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”

Hired: a review

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Description:

For a man who makes his living pleasuring women, what happens when the only pay-out worth having is love?

Faith Abigail Charles has always done the right thing. So when her mother runs for mayor of New Orleans, Faith puts her law career on hold to help her win. But when tensions run high, Faith trades one kind of heat for another—in the arms of a hard-bodied stranger. He’s everything a woman dreams of in a lover. So much so that her one-night stand turns into two, then three, then four . . .

For Aiden Rios, meeting smart, sexy Faith feels like fate. After being ditched by his client in the Big Easy, the high-paid male escort needs a little company himself. Aiden knows he’ll have to come clean about his line of work, and he plans to—right after another taste of Faith’s sweetness—and another and another. . . . Until a chance meeting with his client leaves Aiden exposed—and Faith shocked and hurt. Now the hired hottie must show Faith that the love they share is bigger than the scandal threatening to destroy them . . .


Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Review:

When Zoey Castile said that the hero in Hired was largely inspired by Maluma, I didn’t know what to expect. But Castile delivered on the missive and surpassed all expectations. Continue reading “Hired: a review”

Latinx Book Bingo TBR

I don’t normally share my TBRs because I normally don’t know what I will be reading next, but I wanted to adhere to a strict/loose (bear with me, I know it sounds contradictory) set of rules for Latinx Book Bingo.

If you don’t know what Latinx Book Bingo is, it’s a challenge created by three Latinx book bloggers/booktubers who wanted to showcase the works and creations of Latinx authors. There’s a bingo card and everything, you can find all the information about this challenge in my last blog post.

For this month, I wanted to give myself some leeway to read whatever I want within the TBR I’ll set. Therefore, I don’t think I’ll be able to read all of the books in my TBR, but I hope that for this month I’ll be able to read as many as I can. I don’t know if this happens to any of you, but whenever I set a TBR, I end up rebelling against my own self. I think it’s my Leo nature.

Here’s a list of books I may or may not end up reading for Latinx Book Bingo 2018, with the genre and all those sweet, sweet details you all love:

I also want to finish Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, since I started it and forgot about it due to my own short attention span, and Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado which is a Short Story collection (Fiction, Horror, Fantasy) that I started during my trip to Costa Rica and had to stop due to traveling. But I’m getting back on the reading horse and finishing them, because I love them so far.

By the end of the month, if I read all of these books, my board should look like this (excuse my horrible circles and lines):

I should have a double sort of bingo? We’ll see what I finish by the end of the whole challenge and find out if I have a Bingo or not.

Let me know what books you’re planning on reading on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr @boricuareads. Any books here that you’d never heard of before? Comment below if so, or if you’re going to be reading one of the books I mentioned above!

Latinx Book Bingo Recommendations

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For National Hispanic Heritage Month, some fabulous Latinx booktubers and book bloggers have teamed up to do a wonderful month-long event. It’s called: Latinx Book Bingo (I linked to the initial Twitter thread there).

This event was created by Paola Mancera (@Mancerelle on Twitter, Paola Mancera on YouTube), Allie Molina (@alliembooks on Twitter, alliembooks on YouTube), and Sofia (@SofiainBookland on Twitter, Bookish Wanderess on WordPress). Together, they’re moderating and promoting books by Latinx authors and spread Latinx stories across the lands.

Here’s the Bingo Card:

[If you’re using a screen-reader, do not fret, I will go through each box further on, but keep in mind it’s a 5×4 board]
A couple of weeks ago I shared a Twitter thread with some recommendations for each of the boxes. I thought I’d make a separate post going through each of them and perhaps add some more. Before you read, you should still check if there are trigger warnings, as some of these books deal with difficult topics; your well-being comes first before doing any book challenge. I couldn’t link the titles to their Goodreads accounts because I realized I had too many (and I’d spent 4 hours making this list already, which is also why there are no accent marks in author names). There are books that are repeated because their content is varied and can count for multiple categories.

Without further ado, the list (marked w/ an asterisk are the books I’ve read):

Bisexual MC (first box, first column/row):

  1. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova*
  2. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore*
  3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera*

SF/F (second box, second column, first row):

  1. Infomocracy trilogy by Malka Older (SF)
  2. Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (SF)
  3. Brooklyn Brujas series by Zoraida Cordova (F)*
  4. Shadowshaper Cypher by Daniel Jose Older (F)
  5. Bone Street Rumba series by Daniel Jose Older (F)
  6. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older (F)
  7. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (F)
  8. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (F)
  9. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (F)
  10. Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  11. The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez (SF)
  12. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (SF)*
  13. The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles (F)
  14. Beyond the Red trilogy by Gabe (Ava Jae) (SF)
  15. A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander (F)
  16. The City of Beasts by Isabel Allende (F)*
  17. The Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (F)
  18. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (F)

MC with Mental Illness (third box, third column, first row):

  1. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (depression, ED)*
  2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (OCD, anxiety)*
  3. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork (depression, attempted suicide)
  4. When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (depression, suicide)

On Cover Rep (fourth box, fourth column, first row):

  1. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera*
  2. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older*
  3. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older
  4. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  5. Love On Cue series by Mia Sosa*
  6. Dance Off series by Alexis Daria*
  7. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
  8. Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  9. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
  10. America series by Gabby Rivera*
  11. The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres
  12. Esperanza Reborn by Pam Munoz Ryan*
  13. Lucky Luna by Diana Lopez
  14. Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome by Sarai Gonzalez and Monica Brown
  15. Amigas series by Veronica Chambers

Historical Fiction (fifth box, fifth column, first row):

  1. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  2. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez*
  3. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  4. Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
  5. In the Name of Salome by Julia Alvarez
  6. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende*
  7. Bitter Grounds by Sandra Benitez
  8. Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
  9. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel*
  10. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
  11. The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres
  12. Esperanza Reborn by Pam Munoz Ryan*
  13. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older
  14. My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver*
  15. Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero
  16. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

F/F Relationship (sixth box, first column, second row):

  1. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova*
  2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
  3. America series by Gabby Rivera*
  4. Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
  5. Carapace by Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro

Contemporary/Romance (seventh box, second column, second row): [C for contemporary; R for Romance; CR for both]

  1. Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol (CR)*
  2. Love on Cue series by Mia Sosa (CR)*
  3. Dance Off series by Alexis Daria (CR)*
  4. Stripped by Zoey Castile (CR)*
  5. Matched to Perfection series by Priscilla Oliveras (CR)
  6. The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera (C)*
  7. The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes (CR)
  8. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez (C)
  9. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (C)
  10. The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez (C)
  11. Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres (C)
  12. The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales (C)
  13. The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson (C)
  14. Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson (C)
  15. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (C)

Refugee/Immigrant Story (eight box, third column, second row):

  1. The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
  2. The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz
  3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan*
  5. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  6. Bang by Daniel Peña
  7. The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Neurodiverse MC (ninth box, fourth column, second row):

  1. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
  2. Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman

Non-Fiction (tenth box, fifth column, second row):

  1. Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel Cepeda
  2. Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream (Coming out: 09/18/2018)
  3. The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
  4. A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande (Coming out: 10/02/2018)
  5. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
  6. Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldua
  7. Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo

M/M Relationship (eleventh box, first column, third row):

  1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera*
  2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera*
  3. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera*
  4. What If It’s Us? by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli (Coming out: 10/09/2018)
  5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz*
  6. Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez
  7. Rainbow trilogy by Alex Sanchez
  8. The Mariposa Club by Rigoberto Gonzalez
  9. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (MC is black, but LI is Latinx, author is a gay Latinx)

Magical Realism (twelfth box, second column, third row):

  1. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore*
  2. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  3. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore*
  4. Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Coming out: 10/09/2018)
  5. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel*
  6. Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester
  7. The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina
  8. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende*
  9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  10. Esperanza’s Box of Saints by Maria Amparo Escandon*
  11. So Far From God by Ana Castillo*
  12. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya*
  13. Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia*
  14. A Place Where the Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitez
  15. Daughters of Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Fat Rep (thirteenth box, third column, third row):

  1. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero*
  2. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older
  3. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
  4. Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
  5. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Afro-Latinx MC (fourteenth box, fourth column, third row):

  1. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Pride: Remix by Ibi Zoboi (Coming out: 09/18/2018)
  5. Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero
  6. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older
  7. Shadowshaper cypher by Daniel Jose Older
  8. Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  9. Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
  10. Carapace by Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro

Classic Latinx Author (fifteenth box, fifth column, third row):

  1. Chronicles of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez*
  2. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  3. The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferre
  4. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende*
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  6. The Inhabited Woman by Gioconda Belli
  7. Sirena Selena by Mayra Santos Febres
  8. Tear This Heart Out by Angeles Mastretta
  9. The Shrouded Woman by Maria Luisa Bombal*
  10. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya*

Trans/Genderqueer MC (sixteenth box, first column, fourth row):

  1. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore* (one of the MCs is a trans boy, but he isn’t Latinx, the other MC is Latinx)
  2. Mariposa Gown by Rigoberto Gonzalez

Poetry (seventeenth box, second column, fourth row):

  1. peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva*
  2. Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros*
  3. love, and you by Gretchen Gomez*
  4. Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon*
  5. The Carrying by Ada Limon
  6. Scar On/Scar Off by Jennifer Maritza McCauley*
  7. Corazon by Yesika Salgado
  8. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos*
  9. The Verging Cities by Natalie Scenters-Zapico
  10. Refuse by Julian Randall (Coming out: 09/18/2018)
  11. There Should Be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
  12. Sad Girl Poems by Christopher Soto/Loma
  13. Lessons on Expulsion by Erika L. Sanchez
  14. Virgin by Analicia Sotelo

Disabled/Chronic Pain MC (eighteenth box, third column, fourth row):

  1. The Storm Runner by Jennifer Cervantes (Coming out: 09/18/2018)
  2. Unbroken anthology has stories by William Alexander and Francisco X. Stork
  3. Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

Indigenous MC (nineteenth box, fourth column, fourth row):

  1. Broad and Alien is the World by Ciro Garcia
  2. The Villagers by Jorge Icaza

Free Space (twentieth box, fifth column, fourth row):

  1. Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  2. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  3. Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
  4. Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
  5. Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes
  6. Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes
  7. Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes
  8. The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph*
  9. They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles*
  10. North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

If you’d like to see more recommendations, I recommend Sofia’s post where she recommends 90 books you can choose to read during this challenge. There are also a couple of YouTube videos detailing some TBRs you might be interested in:

If you enjoyed this post with over 170 entries, consider following me on here, Twitter, Tumblr, & Instagram @boricuareads. I’ll make a separate TBR post for Latinx Book Bingo for tomorrow or later this week. Share this and don’t be afraid to join in on the fun.