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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.

 

 

 

Are you participating in the Latinx Book Bingo? What are you reading for it? If you made a tbr post, leave me a link in the comments! 

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90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo

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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My TBR for the 7 in 7 Readathon

Seven in Seven Readathon

I haven’t participated in a readathon in so long and I really want to do it, so I when I found out about the 7 in 7 Readathon, I decided to go ahead and join in. The main goal of this readathon is to read 7 things in 7 days. I tried to chose short things that were already on my tbr and, at the end, I chose 7 books that amount to 1.519 pages and that help me accomplish all the challenges (the challenges I’m following are the ones shared on YouTube by Lala from booksandlala, one of the hosts, which are a tiny bit different from the ones posted on Twitter). Here they are:

1. Read 7 things! Can be ANYTHING – Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

“Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.”

I chose Nimona because I needed something short to read as my seventh thing for the week and I happened to own this one. Honestly, I’m not the biggest fan of graphic novels, but this one makes me think of books like Not Your Sidekick and Secondhand Origin Stories, which I love, so I hope I enjoy it. (Pages: 272)

2. Yellow on the cover and/or spine (SUMMER! ☀️) – The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

the abc murders

“There’s a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic.

A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. With each murder, the killer is getting more confident—but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.”

In july, I have become obsessed with Agatha Christie’s books and since they are short and fast reads, I thought they would be perfect for this readathon. (Pages: 224)

3. Read something outside your norm/comfort zone – The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night

“Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.
A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.
A boy is worried his sister has two souls.
A couple are rewriting the history of the world.
And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.”

I have been meaning to read this one for a long time because I have followed Jen on Youtube for a long time, but I was a bit scared of picking it up since I’m not the biggest fan of short stories and bizarre and whimsical stories are really out of my comfort zone. I thought this readathon was the perfect opportunity to give this book a chance. (Pages: 212)

4. Read a book that starts with your first initial! – Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

six stories

“1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.”

I was looking for more mystery books to read thanks to my new found obsession with Agatha Christie and I discovered this book. I’m a huge fan of the first season of the podcast Serial and I have heard so many people say that this is like Serial in book form, I can’t wait to read it. Since it’s short and the title starts with the letter S as does my name (Sofia), I thought it would be good for this readathon. (Pages: 225)

5. Read something outside/read a book that takes place mostly outside – Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

love & misadventure

“Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge.”

There was a time at the beginning of 2018 when I was reading a lot of poetry collections, so I got a few written by Lang Leav, but I never read them. Since I usually fly through poetry collections and I need to read something fast so I don’t have to stay outside for long, I thought it was a good idea to add one of her books to my tbr. (Pages: 176)

6. Read something and make-up a drink/food to match/inspired by! – Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile“The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems…”

“The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems…”

Again, I’m obsessed with Agatha Christie and I read her books really fast so they are perfect for this readathon. Also, I think I can make-up a drink or food inspired by murder 😉 (Pages: 231)

7. Read something that takes place in your home (country or town) or is written by someone from your home (country or town) – Cóndores no Entierran Todos los Días by Gustavo Álvarez Gardeazabal

Cóndores no entierran todos los días

I didn’t find a synopsis of this book in english, but this is historical fiction about the civil war that took place in Colombia in the 1950’s. This author is from my hometown, Tuluá, and this book looks at how the people of my hometown lived during that civil war and all the horrible things that happened. This is the only popular book written about my hometown, since it’s a very small town.

I always knew that I wanted to read this book at least once in my lifetime and this seems like a great opportunity, because the book is really short and it’s perfect for this specific challenge. (Pages: 179)

Are you participating in the 7 in 7 Readathon? What are you reading for it? Are you participating in any other readathons? Have you read any of these books?

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#DiverseAThon TBR

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This year my main goal is to read more diversely and after participating in the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon,  I have realized that joining this kind of reading events where there’s other people trying to read diversely and talking about diverse books it’s a big incentive to read the diverse books on my tbr. That’s why I’m joining the #DiverseAThon that will go from January 22nd to January 29th. The goal of Diverse-A-Thon is simply to celebrate diversity in literature by reading diverse books all week and engage in thoughtful discussions on Twitter under the #DiverseAthon hashtag.

Here are the books that I want to read during the readathon:

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Not your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

I have heard great things about this, mainly that it’s funny and adorable, and for what I know, it has a very diverse cast of characters with an asian, bisexual main character. Also, this is an #ownvoices book, which makes me even more excited to read it.

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When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

This book was written by a latinx author and it has a latinx main character and that’s enough to make me really excited to read it. But add to that the fact that this has a trans main character and I couldn’t get this soon enough. I have heard so many people saying how beautiful this book is that I can’t wait to read it.

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Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Lately, this book is everywhere because they are making it into a movie. I wanted to read it before I knew it was gonna be a movie, but if I’m honest,  now I am more excited about it. I know this is a love story and it’s really cute, but I also know that there’s some amazing friendships in this. I don’t know a lot more, ok? I just want to read it.

Are you participating in the #DiverseAThon? What books are you reading? HAve you read any of the books on my tbr? Did you enjoy them? 

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Dumbledore’s Army Readathon | Sign Up & TBR

 



I’m signing up for my first 2017 readathon and I couldn’t be more excited, specially, because I choose an amazing readathon to participate in. The Dumbledore’s Army Readathon is hosted by Aentee @ Read At Midnight and it’s a Harry Potter themed readathon, focusing on diverse (especially #ownvoices) books, that will take place from Sunday 1st January to Sunday 15th January. 
 
Here’s my tbr for the readathon and I’m very excited because all the books are not only diverse books, they are also #ownvoices books. I don’t think I’m gonna read all 7 books, because I don’t think I will have enough time, but I will try! 
  I have been dealing with anxiety for as long as I can remember and lately it     has been really bad. I feel like it may be good for me to read It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini 

 

I have never read a book written by a trans person or with a trans main character and Redefining Realness  by Janet Mock has been on my tbr for a really long time. That’s why I’m choosing this book for this category. 

 

When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez is a #ownvoices book that is centered around depression. I discovered this book recently when I was looking for #ownvoices books to add to my tbr and I have been meaning to read ever since. 
 
 

 

I have been meaning to read Kindred by Octavia Butler for years and when I saw it was one of Naz @ Read Diverse Books recommendations for this category, I inmediately knew it was the book I was gonna choose. This book is a Science Fiction book with a black woman as a main character and I’m really excited to read it. 
 
 
 
 
 

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling has been on my tbr for over a year, as well as her other book Why not me? and I think this readathon is the perfect opportunity to read it. 

 

I had so many option for this category, but at the end I decided that I need some YA Fantasy in this readathon. My choice was An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I have heard great things about it and I can’t wait to read it. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

This book was recommended to me by one of the girls @TheBookVoyagers on twitter. Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol has a latina main character and it’s written by a latina author, as a latina myself I really want to read it. 

 
 
 
 
 
If you are participating, please leave a link to your tbr in the comments. I would love to check it out! Also, if you have read any book in this list, let me know if you liked them
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Make Me Read It | Readathon

This is the first time I’m participating in the Make Me Read It Readathon hosted by Val (The Innnocent Smiley) and Ely (Tea & Titles), the readthon is taking place from July 9th to July 16th and we are using #MakeMeRead on Twitter and Instagram. 

I’m gonna be honest, I’m really nervous about this. You may wonder why, it’s just a readathon after all. Well my friends, the reason is that I’m a mood reader. I confess, there’s nothing I can do about it, if I don’t feel like reading a book it’s probably gonna be left unfinish until another time or it’s gonna get a bad rating. If you don’t know how this readathon works you may still not know why I’m worried, so let me explain that first. 
What you have to do in the Make Me Read It Readathon is “look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the read-a-thon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.” 
Now you see why I’m nervous? You guys are gonna choose the orden in which I’m gonna read a few books that are high on my tbr. I chose this book thinking about what I feel like reading right now, so I hope I’m in the mood for these books when it’s time to read them. Anyway, here are the options, so you can vote. 
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What Should I Read?

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
The Royal We by Heather Cocks
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Have you read any of these books? Did you like them?  If you are participating in the readathon leave me a link, I would love to vote in your poll.