Latinx Summer Reads 2019 (or, #ReadLatinxFive)

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[ID: banner with a beach, clip arts of a palm tree and a cute red crab, on the sand there’s 8 books– Gods of Jade and Shadow, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, Shades: Detroit Love Stories, Exile, Where are You From?, The Grief Keeper, and A Crash of Fate]
The sun’s out and blazing hot, the beach is crowded, but there’s a bit of shade under the umbrella. Or perhaps you’re in the Southern hemisphere, dealing with the cold and bundling up before leaving your home. It’s a good thing there are books for every occasion!

It’s been a full year since I started the #ReadLatinx project, and it’s been such an amazing ride! Thanks to this project, I’ve been able to meet new people, readers, writers, and industry folks who had been searching for this kind of work and have been incredibly supportive throughout this whole endeavor. I appreciate and I’m grateful to all of you! You all keep cheering me on, especially when I start doubting whether or not my work is done in vain. I also want to take a moment to say THANK YOU because I now have over 1000 (!!!!!!!) FOLLOWERS ON TWITTER! I also have 60 followers on here which is unbelievable as well! I only hope to keep growing my platform so I can continue shining a light on Latinx creators.

If you’re interested in reading the past #ReadLatinx posts, scroll to the end for a list of them. I dub this list #ReadLatinxFive.

In any case, I’m proud to present over 40 books that will be releasing between June 1st and August 31st, 2019. This list 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 in certain cases (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! I also add books at my own discretion, as I have no intention of boosting sexual harassers, racists, homophobes or transphobes.


Picture Books

  • Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrated by Jaime Kim (06/04/2019) (¿De dónde eres? – Spanish version) – A young girl asks her abuelo where she’s from, developing into a beautiful tapestry of history and family. (Review)
  • That’s For Babies by Jackie Azua Kramer, illustrated by Lisa Brandenburg (06/15/2019) – Prunella is not a baby anymore, she’s a growing girl! Except when it’s dark… and scary…

 

  • Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer (Mr. G), illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero (08/06/2019) – Tracing the journey of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico and the people and places they pass along the way.
  • A Place to Stay: A Shelter Story by Erin Gunti, illustrated by Estelí Meza (08/20/2019) –  A touching picture book illustrating a women’s shelter through the eyes of a young girl.

 

 

 

  • Días y días/Days and Days by Ginger Foglesong Guy, illustrated by René King Moreno* (08/27/2019) – A basic entryway for young kids to learn about the seasons in both English and Spanish.

 

 

Middle Grade

  • The Hero Next Door edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich with contributions from William Alexander, Juana Medina, and R.J. Palacio (07/30/2019) – An anthology for middle schoolers focusing on stories of the everyday heroes in our lives.
  • Gavin McNally’s Year Off series by Emma Bland Smith, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega (08/01/2019) – In these four early reader books, follow Gavin and his family as they get into some hijinks on their year off.
  • Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya (08/06/2019) – A young girl and her dad bond as they work in the family’s car shop, especially after her father’s returned from deployment.

 

  • The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel (08/20/2019) – A biracial Guatemalan girl is trying to figure out her place: with her friends, family, and culture.

 

  • The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres (08/27/2019) – A girl’s life is upended when her father’s business fails and their home situation becomes unstable.
  • My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi (08/27/2019) – Young Ebony-Grace Norfleet spends the summer of 1984 with her NASA engineer grandfather and struggles to fit into her community in Harlem.
  • Tight by Torrey Maldonado (08/27/2019) – Paperback release; Bryan has to choose between a life of breaking rules with his friend Mike, staying tough for his dad’s sake, and… being himself.

 

 

Young Adult

  • Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal (06/04/2019) – When Lupe travels to Puerto Rico for the summer, the last thing she expected was to become embroiled in a chase to banish El Cuco to stop a rash of deaths in San Juan.
  • The Grief Keeper by Alex Villasante (06/11/2019) – Marisol and her sister flee El Salvador to seek asylum in the US only to be caught and be offered a chance to become a part of an unusual experiment in order to keep her sister safe.
  • All Of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil (06/18/2019) – Xochi and Pallas, a girl she babysits, accidentally summon ancient beings during the Vernal Equinox! Punk bands! Piercings! Magic!
  • Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richardson with contributions from Anna-Marie McLemore and Adi Alsaid – An anthology centered on food and how different people and cultures view it. Guaranteed to be hungry by the end of it.
  • Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia (07/02/2019) – Raven has lost her memories and has moved in with her foster mother’s family, and little by little she’ll start remembering who she is, and what the darkness building inside her means.
  • They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez (08/01/2019) – Maria Anís Rosario and Rocky are very different; one’s Latina, from a close-knit family, and doesn’t know how to fit in in her very white private school; the other, is white, privileged, and uses her money to get away with anything. Together, they’ll either become friends or betray each other to get something from the other.

 

  • Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova (08/06/2019) – Two childhood friends meet once again by chance and an adventure ensues, which could bring them closer or force them apart for good.

 

  • Color Me In by Natasha Díaz (08/20/2019) – Following a divorce, Nevaeh is forced to take a look at her identity as a biracial Jewish girl, and find her place with brand new eyes.
  • Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves #2) by Kristina Pérez (08/20/2019) – The sequel to Sweet Black Waves, Branwen must take a hard look at her actions and prevent a war, all while trying to control her magic.
  • Illegal by Bettina Restrepo (08/27/2019) – The paperback re-release of this tale of a young girl’s journey to the US and her coping as an undocumented Mexican girl in a country she doesn’t know.

 

 

Adult

Literary Fiction

  • Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (06/04/2019) -Paperback release of this acclaimed story of two different girls coming of age in a world surrounded by violence, sacrifice, and betrayal.

 

  • The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada (07/09/2019) – This is an English translation of an Argentinian book centered on four characters who are thrown together by fate and the tensions that grow between them as the day goes by.

 

  • Glory and Its Litany of Horrors by Fernanda Torres (07/09/2019) – The story of a Brazilian actor’s rise and fall, all centered around a production of King Lear. (English translation)

 

  • Shades: Detroit Love Stories by Esperanza Cintrón (08/05/2019) – A short story collection that delves into the lives of two young Black women trying to make ends meet in Detroit.

 

Romance

 

  • Birth of the Butterflyby Mimi Milan (06/14/2019) – Mariposa Sanchez Tanaka settles into Blessings in the hopes of fulfilling a mission. If only the handsome local lends a hand…

 

  • The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz (06/18/2019) – A baseball player who just got suspended and a nurse trying to make ends meet have a chance encounter at the club. Will they cry foul or hit a home-run-ever-after?
  • Side Chick Nation by Aya De León (06/25/2019) – An urban romantic suspense about a young woman with A HEIST set in Puerto Rico after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

 

  • Pleasing Persephone by Mimi Milan (07/02/2019) – A retelling of the story between Hades and Persephone, from the perspective of an archeologist.

 

  • Spellbound by Allie Therin (07/29/2019) – In 1925 New York, Arthur Kenzie is charged with intercepting a powerful magical artifact, and the only person who can help has sworn off his abilities altogether.
  • All Hours by Andie J. Christopher (07/30/2019) – Two chefs, enemies to lovers, an arranged date, and two stubborn guys who need someone (perhaps their grandmothers) knocking some sense into them.
  • Flashed (Happy Endings #3) by Zoey Castile (08/27/2019) – A hot guy decides to run away to the mountains to hide after an accident. An artist trying to make a living in Montana is housekeeping the cabin. Will they warm up to the other or let the Montana cold drive them apart?

Historical Fiction

  • Largo Pétalo de Mar by Isabel Allende (06/04/2019) – Set during the Spanish Civil War, we follow a young man forced into exile as he travels to Chile and his life as he adjusts to a different life and the rise of Pinochet in his new home.

SFF

 

  • Exile by Lisa M. Bradley (07/23/2019) – You know how we live in a constant state of ecological catastrophe due to global warming and companies’ hatred of the proletariat? Perhaps you’d like to read about toxic spills and a community affected by the state of isolation the government has put them in.

 

  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (07/23/2019) – Cassiopea Tun is a housekeeper in 1920’s Mexico whose life is upended when she unleashes the spirit of the Mayan God of Death.
  • The Mythic Dream anthology with contributions from Carlos Hernandez and Carmen Maria Machado (08/27/2019) – Eighteen contributors reshape the myths that have shaped our pasts in this SFF anthology.

Non-Fiction

 

  • March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women with a contribution from Carmen Maria Machado – In honor of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Little Women, four acclaimed authors offer personal perspectives on the classic and how it has impacted them.

 

Poetry

  • while they sleep (under the bed is another country) by Raquel Salas Rivera (06/20/2019) – Delving into the impact of colonial trauma in Puerto Rico, Salas Rivera offers an unflinching bilingual collection that points at the unmade bed that is American imperialism and its lasting effects on the island, and shames them.
  • Be Recorder by Carmen Giménez Smith (08/06/2019) – “Giménez Smith turns the increasingly pressing urge to cry out into a dream of rebellion—against compromise, against inertia, against self-delusion, and against the ways the media dream up our complacency in an America that depends on it.”
  • This American Autopsy by José Antonio Rodríguez (08/15/2019) – “Rodriguez exposes the deterioration of our nation–broken promises, failed prosperity, the shattering of dreams.”

Thus concludes this list! 

If you enjoyed this list or think it’s a good resource as I believe it is, please think about maybe donating some money. I don’t get compensated for any of this, this is just what I do in my free time because I love boosting Latinx voices, but I am unemployed and in need of paying off debts. My paypal is paypal.me/adrianammf and my Ko-Fi is ko-fi.com/boricuareads. If you’d like to get me any of these books, I have some Amazon wishlists (#ReadLatinx list & non-Latinx books list).

Thank you for reading!! Follow the blog if you’d like to see more posts like this. Make sure you spread the word, share the list with friends, pre-order and buy these books! Are there books here that you hadn’t heard of? Books here that you’ve already pre-ordered? Books that you hadn’t heard of and now are interested in? Are there books you think I might have missed? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me on social media (@boricuareads on IG, Twitter, and Tumblr), and I’ll add it!


Past #ReadLatinx lists:

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2 thoughts on “Latinx Summer Reads 2019 (or, #ReadLatinxFive)

  1. Hi Adriana, This is Veronica from the Kidlit Latinx group. You did a wonderful job compiling this list. Thank you also for including the past years lists. Great!

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