Bookish Latinx Hablan

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Hello, I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves and each other. Connecting with people these days can be rough, but we’re thankful to technology being as advanced as it is these days to be able to stay in touch with those we love. As a way to send positive vibes and to unite under one front, earlier this year, I’d contacted some Latinx bookish content creators (book bloggers, bookstagrammers, booktubers) to share the books they most wished everyone would read. Since we’re kind of all either self-isolating or social distancing, a lot of people are turning to books as a means to cope with the external pressures that come as side-effects of a global pandemic. I thought it would make sense to publish this now so you don’t feel alone, and maybe help guide your reading experience during these times. (All book covers are affiliate links to Indiebound, as we should do our best to support local indie bookstores and creatives; the titles after each bookish content creator’s info link to Goodreads.)

The Hall of Famers (or, books that multiple people said they loved)

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
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Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Stand-Alone Hall of Famers (or, everyone had a different book they want people to read)

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Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
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When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
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This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar
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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
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The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
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My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
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A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
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Loose Woman: Poems by Sandra Cisneros
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White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter
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What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi
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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
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Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
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Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
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Witch Hat Atelier Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama
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Want by Cindy Pon

Make sure you follow all these bookish folks and their amazing efforts to talk about books by diverse creators! Maybe you could make this into a reading challenge/readathon???

Let me know your thoughts!

Latinx Winter Reads ’19-’20 (Or, #Latinx7)

latinx winter reads header 2019.png¡BOMBAZO NAVIDEÑO! 

‘Tis the season! It’s #Latinx7, the seventh iteration of the Latinx Reads and second Winter Reads list. It’s been a whirlwind year, 2019, for the #ReadLatinx project. I’m glad I’ve been able to shine a light on Latinx writers and illustrators, even if through this blog. Being able to connect with creatives and readers through this project fills me with happiness, and I’m excited for what 2020 brings. 

The Winter Reads list is comprised of 34 books written and/or illustrated by Latinx that are releasing between November 27th, 2019 and February 14th, 2020. As always, it will be divided by age category (Picture Books, MG, YA, Adult) as well as genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry). I didn’t divide this list by subgenre, choosing instead to describe them in my little blurb, as there aren’t that many books. Each book has a link to its Goodreads page, the author, illustrator, editor, or contributors, the release date, and a short description of the book in my own words. The YA section is described in AO3 sort of tags and so are a handful of other books (thanks once again Gabi @gabi_morataya on Twitter for suggesting this for the last post). Each section 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. 

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Latinx Fall Reads 2019 (or, #ReadandLatinx6)

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Zip up your hoodies, put away the flip flops (for the love of God don’t even think of even wearing them with socks on) if you live somewhere cold, because the summer’s over and that means it’s now AUTUMN. Fall. Otoño.

School’s coming back into session if you do semesters, and perhaps you’ll have less time to read, but that doesn’t mean books go to sleep while you’re elsewhere. In fact, they come out stronger, tempting you to look away from your work so you can relish their words and escape into their world for a while. 

Last year, I had 40+ books to list out and I thought that was a lot. This time around, with more resources and knowledge, I was able to compile a list of ~90 books written or illustrated by Latinx. And they’re arriving just in time for Latinx Heritage Month (09/15-10/15) as well! 

If you’re interested in reading the past #ReadLatinx posts, scroll to the end for a list of them. I dub this list #ReadandLatinx6.

This list is comprised of books written and/or illustrated by Latinx that are being released between September 1st and November 28th. As always, it 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. Compare to other lists, the descriptions for books written from Early Middle Grade onward (with the exception of non-fiction and poetry) on this list will be sort-of in the style of AO3 tags, as an experiment (a huge thank you to Gabi @gabi_morataya on twitter for suggesting the change; they really allowed me to have fun with these lists rather than spelling out the specifics of it). 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, 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. 

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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!

Latinx Summer Reads 2019 (or, #ReadLatinxFive)

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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. Continue reading “Latinx Summer Reads 2019 (or, #ReadLatinxFive)”

Upcoming Spring ’19 Book Releases by Latinx Authors & Illustrators

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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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The Moon Within: a review

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Description:

Celi Rivera’s life swirls with questions. About her changing body. Her first attraction to a boy. And her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid.

But most of all, her mother’s insistence she have a moon ceremony when her first period arrives. It’s an ancestral Mexica ritual that Mima and her community have reclaimed, but Celi promises she will NOT be participating. Can she find the power within herself to take a stand for who she wants to be?

A dazzling story told with the sensitivity, humor, and brilliant verse of debut talent Aida Salazar.


Rating: 5/5 Stars

Review: 

(cw for post: menstruation talk, mention of misgendering and transphobia) Continue reading “The Moon Within: a review”