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!

Talk Chisme to Me: Favorites from the Past Year (Latinx Heritage Month)

I am so excited to bring you today’s Talk Chisme to Me post. This blog series is dedicated to uplifting books by Latine/e authors during Latinx Heritage Month. Whether you are looking for a recommendation for this month or looking to add some more books by Latinx authors to your TBR, you can’t go wrong with any of these. These are the books I’ve read over the past year that have really stood out to me and which I would recommend in a heartbeat. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Check out my previous posts in this series for LHM:

Talk Chisme to Me: On the TBR

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1. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland – I read this one way back last October and it has really stuck with me nearly a year later. It has some of the most beautiful prose I’ve come across. I loved its discussion on religion, fatphobia, and abuse. It’s not a light read, but it’s done in such a beautiful and heartfelt way, it’s hard not to feel moved. Read my review here.

2. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado – I literally fell in love with this one the moment I started it. Charlie’s voice is so distinct. I can’t praise Maldonado enough for capturing it so well. I loved that Charlie is a really flawed character, that she struggles with things like jealousy. This one forces its MC to take a hard look at various relationships in her life while also giving her room to grow as an individual. Read my review here.

3. The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera – I read both of Higuera’s middle grade novels last year and she immediately became one of my favorite middle grade authors as a result. The Last Cuentista is the middle grade dystopian novel I wish I had as a kid. I was so moved by how powerful this story was and particularly loved the MC’s resilient spirit. It also made me cry like a big baby. Read my review here.

4. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez – If there is one book from my list that I wish I could make everyone read, it would probably be this one. Powerful and heartbreaking, this story about three Guatemalan teens trying desperately to make their way to the U.S. feels all too real. Read my review here.

5. The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes – My favorite read from 2022 is The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School. Reyes explores homophobia in both Catholic and Latinx communities, and its effect on mental health. I especially enjoyed the MC’s relationship with her brother which is full of ups and downs, but their love for each other comes through so fiercely. Review coming soon.

6. Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie – Quiet books don’t often get the attention they deserve. Ophelia After All does so many things well. It depicts a friend group that is undergoing internal conflict and an MC exploring her queer identity for the first time. It’s a really great portrayal of how hard friendship is, but in the end felt like a hug you need at the end of a really long day. Read my review here.

7. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I say this all the time, but Silvia Moreno-Garcia can literally write everything. I love that her writing portfolio is so varied that I can recommend one of her books based on an individual’s genre preference. And SMG is so darn good at writing everything. The Daughter of Doctor Moreau will appeal to sci-fi readers who enjoy fresh looks at classic stories. There are so many interesting themes to explore in this one from colonization to ethics in science. Read my review here.

8. Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore – The year I don’t list an Anna-Marie McLemore book as one of my favorites is probably the year that they didn’t release one. I am consistently in awe of McLemore ability to move me to tears with beautiful prose, honest storytelling, and a gentle message of hope. Review coming soon.

9. What’s Coming to Me by Francesca Padilla – One Latinx debut author who really stood out to me this year was Francesca Padilla. What’s Coming to Me felt like a really unique story as I don’t see a lot of YA books tackle poverty and anticipatory grief. I appreciated seeing a messy MC who doesn’t always make great decisions because at the end of the day, she is just trying to survive. Read my review here.

10. Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega – I just finished this one a few weeks ago and am just completely in love with it. I love how magical this world is, appreciated that Ortega didn’t shy away from exploring the darker side of this world, and enjoyed seeing friendship bloom between three young Witchlings. Review coming soon.

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 them up? Let’s discuss in the comments!