Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR

Happy Latinx Heritage Month! I’m so excited to celebrate Latinx voices all month long. I’ve rechristened my Latinx Heritage Month series, it is now called Talk Chisme to Me. With the exception of one post, this series will go up every Sunday during Latinx Heritage Month. I will be participating in Latinx Book Bingo, Latinx-a-thon, and also taking part in the Latinx Book Club’s readalong. I am going to do my best to get all these reads done, but it’s pretty ambitious. Here is a look at my TBR and remember that you are welcome to join all these whether you are Latinx or not. Titles linked to Goodreads.

I am also hosting a Twitter giveaway throughout the month. I will be tweeting out the giveaway sometime today, so be sure to check out my pinned tweet.

Latinx Book Bingo (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) – Find them on Twitter @Latinxbookbingo

I will probably be sharing my progress with the Latinx Book Bingo on Twitter rather than my blog since I have a ton of stuff already planned. Here is my TBR for said readathon which will be overlapping with Latinx-a-thon. The object of these readalongs is to pick up as many books by Latinx authors during Latinx Heritage Month.

  1. Any book by a Latinx authorThey Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  2. Intersectional MCWhen Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez
  3. Afro-Latinx MCWith the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  4. Out of Your Comfort ZoneStripped by Zoey Castile
  5. On Cover RepThe Resolutions by Mia Garcia
  6. New to You AuthorDear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
  7. Fat RepAnalee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes
  8. Backlist TitleAvenged by Amy Tintera
  9. Non-Traditional Formatlove, and you by Gretchen Gomez
  10. Recommended by a Latinx ReaderJuliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (recommended by my fellow Latinx Book Club cohost Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess)
  11. Group BookThe Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
  12. Non-FictionPhotographic : The life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero

Latinx-a-thon (Sept. 15-24) – Find them on Twitter @Latinxathon

This readathon only takes place over a ten-day period, so I’m not sure how many of these I will be able to get through, but even if I don’t finish them during the allotted time, I might still pick them up for Latinx Book Bingo.

Prompt #1 – VOICES (Indigenous or Afro-Latinx author)

Prompt #2 – LATINIDAD (Intersectional author – gender, sexuality, ability, etc.)

Prompt #3 – ROOTS (Translated book or featuring multiple languages)

Prompt #4 – HERITAGE (Non-Spanish speaking country of origin/heritage)

Prompt #5 – GROUP BOOK 

Prompt #6 – BONUS (read a book from an author that doesn’t share your heritage)

Latinx Book Club – Find us on Twitter @LatinxBookClub

If you didn’t notice, Latinx Book Bingo, Latinx-a-thon, and Latinx Book Club are all reading the same book for Latinx Heritage Month. We thought it would be fun to join forces and are calling our collective efforts #LatinxLitTakeover. Be sure to check out the hashtag on Twitter for more info.

Latinx Heritage Month Book Club PickThe Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

**There is also an Afro-Latinx readalong being hosted over on YouTube. Check out Jesse @ Bowties and Books video here for more info.**

All together there are fourteen different books on my TBR and I haven’t gotten through so many books in a month in a long while, but I’m going to do my best. Wish me luck!

Will you be participating in Latinx Book Bingo or Latinx-a-Thon? What about joining the Latinx Book Club or the Afro-Latinx readalong? Leave me a link to your TBR and let’s discuss in the comments!


Where I’ve Been…

I know many of you are probably wondering what happened to me. I’m usually really good at letting everyone know if I’m taking a hiatus whether planned or unplanned. I’ve gone over in my head what I would say and how much I would say to you when I decided to come back. I still don’t know, so I’m just going to go for it.

I don’t talk a lot about my family. I’m not very open online when it comes to them for several reasons. Some of you may know I have two brothers. One of my brothers unexpectedly passed away. It hasn’t been easy. I have so many thoughts running through my head. Our older brother was always so much older than us and so my brother and I were always super close. We fought so much growing up. So many of my childhood memories are irrevocably tied to him.

I’m still processing. I’m still hurting. But I missed this space. I missed all of you and the camaraderie. So I’m tentatively coming back because I think working on the blog will help me feel some kind of productive or at least help me focus on something else at least for a little while. I can’t promise you I will be here consistently or that I’ll always be on top of comments, but I want to be here. I’ve still got my Latinx Heritage Month series in my drafts and for now, that might be the only thing going up on my blog. I appreciate any offered condolences, but probably won’t be replying to most or maybe none of the comments for this post, just a heads up.

Monthly Wrap-Up: August ’19

I had the single most productive month I’ve had in years. I read almost twice as many books as I usually pick up and almost finished all of my posts for my upcoming Latinx Heritage Month series. I am also on a book buying ban which I am hoping lasts until November. Not sure I am going to make it that far, but here’s hoping. In August I picked up nine books. I wanted to make sure I had time to work on some blog-related content, so I aimed for more lighthearted reads and let myself off the hook when it came to reviews. It was so NICE. I have a really ambitious upcoming TBR for Latinx Heritage Month (I have so much planned, I am so excited, I can barely contain it!!!), so it was nice to give myself a little break beforehand. I have really high hopes for September and can’t wait to read all the books. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself though.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read in August was Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I buddy read it with Jocelyn @ yogi with a book. We have something special to share on the Latinx Book Club’s blog which I’m really excited about. If you’re a fan of music, nostalgia, and magic, this is an incredible debut by one of my favorite authors. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No books received less than three stars from me this month.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Books I Read, But Didn’t Review:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine – Rating: 4/5

America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera, Illustrated by Joe Quiñones – Rating: 4/5

Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Rating: 4/5

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Rating: 4/5

I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest – Rating: 3/5

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – Rating: 4/5 

Reviews to Come:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)


Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge. Uuuuuhhhh….I’m not even sure I have the motivation to keep trying to accomplish this goal. Whoops.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. None 😦

  • Challenge Goal: 10 books; Current Count: 4 books

September Releases I’m Excited For:


How was your August? Do you have anything special planned for September? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

The Friday 56: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“Khalid didn’t feel like going home right away. His mother would ask about his day, and then he would have to lie. If he told her about the conversation with Sheila, she would demand that he go to the Human Rights commission, or that he be made director of Livertech.

Instead he headed to the only place he felt entirely comfortable: the mosque.”

Uzma Jalaluddin’s Ayesha at Last has been added to my growing list of favorite diverse P&P retellings (I’m always on the lookout for more, so give me your recs in the comments!). This one follows two very different Muslim, Indian-Canadians who clash with their first meeting, but who learn to appreciate one another and learn about themselves along the way. You can read my snapshot review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.
      Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.
      Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.”