I had a lot of fun writing the post about 9 Books with Bisexual Female Characters and I decided to make this a kind of series that I will be posting on my blog. Every monday (Today I’m posting it a bit late, but in Colombia is still monday!), I will talk about 9 books that have representation for a minority/marginalized group. Today, I will talk about 9 books with latinx characters: 5 books that I read and loved and 4 books that I want to read.
BOOKS I HAVE READ AND LOVED
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson was the first fantasy book I ever read that had latinx characters. Fantasy has always been my favorite genre and finding characters in a fantasy world that I could relate to meant the world to me. Here’s a really old post where I talk about 10 reason to read this book.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova has a bisexual latinx main character (#ownvoices, the author is latinx, as well) and it has an incredible world and magic system based on different believe system and cultures from Latinamerican countries. I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns 2 years ago or more and it took me until December of 2016 -when I read Labyrinth Lost- to see myself represented in a positive way in a book again, because of that, this book has a really special place with me.
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera: This is my favorite book of 2016, I love that the main character in this book is Latinx and queer (#ownvoices!) and I love the fact that this books deals with a lot of importatnt subjects related to intersectional feminism. I know now that there’s one line in this book that it’s harmful to native readers and I did notice that when I read it and then completely forgot about it and that it’s a huge mistake on my part. I just wanted all of you to know that.
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez This book portraits depression through the stories of two main characters that experience this mental illness in very different ways and that it’s definitely the thing that makes this book unique, as well as incredibly important. This book does not only represent mental illness, there’s different kinds of diversity represented including a latinx main characters. Also, this is #ownvoices since the author is also latinx. Here’s my review.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe by Benajmin Alire Saénz: I remember loving this book so much when I read it; it has two latinxs male main characters and they are gay and I remember that I reread the last scene so many times after finishing it because Ari and Dante are so cute together. I really wanted to have this on this list because there’s not enough latinx male characters on it, I just tend to read mainly books with female main characters.
BOOKS I WANT TO READ
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: I have been hearing about this book for so long and I still haven’t read it, I really need to fix that. This is a really short book about a Latina girl growing up in Chicago and it’s #ownvoices.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: I have heard nothing but great things about this one, I read the dedication and the first page recently and it made me really want to read it, because the writing style is beautiful. Also, I know this book has a latinx main character and a trans Pakistani main character and it’s #ownvoices because the author is latinx.
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez: I added this book on Goodreads so long ago, because Roxane Gay gave it a great rating and wrote a lovely review. I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. I know this is about a neighborhood where a group of latinxs immigrants live and also that it’s #ownvoices because the author is also latinx.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez: I only found out about this one recently, the release date is October 17th 2017 and I can’t wait to read it. In the synopsis this book is compared to Jane the Virgin and I’m sold, defenitily reading this one. Also, #ownvoices!
Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with latinx main characters?
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