November 2021 Wrap Up: I’m back and I’m reading lots of romance

Hi everyone! I’m back! or I hope that I’m back. I spent most of this year in a reading slump, it goes away, and then it comes back and I hate it. And as usual, when I’m in a reading slump it translates into a blogging slump too, so that’s why I haven’t been posting consistently. Also, I’m so tired from my job most of the time that I don’t feel up to blogging. But right now, I do feel like blogging so I’m going to take advantage of that.

In this post, I will talk about 2 books I read in the last week of October, which were Dead Beat and Things have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke (the rest of my October reads are in my Latinx Book Bingo Wrap Up), and about the 7 books I read in November. As someone who was reading about 16 books a month at the beginning of the year, it pains me that the number of books that I read in a month keeps dropping lower and lower, but that’s just how it it right now.

Without further ado, here are the books:

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (5 stars): I LOVED THIS! I usually don’t find that many books funny, but this book actually made me laugh out loud a few times. I really liked both of the main characters, the romance was great, it was a slow burn (in that great way that has you screaming at the character to get together already) and the whole fake dating plotline put them in a bunch of slightly awkward but full of sexual tension situations. Also, it had some good steamy moments.

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker (5 stars): I LOVED both of the main characters in Battle Royal, this book included the sunshine/grumpy trope in all its glory, they had so much chemistry but also from very early on the deeper connection was evident. I love how mature the relationship in Lucy Parker feels and how she manages to write books with relationships that don’t have too much drama and angst, but that is still interesting. The writing in this was really good and the book as a whole was funny and entertaining. Obviously, the whole plot with the royals was a bit unbelievable and unrealistic, but it was fun and I didn’t really care if it was something that would never happen in real life.

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory ( 4 stars): I loved the main characters, their connection and chemistry were fantastic, it has some good steamy moments, and I appreciated the good mental health rep as well as the fact that this book shows therapy in a very positive light.

Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams (3,7 stars): I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun reading experience and the romance was sweet. But the more I think about it, the more little issues I have with it. I really liked Vlad and Elena as the main characters. I enjoyed the little glimpses of Vlad and Elena being friends before they got married and I wanted more of that, just to understand how they fell in love in the first place. They were so sweet together and the sexual tension was definitely there too, but there was no real conflict or reason why they could be together. I feel like Lyssa Kay Adams tends to put too many elements in her books to have more drama or to make up for the fact that there’s no real conflict. And things can end up feeling forced, rushed, or like they don’t make sense. 

Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev (3.5 stars): I really enjoy Sonali Dev’s writing and I love the world she created for this series, with this big, wild family at the center of it. I liked both of the main characters, and I could see the tension and angst between them. Nonetheless, I had a hard time believing that they were not over one kiss and a few hours of conversation that happened 10 years ago. Also, I love slow burns, but they took so long to get together and the story definitely dragged a lot in the second half.

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria (3.5 stars): I want it to love this but sadly it was just ok for me. I have discovered this year that second chance romances where the main characters are reunited after a long time (10 years in this case) without seeing each other, and before parting ways they only had a day or night or a short period of time together, don’t work for me. I thought this was going to be different since they were best friends for a long time before something romantic happened between them, but we only see a little bit of them being friends, so the friends to lovers element wasn’t really there for me. I did like both of the main characters, I enjoyed Gabe’s storyline with his family and his character development, I enjoyed the fake dating aspect of this, and the steaminess was great too. But, while I did enjoy it more towards the end, the romance never quite worked for me.

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (3,5 stars): In the beginning, this book felt a little repetitive and formulaic. Still, there was some character development, which I appreciated. In the second part, when we learned more about what’s happening in the war against the red court, the book gets more interesting. I hope to see Harry more involved with the conflict that it’s affecting the magical world and I feel like that’s the direction the series is taking. I liked seeing the development in Harry and Thomas’ relationship and Butter was also a good side character. As with most of the books in this series, I wish Murphy was in this more. Lastly, I don’t know where the whole storyline with the demon?/goddess? is going, but I’m intrigued.

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca (4 stars): In the beginning, this was a very bizarre story and it escalated quickly to being gross, disturbing, and even more bizarre. The way the story is told, through emails and chat conversations, left me feeling very intrigued about one of the characters, I wanted to know more about her because she is so mysterious in her messages and emails.

Los Abismos (The Abysses) by Pilar Quintana (4 stars): there’s not an English translation of this book yet, but if you can read Spanish, give it a chance! This is a quick and easy read, beautifully written without being too flowery or pretentious. A slice of life story with a very open ending told from the perspective of a little girl. At its core, it’s a story about women that feel trapped in their own lives and can’t see a way out, as well as the ups and downs of mental illness. And, even if it’s told by a child, it manages to address these topics in a powerful way without shying away from hard moments.

What is your favorite and least favorite book of November? Was November a good reading month for you?

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Hyped 2021 Releases: will I read them? should I read them?

Hi everyone! I share a few posts liked this in 2020, I had so much fun putting them together and I’m not sure why I stopped, but now they are back. The idea is that I’ll tell you whether I’m planning to read the hyped releases on this list or if I’m not plannig to read them, and I’m hoping you’ll tell me if maybe there’s a book that I’m not planning to read but that you think I should. Also, I would love to know if you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy one of the book I’m planning to read.

The books I included on this post are books released between August and October 2021 that I haven’t read but that I have heard a lot of people talk about and that already have over 1000 ratings on Goodreads. Also, I only chose books that are not a sequels or companion novels to books that I read before because it’s very likely that I’ll read those books.

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Release date: September 28, 2021

I’m on the fence about this one, I had never heard about this book until it came out and suddenly everyone was reading it. I immediately added it on goodreads because everyone was loving it but there’s something about it that makes me think I won’t like it. Mainly because I struggle with books about second-chance romances, I either love them or dislike them.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Release date: September 14th 2021

I’m for sure reading this, all the romance booktububers and bloggers that I trust have LOVED this, so I’m like 99.9% certain that I will enjoy it. Also, the whole grumpy/sunshine dynamic is one I love in books and I have heard this is really steamy, which is always a plus. I would be extremely shocked if I ended up not liking this.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune

Release date: September 21st 2021 

I’m nervious to read this, but I still think I’ll give it a chance. I LOVED The House in the Cerulean Sea, it was one of my favorite books of last year, so of course Under the Whispering Door was a highly anticipated release for me. Nonetheless, I haven’t heard the first person I follow and trust say they loved this, from what I have seen people either didn’t like it or thougth it was just ok.

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

Release date:  August 17th 2021

I’ll definitely read it. Not only does this book sound incredible, but I also LOVED Headliners, which is another book by Lucy Parker. Besides that, this includes the grumpy meets sushine and rivals to lovers tropes, which are two of my favorites.

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

Release date:  September 7th 2021 

I’m going to read it. I added this book to my tbr since it was announced because I have loved other books by Zoraida Córdova, but it didn’t sound like the type of book I enjoyed so it wasn’t high on my priority list. Nonetheless, so many people are reading this and loving it, so I’m excited to give it a chance. Also, I have found out more about this book now that it’s out and I’m really intrigued.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

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Release date:  September 7th 2021

I don’t think I’ll read this. I keep hearing about Sally Rooney’s books, people seem to either love them or hate them, and I have a feeling that I will be on the hate them camp based on what I have heard about them. I’m still a little tempted for the chance that I might end up loving them.

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty

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Release date: September 14th 2021

I don’t know if I’ll read this. It sounds really good but I don’t often read domestic thrillers, even if they sound interesting I never end up picking them up. But at the same time, when I do pick them up I usually end up enjoy them, which was the case with Big Little Lies. So I think I’d probably enjoy this book but I don’t think I’ll have the motivation to pick it up anytime soon.

My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

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Release date: August 31st 2021 

I don’t think I’ll read this. I thought this book sounded really good when I first heard about it and everyone seemed so excited for it that I was getting excited too. But after its release, most people are saying this book is really boring and it doens’t live up to its great concept and that is making me really scared of reading it. Especially since I read a Stephen Graham Jones novella and didn’t like it that much and I dfn’ed one of his books.

Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney

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Release date: September 7th 2021

I’m nervous about this one, but I’m leaning towards reading it. As I said before, I don’t often read domestic thrillers, nonetheless, this sounds like an isolated mystery and those are my favorite kind of mystery, so I’m intrigued. Also, I have heard so many good things about it.

Out of the books I’m not planning to read, is there any that you think I should pick up?

Out of the books I’m planning to read, , is there any that I should prioritize or maybe one you wouldn’t recommend?

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Latinx Book Bingo Wrap Up | Latinx Heritage Month 2021

Hi everyone! The fourth round of the Latinx Book Bingo has come to an end, I had so much fun hosting this year and I’m so grateful and happy becuase so many people participated. I love seeing people reading and enjoying books by Latinx authors.

For my part, I managed to read 13 books for this readathon and even if I was 3 books short of my goal, I found some amazing books and some incredible authors that I can’t wait to read more books from.

Here are some of my thoughts on the books I read for the Latinx Book Bingo:

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez (4.5 stars): This book does a good job of commenting on subjects like poverty, addiction, feminicide, police brutality, and so much more, through a gothic lens and with a touch of paranormal elements (a lot of them related to Argentinian folklore). Most of the stories are disturbing and quietly eerie, some with grotesque moments, some transmitting very well the sense of dread and fear of the characters, and a lot of them with spooky and mysterious circumstances. The author leaves the resolution of a lot of the stories up to the reader’s imagination, so it feels like they end quite abruptly, which is a bit jarring but ends up working really well to maintain the sense of uneasiness that the stories create.

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (4 stars): This was very atmospheric, it was disorienting and trippy because the story is told by a confused, feverish woman, and the book makes the reader feel the frustration of the main character, Amanda, with this very intense and strange little kid who is very pushy and vague with his answers. Beyond that, Samantha Schweblin does a good job of commenting on the use of pesticides in Argentina and its effect on the land, the water, the animals, and the people, but adding a paranormal element that it’s never quite explained but that adds to the weirdness and creepiness of the story. 

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (4 stars): This was such an unsettling short story collection, it was weird, unique, powerful, and thought-provoking. It was full of interesting concepts, beautiful writing, and stories that had a lot to say about the experiences of women and the bodies that they live in, the things that are done to their bodies, the way their bodies are viewed and perceived, and the meanings that are assigned to their bodies, both by themselves and others.

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (4 stars): This is a book about the varied struggles and perseverance of different Latinx undocumented Americans. It’s a book about their experiences, mixed with the author’s own experiences of being undocumented and having undocumented parents, and it’s told in a very casual tone. This book does a great of showing how wildly different the experiences of being an undocumented American are and how the effects of undocumented vary from person to person. The author talks about the undocumented immigrants’ experiences with access to healthcare, work opportunities and conditions, old age and retirement, education and so much more.My only issue with this is that there was something about the writing style that didn’t completely work for me. I think it had to do with the author’s voice.

Her Night with Santa by Adriana Herrera (4 stars): This is smut and it’s great smut. For such a short novella, Adriana Herrera manages to give us compelling characters, an instant connection and tons of chemistry between the characters, and a lot of very steamy scenes. This was a fast, fun and steamy read

One Week to Claim It All by Adriana Herrera (4 stars): This was so fun, dramatic (in telenovela style) and steamy. The main characters had a lot of chemistry and they were easy to root for. My one issue is that the heroine forgot quite easily (before she knew the truth) about what he did to her, which didn’t seem realistic when she has been angry at him for 10 years, but I didn’t mind it too much.

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera (3,5 stars): I struggled a lot with the first half of this book because the main character, Lupe, is not necessarily a likeable character. For a big portion of this book, she is selfish, self-centred, and she steamrolls her friends and I had to keep reminding myself that she is a child who is learning about these things. Nonetheless, by the end, I appreciated her character development and I ended up enjoying the second part of the book a lot because it showed her slowly realizing the things that she had done wrong, changing her way of seeing things and working to make up for the way she had behaved. I also appreciated the way this book talked about outdated traditions that are not as inclusive as they could be and should be and how they can be changed without taking away the meaning and significance that they have for people.

Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera (3,5 stars): This novella addresses immigration in a very compelling way by mixing myth and reality, the writing is good and the linguistic choices are interesting. I don’t know if it was because it was so short but something was missing for me.

Sabrina and Corina by Karla Fajardo Anstine (3,5 stars): I have mixed feelings about this collection. These are mostly stories about women suffering and going through hard things -violence, abandonment, inherited trauma, loss, grief – and it does a good job depicting these things but there was no hope here and that made me struggle reading this. Also, these were slice of life stories and I figure out while reading this that I don’t like that in short story collections, most of the time I was left feeling like there was something missing.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-García (4 stars): I ended up enjoying the way things unraveled with the mystery at the heart of this story and I appreciated the setting and context of this, in my opinion, they served as a great backbone to the story. (Full review)

Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (3 stars):I had a hard time getting into this book because the stories felt very disjointed and I wasn’t really interested in some of them. Nonetheless, the second half of the book is a lot more interesting, because you know the characters of the different stories, you see what it means to them to be a keeper or a dweller, what relationship they establish with the kentukis and the people on the other side of them, as well as broader implications of this technology. The end was very pessimistic and cynical but it seemed realistic to me and while it wasn’t entirely satisfactory, it was thought-provoking.

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story by Lilliam Rivera and Steph C. (4 stars): I ended up enjoying this, I think it does a great job of discussing the difficulties and fears that undocumented immigrants experience and I think that’s the best part of this graphic novel. The portrait of Jessica’s emotions was very well done and her anger and despair felt very realistic after everything that she went through. My main issue with this is that it includes Mayan gods but that element didn’t really feel integrated into the story and I wish the gods played a bigger role than simply being angel and devil figures whispering in Jessicas ear in a couple of scenes and that’s it.

Eartheater by Dolores Reyes (4.5 stars): This is a powerful book mainly about the violence that women face. It has a compelling main character that felt like a real, complex, fully rounded person, a fascinating concept – a women who can see how people died or where they are and what happened to them by eating earth connected to the person – and writing that, beyond being absolutely beautiful and raw, perfectly transmits the array of feelings that the main character goes through and that the story tries to capture: anger, frustration, fear, grief, passion, indifference, love. I only docked 0.5 stars because the ending wasn’t as satisfactory as I wanted, but overall it was a fantasctic read.

What was the last book written by a Latinx author that you read? What’s your favorite book by a Latinx author?

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Book Review: Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-García

Title: Velvet Was the Night

Author: Silvia Moreno-García

Publishing date:    August 17th 2021

Publisher:  Del Rey

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Pages: 289

1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.

Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.

Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric criminal who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance—and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.

Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies all aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets—at gunpoint.

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Velvet Was the Night is a historical noir Mystery set in 1970’s Mexico Ciry and it tells the story of a woman and man separetely looking for the same missing woman, neither of them looking for her because they care about her well-being instead they are doing it because they have personal interest linked to finding her.

I was a bit disappointed that it took me so long to get into this book, I actually started to enjoy it at about the 40% mark. Mainly because I didn’t found Maite, one of the protagonists, a very compelling character and, especially at the beginning, most chapters were from her point of view, which meant that I spent big chunks of the first part of the book wishing I got to read from the other protagonist’s pov. I did end up enjoying her character arc by the end but it took me a while.

It’s not only that Maite was not a very compelling character, it’s also that the book had a slow start since at the beginning not a lot was happening, which is a bad combination. I think this was done intentionally to establish the monotony, boredom, and loneliness of Maite’s life, and while that it’s done successfully, it doesn’t make it a very engaging reading experience at first. The one thing that saved the first part of the book for me is that I found the other protagonist, Elvis, interesting and I appreciated that the context and what was happening in Mexico at the time started to be revealed through his point of view, because Maite was very much oblivious to everything that was happening in the world around her.

Despite my issues with the beginning of the book, once Maite started to actively look for the missing girl and got involved in a lot more than she bargained for – including gangs, the Mexican secret police, Russian spies, and persecuted activists- the story became a lot more interesting and engrossing. Not to say that this book was at any point truly action-packed, even if there were a couple of confrontations and torture scenes. It was more about encounters between characters that helped unravel the mystery at the heart of the book, which is something that I really enjoyed.

Something else that I appreacited is that this book is completely grounded in the setting, it was such an immersive experience that it felt like I was in 1970’s Mexico City. The way Moreno-García managed to make clear both what the daily lives of normal people looked like and also the broader cultural and social movements and the political climate of the time, was incredible. I didn’t know much about the history of the dirty war in Mexico, but this book definitely left me intrigued and I will look more into it and try to learn about it.

Overall, I finished reading with a positive impression of the book. I ended up enjoying the way things unraveled and I appreciated the setting and context of the story, in my opinion, they served as a great backbone.

4 STARS

Have you read this book? Did you like it? What historical mystery books do you recommend?
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Upcoming Screen Adaptations of Books by Latinx Authors

Hi everyone! For the last couple years I have seen so many announcements of Latinx books being adapted as movies or series and it makes me so excited! So I decided to put together a list of upcoming screen adaptations of books by Latinx authors. I’m sure I missed some adaptations but I tried to include as many as I could and I ended up with a total of 12 adaptations of Adult, YA and Middle Grade books written by Latinx authors.

Without further ado, here they are:

Fever Dream

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin is the story of a young woman named Amanda, who lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family. (Goodredas)

The book was adapted as a movie by Netflix, and Samanta Schweblin, the author of the book, co-wrote the script. The movie is coming out on October 13th (it’s almost here!), it was shot in Northern Patagonia (Chile), the director is Peruvian, it had a largely female Chilean crew, mostly Argentine actors and it’s in Spanish.

This book it’s going to translate into a really creepy and unsettling movie, and I can’t wait to watch it. The trailer looks really good and exactly how I pictured everything when I was reading.

Mexican Gothic

Mexic Gothic is the story of a young woman called Noemi, who receives a letter from her cousin begging for someone to save her from her husband. Noemí heads to rescue her not knowing what she will find. Once there, Noemí is mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, and soon she may find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind. (Goodreads)

Mexican Gothic is being adapted as a limited series on Hulu, it’s being produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Silvia Moreno-Garcia is also an executive producer. According to the author, it will probably have between 8 and 10 episodes. Some more information: here and here

This was my favorite book of 2020, and I think it’s going to make a perfectly suspenseful, weird, and immersive series. I’m really excited to see who gets cast in this and I hope they do the characters justice.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendiá family. It chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love. (Goodreads)

Netflix is producing a Spanish-language original series based on this novel written by Gabriel García Márquez. The author’s sons Rodrigo and Gonzalo García will serve as executive producers on the series, which will be filmed mainly in Colombia. Some more information: here

Anyone who has even attempted to read this book (like me, because I have never actually finished it) knows that it’s the type of book that it’s SO HARD to adapt, so I’m very nervous about this adaptation but I also have hope it will turn out alright.

Things We Lost in the Fire

Things We Lost In the Fire is a short story collection that brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land.The short story being adapted depicts the extreme actions of a group of women in response to male violence. (Goodreads)

It was announced in July 2021 that the short story Things We Lost in the Fire will be adapted as a movie. Prano Bailey-Bond has been attached to write and direct and Rodrigo Teixeira (Call Me by Your Name) and Lourenço Sant’Anna (The Lighthouse) will produce. More information: here

The short story that it’s being adapted is so disturbing and thought-provoking and I’m sure it will make a powerful movie.

Her Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties is a collection of short stories that that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. (Goodreads)

An anthology series based on Her Body and Other Parties is in development at FX. Machado will serve as a producer. The project is headed by writer-producer Gina Welch (Feud, Ray Donovan, The Terror). It’s described as a feminist Black Mirror with fairy tale themes, its hours threaded together with a recurring ensemble of female characters. More information: here and here

I’m not sure how some of this stories are going to be adapted, in particular Especially Heinous, which is inspired by Law & Order, but I’m excited to see how they do it. I think it’s going to be a very weird show and I’m looking forward to watching it.

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is the story of a girl who is dealing with the death of her sister who was their parent’s perfect daughter. Julia is not a perfect Mexican daughter and soon she discovers that her sister might not have been as perfect as everyone thought, so she embarks on a journey to find out the truth about her sister. (Goodreads)

It was announced on February 2021 that I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is being adapted into a movie for Netflix, the author (Erika Sanchez) will serve as a co-producer, it will be America Ferrera’s feature directorial debut and Linda Yvette Chávez, the co-creator of Gentefied, adapted the screenplay. Some more information: here

I haven’t read the book and I honestly don’t have any intention to read it, but I will watch the movie since it sounds like a good story, I want to support Latinx adaptations and I really like America Ferrera.

They Both Die at the End

In a world where people get a message the day they are going to die letting them know it’s their last day and where there’s an app called Last Friend where you can find people to spend your last day, two boys with one day left meet for one last great adventure- to live a lifetime in a single day. (Goodreads)

Entertainment One acquired the rights to develop for television and Adam Silvera will write the adaptation. More information: here

This adaptation is going to make me cry, I’m sure of it and I can’t wait.

More Happy Than Not

Aaron is struggling after a family tragedy and his new best friends, Thomas, helps him get through it. As Aaron and Thomas get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that he wants to forget, and a revolutionary memory-alteration procedure might be the solution. (Goodreads)

HBO Max is developing a one-hour series based on More Happy Than Not and Adam Silvera will serve as executive producers on the project. The series will be developed by Creative Engine Entertainment and eOne (which is also developing Anna K). More information: here

I can’t wait to watch this, I think if they do a good job with the adaptation, it can become a beloved movie just like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” is, but including Latinx and queer people, and directed at a younger audience.

With Fire on High

With The Fire on High is the story of a teen mom fighting for her dream of becoming a chef while struggling to balance being a mom, going to school, helping support her grandmother, being a friend, and falling in love with a cute boy.  (Goodreads)

In August 2019, it was announced that Picturestart (which is a relatively new company launched by the ex-film boss of Lionsgate) acquired the rights and will develop and produce a film based on this book. The author, Elizabeth Acevedo, will be writing the screenplay to adapt it. More information: here 

I really hope they don’t make this all about the hardships Emoni has to face, I know that part has to be included, but I love the fact that it’s a book about all the ways in which she continues to thrive and grow even when facing difficult decisions

Clap When you land

Clap When You Land is the story of two sisters, one living in the Dominican Republic and the other in New York, that didn’t know the other existed until their father died in a plane crash. Now they have to figure out if they can be sisters and what that will look like. (Goodreads)

In December 2020, it was announced that Made Up Stories acquired the rights to develop Clap When You Land as a television series. Emmy-winning Bruna Papandrea will executive produce and Elizabeth Acevedo will also executive produce and write the pilot. More information: here 

I’m curious about how they are going to integrate the poetry of this book into the story or if they are going to make a regular film. I’m usually not a fan of voice overs but I can’t definitely see them working for this adaptation.

Ghost Squad

Ghost Squad is a Middle-grade novel about two girls who accidentally awaken malicious spirits and have to team up with a grandma and a cat to save their town and the spirits of the dead who are disappearing. (Goodreads)

In February 2020, it was announced that Ghost Squad will be adapted as a live-action hybrid film, which will be directed by Brenda Chapman. Scholastic Entertainment, Josephson Entertainment (Enchanted, Life As We Know It), and Twas Entertainment are developing and producing the project. More information: here 

This is going to be so comforting to watch on screen, it’s such a sweet story and I can’t wait to see who is going to play Babette

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is a middle-grade story about a boy who can open portals to other universes and who is dealing with the death of his mother, and a smart girl who is trying to discover his secrets. (Goodreads)

It was announced in September 2021 that Sal and Gabi Break the Universe will be adapted as a series for Disney Branded TV. Eva Longoria and Ben Spector will develop and produce the series. More information: here

Sal and Gabi are two of my favorite book characters of all time, so I’m both nervous and excited to see who is going to play them. I have really high hopes for this adaptation and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Are you planning on watching any of these adaptations? Which one are you most excited about?

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On My Radar #4: Books people are reading for the Latinx Book Bingo

Hi everyone! I’m back with another edition of On My Radar, which is a feature where I talk about books that I have heard a lot about and I’m curious about, but I’m not sure if I should give them a chance, whether it is because they are outside my comfort zone, they got mixed reviews or any other reason. My idea is that hopefully, you all can help me decide which books are worth reading.

In the past On My Radar posts, I talked about books other people loved, books that other people hated, and books I never thought I would want to read.

Since I’m the host of the Latinx Book Bingo and I see everyone ‘s blog posts, videos, instagram posts, tweets about their tbrs, I thought it would be cool to see what books a lot people are reading for the readathon that are on my radar but I I’m not sure if I want to read or not. Those are the books I’m talking about in this post.

Weep Woman Weep by Maria DeBlassie

I added this book to my tbr because so many people were reading it for latinx book bingo, but since then I have seen a couple of those people give it very low ratings, so now I’m unsure about picking it up. But I checked on goodreads and the overall rating is good and it sounds interesting, so while I’m on the fence I think I’m leaning towards reading it. 

The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

I added this book to my tbr when it was announced mainly because it was written by Zoraida Córdova and I have read and liked so many of her books, but it didn’t exactly sound like my thing so it wasn’t high on my priority lists. It was one of those “maybe one day I’ll read it” kind of books, nonetheless, a lot of people are reading this for Latinx Book Bingo and LOVING it, so now I’m really intrigued. 

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Here the Whole Time by Vitor Martins

From what I have seen, this is the most common pick for the “translated book” square of the Latinx Book Bingo board and so many people are singing its praises. This book sounds cute and I think it’ll probably be a fun read, but since I’m really not reading that much YA anymore I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up. 

Fire with Fire by Destiny Soria

I added this book to my tbr when it was first announced but I lost interest in it since then, mainly because I haven’t been that into YA lately. But a few people are reading it for the Latinx Book Bingo and it seems like they are enjoying it, so I have a renewed interest in it. 

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Paola Santiago and the river of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Last year when I first got into middle grade I added this to my tbr, but it got so many mixed reviews that I never picked it up. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed Tehlor Kay Mejia’s previous work and I have seen a lot of people read and enjoy it for Latinx Book Bingo, so I’m tempted to give it a chance.

Which of these books do you think I should read? Are any books that are on your radar but you’r not sure you want to read?

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Horror Books by Latinx Authors: recommendations and a tbr

Hi everyone! I have a very exciting post today as part of my celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. I have been trying to get into horror lately and obviously I have tried to pick up horror books by Latinx authors, which is why I wanted to recommend some of them to you. Since it’s almost spooky season, I thought it woulf be a great time for this post. I am also mentioning some books that are on my tbr since I’m so new to this genre.

Since getting interested in horror written by Latinx authors, I have learned that there has been a huge boom of horror books in Latin American countries in the last few years, especially horror books written by women. That’s why most of my recommendactions are translated books and most of the books on my tbr too. Also, simply because I want to read more books set in and written by people living in Latin American countries.

First, here are my recommendations:

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans —though no one calls them that anymore. Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the “Transition.” Now, eating human meat—“special meat”—is legal. Then one day Marcos is given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.

This book is actually very disturbing because it makes cannibalism seem like something that could actually happen, the way the author executes the whole concept makes it seem so plausible. Bazterrica does a great job of thinking about all the things we do with animals (eat them, hunt them, use them for skins and to test drugs) and she incorporates all that to the story but changes the animals for humans. She also really goes into a lot of detail about the process of producing human meat from raising to slaughtering to processing to distribution. She explains how everything is done and it’s very unsettling because you can’t help but be repulsed and interested at teh same time.

Another thing that the author does very well is communicating the feeling of desperation, desolation, and loneliness that this society lives in even if they try to pretend they don’t. She creates the perfect atmosphere for the story, which reflects the decline of all the moral values in this society. Beyond the concept, setting, and atmosphere, the plot revolves around events of a smaller scale but it’s as disturbing as everything else

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

This is a short book that’s very atmospheric, the reading experience is disorienting and trippy since the story is told by a confused, feverish woman, and the author does a great job of transmiting the frustration and fear that the main character feels caused by this very intense and strange little kid who pushes her to talk and won’t answer her questions. Reading this book is a very inmersive experience because all of these elements.

Beyond that, Samanta Schweblin does a good job of commenting on the use of pesticides in Argentina and its effect on entire towns and the people who live in them, but adding a paranormal element that it’s never quite explained but that adds to the weirdness and creepiness of the story.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-García

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find. Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer but she is not afraid.

There are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness. And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

This is a creepy, atmospheric, and disturbing book that has beautiful and captivating writing. The story is so effective in being scary because even when it’s not clear if there are ghosts, magic, or other supernatural things going on, the real villains of the story are manipulative, abusive, disgusting men that you could find anywhere in the world and anytime in history. This book is creepy from very early on, Moreno-García made my skin crawl with the simplest scenes, sometimes nothing too scary was happening but with one perfectly crafted phrase, I was spooked. Also, this includes important commentary on sexism, colonialism, and eugenics that gives depth to the story.

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

Short story collection that brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory.

This book does a good job of commenting on subjects like poverty, addiction, feminicide, police brutality, and so much more, through a gothic lens and with a touch of paranormal elements (a lot of them related to Argentinian folklore). Most of the stories are disturbing and quietly eerie, some with grotesque moments, some transmitting very well the sense of dread and fear of the characters, and most of them revolving spooky and mysterious circumstances. The author leaves the resolution of a lot of the stories up to the reader’s imagination, so it feels like they end quite abruptly, which is a bit jarring but ends up working really well to maintain the sense of uneasiness that the stories create.

Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal

After the hurricane, some see destruction and some smell blood. The tiny island of Vieques, located just off the northeastern coast of the main island of Puerto Rico, is trying to recover after hurricane Maria, but the already battered island is now half empty. To make matters worse, developers have come in to buy up the land at a fraction of its worth, taking advantage of the island when it is down. Lupe, Javier, and Marisol are back to investigate a series of murders that follow in the wake of a hurricane and in the shadow of a new supernatural threat.

This is the only YA book on this list, and it’s a quick and entertaining read set in Puerto Rico about teenagers who get involved with a supernatural mystery. This is a ghost story and the really interesting thing about it is that the ghost element is deeply related to the history of Pueblo Rico, and particularly, the history of Pueblo Rico as a colonized land. There are a couple spooky ghost scenes, which was a fun element of the story. Also, the author does a great job of integrating what has happened in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria- especially the abandonment of Puerto Rico by the U.S. government – to the book

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I definitely want to explore the horror genre more and specifically, horror written by Latinx authros, so here are some books that have caught my eye and that I’m hoping to read soon:

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor: The story of a small town were the Witch turns up dead. And the discovery of her corpse propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread. As the novel unfolds new details, new acts of depravity or brutality are revealed.

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado: A collection of short stories that that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie: The story of La Llorona, who roams the waterways looking for the next generation of girls to baptize, filling them with more tears than any woman should have to hold. And there’s not much they can do about the Weeping Woman. Mercy knows this, probably better than anyone. She lost her best friend to La Llorona and almost found a watery grave herself. But she survived. Only she didn’t come back quite right and she knows La Llorona won’t be satisfied until she drags the one soul that got away back to the bottom of the river.”

The Children by Carolina Sanín: The story of a woman who discovers a mysterious young boy on the pavement outside her apartment building: Fidel, who is six years old, a child with seemingly no origins or meaning. With few clues to guide her as she tries to discover his real identity, Laura finds herself swept into a bureaucratic maelstrom of fantastical proportions.

Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin: The story of little mechanical stuffed animals called Kentukis, which have gone viral across the globe. They have cameras for eyes, wheels for feet, and are connected to an anonymous global server. Owners of kentukis have the eyes of a stranger in their home; or you can be the kentuki and voyeuristically spend time in someone else’s life, controlling the creature with a few keystrokes. These creatures can reveal the beauty of connection between farflung souls – but they also expose the ugly humanity of our increasingly linked world.

Have you read any horror books by Latinx authros? Do you have any recommendations?

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Latinx Book Bingo TBR | Latinx Heritage Month 2021

Hi everyone! This is a post that I look forward to writing ever year, I have so much fun putting together a tbr for the Latinx Book Bingo and i’m happy to be sharing this year’s tbr with all of you. I will try to read one book per each prompt of the bingo board, which means I’ll try to read 16 books total.

If you don’t know I’m one of the hosts of the  Latinx Book Bingo, this is the fourth year this readathon is taking place and it goes from September 15th to October 15th and the goal is to read as many books by Latinx authors as you can.

Set in LATAM

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno Garcia

An adult historical fiction book about a daydreaming secretary, an enforcer, and a missing woman they are trying to find.

I read Mexicna Gothic and Gods of Jade and Shadow last year and LOVED them both, so I can’t wait to read Silvia Moreno-Garcias newest book even if it’s completely different to the other books I have read by her. I’m excited to read Moreno-Garcia’s take on a historical noir thriller.

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Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera

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Lupe Wong has a chance to meet her favorite pitcher, who’s Chinacan/Mexinese just like her, the only thing standing in her way is square dancing as part of her gym class, which can affect her grade, but she won’t let that stop her.

2020 was the year I discovered my love for middle grade books, especially if they are about latinx characters, so I’m excited to read this middle grade novel a chance, espcially since I have heard nothing but great things about.

Nonfiction

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans. 

This was on my tbr last year but I didn’t get it from my library on time, so I had to read something else. This year, I’m really excited to be able to read it, it sounds like a hard hitting and very interesting read.

Backlist

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

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A short story collection about a contemporary Argentina where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and the people that went missing during that time loom large in the collective memory.

Within the last few years, there has been a boom in Latin America of horror books written by women which are getting very positive reviews and since I have been getting into horror lately, I’m looking forward to reading more of them.

Indie Pub

Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

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A book about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it that explored the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another.

I only heard about this book recently, but two people I trust have really enjoyed this, so I’m excited to give it a chance. I haven’t read that many stories about immigration, so that’s another reason why I want to read this.

Favorite Color

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

YA retelling of Peter Pan where children are going missing from a small town and Wendy and Peter will work to find them.

I LOVED Cementery Boys, so I can’t wait to read another Aiden Thomas story. I haven’t read that many Peter Pan retellings nor have I read the original, but i find the story of Peter Pan interesting, so i’m excited to see their take on this classic tale.

Favorite Genre

Oculta by Maya Montayne

A thief and a prince have to work together to save their kingdom after freeing an ancient evil power. 

Oculta is the sequel to Nocturna, which came out in 2019, so I have been waiting 2 years to read the continuation, and after the ending of the first book, I can’t wait to know what happens next. Some people I really trust enjoyed this, so I’m hopeful that it will be a good sequel.

Intersectional MC

Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

A Short story collection about Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit. It explores friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands

This sounds like a really good book and I need to read more books about indigenous characters, but I’m also really nervious because I’m not the biggest fan of short story collections.

Translated

Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin

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A young woman lies dying in a rural hospital. A boy sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

As I mentioned before, there’s a boom in Latin America of horror books written by women, this book is another one that it’s part of that boom and that’s highly recommend, so I’m excited to give read it and see if I like it.

Rec’d by a Latinx Reader

Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova

This series is about a girl who has a magical ability that makes her feared and she has to infiltrate the palace to help a group of rebels that wants to save her people from persecution.

I’m always nervious about reading sequel of books I love because I have been disappointed one too many times. But all my friends who have read this have loved it, which makes me feel more confident that I will like this and it’s the reason I decided to choose it for the prompt of rec’d by a Latinx reader.

Queer Rep

Her Night With Santa by Adriana Herrera

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 The romance between Santa, who is a lesbian named Kris, and Farnaz, the bisexual niece of one of the Kings of the Magi, who left the family toy business to start her own adult toy company. 

I always enjoy Adriana Herrera’s books, so I was obviously going to pick this up, but the synopsis sounds so fun that I’m even more excited to read it.

Any Book by a Latinx Author

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

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A second chance at romance for two childhood best friend, who haven’t seen each other in years until they are reunited and have to work together.

I LOVED You Had Me at Hola, as well as Daria’s Dance Off series, so I’m really excited for this one. I also really like friends to lovers romances, so I’m hoping I’ll love this.

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The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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A young woman goes to the city for the first time and there she meets another telekinetic like her, who teaches her to control her abilities and starts to court her, but he has an ulterior motive that threatens to end their relationship.

this has been on my tbr for years and it’s finally time for me to read it. I have heard nothing but great things about it, and after loving other Silvia Moreno-Garacía books, I’m sure i’ll enjoy it.

2021 Release

Cazadora by Romina Garber

This series is about a girl who is an undocumented immigrant and she has a distinctive eye color, which ends up connecting her to a secret magical world of lobizones (werewolves) and witches. 

I have been highly anticipating this book, it came out less than a month ago and you don’t know how much it has costed me to wait to read it during Latinx Heritage Month. I loved the first book SO MUCH and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

Afrolatinx

One Week to Claim it All by Adriana Herrera

Second chance romance where a woman is set to become the CEO of her late father’s company and her ex is the only one standing in the way.

As I mentioned before, I have read and enjoyed almost every single book that Adriana Herrera has released, so I’m so excited to read her newest full lenght novel, espcially since it has two tropes I love, second chance romance and dislike to love.

Author’s Debut

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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Short Story collection about the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

I read Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir last year and it was great, so I’m looking forward to checking out her debut. I’m not the biggest fan of short story collection, but I’m crossing my fingers that I will like this one.

Are you participating in the Latinx Book Bingo? Have you picked the books for your tbr?
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August 2021 Wrap Up: my reading slump is over!

Hi everyone! Today, I’m excited to share my August wrap up. August was a really good reading month for me, after 3 months of being in a very severe reading slump and reading almost nothing, I got back into reading this month and managed to finish 12 books from various genres. I enjoyed most of them, so I’m happy to share my thoughts!

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Network Effect by Martha Wells (3,5 stars): I love murderbot and ART, and the side characters are really likable as well. I liked the mystery in this one but the pacing was off, it dragged in certain parts and went too fast at the end. Overall enjoyable, but I like the novella format of the other entries in this series more.

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Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (4 stars): This was enjoyable and a really quick read. I loved murderbot in this and seeing it interact with new humans that don’t necessarily trust it was really fun because it is SO passive-aggressive. Seeing people change their minds about murderbot and start to like it is also always really great. The mystery was entertaining and I would love to see murderbot solve more murders in the future.

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire (3,5 stars): This is my least favorite book in this series, but it was still a fast and engaging read. I really liked Regan as the main character, the intersex rep, exploring the hooflands, the discussions about personhood and the character development. But there wasn’t really a plot and what happened at the end made sense but it felt really anti-climatic at the same time. 

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When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo (4 stars): I loved this as much as the first novella in this series… maybe a little more. It was so whimsical, the world this was set in was so intricate, the commentary on storytelling and on the “truth” was really interesting and Chih was an incredible main character.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley (4 stars): quick read, interesting characters, the atmosphere of the isolated island was fantastic, there was lots of tension because of all the secrets, and the writing was actually really good. The last 30% of this book was intense, but before that, the book dragged because not a lot happens, and while there are a lot of secrets nothing is revealed until the final part of the book. I would say that the two timelines felt a little pointless since we only get about 3 or 4 pages of the present here and there and nothing happens on those pages, nothing is revealed.

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My sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (3 stars): This was a quick read and I wasn’t never bored, but I also didn’t entirely see the point of it. There’s not much plot, it’s a character driven story but the exploration of the characters is not that deep and there’s zero character development. Nonetheless, it explores gender dynamics and complex sister relationships in an interesting way and I actually iked the ending.

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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn (4 stars): I loved the main characters in this book, Veronica and Stoker, and the dynamic between them which is full of bickering and tension. This book starts slow and it’s a lot less about solving the mystery, for the first half the characters know almost nothing and nothing really happens. During the second half, when the characters finally start trying to solve tte mystery, the story gets action packed and engaging. I saw the big reveal coming really early on, but that doesn’t really affect my enjoyment.

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A Perilious undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (4 stars): Give me a slow burn romance full of tension, half confessions and interrupted moments and I’m all in. I honestly read this series because Veronica and Stoker are captivating main characters and I’m really invested in their relationship. Nonetheless, I actually really liked the mystery in this one even if I predicted who the “villain” was as soon as the character was introduced

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A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn (4 stars): I didn’t find the mystery in this one as interesting as the others, but I did enjoyed getting to finally learn what happened with Stoker’s ex-wife and resolving in a way that part of the story. As with the first two books, I loved Veronica and Stoker and their relationship, with all the tension and sutil (kind of) declarations.

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A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn (4 stars): The mystery in this book was interesting enough even if it was a bit predictable, and the setting was really captivating and it worked well for a mystery novel. But honestly I don’t read these books because of the mysteries, I read them because the characters and their relationships. I still love Veronica and Stoker and their dynamic, I was a bit nervious in the beginning about the direction their relationship was taking, but I’m glad that certain aspects weren’t drag out too much. I loved the way things between them progress in this book

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Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix (4 stars): This book was so fun to read. The unique concept, setting, and presentation added to the creepiness of the story. While there was a really gross scene and a couple of creepy moments, it wasn’t too scary. The character development was great.

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With You Forever by Chloe Liese: I’m not going to rate this for now, because i’m coming out of reading slump and i think that affected my enjoyment of the book, so I’ll re-read it later and rate it then. I loved the previous books in the series and I was so excited for this one, so I want to give it a fair chance. For now I can say that I loved Rooney as a main character, as someone who struggles with IBS the depiction of ulcerative colitis resonated with me in a lot of ways and I think it was very well done. There were some cute moments and some steamy moments between Roony and Axel, and I enjoyed a lot of their conversations and seeing them open up to each other. Nonetheless, it felt like I was dropped in the middle of the story and not at the beggining. Also, Rooney and Axel not talking about liking each other (and the internal monologue of I’m sure he/she doesn’t like me) and struggling because nothing could happen between them (when there’s wasn’t any reason for that) made parts of this book feel very slow for me.

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Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (3,5 stars): This is my least favorite book in the series, but I still overall enjoyed it. The setting and atmosphere were still amazing, all the ridiculous characters were entertaining to read about and the plot of this one actually had me invested for most of the book. the problem and the reason the book lost me at times is the pacing because it drags a lot in certain parts, there’s a point where the book should have ended but it still went on for about 100 pages more, and the real ending was rushed and everything was tied up way too nicely. Also, there’s a storyline between Kitty and Colette that I didn’t enjoy reading about and it felt kind of out of place.

What is your favorite and least favorite book of August ? Was August a good reading month for you?

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50+ book recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo | Latinx Heritage Month 2021

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Hi everyone! Today, I’m bringing a super exciting post that it’s a bit late this year. In this post, I’m recommending books for the 2021 Latinx Book Bingo.

The three previous years I have written really long posts with 90 book recommendations, 100 book recommendations , and 170 book recommendations, but a lot of the books were books that I haven’t read yet, so this year I decided to do something a little bit different. I’m recommending 50+ books by Latinx authors that I have read, enjoyed and that I think you should read. I provide recs for each square in the bingo board, I share a short synopsis of the book and I added information like the genre of the books and the kind of rep they have, so you know if it works for more than one prompt in the bingo board. If you need more options or recommendations, you can always check out the lists from previous years.

If you would like to support me or compensate the work I put into running the Latinx Book Bingo each year and making recommendation lists that take a lot of work (it’s not necessary or expected, but if you want to), you could buy me a Ko-fi

Set in Latam

  • Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez:  A YA Contemporary about a girl who is fighting for her dream of being a soccer player despite having to deal with a lot of sexism even from her own family. It has Argentinian rep  and it’s set in Argentina
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: A YA Contemporary about two sisters that didn’t know theo ther existed until their father dies in a plane crash. Afrolatinx protagonists & author and it’s mostly set in Domican Republic.
  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: an adult horror book about a young woman who has to go to a creepy house in the middle of nowhere that it’s inhabited by creepy people who are keeping dark secrets to save her cousin. It has Mexican rep and it’s set in Mexico
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia: Adult Fantasy about a young woman who saves the Mayan god of death but ends up tying her fate to his by mistake and has to help him to save herself. It has Mexican rep and it’s set in Mexico.

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  • Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Sosa: a YA Fantasy about a group of teens trying to pull off a quest that may cost them their lives. it has ace rep, bisexual rep, fat rep and anxiety rep.
  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera: A YA Contemporary about a queer Puerto Rican woman who spends a summer in Portland as an intern to a hippy white woman. It has Puerto Rican rep and lesbian rep.
  • Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa:  Adult Romance about a physical trainer and a Hollywood star falling in love. It has Puerto Rican rep, and Afro-latinx main character and author.
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova: YA Urban Fantasy about a teenage bruja who wants to get rid of her magic and ends up banishing her family to a magical land and has to rescue them. It has Ecuadorian rep, and an f/f romance

Afro-Latinx

  • By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery: a YA contemporary story abouy a young man who is trying to save the bee farm his beloved uncle left him after his death while trying to start a new life at college. It has Brazilian rep, and an Afro-latinx mc & author.
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: a YA Contemporary about a girl who joind her school’s slam poetry club behind her mother’s back because in a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent. It has Dominican rep and it’s a backlist title.
  • Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older: a Middle Grade Fantasy about a group of kids living in an alternative reality where there are Dinasours in New York during the Civil War. This has afrolatinx rep and it’s a backlist title.
  • Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson YA Paranormal about a girl who resurrects her best friend and 2 other girls from her school using witchcraft  to prove that they were murdered, but they only have 7 days to do it. it has Mexican rep, fat rep, Afro-Latinx mc & author and it’s a backlist title.

Intersectional MC

  • Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore: a YA story about a girl who enters a beauty pageant and asks her ex- best friend for help. To pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, they have to imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough. It as fat rep, pansexual rep and trans rep.
  • When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez: a YA Contemporary story abut two girls, who are classmates and who are dealing with depression in very different ways. It has depression rep and it’s a backlist title.
  • Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes YA Contemporary about a girl dealing with the death of her mother and the popular boy who asks her to be his fake girlfriend and coax her out of her comfort zone. It has Cuban rep, social anxiety rep and it’s a backlist title.
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: a story about a teen who is struggling with family tragedy and with things about himself that he wants to forget, and a memory-alteration procedure that might be the solution. It has gay rep,, Puerto Rican rep, and it’s a backlist title.

Translated book

  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica: an adult horror book about an alternative reality where cannibalism is socially accepted and it explores the industry of human meat. It has Argentinian rep and it’s set in Argentina.
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel: a classic about a woman who isn’t allowed to marry because she has to look after her mother until she dies, but she falls in love and her lover marries her sister to stay close to her. It has Mexican rep, it’s set in Mexico and it’s a backlist title.
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende: a classic magical realism book about three generations of the Trueba family, a story that addresses the personal lives of this family and big political events in Chilean history.  It has Chilean rep, it’s set in Chile and it’s a backlist title.
  • City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcon: a graphic novel about a young Peruvian journalist fwho has to confront the idea of his father’s other family after his death while chronicling the life of street clowns in Lima. It has Peruvian rep, it’s set in Peru and it’s a backlist title.

Rec’d by a Latinx Reader (my recommendations!)

  • Lobizona by Romina Garber: A YA Fantasy about a girl who is an undocumented immigrant and she has a distinctive eye color, which ends up connecting her to a secret magical world of lobizones (werewolves) and witches. It has Argentinian Rep.
  • You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria: an adult romance about a soap opera star and a Telenovela star, who have to work together in a tv show for the biggest streaming service in the country and end up falling in love. It has Puerto Rican Rep.
  • Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar a middle grade contemporary about a little girl whose dad gets deported and, later on, her and her pregnant mom are also taken into a deportation facility. it has Mexican rep.
  • Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova: A YA fantasy about a girl who has a magical ability that makes her feared and that has to infiltrate the palace in her kingdom to help a group of rebels that wants to save her people from persecution.

Queer Rep

  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: A YA fantasy about a trans boy and a ghost who are trying to solve a murder mystery and end up falling in love. It has latinx and trans rep and a m/m relationship.
  • When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: A Magical Realism story about two best friends, a trans boy who loves the moon and a Latina who grows roses from her hands, and how they face their struggles while falling in love. It has latinx and trans rep and it’s a backlist title.
  • They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera: A YA Sci-fi story set in a world where people know when they are going to die and two teens decide to spend their last day together. It has gay rep, OCD & anxiety rep, Puerto Rican and Cuban American Rep. It has an intersectional mc and it’s a backlist title.
  • Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro: a YA Fantasy about a girl who has to listen and ,magically absorbe the stories of the people of her town that may produce bad feels because if she doesn’t the stories manifest themselves as monsters. It has a f/f relationship.

Song Title

For this prompt, you can chose a book with a title that has the word “song” in it, or a title that it’s the same as the name of a song or it’s the same as song lyrics.

  • Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera: A YA retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, it deals withe mental illness, toxic realtionships and trauma. It has Puerto Rican Rep.
  • Dance All Night by Alexis Daria: romance novella about a broadway start and a dancer who works for a tv dance competion falling in love.
  • We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay MejiaA YA Fantasy about a young woman forced to help a rebelious group to save herself, who learns to stand up for what she believes in. It has a f/f romance.
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi: A YA retelling of Pride and Prejudice that focuses on gentrification. It has Haitian-Dominican Rep and it’s a backlist title.

Author’s debut

  • Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz: a YA Fantasy about a group of teens who are representing Puerto Rico in the Blazewrath games, which is an international sports tournament where teams of dragons and humans compete. It has Puerto Rican rep.  
  • Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega: A Middle Grade Fantasy about two girls who accidentally awaken malicious spirits and have to team up with a grandma and a cat to save their town. It has Dominican rep.
  • The Dream Weaver by Reina Luz Alegre: a Middle Grade Contemporary about a girl who has to go live with her grandfather and ends up joining a bowling team and trying to save here grandpa’s bowling alley. It has Cuban Rep.
  • American Dreamer by Adriana HerreraAdult Romance about the owner of a food truck and a nerdy librarian who fall in love. It has a Afro-Latinx main character and author, it has gay rep and it’s a backlist title.

Any book by a Latinx author

  • His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras: this is an adult romance about a single dad and his daughter’s dance teacher. It has Puerto Rican & Mexican Rep and it’s a backlist title.
  • Nocturna by Maya Motayne: A YA Fantasy about a thief and a prince who have to work together to save their kingdom after freeing an ancient evil power. This is Dominican inspired.
  • Category Five by Ann Davila Madrigal:  A YA Horror about about teenagers who get involved with a supernatural mystery involving ghosts. It has Puerto Rican Rep and it’s set in Puerto Rico.
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: A YA Contemporary about a teen mom fighting for her dream of becoming a chef while falling in love with a cute guy. It has Puerto Rican rep.

Indie Published

  • The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres: Adult Historical Romance about a rebellious Afrolatinx heroine and an Argentinian hero. It’s set in the Caribbean, it has a Afrolatinx protagonist and it’s a backlist title.
  • Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Olivia: a poetry collection about the link between femininity, body hair, the immigrant experience and Latina identity. The author is Guatemalan-Colombian.

2021 Release

This is the only category where I’m recommending books that I haven’t read, because the 2021 releases that I have read are either sequels or I didn’t love them enough to recommend them. So what I’m going to do is mention the 2021 releases that are not part of a series and that I can’t wait to read.

I hope this post is useful to everyone participating in the Latinx Book Bingo or to anyone who wants to read more books by Latinx authors!
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