Monthly Wrap-Up: September ’22

The end of September kind of snuck up on me. I think this is largely in part because I am celebrating Latinx Heritage Month which begins in the middle of September and we’re only half-way through that. My brain is trying to keep track of two different calendars and apparently rebelling. So September started off slow for me. I only got to three books in the first two weeks, but then LHM started and I wanted to get to so many books that I ended up reading six more in the latter part of the month. I was able to pick up nine books in total including an ARC that I was afraid I was going to have to put off. Overall, it felt like a really productive month and I am looking forward to finishing LHM off strong. I saved the more horror-esque reads for October and also checked out a couple of books from the library to round out the spooky reads. I am also finally decorating for Halloween! You have no idea how excited I am!

Favorite Books in September:

I am sharing two books as my favorites this month. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s The Undocumented Americans is an incredibly powerful memoir about some of the most invisible Latinx immigrants in this country. It made me sad, reflective, and angry. Definitely a read I won’t soon forget. Erin E. Adam’s Jackal was my final read of the month and it was the perfect book to usher in horror season. I am so impressed by this debut. I don’t want to say too much as I should have a review up in the next day or so, but if you like town secrets and monsters in the woods, add this to your TBR. Covers linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than three stars from me.

Other Books I read in September:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

✿ Once Upon a K-Prom by Kat Cho

✿ Hide by Kiersten White

✿ Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater

✿ Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi

✿ Inheritance: A Visual Poem by Elizabeth Acevedo and Andrea Pippins

✿ Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa by Julian Randall

✿ A Girl’s Guide to Love and Magic by Debbie Rigaud

Reviews Posted:

(Covers linked to reviews)

Notable Blog Posts:

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2022 Releases I’m Excited For – Feast your eyes on all these exciting fall releases!

Talk Chisme to Me: On the TBR (Latinx Heritage Month) – Kicked off my Talk Chisme to Me series with a list of books I am aiming to get to this Latinx Heritage Month (I’ve already picked up four of these!)

Talk Chisme to Me: Favorites from the Past Year (Latinx Heritage Month) – It is still LHM, so if you are looking for some recs for the rest of the month, might I suggest taking a look at my favorite reads by Latine authors I’ve picked up over the last year.

Talk Chisme to Me: Book Releases by Latinx Authors – September through December 2022 (Latinx Heritage Month) – Check out my list of 27 new and upcoming releases by Latine authors!

What I Watched/Am Watching:

Hellraiser (1987) – I’m sure I’ve mentioned this on this blog at some point, but I have this deep-seated fear of Pinhead stemming from my childhood when I watched the original movies at probably too young an age. I haven’t seen them since. But then they went and made the new remake of it (coming out October 7th on Hulu!) and I had to watch the trailer. I am very very intrigued. So now here I am, trying to overcome my childhood fear and watching the original movies. I’ve only watched the first one and it didn’t cause too much panic in me, so onward I go…

Suspicious Partner – I am in the middle of Suspicious Partner and am really enjoying it. I am such a sucker for the slow burn and the two leads have some great chemistry. I’m only a tad annoyed at how they portray defense lawyers versus prosecutors.

October Releases I’m Excited For:

(Covers linked to Goodreads.)

Are you excited for Halloween? What are you planning on picking up this October? What was your favorite read in September? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own wrap-up post, so I can visit!

Talk Chisme to Me: Book Releases by Latinx Authors – September through December 2022 (Latinx Heritage Month)

Happy Latinx Heritage Month, friends! We are about half-way through the month and I am picking up some amazing reads. Today I wanted to focus on books by Latine authors being released in this latter part of the year between September and December. Fall always seems to be such a busy time in publishing and I know many of these will end up getting overlooked, so I wanted to take a moment and make sure you know about all the newer releases by Latine authors as well as upcoming ones. Take a peek at these and be sure to add them to your TBR if you find any interesting. Note this is not an exhaustive list, so if you know of other book releases by Latine authors I should know about, I would love to hear about them in the comments. Covers linked to Goodreads or website if not available.

Check out my previous posts in this series for LHM:

Talk Chisme to Me: On the TBR

Talk Chisme to Me: Favorites from the Past Year

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1. Big Chicas Don’t Cry by Annette Chavez Macias

Publication Date: September 1, 2022

2. The Curse of the Spectacle Key by Chantel Acevedo

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

3. Self-Made Boys by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

4. Our Shadows Have Claws edited by Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

5. The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

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6. The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

7. The Family Izquierdo by Rubén Degollado

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

8. Solito by Javier Zamora

Publication Date: September 6, 2022

9. Meet Me Halfway by Anika Fajardo

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

10. How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

11. Iveliz Explains It All by Andrea Beatriz Arango

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

12. Islands Apart by Jasminne Mendez

Publication Date: September 15, 2022

13. You Only Live Once, David Bravo by Mark Oshiro

Publication Date: September 15, 2022

14. Omega Morales and the Legend of La Lechuza by Laekan Zea Kemp

Publication Date: September 27, 2022

15. Cece Rios and the King of Fears by Kaela Rivera

Publication Date: September 27, 2022

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16. The Storyteller’s Death by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Publication Date: October 4, 2022

17. The Lords of Night by J.C. Cervantes

Publication Date: October 4, 2022

18. Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking by Raquel V. Reyes

Publication Date: October 11, 2022

19. On the Hustle by Adriana Herrera

Publication Date: October 11, 2022

20. Undercover Latina by Aya de León

Publication Date: October 11, 2022

21. What the Jaguar Told Her by Alexandra V. Méndez

Publication Date: October 11, 2022

22. Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega and Rose Bousamra

Publication Date: October 18, 2022

23. A Seed in the Sun by Aida Salazar

Publication Date: October 25, 2022

24. Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Carvalho

Publication Date: November 1, 2022

25. The Q by Amy Tintera

Publication Date: November 1, 2022

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26. Where Monsters Lurk & Magic Hides edited by Lauren T. Davila

Publication Date: November 10, 2022

27. Places We Build in the Universe edited by Lauren T. Davila

Publication Date: November 15, 2022

Which book by a Latinx author being released between September and December are you most looking forward to? Are you adding any of these to your TBR? Let’s discuss in the comments!