It’s Hispanic Heritage month! My favorite readathon of the year is currently happening in celebration of this month: the Latinx Book Bingo! I have a whole video about the books I plan to read for the book bingo on my channel, and will be posting a reading vlog at the end of the book bingo. But in honor of this month, I thought I would spend some time talking about 5 books either by Latinx authors or with Latinx MCs that are on my radar/TBR in general!
His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras
Lately, I have been determined to read more historical romance/Harlequin romance-type books that feature diversity… of any kind. Because that genre is so VERY fully of cis-hetero-white relationships. I’ve got a handful under my belt – a couple of queer ones and a one featuring a latinx couple – but I need more! This book seems like a perfect opportunity to do so.
Ad executive Tomas Garcia shouldn’t even be thinking about his daughter’s alluring dance teacher, Yazmine Fernandez. Burned by a shattering divorce, he’s laser-focused on his career and giving his young daughter, Maria, the secure home she deserves. Plus, he’s certain that with her talent, Yaz will be leaving Chicago and heading back to Broadway as soon as she can. But Yaz’s generous spirit and caring concern are sparking a desire Tomas can’t resist and doesn’t want to let go…
For Yaz, good-looking workaholics like Tomas simply can’t be part of her life ever again. She owes it to herself to get back her confidence and fulfill the dreams her papa could not. She’s glad to spend time with Maria and taste the family life she feels she can never have. And she’s sure that she and Tomas can keep their attraction under control because there’s so much at stake. But each unexpected intimacy, each self-revelation, makes the fire between them grow hotter with every step and every risk to their hearts…
The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
Really I would like to read anything by Urrea, including “The Devil’s Highway” and “The House of Broken Angels.” But since this is one of his earlier works, and it seems to have an element of magical realism to it, I fell like this is the place for me to start. Urrea has cemented himself as an incredible Mexican author who doesn’t shy away from harsh realities.
It is 1889, and the civil war is brewing in Mexico. Sixteen year old Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream – a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from the dead with the power to heal – but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the Saint of Cabora.
Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
Was this book made specifically with me in mind? It is very likely. These 2 are easily 2 of my all-time favorite authors. Their identities, the identities of their characters, and the stories they tell make me feel so very seen. And they write my favorite genres. So combining their efforts into one hella queer, hella latinx book full of magic sounds like something I’ve been needing in my life for a long time. This is without a doubt my most highly anticipated book of 2020.
Two friends, one made of stardust and one fighting to save her family’s diner, take on their small town’s 50th annual pageant and talent competition in the hopes that they can change their town’s destiny, and their own.
Mundo Cruel: Stories by Luis Negron
This book first caught my eye because Roxane from The Novel Sanctuary talked about it on her channel, and rated it highly. As a fellow latinx bookworm creating content and consuming books with Latinx representation, I hold her opinion in high regard, and she rated this 4/5 stars. I would like to read more short story collections, so why not start with a Latinx author, translated work, with stories that are apparently sensual & riveting! An hey, it has LGBT rep too!
Luis Negrón’s debut collection reveals the intimate world of a small community in Puerto Rico joined together by its transgressive sexuality. The writing straddles the shifting line between pure, unadorned storytelling and satire, exploring the sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking nature of survival in a decidedly cruel world.
Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes
A lot of people were reading this for the Latinx book bingo last year, but I missed it that time. I fully intend to read it very soon though, hopefully even for the book bingo this year, because I have heard nothing but great, sweet things about this one! Also I am always in need of a good realistic YA contemporary to get me right in the feels.
Ever since her mom died three years ago, Analee Echevarria has had trouble saying out loud the weird thoughts that sit in her head. With a best friend who hates her and a dad who’s marrying a yogi she can’t stand, Analee spends most of her time avoiding reality and role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game.
Through Kiri, Analee is able to express everything real-life Analee cannot: her bravery, her strength, her inner warrior. The one thing both Kiri and Analee can’t do, though, is work up the nerve to confess her romantic feelings for Kiri’s partner-in-crime, Xolkar—aka a teen boy named Harris whom Analee has never actually met in person.
So when high school heartthrob Seb Matias asks Analee to pose as his girlfriend in an attempt to make his ex jealous, Analee agrees. Sure, Seb seems kind of obnoxious, but Analee could use some practice connecting with people in real life. In fact, it’d maybe even help her with Harris.
But the more Seb tries to coax Analee out of her comfort zone, the more she starts to wonder if her anxious, invisible self is even ready for the real world. Can Analee figure it all out without losing herself in the process?