Latinx Heritage Month TBR

 

Lat (1)¡Hola, mi gente! Did you know that from September 15 to October 15 National Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated? I did not know this and if it wasn’t for Twitter I never would have found out. This made me wonder how many latinx books I’ve read this year and the answer is 10 out of the 65 and two of them were reread!!!! This is unacceptable! So to celebrate my heritage and fix this I am going to participate in two latinx readathons and those are latinx book bingo and latinxathon. This will be challenging ’cause in a month I don’t read enough books to fit every prompt and even doubling up, I’ll probably won’t be able to get to all of them BUT half the fun is trying, right?

Latinxathon (from Sept 15 to Sept 25)

  • Voices: Read a book written by an Indigenous or Afro-Latinx author.

For this one, I’m reading an anthology called The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States edited by Edwidge Danticat. I once took a class called The Caribbean Experience in Literature and since then I’ve been meaning to read more Caribbean literature. I’ve also been meaning to learn more about the lives and history of our neighbors and this will be the perfect way to do so. I’m hopeful that this will be the book that motivates me to read more Caribbean literature.

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  •  LATINIDAD: Read a book written by an intersectional Latinx author (gender, sexuality, ability, etc.)

For this one, I’m reading What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. Even though Becky Albertalli is cis, white and straight, I’m still counting it because Adam Silvera is Puerto Rican and queer.

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  •  ROOTS: Read a translated book or a book prominently featuring more than one language (i.e. with a bilingual MC)

For this one, I’m reading Fever Dreams by Samanta Schwebling. This was originally written in Spanish and was translated to English by Megan McDowell. This a horror novel and horror is a genre I’ve been meaning to get to. The problem is that I never know where to start looking for books especially for those starring people of colors. Then I saw a booktuber (I can’t remember who) mention this book and what it was about and I knew that I had to give it a try. Fingers crossed that I’ll like it.

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  • HERITAGE: Read a book written by an author from a non-Spanish speaking Latin American country/heritage (i.e. Brazil or Haiti)

For this one, I’m doubling up and using The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States edited by Edwidge Danticat. This anthology mixes essays, memoirs, poetry, etc in a way that it helps you understand the Haitian experience as immigrants in the United States. It might be a little out of my comfort zone but I’m still very excited.

The group book is The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante. I’m very excited for this book because I believe there’s a f/f romance and I’m always on the look for f/f romance with latinx main characters.

Book Bingo (Sept 15 to Oct 15)

  • Any book by a latinx author

For this one, I’m doubling up and reading The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante. Again, a queer latinx book? Hell yeah!

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  • Out of your comfort zone

This one is another double up—there’s a lot of that—as for I’ll be reading Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin and translated by Megan McDowell to complete the challengeLike I mentioned before I don’t read horror. It’s not because it scares me because I don’t get scared easily but because I just don’t know if I’ll like the genre. But after reading Pet Sematary by Stephen King I decided that I truly need to give it a chance even if it’s out of my comfort zone.

  • Fat rep

This one is very important to me as I am fat myself but sadly I had to ask for recommendations because I couldn’t think of a single latinx book with fat rep. Thanks to Adriana (link to her blog) who recommended me, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero and that’s what I’ll be reading. It sounds really good and slightly heart-hitting which I always love in books.

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  • Rec’d by a latinx reader

For this one, I’m stuck between reading The Resolutions by Mia Garcia or Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno. Both are well-loved by Adriana (@boricuareads on Twitter) and I trust her recommendations. At the end of the day, it all depends on how I’m doing with my other books and audiobooks. If I finish all the audiobooks before the month ends then I’ll probably pick up Don’t Date Rosa Santos since it’s on Scribd.

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  • Intersectional mc

Another one I’m doubling up. For this one I’ll be using  What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. I love Adam Silvera and he’s one of my favorite authors so I’m excited to get to this one. I haven’t heard great things but it’s Adam Silvera and I can’t just ignore his books that’s a sin in my book.

  • On cover rep

For this one, I’m going on a hunch and say The Resolutions by Mia Garcia. I do not know if the people on the covers are latinx but that’s the only one I could think of. I actually might double up on this one if I choose this book for “Rec’d by a latinx reader” but I’ll decide during the month.

  • Backlist title

For this one, I chose When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore since this book was published in 2016. I enjoyed The Weight of Feathers but I’m having a hard time getting through Blanca & Roja so I don’t know where in the spectrum this book will fall. I’m not a fan of her writing style but I own the book so I should at least give it a try, it won’t kill me.

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  • Group Book

This readathon has the same group book as the latinxathon so I’m going to attempt to read it during that week. If you can’t remember the book is The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante. This is one of the books I will definitely read. I HAVE to read it.

  • AfroLatinx mc

This one I’m extremely excited about because I believe it’s an urban fantasy with a Puerto Rican main character who’s also AfroLatinx and I am Puerto Rican with afrolatinx heritage. The book is called Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older.

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  • New to you author 

Another double up in this case with the book I just mentioned aka The Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older. As a Puerto Rican one of my goals in life is to read as many books with Puerto Rican representation as I can find which is why discovering some always makes me happy.

  • Non-trad format

Okay, so this TBR should be called I use the same books for both readathons’ prompts because I keep doubling up and this time with When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. I will read the ebook version because even though I read a lot of ebooks, it’s technically a non-traditional format. Fight me!

  • Non-fiction

So I’m assuming that poetry counts as non-fiction so I’m choosing Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva. I discovered this on Scribd and have been meaning to get to it but haven’t. Now I have a reason to. I mean, it just sounds so good. But if I can’t get to it I can always use The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States edited by Edwidge Danticat.

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Well, that’s my Latinx Heritage Month TBR. I’m extremely nervous but also excited. Are you participating in any of these readathons? Let me know down below.

HAPPY READINGS!

4 thoughts on “Latinx Heritage Month TBR

  1. Sooo I have a whole shelf of Queer Bruja novels that I think I’m gonna binge through in honor of this month. Thanks for the update wilmy!

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  2. I love your tbr! Peluda is an amazing book and I really enjoyed it. And When the moon was ours is a new favorite for sure. Hope you have a wonderful reading month!

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