Exile by Lisa M. Bradley (01/01/2019): What better way to bring in the new year than by reading about toxic spills and a community affected by the state of isolation the government has put them in?
- Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy by Andrés Cerpa (01/08/2019): A collection full of love, loss, and pain, Cerpa’s poetry is a grieving text bursting with life.
- Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise; illustrated by Paola Escobar (01/15/2019): A children’s book illustrating the life and work of Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican librarian in New York City whose legacy still resonates within the book publishing industry.
- Throw by Rubén Degollado (02/01/2019): An upcoming YA novel about warring boys in a South Texas town and the girl in the middle of this battle, who’s taken the moniker of La Llorona.
- Love, Sugar, Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano (02/05/2019): Following the much acclaimed A Dash of Trouble, Leo must find out what’s bringing spirits back to the material world, all while trying to find a balance between being a good friend and a good bruja.
- A People’s Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers feat. stories by Lizz Huerta, Malka Older, Daniel José Older, and Gabby Rivera (02/05/2019): A collection of SFF short stories by some of the best writers in the US at the moment. In a publishing industry that says there’s a dearth of SFF authors from different marginalized communities, this collection is a welcome addition to the literary canon.
That’s it for right now! I hope you enjoyed this list of books. As a part of my #ReadLatinx campaign, it’s important to celebrate the upcoming books being written by Latinx. Wanna read more of these lists? Check out my Summer and Fall 2018 lists. If you’re interested in supporting me, please make sure you follow me here for more posts like this, rec lists, reviews, edits, and more! You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
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Until next time!