Monthly Wrap-Up: December ’19

I had high hopes at the beginning of the month that I was going to get through so many books, including some early 2020 ARCs, but I ran into a roadblock and it took me a while to get back on track. In the end I only read five books but three of those were ARCs, so that’s something. I got some really amazing books for Christmas which I can’t wait to share in my book haul post. I also got some amazing book mail from a publisher that I am really excited about. Will be posting about it on IG and Twitter soon. Everyone has been doing decade lists, but I’m over here just tired and ready to turn the page, so don’t expect any of those from me. I did do a statistic-based post which should be coming your way very soon. In January, I am concentrating on taking care of a couple more ARCs and finally getting to some much anticipated reads I have put off.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read this month was Dark and Deepest Red. I always worry that my reviews can never do Anna-Marie McLemore books justice and in the end, I am just hoping to spark enough interest in all of you so you can check out their novels. Each one is a masterpiece in itself. Review for this one coming in the next week or so. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than 3 stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Books I Read, Review Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations – I put together this series on whim and it ended up being a lot of fun. You can check out all my posts and recommendations.

2019 End of the Year Book Survey – I love doing this tag every year. Be sure to check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Releases I’m Excited About – There are so many amazing books on the horizon!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Five-Star Reads of 2019 – Come take a look at my favorite reads this year!

January Releases I’m Excited For:

Which book did you read to close out 2019? What do you have planned as your first read? 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. Happy New Year!

Monthly Wrap-Up: November ’19

I could have sworn that I was flying through this book and that book this November, but when I went to look at my Goodreads shelf, it turns out I only read six books. Not terrible, but I could have sworn I was in the 8 or 9 number range. The most important thing is I started taking care of several ARCs I have on my TBR pile. I’ve already met my Goodreads goal for the year and am just trying to take care of some early 2020 ARCs so I’m not stressed in the new year. For December I will be one of the hosts for Latinx Book Club. We are reading The Resolutions by Mia Garcia and I hope you can join us!

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

Favorite Book This Month:

I am so torn between two five-star reads this month but am going with Realm of Ash because Tasha Suri deserves more recognition. Empire of Sand remains one of my favorite fantasies ever and Realm of Ash was a great companion novel that explored so many concepts that I love. My review for this one will be up in December. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:


It breaks my heart to say that Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez was more disappointing than satisfying. I’m not sure if I will have a full review of this one.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Books I Read, Review (Maybe) Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Off Tangent Thoughts: Thoughts You Have When You See Spoilers – It was my first time joining this meme and I had so much fun sharing some thoughts I have when I come across spoilers.

Kernels of Nonsense: End of the Year TBR – I have a list of books I really want to get to by the end of the year. It’s looking kind of promising so far? We will see.

Off Tangent Thoughts Meme: A Totally Accurate Account of Me Receiving an ARC by My Favorite Author in the Mail – This was such a fun post to put together all about how I finally got my hands on an Anna-Marie McLemore ARC.

Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading Life – Loved looking back and seeing how my reading life has changed over the years since I started blogging.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Been Avoiding and Why – I take comfort in the fact that we all have lists of books we’ve been avoiding.

December Releases I’m Excited For:


Which December releases are you looking forward to? Which book or books do you plan to read before the end of the year? 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.

Monthly Wrap-Up: October ’19

I am a little late with this wrap-up post, but I have the best excuse. Very early November 1st, my new nibling was born! I am now a tía times five. But back to blogging. I have not been the best blogger lately and I’m not letting myself be too stressed about that. However, despite my best efforts, I am starting to panic a little when it comes to books I still need to get to before the year is over. This month I finished up my Latinx Heritage Month series, Talk Chisme to Me, and read eight books which included three rereads (Brooklyn Brujas series and The Gilded Wolves). Also, the Latinx Book Club was interviewed and featured on Forbes online magazine, which is a pretty exciting thing to happen to all of us. You can check out the interview here. Okay, let’s just talk books…

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

Favorite Book This Month:

Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes was so very close to being a five star read for me (am I being stingy with these this year? Maybe so). It’s such a great contemporary and I don’t want to give too much away because I do have a review of this one coming soonish. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

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

Reviews Posted This Month:

Books I Read, Review (Maybe) Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Talk Chisme To Me: Latinx Heritage Month Series

Talk Chisme to Me, Part IV: Biggest Influencers – Do you want to know who has influenced me the most when it comes to my love of Latinx books? Look no further than this list!

Talk Chisme to Me, Part V: Under the Radar Books Added to My TBR – A list of books by Latinx authors that you may have missed out on.

Talk Chisme to Me, Part VI: Looking Ahead at the TBR – What am I planning to read over the next year. Check out my final post in this series to find out.

November Releases I’m Excited For:

 
Which books are you hoping to get to before the end of the year? Have you read any five-star reads lately? 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.

Monthly Wrap-Up: September ’19

As most of you know, I didn’t have a very good month for personal reasons. I won’t be talking about them here, but if you are curious, you can take a look at this post. I’ve come back to blogging to get my mind off of things for a while, so I’ll just be talking books. I somehow was able to finish six books this month and while I haven’t really worked on a lot of new posts, including reviews, my series, Talk Chisme to Me, for Latinx Heritage Month has still been a pleasure to put up. Just a heads up that even though October is here and it’s usually my favorite time of the year where I put together my “October Fright” posts, this year I just do not have the energy to do so. It’s also worth noting here that I am currently running a Twitter giveaway, you can check out the tweet here.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read in September was With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. I listened to the audio book of this one and honestly, if this author narrated all the books, I might forgo reading physical books permanently. Hoping I can find the brain power to write a review of this one. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

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

Books I Read, Review (Maybe) Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Talk Chisme To Me: Latinx Heritage Month Series

Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR – What did I plan to read during Latinx Heritage Month? Take a look at my list!

Talk Chisme to Me, Part II: Favorite Books By Latinx Authors I Read This Past Year – In need of some recommendations, so you can support Latinx authors all year long? Check out this post!

Talk Chisme to Me, Part III: New & Upcoming Releases – This year I have 70+ books on my list, so you have no excuse not to read some books by Latinx authors this upcoming year.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only taking part in one reading challenge. I might just stop updating this challenge because I’ve lost all motivation when it comes to it.

1. The Beat the Backlist Challenge 2019 is hosted by NovelKnight. Nada.

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

October Releases I’m Excited For:

  Which October release are you most excited about? How are you celebrating Latinx Heritage Month? 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.