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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Bad Bunny X 100PRE Book Tag

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When Bad Bunny’s X 100PRE dropped, all the Puerto Rican youths paused their lives to be immersed in Benito Martínez’s lyrics. Either when he’s talking about yearning for lost love, spreading self-confidence, praising weed, or just telling we’re all fine after the passage of Hurricane Maria, you’ll bop along and identify with some part of his musical essence. Which is how I ended up deciding to make a book tag based off his debut solo album. You can use books you’ve read or that are on your tbr, so long as you tag me/credit me as the creator of this tag. Also, use any platform you’d like to do this tag: do it as a Twitter thread, BookTube tag, or even bookstagram challenge! (This book tag was largely inspired by Fadwa at Word Wonders’s Manic album book tag so please check hers out as well!!) Este challenge bota fuego fuego (FIYAH FIYAH):

  1. NI BIEN NI MAL – a book with a relationship breakup (ex. From Twinkle with Love, by Sandhya Menon has a friendship breakup)
  2. 200 MPH – a book with the sea/ocean as a setting (ex. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno is set in a beachside town)
  3. ¿QUIÉN TU ERES? – a book with an intense confrontation scene (ex. Shadowshaper Legacy by Daniel José Older has an epic confrontation scene between Sierra and a big bad while simultaneously there’s a battle happening thousands of miles away between Sierra’s friends and some neo-nazis)
  4. CARO – a book with a confident and/or carefree main character (ex. Song of the Abyss by Makiia Lucier has such a confident and capable MC in Reyna)
  5. TENEMOS QUE HABLAR – an epistolary or mixed media novel (ex. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite has a combination of journal entries, letters, emails, and more)
  6. OTRA NOCHE EN MIAMI – a book with an economically privileged (RICH) main character (ex. Color Me In by Natasha Diaz has an MC who’s rich thanks to her father’s money)
  7. SER BICHOTE – a book with a character going against their parents’ wishes (ex. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest has an MC who wants to be a dancer and goes on a roadtrip behind her mother’s back to audition)
  8. SI ESTUVIÉSEMOS JUNTOS – a book with the unrequited love trope (ex. The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan revolves around two characters who are best friends and each other believes they don’t have feelings for each other– and in fact, they’re IN LOVE)
  9. SOLO DE MI – a book revolving around bodily autonomy (ex. The Moon Within by Aida Salazar is the story of a girl learning about her body and how she can appreciate it)
  10. CUANDO PERRIABAS – a book where the main character is a dancer (ex. Take the Lead by Alexis Daria is a romance novel set in a Dancing with the Stars-esque reality competition)
  11. LA ROMANA – a book with either fire imagery on the cover and/or the word “FIRE” on the title (ex. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo, hello)
  12. COMO ANTES – a book with multiple timelines (ex. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore is a dual-timeline YA set between 2017(?) California and 1507 Starsbourg)
  13. RLNDT – a book with an unreliable narrator (ex. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera is a grounded sci-fi about a boy named Aaron who’s figuring out his sexuality and going through a rough patch and notices the people around him acting weirder)
  14. ESTAMOS BIEN – a book by a Puerto Rican writer (ex. The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Rivera, who’s from Puerto Rico)
  15. MIA – a co-written/co-authored book (ex. Miss Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia, coming out in fall 2020)

Tag whomever you want, or take this as my invitation to do it yourself! 

I tag Melanie @thebookfaerie on IG/@ashymareads on Twitter, Cande @iamrainbou on twitter/IG & latinxmagicbk, Caro @santanareads on Twitter/@santana_reads on IG/santanareads.wordpress.com Andrea @alifebydreaming on Twitter/bookramble on YouTube, and whoever wishes to do so.

Boricua Reads’ Song Shuffle Book Tag

Welcome to Boricua Reads’ Song Shuffle Book Tag!

I’m breaking my brief book blogging hiatus to bring you a cool (?) new book tag.

This is not to be confused with (Over)Analyzing Literature’s Shuffle Book Tag, this is a different tag with similar-ish intentions. 

Here are the rules to the book tag:

  1. Put your playlist or music library on shuffle. 
  2. You must build a book list (can be read or in your TBR) out of the words in the title of the song that comes up. 
  3. Song must have more than two words in the title. 
  4. You can use more than one song if you so want. 
  5. If you can’t find a book in your shelves with one of the song title’s words, you can choose a book that has a letter starting with that word or the word can sound similar/be part of the one in the song title. 
  6. Then, proceed to talk about the books in the list, your thoughts or opinions on it and whether it’s on your TBR or you’ve already read it. 

Seems simple, no?

Here’s a random example:

Song: I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Books:

I- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Wanna – I Wanna Be Where You Are

Dance – Dance All Night

With – With the Fire on High

Somebody – Somewhere Only We Know

For my own take on it, I went on Apple Music and clicked on one of the ready-made playlists and kept scrolling with my eyes closed until I got to a song with more than two words in its title. I got Better Luck Next Time by Kelsea Ballerini, which is a song I hadn’t heard of! Upon listening to it, I actually really liked it. 

Here are my choices:

  • BetterBlood Water Paint
  • Luck – Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
  • NextNext Year in Havana
  • TimeTimekeeper by Tara Sim

Thoughts:

  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough – I read this over a weekend away from my house and it was truly a work of greatness. I followed it up with The Poet X, and I couldn’t have made a better decision. Both works deal with bodily autonomy in different ways and eras and races, and I loved them. TWs: abuse, sexual assault, and torture
  • Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim –  I adore books that have a hint of magical realism, especially if they’re written by WoC. Add food to the equation and questions of identity and family, and you make a perfect book. I’ve been so stoked to read thi and by the end of the year I’d like to get this. I’ve had this in my TBR since it was announced and now it’s out so I have a moral obligation to support this wonderful book.
  • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton – Everyone and their mother has recommended this book to me and I finally got a chance to buy the ebook on sale recently. I’m looking forward to delving into Elisa and Marisol’s stories.
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim – I absolutely loved Timekeeper by Tara Sim! I sort of abandoned Chainbreaker midway through my reading of it, but I have to finish it so I can know what happens! I’m so bad at reading series *crying emojis*

What did you think? Will you try it? I’m tagging the Latinx Squad if they’re interested in trying out the book tag, you can tag whomever you want or just do it if you want to; no one’s policing your ability to do this. This is for fun! Just make sure to credit me, Boricua Reads or @boricuareads on Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr.

Enjoy!