Talk Chisme to Me: 2020 Latinx Heritage Month TBR

I am so excited about this year’s Latinx Heritage Month. I have a series of posts that will go up every week in celebration. I will also be participating in three different readathons/readalongs throughout the month which I will be talking about below. If you are able, please consider joining us as we celebrate Latinx voices all month long. And as always, please support books by Latinx authors once LHM ends.

Find my annual Twitter giveaway for Latinx Heritage Month here!!!

For Latinx Heritage Month, please consider donating to the Haitian Bridge Alliance, the Black Latina Girls and Women Fund, and the Undocumented Indigenous Fund

Latinx Book Club:

The Latinx Book Club is partnering again with Latinx-a-thon and Latinx Book Bingo for #LatinxLitTakeover. We will all be reading By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery for Latinx Heritage Month. You can find the Latinx Book Club on Twitter here and our Goodreads discussion group here. Graphic is linked to Goodreads.

Latinx Book Bingo TBR:

I am also participating in Latinx Book Bingo again this year. You can find their Twitter account here. I have sixteen books ready for this readathon which takes place September 15th-October 15th. I know I won’t get to them all, but a girl can dream.

Afro-Latinx: Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Lighthearted Story: This Train Is Being Held by Ismée Amiel Williams

Set in/MC from Latin America: Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

Any Book by a Latinx Author: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Backlist Title: Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

Recommended By a Latinx Reader: Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz (recommended to me by Gabi @ Gabi’s Book Reviews)

Nonfiction: Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas by Roberto Lovato

On Cover Rep: You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

Never Before Read Latinx Author: Tight by Torrey Maldonado

Cover with Latinx Flag Colors: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Award-Winning: Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Group Book: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

2020 Release: Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Queer Rep: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Immigrant Story: We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Intersectional MC: We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Latinx-A-Thon TBR:

I will also be participating in Latinx-a-thon which takes place September 15th-24th. You can find them on Twitter here. Here is a list of prompts for this year including the books I will be reading for them.

  1. VOICES – Read a book written by an Indigenous and/or a Black Latinx author: Tight by Torry Maldonado
  2. LATINIDAD – Read a book written by an intersectional Latinx author (gender, sexuality, ability, etc.): Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
  3. ROOTS – Read a translated book or a book prominently featuring more than one language (i.e. with a bilingual MC): Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
  4. HERITAGE – Read a book written by an author from a non-Spanish speaking Latin American country/heritage (i.e. Brazil or Haiti): Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
  5. #LATINXLITTAKEOVER – Group book: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
  6. BONUS: Read books from authors of different heritages.

Latinx Heritage Month Book Fest

Not a readathon, but the Latinx Heritage Month Book Fest, organized by Paola @Guerrerawr is happening this month and I am so excited to check out all the panels. Check out this thread here for a list of all the author and reader panels happening. There are also Instagram and Blog/BookTube challenges, so be sure to check out the book fest’s IG here for all the info. And one more thing…

The Latinx Book Club will be participating in the final panel for the book fest! I am very excited for this, so I hope you all join us October 11th at 5pm est on Jocelyn’s YT channel here.

Will you be joining any of these readathons/readalongs this year for Latinx Heritage Month? Which book by a Latinx authors are you hoping to get to soon?

Talk Chisme to Me, Part VI: Looking Ahead at the TBR

It’s time to say goodbye to Latinx Heritage Month, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have putting it together. Today is the final day to enter my Twitter giveaway, so if you haven’t already, you can do so here. Links to my previous posts in the Talk Chisme to Me series can be found below:

Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR

Talk Chisme to Me, Part II: Favorite Books By Latinx Authors I Read This Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me, Part III: New & Upcoming Releases

Talk Chisme to Me, Part IV: Biggest Influencers

Talk Chisme to Me, Part V: Under the Radar Books Added to My TBR

For this week’s post, I am sharing ten books by Latinx authors I am planning to read in the next year. I will obviously be picking up more, but these are a priority. It’s a mix of backlist books and books that haven’t been released yet. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

TBR Books I’m Planning to Read in the Next Year:

1. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

I’m a failure. I’ve never read Isabel Allende. Judge me if you will. No one will judge me more harshly than myself. I even have this one on my shelf, but I need a bit of extra motivation, so…if you would like to buddy read this with me, let me know in the comments!

2. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

Ek, I’ve had this one for years now and even have it on my Beat the Backlist TBR (I kind of forgot that this is a thing that I’m supposed to actively be working on…whoops). I haven’t seen any reviews of this one in the blogosphere, so hopefully after I read it, I can bring it some much needed attention. 

3. Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older

It’s really sad that I can only think of two MG novels by a Latinx authors that I’ve picked up. I’ve literally bought more in the last year than I’ve read. I might have to ask my niece and nephews to let me borrow all those MG Latinx books I gifted them because I am behind in this department. At the top of my list is Dactyl Hill Squad.

4. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

 How many years has this one been on my TBR? I can tell you. It was ever since I read Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn, which I completely fell in love with. I’ve been meaning to read this and even at one point had it checked out from the library. This year will be the year that I pick up another Meg Medina novel. I might even throw in Merci Suarez while I’m at it. 

5. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Please, people, you know this one is on my list of most anticipated releases by Latinx authors. I somehow by some miracle ended up with a physical ARC of this one. I’ve only dreamed about getting an Anna-Marie McLemore ARC. I also have to boast that I got my hands on an eARC before the physical because Anna-Marie McLemore themselves reach out to me and offered to send it to me. I’m still processing this. **screams internally**

6. Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia

You know I’d read anything written by Anna-Marie McLemore, but the fact that they are collaborating with Tehlor Kay Mejia on this one makes it even more intriguing. I love that it is magical realism because I’m always in desperate need of the genre. I heard there’s a Selena-themed diner involved as well. You can’t see my face right now, but it just lit up.

7. Pheus & Eury by Lilliam Rivera

When I first heard that Lilliam Rivera was doing an Orpheus and Eurydice retelling I just about fell out of my chair. I am ready for all the Latinx retellings and this one sounds dark and haunting and I can’t wait!

8. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X is one of my favorite novels ever and I will be forever grateful that it reintroduced me to poetry. I had the pleasure of reading Acevedo’s sophomore novel With the Fire on High during Latinx Heritage Month and can’t even tell you what this one is about, but can guarantee that I will be prerordering it. 

9. Oculta (A Forgery of Magic, #2) by Maya Motayne

Nocturna was such a pleasant surprise, and I fell head over heels in love with the two lead characters, Finn and Alfie. I’m not sure what Maya Motayne has in store for these two in the sequel, but I am desperate for this one. DESPERATE. I just need to know that Finn and Alfie are okay and that they get to be happy. 

10. Untitled (Brooklyn Brujas, #3) by Zoraida Córdova

I really enjoyed Labyrinth Lost, but absolutely fell in love with this series thanks to Bruja Born. It’s now been over a year since the second book and I am hungry for the final book in the series. I need more series about Latinx sisters and Latinx witches.

Have you read or are planning to read any of these? Which 2020 release by a Latinx author are you most looking forward to? Let’s talk in the comments!

Talk Chisme to Me, Part V: Under the Radar Books Added to My TBR

Happy Latinx Heritage Month! Join me September 15th through October 15th as I celebrate Latinx authors with a post every Sunday in my series, Talk Chisme to Me. You can also enter my Twitter giveaway in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. Simply head on over here. If you missed any of my previous posts, I’ve linked them below:

Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR

Talk Chisme to Me, Part II: Favorite Books By Latinx Authors I Read This Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me, Part III: New & Upcoming Releases

Talk Chisme to Me, Part IV: Biggest Influencers

For this week’s post, I am sharing ten backlist books that I discovered this year and have added to my TBR. These are books by Latinx authors that haven’t gotten a lot of hype, but I am hoping you add a few of these to your own TBR. I’m also adding a couple of 2019 releases that I don’t think have gotten a lot of attention. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

Under the Radar Books Added to the TBR:

1. Secrets of the Casa Rosada by Alex Temblador

      “Sixteen-year-old Martha and her mother move constantly, never staying anywhere for long. So she knows better than to ask if they’ve been evicted again when her mom says they’re going on a “vacation” to meet the grandmother Martha didn’t know existed.
      Laredo, Texas, is like no other city she has seen. Driving past businesses with Spanish names and colorfully painted houses with burnt lawns, Martha can’t imagine her mother living somewhere so … Mexican. At her grandmother’s pink house, she’s shocked and hurt when her mom abandons her, even though a part of her had been expecting it.
      Suddenly Martha must deal with a way of life that is completely foreign. Her grandmother doesn’t speak English, so communication is difficult, and she’s not the typical, sweet grandma who dotes on her grandchildren. Even weirder, it turns out that her grandmother is revered as a healer, or curandera. And there are tons of cousins, aunts and uncles all ready to embrace her!
      At her new school, Martha can’t be anonymous like before because everyone knows she’s Doña González’s granddaughter. Meanwhile, a girl who has it out for her makes things unpleasant. As Martha struggles to adjust to her new life, she can’t help but wonder why her mother left Laredo. No one is willing to discuss it, so she’ll have to unravel the secret herself.”

2. All the Stars Denied by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

      “In a companion novel to her critically acclaimed Shame the Stars, Guadalupe Garcia McCall tackles the hidden history of the United States and its first mass deportation event that swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression.”

3. Halsey Street by Naima Coster

      “A modern-day story of family, loss, and renewal, Halsey Street captures the deeply human need to belong—not only to a place but to one another.
      Penelope Grand has scrapped her failed career as an artist in Pittsburgh and moved back to Brooklyn to keep an eye on her ailing father. She’s accepted that her future won’t be what she’d dreamed, but now, as gentrification has completely reshaped her old neighborhood, even her past is unrecognizable. Old haunts have been razed, and wealthy white strangers have replaced every familiar face in Bed-Stuy. Even her mother, Mirella, has abandoned the family to reclaim her roots in the Dominican Republic. That took courage. It’s also unforgivable.
      When Penelope moves into the attic apartment of the affluent Harpers, she thinks she’s found a semblance of family—and maybe even love. But her world is upended again when she receives a postcard from Mirella asking for reconciliation. As old wounds are reopened, and secrets revealed, a journey across an ocean of sacrifice and self-discovery begins.
      An engrossing debut, Halsey Street shifts between the perspectives of these two captivating, troubled women. Mirella has one last chance to win back the heart of the daughter she’d lost long before leaving New York, and for Penelope, it’s time to break free of the hold of the past and start navigating her own life.”

4. Maria the Wanted and the Legacy of Keepers by V. Castro

      “‘Word started to get around there was a new enforcer in town. No one knew if she was a demon or an angel, perhaps a mythical mix of both. Maybe the woman in the black hat was one of the old gods that wandered this land before the lash of the cross was introduced. The only thing anyone knew was that no human could run from their devious deeds if Maria and her fist caught you in their sights.’ -Maria The Wanted
      Maria is a wanted woman. She’s wanted by an Aztec trafficker, a cartel boss, the people she fights for, and now the devil she can’t resist.
      Her journey begins as a would-be immigrant turned vampire, until the injustices of the world turn her into something else. She’s not just out for blood, she wants answers.”

5. Westwood Monster Patrol by Andrea Beatriz Arango

      “What would YOU do if you found a dismembered hand in the woods behind your house?
      Ash, Talib, Josefina, Marimar, and Alejandro are pretty used to the not-so-great aspects of life at the Westwood Trailer Park. What they’re not used to is having dead bodies pop up so close to home. Although they’re each dealing with their own complicated problems, they put these aside in order to track down a grisly killer. As the teens delve deeper into a world of haunting visions, bibliomancy, poke tattoos, and even a demon, they are forced to contend with a reality that may be a bit wilder than they anticipated. When one of their own is taken, will they manage to pull together their makeshift crime team and save the day?”

6. Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy

      “Eleven-year-old Carolina’s summer–and life as she knows it–is upended when Papi loses his job, and she and her family must move from Puerto Rico to her Tía Cuca and Uncle Porter’s house in upstate New York. Now Carolina must attend Silver Meadows camp, where her bossy older cousin Gabriela rules the social scene.
      Just as Carolina worries she’ll have to spend the entire summer in Gabriela’s shadow, she makes a friend of her own in Jennifer, a fellow artist. Carolina gets another welcome surprise when she stumbles upon a long-abandoned cottage in the woods near the campsite and immediately sees its potential as a creative haven for making art. There, with Jennifer, Carolina begins to reclaim the parts of the life she loved in Puerto Rico and forget about how her relationship with Mami has changed and how distant Papi has become.
      But when the future of Silver Meadows and the cottage is thrown into jeopardy, Carolina and–to everyone’s surprise–Gabriela come up with a plan to save them. Will it work?”

7. Other: A Collection of Poetry For the Lovelorn Outcast by Elizabeth Reyes-Duiguid

      “OTHER is a collection of poems that tackles topics such as love, loneliness, and fear. It’s for when you’re feeling ignored, small, set aside or otherwise outcasted. It’s for when you need reminding that you are not alone.
      In this collection, Elizabeth Reyes-Diuguid shares decade old experiences and celebrates, and honors those emotional moments in the past that lead to success, love, and joy like she couldn’t imagine when these pieces were written. Now her words plant a seed of hope for the reader that they too can go from moments of sorrow to true joy. A lot can change in a decade. “

8. Plastic Wings by C.T. Callahan

      “When seven-year-old Evie Weiss discovers a strange, sickly boy in her otherwise familiar forest, she has no idea what it holds for her world. He is a dark angel, one of a race of humanoid beings that feed on humanity and tear Evie’s world down around her. Years later, as humanity mounts a counter-attack against the dark angels, Evie remembers the boy in the forest and finds herself torn between her loyalty to her own people and feelings of compassion for these strange creatures that first captivated her as a child. It is the quest of one girl to unite two worlds so separated by war, but how can she close the gap between two races so determined to hate each other?”

9. The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel

      “Quijana is a girl in pieces. One-half Guatemalan, one-half American: When Quijana’s Guatemalan cousins move to town, her dad seems ashamed that she doesn’t know more about her family’s heritage. One-half crush, one-half buddy: When Quijana meets Zuri and Jayden, she knows she’s found true friends. But she can’t help the growing feelings she has for Jayden. One-half kid, one-half grown-up: Quijana spends her nights Skyping with her ailing grandma and trying to figure out what’s going on with her increasingly hard-to-reach brother. In the course of this immersive and beautifully written novel, Quijana must figure out which parts of herself are most important, and which pieces come together to make her whole. This lyrical debut from Rebecca Balcárcel is a heartfelt poetic portrayal of a girl growing up, fitting in, and learning what it means to belong.”

10. Seventh Born by Monica Sanz

      “Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.
      Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.
      The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.”

Have you heard of any of these books? Any of these pique your interest? Which under the radar books by Latinx authors have you added to your TBR recently? Let’s discuss in the comments.

Talk Chisme to Me, Part IV: Biggest Influencers

Happy Latinx Heritage Month! Here on the blog, I am celebrating with a series called Talk Chisme to Me, which aims to highlight Latinx authors and their books. I am also running a Twitter giveaway, you can head on over here for all the info. For those who might have missed it, here are links to my previous posts in this series:

Talk Chisme to Me, Part I: The TBR

Talk Chisme to Me, Part II: Favorite Books By Latinx Authors I Read This Past Year

Talk Chisme to Me, Part III: New & Upcoming Releases

I owe so much of my passion for Latinx books to some amazing people in the book community. If you told me five years ago when I first started blogging that there would be a vast array of Latinx bloggers, authors, publishing folk advocating daily for more Latinx books, I would have regarded the comment pessimistically. I am so grateful to be a part of this particular group of Latinx bookish people and can’t wait to meet more of you. In this post I am giving a shout out to the biggest influencers in my life as a Latinx blogger. In no particular order…

1. Claribel Ortega – Probably the one person I associate most with book Twitter and advocating for more diverse books is Claribel. They are also the creator of the podcast Write or Die with Kat Cho, which I’ve enjoyed listening to so much. For anyone who wants to get into the publishing business, it’s a wonderful resource for a behind the scenes look. Find Claribel on Twitter here and website for their upcoming debut, Ghost Squad, here.

2. Tehlor Kay Mejia – I’ve been following Tehlor for years now and have admired her advocacy. Her debut, We Set the Dark on Fire, which focuses on two Latina characters falling in love in a fantasy/dystopian setting was a breath of fresh air. These are the kind of books that you don’t often see Latinx writers able to write and I am really looking forward to all the other books she puts forth throughout her career. Find Tehlor on Twitter here and her website here.

3. Latinx in Kid Lit – A few year ago when I was looking to pick up more books by Latinx authors, this was one of my most important resources. They keep a list of books by and about Latinx people. Find them on Twitter here and their website here.

4. Adriana – Creator of #ReadLatinx, Adriana is one of the most hardworking bloggers out there. She’s passionate about Latinx books and there are so many that I wouldn’t have known existed without her advocacy. She’s incredibly informative because of her hard work and is always helpful. I feel really lucky to have gotten to know her this year. Find her on Twitter here; her blog Boricua Reads; and her new website which house all the amazing interviews she’s been doing for Latinx Heritage Month and information on Sensitivity Reads here.

5. David Bowles – I have learned so much following David’s Twitter account. He is always so informative and pushes me to think differently about topics. If I had to pay to follow him, I would do it. He has such a vast array of literature to his name and I for one am looking forward to learning more from him. Find David on Twitter here and on his website here.

6. Las Musas – If you haven’t heard of this group made up of new Latinx authors on the MG and YA scene, you need to follow them now. I love how supportive they are of one another, but how they are also lifting up up-and-coming writers as well. They just launched a mentorship program for Latinx writers and I’m excited to see how these new faces shape the publishing scene. Find them on Twitter here and their blog here.

7. Latinx Book Club – This is a project I didn’t know I needed in my life. When Cande @ Latinx Magic sent out the bat signal for potential cohosts for this, I never imagined how quickly I would grow so fond of those in the group. Working so closely with everyone has been incredibly rewarding. You can find us on Twitter here and on our blog here. Special shout out to all my cohosts:

Cande – Twitter: @iamrainbou; Blog: Latinx Magic

Caro – Twitter: @santanareads; Blog: Santana Reads ; Also check out their new book tour project Sazón Book Tours, which focuses on Latinx books and book bloggers.

Dani – Twitter: @metamorphodani; Blog: Metamorphoreader

Jocelyn – Twitter: @joceraptor; YouTube Channel: yogiwithabook

Sofia – Twitter: @sofiainbookland; Blog: Bookish Wanderess

8. Latinx Squad gc – I joined this group chat only a few months ago and being a part of it has done wonders for me. I love having a place to vent if I have to without judgment. I love how supportive everyone is of one another. I can’t remember what life was like before this gc was born. I can’t name everyone, but you all know who you are and I love you 💕💕💕

9. Anna-Marie McLemore – Shout out to the one author who continually puts out content that makes me feel seen. If I had to choose only one author I could read for the rest of my life, it would be them. Anna-Marie McLemore has gone out of their way to make sure I got an ARC of their upcoming release and I will be forever grateful to have these kinds of authors in the community who see bloggers and appreciate them even when it feels like publishers do not.

10. Latinxbookbingo and @latinxathon – This year I am participating in both of these events for Latinx Heritage Month. The Latinx Book Club is also working with both groups as we read The Grief Keeper by Alexander Villasante this month, which we are calling #LatinxLitTakeover. I’m so glad we were able to organize this because it can sometimes feel like the Latinx bookish community is so small, but when we work together, I think we can do amazing things. I am really looking forward to any future events these groups do together.

**Special Note #1: I wasn’t able to include everyone, but want to make a quick shout out to Latinx in Publishing, We Need Diverse Books, The Bronx is Reading who are all out here doing the work of bringing diverse reads, including those by Latinx writers, to the community.**

**Special Note #2: Hey, if you’re a Latinx blogger and I don’t follow you on Twitter, I want to make sure I do, so drop your handle in the comments!***