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Latinx Book Bingo Wrap Up: Books I Read During Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hi guys! This post is a bit late, it’s my first post in a while because my life completely changed (in a good way!) about a month ago and just now I’m starting to get the time and energy to get back into blogging and reading.

The Latinx Book Bingo took place from September 15th to October 15th, the first week of the readathon everything was going great, but then I moved from Colombia to Spain on September 23rd and I had so much to do and I was so jet lagged, that reading wasn’t my priority. Honestly, I wanted to read so much more than the 7 books I ended up reading, but I’m still so happy because I read some incredible books and so many people participated in the readathon and  we got to highlight amazing latinx authors and books. 

Now, without further ado, here are the books I read for the Latinx Book Bingo:

Peluda by Melissa Lozada- Oliva (3,5 stars) 

I really liked the ways in which this short poetry collection makes visible the relationship between femininity, body hair, the immigrant experience and Latina identity. This themes really resonated with me. This didn’t get a higher rating because the poetry style wasn’t my favorite, I felt like sometime the message got a bit lost in the writing choices.

My Wicked Wicked Ways by Sandra Cisnero (3,5 stars) 

I liked the poetry style in this collection, but I felt like the poems were a bit incohesive and the way some of the themes were explored didn’t resonate with me that much. I actually found this collection not to be memorable.

America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera (4 stars) 

I really like the art style and the characters in this comic, I liked the diversity and the representation, but I do feel like the world building and the storyline were very choppy. Nonetheless, I had a lot of fun reading this, I’ll keep reading it and I would totally recommend it.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi (4 stars)

It took me a bit of time to get used to the main character in this book, Zuri, she was extremely judgmental and sometimes plain rude. But she changed as the book went on, not completely, but enough to let me enjoy the story. I liked the relationship between Zuri and Darius, with their banter and bickering, but I feel like there were some conflicts between them at the end that were solved too easily or just abandoned. Nonetheless, the reason why I ended up really liking this book and my favorite part of this book was the way it dicussed gentrification and class. I think inlcuding these subjects added to the original story and made it more relevant to our time. I also loved the representation of a Haitian-Dominican family, in terms of the religion, the food and the family dynamics.

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes (4 stars)

This book features one of my favorite tropes, which is fake dating, Analee’s relationship with Seb was so entertaining and they had a lot of chemestry. On the other hand, I thought there was gonna be a lot more of Analee’s online life in the book and that Harris (her internet friend/crush) was gonna show up a lot more. Nonetheless, I was pleasently surprise by the fact that even when those relationships were important to the story, the real focus was family. I loved the way Analee learned to accept, appreaciate and love the people she had in her life.  Watching Analee’s relationship with her dad, her stepmom and stepsister become stronger and more honest was amazing. Another thing I really liked was seeing Analee’s Cuban culture highlighted, as well as the way her social anxiety and low self-esteem were handled.

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova (4 stars)

This book is set in New York City and not in some other realm like the first book, so it felt a little less magical, but there were a lot of new and interesting elements in terms of the worldbuilding, which I really liked. We were introduced to hunters, vampires, new brujas, casimuertos (similar to zombies) and even the goddess of death made an apperance. I really loved the main character, Lula, she was going through so much and she was struggling with her mental health, but she was resilient, strong and she grew so much in this book and learned to love herself again, and I couldn’t help but root for her. Also, with this series, family is such an important part and I love the portrait of uncondicional love and sisterhood.

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-García (3,4 stars)

I found the mythology in this book fascinating because there were different species and subspecies of vampires that came from all around the world and had there own histories, powers and apperances. Nonetheless, I didn’t found the main two characters interesting at all, one of them actually annoyed me quite a bit and I would have liked the book to focus on some of the secondary characters. Also, there was a lot of action and violence in this book, a lot of explicit content when it comes to injuries and death, which it’s not my thing.

The Final Results

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I didn’t get a bingo, but I think I did an okay job. I read books that counted towards 9 of the squares and I’m happy with that!

 

 

 

 

If you participated in the Latinx Book Bingo and you posted wrap up posts, leave me a link because I would love to check them out! If you have read any of these books, let me know your thoughts, so we can chat about them!  

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My TBR for the Latinx Book Bingo

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There’s only one week left before the #LatinxBookBingo begins! I’m so excited to be one of the hosts of this readathon and I’m incredibly happy with the response that we have gotten so far from so many people in the book community. If you want to participate, but need recs for your tbr, here’s a list I made with 90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo. Also, if you’re participating, remember to follow the official twitter account @latinxbookbingo

Now, here’s my tbr:

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – Sci-fi/Fantasy with a Latinx Main Character

When all her classmates, including her boyfriend Maks, die in a bus crash, Lula tries to bring Maks back with her healing power, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous and it turns out, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back.

I really liked the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, so I’m excited to continue on, even if this follows a different main character. #ownvoices Latinx rep

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – Latinx Main Character with Mental Illness

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get a call letting them know they’re going to die that day, then they meet through an app called the Last Friend for a last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

I’m honestly ashamed to say that I haven’t read an Adam Silvera book, but all his books have been in my tbr for a long time and this is the perfect opportunity to finally read one of them! #ownvoices Puerto Rican rep & #ownvoices anxiety and OCD rep. Also, there’s Cuban-American rep. 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa – On Cover Representation 

Fitness trainer Tori Alvarez goes on vacation and she vows to keep it a man-free zone, but then she meets a guy on the plane, who turns out to be actor Carter Stone. She doesn’t recognize him because he underwent a physical transformation for a movie, he’s  looking to get back in shape and Tori agrees to help him without knowing who he is.

I have heard nothing but great things about this book and since I’m a huge fan of romance books, I really wanted to include a romance with a latinx main character on my tbr. #ownvoices Puerto Rican Rep

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by  Ingrid Rojas Contreras – Historical Fiction 

Set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990’s Colombia, this is the story of a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. 

I found out about this book a few months ago and since I’m Colombian, I immediately added it to my most anticipated books of 2018 list. I can’t wait to see what Ingrid those with this story! #ownvoice Colombian rep

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes – Contemporary/Romance 

Since her mother passed away, Analee Echevarria spends her time role playing in an online game where she meets a boy she likes but she isn’t able to tell him. At the same time, in real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone. 

I have an arc of this and I’m extremely excited to finally read it!  This comes out September 18th and it sounds like a perfect YA Contemporary read. #ownvoices Cuban-American rep

La Casa de los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende – Magical Realism

This book tells the story of Patriarch Esteban, whose desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

Isabel Allende is my favorite Latinx author and I have read several of her books, but I have owned The House of the Spirits, her most recognized novel, for over a year and I still havent read it. BUT now it’s defintely the moment to finally read it! #ownvoices Chilean rep

 Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva – Poetry 

The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice. 

I just found out while writing this that while Melissa’s mother is from Guatemala, her dad is Colombian. Now, I’m even more excited to read it! #ownvoices latinx poetry

Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) by Ernesto Che Guevara – Non Fiction 

The young Che Guevara’s lively and highly entertaining travel diary. 

I’m gonna be honest, this is the only book on this list that I chose especially to get a bingo. I wasn’t planning on reading this one, but since it’s short and it’s non fiction, it fit the requirements that I had. #ownvoices argentine rep

Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez – Classic Latinx Author 

This book tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love. 

I tried to read this book when I was 14 years old, almost 10 years ago, and honestly I got really confused and I DNFed it. After that, I have never tried agan until now. This is the most famous colombian novel of all time, it won a nobel prize for literature, and as a colombian, I feel a bit bad about not having read it. #ownvoices Colombian rep

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea – Free Space

The entire De La Cruz clan gathers for the final birthday party that the Patriarch, Big Angel, is throwing for himself, as he nears the end of his struggle with cancer.  When Big Angel’s mother, Mama America, dies herself, he must plan her funeral as well. Among the attendants is his half-brother, Little Angel, who comes face to face with the siblings with whom he shared a father but not a life. 

Another 2018 release, I’m so excited to be reading! This sounds so interesting and I have heard the writing is beautiful. #ownvoices Mexican-American rep

Now, let’s check how many bingos I’m getting….

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If I read all the books on this TBR,  I get 2 bingos! And I’m missing only 1 book for my third bingo, so after reading all these books, I’ll defintely try to find a book with a Latinx Bisexual main character to read.

 

 

 

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90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo

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Hi everyone, I’m so excited to finally be posting this! Last week was the official announcement of the Latinx Book Bingo, which I’m co-hosting, and since then so many people on twitter have been asking for recommendations for the different squares of the bingo and, today, I’m delivering SO MANY RECS in this post! I have worked really hard for a long time to have a wide selection of books on this list, because I want this to be useful for as many people as possible.

But before getting into the list, I wanted to make some clarifications about it:

  1. I haven’t read every book on this list, but I read #ownvoices reviews for almost every single one of these books to make sure the Latinx rep was good. Nonetheless, if you know the rep in one of the books is not good, please let me know!
  2. When I mention a book is #ownvoices, this means is #ownvoices for latinx rep. I wish I had the time to especify if other kinds of rep are also #ownvoices, but I honestly didn’t have the time.
  3. Next to the title and author, there’s a parentheses (), in which I added information like the genre of the books and the kind of rep they have, so you could know if it works for more than one square.

With that out of the way, here are the recommendations:

Latinx bingo board

Latinx Bisexual Main Character
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy with Latinx Characters
Latinx Main Character with Mental Illness
On Cover Representation
Historical Fiction with latinx main characters
Female/Female Relationship
Contemporary/Romance with Latinx Main Character
Refugee/Immigrant Story
Latinx Neurodiverse Main Character
Non Fiction
Male/Male Relationship
Magical Realism with Latinx Main Characters
Fat Representation
Afrolatinx main character
Classic Latinx Authors
Transgender /Gender Queer Latinx Main Character
Poetry
Disabled/Chronic Pain Main Character
Indigenous Main Character
Free Space

Are you participating in the Latinx Book Bingo? Are you reading any of the books on this list? or have you read already any of the books on this list? Let me know!

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Latinx Book Bingo Announcement

latinx book bingoI’m so excited to FINALLY be able to tell you guys about this amazing event I have been working on for a long time with some other wonderful people!

The Latinx book bingo will take place from September 15 to October 15, which is Hispanic Heritage Month 2018. The bingo is being hosted by Paola (@Mancerelle), Allie (@Alliembooks) and myself (@SofiainBookland) and it was created as a way to highlight books about latinx characters and written by latinx authors.

The aim of the bingo is to read as many Latinx books as you can, guided by the prompts on the bingo board.  You can also try to get a bingo (read all prompts on a single line or row — you can read horizontally, vertically, and diagonally), but it’s not necessary, we just hope you read some latinx reads during this month.

Latinx bingo board

I just want to quickly explain that the idea is to read some intersectional stories, so the first square, for example, says Bisexual MC and that means read a book with a main character that it’s both Latinx AND bisexual. When the square says MC W/ Mental Illness, it means read a book that has a Latinx main characters with a mental illness. It’s the same with all the squares that mention other identities.

 Also, we have a few chats planned on Twitter and this is the schedule:

  • September 22
  • September 29
  • October 6
  • October 13

The Twitter chats will be done through the @LatinxBookBingo Twitter account, and you can use the #LatinxBookBingo hashtag for all your related tweets and posts. I will be posting a tbr and a recommendation list in the next couple of weeks in case you need help setting up your tbr.

I hope you can join us! If you have any comments or questions, please let them in the comments! 

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