Talk Chisme to Me: New Favorites from the Past Year

Welcome, friends, to another Talk Chisme to Me post where I am spotlighting books by Latinx authors in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. Today I am sharing with you my favorite reads by Latinx authors that I’ve picked up over the past year. Note that this list includes books I may have read last LHM, so you’ve probably seen me talk about them before. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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Talk Chisme to Me: Latinx Heritage Month 2021 TBR


1. By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery – If I had to choose my favorite read by a Latinx author over the past year, I’d have to go with By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery. I know I’ve said this at various times, but I feel a certain kind of kinship with the MC, Torrey, and the way he thinks is all too familiar. His flaws are my flaws. Read my review here.

2. Blazewrath Games (Blazewrath Games, #2) by Amparo Ortiz – Please, oh please, can we have more fun fantasy novels like Blazewrath Games? I had such a blast reading this one and appreciated how effortlessly diverse it was. It was the first book with dragons that I ever read that also had Latinx characters. Something long overdue. Read my review here.

3. Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica – I wouldn’t consider myself to have a weak stomach, but this book made me pause several times and reconsider eating before picking it back up. Tender Is the Flesh made cannibalism frighteningly plausible and the ending made my jaw drop.

4. One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite – We always talk about favorite debuts, but I want to talk about my favorite sophomore novel I read this year. Maika and Maritza Moulite blew me away with One of the Good Ones. There are too many layers to sum up in a few sentences, but this novel deals with a variety of topics like police brutality, grief, and the unshakable bonds of sisterhood.d. Read my review here.

5. The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore – This is probably the Anna-Marie McLemore novel that made me cry the most. All of their books manage to rip your heart out and also make you feel hopeful. The Mirror Season wasn’t an easy book to get through, but it’s an important one. Read my review here.

6. Oculta by Maya Motayne – The long awaited sequel to Nocturna, Oculta brings back some of my all-time favorite fantasy characters. This one was highly stressful for me and the end left me screaming for more. I will be counting down the days until we get the conclusion of this series. Read my review here.

7. Illusionary (Hollow Crown, #2) by Zoraida Córdova – This sequel to Incendiary delivered one of the most satisfying enemies to lovers story lines that I’ve read in a while. I really enjoyed Renata’s journey to self-love. Córdova allowed her lead to be flawed and broken which I don’t see as often as I’d like in novels. Read my review here.

8. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa – And yes, now I am going to talk about my favorite debut of the year. Jonny Garza Villa’s Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun strikes the perfect balance between a swoony romance and hard-hitting contemporary. I’m pretty sure this had me holding back as many tears as smiles while reading. Read my review here.

9. Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria – I can never get enough sibling-focused fantasy novels and this one includes dragons! If you’re looking for some great action and a bit of sibling rivalry, this is a great contemporary fantasy to pick up. Read my review here.

10. Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera – I finished this middle grade book just before LHM and it had me laughing so much. Lupe is a Mexican-Chinese seventh grader who absolutely refuses to take part in learning to square dance for school. This precocious child won her way into my heart from page one. I also cannot recommend the audiobook enough.

What’s your favorite book by a Latinx author that you’ve read over the past year? Did you enjoy any of these or are you planning to pick any of these up? Let’s discuss in the comments!

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