The #ReadLatinx Summer of Quarantwentytwenty List

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It’s the summer of Quarantwentytwenty. Plenty of us have been sheltering in place since the spring, and now summer is arriving full of hot weather and the threat of hurricanes (at least for me). The last list posted was in simpler time for us, before everyone was social distancing, workers furloughed, and overall effects of a global pandemic. 

I thought about following the naming convention of the past lists, with Fast and Furious-inspired titles. However, I think #RL9 will be saved for the Fall list. This is the #ReadQuarantwentytwenty list. 

Some of the book releases in that list ended up being postponed by publishers, therefore this list is a mix of both books I already talked about and new ones that deserve the spotlight. Other books that were supposed to be published during the summer have been moved to the fall, such as CEMETERY BOYS (don’t @ me telling me I forgot about it). 

In total, there are almost 90 books (86 to be exact) on this list, which consists of books written and/or illustrated by Latinx that are being released between June 1st and August 31st, 2020. As always, it will be divided by age category (Picture Books, MG, YA, Adult) as well as genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry). There are also subgenres such as SFF, Contemporary, etc. Each book has a link to its Goodreads 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.

Board Books/Picture Books

Animals

  • Already a Butterfly by Julia Alvarez, ill. by Raúl Colón (06/16/2020) – Mari is a butterfly and as she grows overwhelmed she meditates on ways to use mindfulness as a coping mechanism.
  • Fussy Flamingo by Shelly Vaughan James, ill. by Matthew Rivera (08/07/2020) – A silly tale about a flamingo named Lola who’s a fussy or picky eater.

Biography

Family

  • Luci Soars by Lulu Delacre (08/04/2020) – A story of self-acceptance in the face of people who which to set you apart.
  • Thanksgiving, Here I Come by D.J. Steinberg, ill. by Sara Palacios (08/11/2020) – Festivities abound around Thanksgiving, with stickers. (Do not know if there’s mention of Indigenous people.)
  • Dance Like a Leaf by AJ Irving, ill. by Claudia Navarro (08/21/2020) – A young girl decides to celebrate her grandmother’s autumn traditions even as her grandma’s health declines.

Friendship

  • Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea by Meena Harris, ill. by Ana Ramírez González (06/02/2020) – Two sisters take it upon themselves to transform their apartment’s courtyard into a playground.
  • Gustavo, the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago (07/14/2020) – A ghost attempts to connect with people during Day of the Dead, despite his own shyness.
  • Hello, Friend/Hola, Amigo by Andrés Salguero, ill. by Sara Palacios (08/04/2020) – A bilingual board book following a song about friendship. 

Immigration

School

  • It’s Not a School Bus, It’s a Pirate Ship by Mickey Rapkin, ill. by Teresa Martínez (06/16/2020) – A boy imagines his school bus is a pirate ship in this imaginative story about the first day of school.
  • Kindergarten Hat by Janet Lawler, ill. by Geraldine Rodríguez (07/09/2020) – Carlos is nervous about his first day of kindergarten, and even more so when his gift for his teacher gets ruined.

Social Justice

  • Freedom, We Sing by Amyra León, ill. by Molly Mendoza (07/07/2020) – A lyrical picture book pondering on what freedom can mean and be.
  • The ABCs of Hip Hop by Rebel Diaz, ill. by Nicer (08/04/2020) – Teach your kids the ABCs while learning about hip-hop and its position as a resistance culture.

STEM

  • 7 Days Till Ice Cream by Bernardo Feliciano, ill. by Rayanne Vieira (08/01/2020) – A group of kids band together to figure out the ice cream man’s “code.” Educational story for kids who wanna learn about coding.

Middle Grade

Chapter Books

  • 13th Street series (1-3) by David Bowles (07/17/2020):
    • Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats – Three cousins are spending summer with their aunt when they stumble into the fantastical world of 13th Street.
  • Alicia Alonso Takes the Stage by Rebel Girls, ill. by Josefina Preumayr (08/18/2020) – A historical fiction story about Alicia Alonso and her work as a disabled Cuban ballerina.

Contemporary

  • La luna dentro de mí by Aida Salazar (06/02/2020) – The Spanish translation of The Moon Within, a new audience to Celi’s feelings around menstruation is unlocked.
  • On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez (06/09/2020) – Based on Peter Pan, follow Minerva as she suddenly has to care for her siblings when her mom disappears.
  • The Dream Weaver by Reina Luz Alegre (06/23/2020) – Zoey takes on the task of saving her grandpa’s bowling alley, without realizing how herculean the effort would be.
  • Julieta and the Diamond Enigma by Luciana Duarte Armendáriz (06/30/2020) – Julieta is helping her dad in Paris when the diamond they’re delivering goes missing! Follow Julieta in this wacky adventure.
  • La travesía de Santiago by Alexandra Diaz (07/28/2020) – When Santiago decides to run away from his abusive home, he doesn’t know the journey he’s embarking on as he makes his way to the Mexico-U.S. border (Spanish translation of Santiago’s Road Home).
  • What If A Fish by Anika Fajardo (08/11/2020) – A story about family, identity, and grief, as half-Colombian boy Eddie Aguado is invited to Colombia and reconnects with his family and the memories of his dad.

Graphic Novel

  • When You Look Up by Decur (06/02/2020) – Lorenzo has moved to a new place, and when he finds a perhaps magical book in his desk’s drawers.
  • Student Ambassador: Missing Dragon by Axur Eneas & Ryan Estrada (08/18/2020) – Young Joseph is sent to South Korea to prevent a world shattering catastrophe.

Historical Fiction

  • Letters from Cuba by Ruth Behar (08/25/2020) – Esther flees to Cuba after Poland’s anti-semitism reaches new highs in the eve of World War II, so she writes to her sister still back home as a way to cope with this new move.

Non-Fiction

SFF 

  • Curse of the Night Witch (Emblem Island #1) by Alex Aster (06/02/2020) – A boy accidentally curses himself after wishing to receive a different powerful ability. He must reverse the curse before he perishes within a week.
  • Dactyl Hill Squad: Thunder Run (Dactyl Hill Squad #3) by Daniel José Older (06/02/2020) – Follow the thrilling conclusion to the Dactyl Hill Squad’s adventures as they attempt to dismantle the confederate armies. 
  • The Way to Rio Luna by Zoraida Córdova (06/02/2020) – Danny believes his sister is in the fairytale land of Rio Luna, so when he finds a map to the magical land he goes on an adventure in an attempt to reunite with his long lost sister.
  • Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse by Chantel Acevedo (07/07/2020) – Callie finds out she’s a reincarnation of one of the nine Muses of Greek Mythology and goes on a transformative journey along with her fellow junior Muses.
  • The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas (07/21/2020) – Eliza Thornberry meets Central American folklore in Nestor’s quest to find his new town’s missing animals.
  • Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia (08/04/2020) – After Paola’s friend goes missing, she suspects La Llorona might be real and she might have to embark on a fantastical journey to save her friend.
  • Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark contribution by Zoraida Córdova (08/25/2020) – A tie-in anthology for young fans of The Clone Wars with a story from Córdova from the perspective of Asajj Ventress.

Young Adult

Anthology

  • Short Stuff edited by Alysia Constantine, contribution from Jude Sierra (06/09/2020) – Four YA writers contribute to Interlude Press’ queer YA short story anthology.

Contemporary 

  • Where We Go From Here by Lucas Rocha (06/02/2020) – Three Brazilian boys, with varying degrees of a relationship with their HIV status (whether positive or negative), will connect and have to learn more about the condition.
  • Running by Natalia Sylvester (07/14/2020) – Mariana’s dad is a Republican Cuban running for President. All of a sudden she has a bigger spotlight on her and she’s going to have to unlearn a lot of things, fast, if she’s to survive high school and this primary.
  • Illegal: A Disappeared Novel by Francisco X. Stork (08/04/2020) – A follow-up to Disappeared, we follow Emiliano as he tries to uncover a web of crime even as he is an undocumented and wants to save his sister from a detention facility.

Non-Fiction 

  • Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy edited by Kelly Jensen, contributions from Anna-Marie McLemore, Eric Smith, Lilliam Rivera (08/18/2020) – In this anthology, celebrities and artists attempt to reach teens and talk to them about their experiences with body positivity, disability, and more.

SFF

  • Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal (06/02/2020) – A sequel to Five Midnights, Lupe goes back to Puerto Rico only to get sucked into a new adventure in the island-municipality of Vieques, with ghosts, vulture capitalists, and generational trauma.
  • All These Monsters by Amy Tintera (07/07/2020) – Clara joins an international monster-fighting group in hopes of helping defeat a group of monsters currently ravaging the world.
  • Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (08/04/2020) – For fans of CW’s Roswell, NM, follow Sia Martínez as she tries to save her mother from possible, real life, dangerous aliens, three years after she’d been told her mom had been deported.
  • Star Wars’ Poe Dameron: Free Fall by Alex Segura (08/04/2020) – Learn about Poe Dameron’s teenage years as he runs away from home and decides to find adventure and his own rebellion.

Adult

Literary Fiction 

  • Ornamental by Juan Cárdenas (06/02/2020) – A scientist in charge of a drug trial becomes involved with one of his subjects, who in turn becomes involved with the scientist’s wife… Sounds like a tangled web if you ask me.
  • The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton (06/16/2020) – Three different women embark on adventures of their own, their lives crossing unexpectedly in Florida’s Key West.
  • The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vega (06/16/2020) – A Puerto Rican couple in the mountains of Utuado sees their lives upturned by the Spanish-American War, a hurricane, and a chance at a hollow future in Hawai’i. 
  • It Is Wood, It Is Stone by Gabriella Burnham (06/30/2020) – Set in São Paolo, two women’s lives intersect in a story exploring class, colorism, sexuality, and the complex lives of women.
  • Diez planetas by Yuri Herrera (07/01/2020) – This Spanish collection of stories explores the Mexican author’s experiences and future radical hopes. 
  • Bezoar & Other Unsettling Stories by Guadalupe Nettel (08/11/2020) – A collection of six short stories, they all follow, as the title boasts, unsettling plots and characters. 
  • Difficult Light by Tomás González, translated by Andrea Rosenberg (08/11/2020) – From a renowned Colombian writer, a novel around grief and loss as its protagonist’s vision deteriorates and decides to write about the beauty around him. 
  • Red Ants by Pergentino José (08/18/2020) – A short story collection from a Zapotec writer exploring Indigenous Mexican lives, drawing from the personal. 

Memoir 

  • The Book of Rosy: A Mother’s Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayra Pablo Cruz and Julie Schwietert Collazo (06/02/2020) – A first person account of a Guatemalan mother’s search for asylum for her and her two kids, only to come face to face with the US’s nightmarish immigration bureaucracy and policies.
  • Es mi turno by Ilia Calderón (08/04/2020) – Spanish edition of Calderón’s My Time to Speak, exploring her life growing up in an Afro-Colombian community, the anti-Blackness she experienced in Medellín, and then continued discrimination she faced in Miami as a journalist.

Non-Fiction 

  • A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire by Yuri Herrera (06/16/2020) – Herrera traces the history of the El Bordo Mine Fire, the workers who lost their lives, the survivors, and the guilty of his hometown’s greatest tragedy. 
  • Deportes: The Making of a Sporting Mexican Diaspora by José M. Alamillo (07/17/2020) – “Spanning the first half of the twentieth century, Deportes uncovers the hidden experiences of Mexican male and female athletes, teams and leagues and their supporters who fought for a more level playing field on both sides of the border.”
  • The Persistence of Violence: Colombian Popular Culture edited by Toby Miller (07/17/2020) – The collection “draws on […] contradictions and paradoxes to look at how violence—and resistance to it—characterize Colombian popular culture, from football to soap opera to journalism to tourism to the environment.”

Poetry

  • Tertulia by Vincent Toro (06/02/2020) – “Puerto Rican poet Vincent Toro’s new collection takes the Latin American idea of an artistic social gathering (the “tertulia”) and revises it for the Latinx context in the United States.”
  • A Grave is Given Supper by Mike Soto (06/09/2020) – “Told in a series of interlinked poems, Soto’s striking debut collection follows two protagonists in an imaginary United States/Mexico border town.” 
  • Guillotine by Eduardo Corral (08/04/2020) – “Guillotine traverses desert landscapes cut through by migrants, the grief of loss, betrayal’s lingering scars, the border itself—great distances in which violence and yearning find roots.”
  • Thrown in the Throat by Benjamin Garcia (08/11/2020) – “In a sex-positive incantation that retextures what it is to write a queer life amidst troubled times, Garcia writes boldly of citizenship, family, and Adam Rippon’s butt.”
  • Título/Title by Legna Rodríguez Iglesias (08/15/2020) – “In an experimental, asphyxiating rush of repetition and enjambment, TITLE chronicles separation, alienation, unease, madness, illness while it presents readers with a unique vision of queerness, humanity, poetry.”

Romance 

  • Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera (06/30/2020, ebook) – A romance set in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, follow Desta Joy and Elias Fikru, as one of them returns to a land they have complex feelings for, and the other man on the verge of leaving said land. (Links to Goodreads because I don’t wanna link to Am*zon)
  • Trade Deadline by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn (ebook – 08/01/2020; paperback – 08/25/2020) – The third in the Hat Trick series, this friends-to-lovers m/m romance brings together two estranged childhood friends as they rediscover each other and fall in love.
  • You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria (08/04/2020) – Two TV stars become entangled when their hopes for crossover success hinge on their on-screen chemistry that starts to bleed into their own lives. 
  • Here to Stay by Adriana Herrera (08/25/2020, ebook) – Julia has been hired by a department store to run their charitable organization, only to have her job on the line when the new, hot, consultant in charge of taking the company public shakes things up. (Links to Carina Press)
  • The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada with Holly Lorincz (08/25/2020) – Lightly inspired by Pride and Prejudice, a small town sports journalist Hara Isari clashes with basketball rookie on the rise Derek Darcy. 

SFF

  • Lockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror, and Hope During a Pandemic edited by Nick Kolakowski and Steve Weddle, contributions from Gabino Iglesias, Angel Luis Colón, Ann Dávila Cardinal, Richie Narváez, Hector Acosta, V. Castro, and Cynthia Pelayo (06/16/2020) – Nineteen stories from crime and horror writers set around a global pandemic, all proceeds go towards “the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, as it seeks to help booksellers recover from the devastating COVID-19 crisis.”
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (06/30/2020) – Moreno-Garcia, already having dipped her toes in thriller writing, explores gothic horror in the Mexican countryside as Noemí travels to High Place to save her cousin from mysterious doom.
  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, trans. Sarah Moses (08/04/2020) – A virus has spread across all animals, making animal meat “poisonous” to humans, thus making governments legalize “human meat,” transitioning to cannibalism.

Thriller

  • Death of a Telenovela Star by Teresa Dovalpage (06/09/2020) – In this crime novella set in a cruise ship, a retired Cuban detective must use her instincts to save her cousin and perhaps a shady telenovela star after a murder occurs on board.
  • Miami Midnight by Alex Segura (06/13/2020) – The last installment in the Pete Fernandez series, the PI is pulled away from a content life as a bookstore owner and back into a world of crime as he investigates the murder of a jazz pianist.
  • The Bones of Wolfe by James Carlos Blake (07/07/2020) – In this “Border Noir,” Rudy and Frank Wolfe are tasked with investigating the disappearance of their 115-year-old aunt’s long-lost sister, leading them to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Thus concludes this list! 

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4 thoughts on “The #ReadLatinx Summer of Quarantwentytwenty List

  1. Hi there! I found your blog after searching online for recommendations for Latinx reads. Yay! Found some. I think I’ll start off with Amy Tintera’s since I have a thing for monsters. Thanks for the list.

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