9 Books with Fat Representation

Hi everyone! Today, I bring you a new installment of a series that I write here on my blog. 9 Books Monday is a feature where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation of diverse experiences including the experiences of people of the LGBTQIA community, Native people, people of color, people with physical and cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

In the past, I have done posts about 9 book with: 

Bisexual female main characters | Latinx main characters | Black main characters | Muslim main characters | Lesbian main characters | Asian main characters | Trans main characters | Anxiety representation | Autism representation | Depression representation

This time I talking about 9 books with Fat Representation:

5 BOOKS I READ AND LOVED

The Summer of Jordi Pérez by Amy Spalding

This book is about Abby, a pink-haired, fat, lesbian girl, who runs a  plus-size style blog. This is a cute story of summer jobs, friendship and first love. An interesting aspect of this book is that, while Abby is confident and comfortable with the way she looks for the most part, she still has her moments of insecurity because she knows how harsh the rest of the world can be. That aspect of the book felt very realistic.

Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes

This is the story of Analee, a fat girl who has self-esteem issues and social anxiety, and who is going through a difficult time dealing with her mother’s death. Throughout the book, Analee learns to appreaciate and love the people she has in her life and she also learns to accept and love herself more. If you like books centered around character development and growth, you will like this one.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This book is about Chloe, a fat, chronically ill, Black computer geek and this is the story of Chloe being brave, loving herself and falling in love. Chloe’s weight is barely even mentioned, it’s not something she wants to change and it’s never presented as something negative. This book includes important discussions about chronic pain and abusive relationships, but it was also adorable, steamy and fun.

Soft on Soft by Mina Waheed

This book tells the love story between two fat, women of color. One of them is a really anxious makeup artist and the other is a model and actress, who is completely comfortable with the way she looks. This is an adorable and short novella, that doesn’t include homophobia or fatphobia. If you are looking for something low on the angst and high on the fluff, you will enjoy this.

b.b. free by Gabby Rivera

This is an amazing comic about a fat, queer, Latinx girl living in a post-apocalyptic world. While there are no comments about b.b. being fat, it’s amazing just to see a fat girl in a comic being brave and smart and fighting against the beliefs and conventions that other people want to imposse on her.

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

This book is about Mila, a fat, Latinx girl, who practices Wicca and who ends up bringing a bunch of murdered teenagers back to life while trying to discover who killed her best friend. While this book has a strange premise, it also portraits some of the real daily microaggressions that fat people have to deal with.

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

This book is about Winnie, a fat, queer, Black girl, who’s trying to win a televised cooking competition to save her grandmother’s dinner. In this book, Winnie doesn’t let anyone make her feel ashamed about her weight, even when people feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for “her own good”

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I’ll be the One by Lyla Lee

This book is about Skye, who wants to become a K-Pop star, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for fat girls. While Skye is comfortable in her body, the fatphobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry still affect her and she has to deal with that. 

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

This book is about April, who posts a plus-size cosplay of a character from a beloved tv show that goes viral and after that she has to deal with trolls and supporters alike. Thanks to the attention, she gets to go on an unexpected date with the star of the tv show, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.

What books with Fat rep have you read and loved? Which ones are on your tbr?

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6 Diverse YA Contemporaries That You Should Read: 2018 Edition

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Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you a list of diverse YA contemporaries that were releases in 2018 and that I read and loved. While these books touch on some serious issues, they all have in common that they aren’t dark and heartbreaking contemporaries. There’s sad things in them, but for the most part they are sweet and funny.

I mention each of the books, what type of representation they have in them and then I tell you why I think you should read them:

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The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Representation: Korean-american main character, Chinese love interest and a Latinx character.

I always say this, this book is a beautiful love letter to L.A. and to food, and with that as a background, we get an amazing father/daughter relationship, a wonderful female friendship and a cute love story. The love interest was so sweet and respectful and it was lovely! We also get so much character development and a really funny book. (Full review).

 

Analee in Real Life

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes

Representation: Plus Size Cuban-american main character with social anxiety.  

Analee is dealing with her mother’s death by playing an online game all the time, but then in real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone and it’s such a sweet and fun dynamic. They had so much chemestry! BUT the real focus of the book is family, Analee’s relationship with her father, stepmother and stepsister develop in such a beautiful way.

 

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American Panda by Gloria Chao

Representation: Taiwanese-American main character and Japanese love interest.

This is an amazing story about a Taiwanese-American girl that has to straddle two cultures. Mei is a interesting and relatable main character, the female friendship is lovely, the love interest is really undertanding and caring and there is a really good romance that doesn’t take over the story.  One of the most wonderful things about this is the development of the mother/daughter relationship.

 

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The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Representation:  Plus Size lesbian main character and mexican-american lesbian love interest

This is such a fun book, the main character is a pink-haired girl who loves fashion and blogs about it and wears colorful clothes. While the love interest is a girl who loves photography and dresses all in black. Abby and Jordi are incredibly cute together and there’s so many sweet moments between them. Also, this book has complex family dynamics, a lovely female friendship and cool guy/ girl platonic friendship. (Full review)

 

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi 

Representation: Haitian-Dominican main character and black love interest.

A Pride and Prejudice retelling! Zuri and Darius are always bantering and bickering and it is a fun dynamic to read. But the main reason this book is good is the way it dicusses gentrification and class, including these subjects adds to the original story and make it more relevant to our time. Also, the representation of a Haitian-Dominican family, in terms of the religion, the food and the family dynamics is so fascinating to read.

 

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 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Representation: Dominican-american main character

This is a story told in verse, it’s touching and powerful, and it explores a Dominican-american girl’s struggle with inhabiting her body, a body that attracs attention and because of it, it’s unwillingly subjected to the male gaze; it also deals with growing up in a conservative latinx family that it’s extremely religious and that imposes faith and leaves no room for questions. It’s a book about trying to figure who you are in an enviroment that doesn’t leave much room to do so and it’s fantastic. (full review)

What are some diverse contemporaries that you would recommend? Have you read any of these books? Are you interested on reading any of them? 

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Underrated 2018 Releases (less than 400 ratings on Goodreads)

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Hi everyone! This is a post I have thinking about writing for a while and I’m so excited to finally be posting it. This is joining a few post I wrote during 2018 about underrated books: Underrated LGBTQIA+ BooksUnderrated Diverse Romance Books and Underrated YA Books. On this list, you’ll find books that were released in 2018 that I read and LOVED and that have less than 400 ratings on Goodreads. Hopefully some of you will read them and sprend the word about how amazing they are!

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Secondhand Origin Story by  Lee Blauersouth – 29 ratings on goodreads

Opal wants to join the superhero team, the Sentinel, to get a platform to tell the truth about the injustices of the the government agency that regulates superpowered people. But when Opal arrives to the Sentinels, just after a supervillain attacks their home, she finds a family on the brink of breaking apart.

Why read it: A group of teens fights against a corrupt, racist and ableist system, and this book manages to address those issues in an intelligent and sensitive way. It has complex characters, complicated family dynamics and so many secrets and mysteries. There’s black, lesbian, asexual and  gender queer (#ownvoices) rep. Full review. 

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The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman – 345 ratings on Goodreads 

Three girls meet when they are in the same hotel for 3 different cons: a Percussion convention, a fandoms convention and a taxidermy convention. Each one has her own toubles and doubts, but they help each other through them. 

Why read it: It has a really cool setting and premise and also the female friendship is amazing, these 3 girls help each other through heartbreak, friendship problems & family drama. They are supportive, understanding and wonderful to each other. I almost cried happy tears because there friendship was so heartwarming. It has lesbian rep, non binary rep and mexican rep.

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Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes – 166 ratings on Goodreads

Since her mother passed away, Analee spends her time role playing in an online game where she meets a boy she likes. In real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone. Meanwhile, her family life gets complicated. 

Why read it: There’s a fake relationship that it’s really entertaining because the characters have so much chemestry. The real focus of the book is family, Analee’s relationship with her father, stepmother and stepsister develop in such a beautiful way.  There’s Cuban, fat and social anxiety rep.

the queen of ieflariaThe Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin – 297 ratings on Goodreads

Princess Esofi was betrothed to Crown Prince Albion, but he dies before the wedding. Esofi is offered a new betrothal to the new Crown Princess Adale, in exchange for help with the dragon problem. But Adale has no plans of taking the throne, leaving Esofi with more to battle than fire-breathing beasts.

Why read it: It has complex, flawed and compelling characters, an amazing f/f romance that warmed my heart, an interesting magic system and DRAGONS! Full review. 

What 2018 releases do you think are underrated? Have you read any of the books on this list? Are you planning on reading any of them? 

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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.

 

 

 

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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Most Anticipated Book Releases of September 2018: So many amazing books!

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September is gonna be such an amazing month for book releases, there’s so many books that I’m desperate to read that come out this month and I honestly can not wait!

Here are the six books being release in July that I’m highly anticipating, I hope you find something new to add to your tbr!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren 

I have read a few Christina Lauren books this year so far and I have really liked them, so off course I’m excited for their newest book to come out, especially since it’s a friends to lovers story with a premise that sounds hilarious. This is about two completely different people who have been acquaintances for years and start setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates, because there’s obviously nothing going on between them. I have heard nothing but good things from people that got ARCs, so I’m even more excited!

Release date: September 4th 2018

Pride by Ibi Zoboi 

I have heard great things about American Street by Ibi Zoboi, but I haven’t read it yet, so I’m excited to give one of her books a chance and what better choice than a Pride and Prejudice retelling with an afro-latinx main character, and a storyline that revolves around the gentrification of a primarily latinx neighborhood. Honestly, what more could I ask for?

Release date: September 18th 2018

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith 

I have been waiting forever for this book and I can’t believe it’s finally here! This is book 4 in the Cormoran Strike series and after the end of book 3, I’m excited to see the changes in the dynamic between the characters. In this book, Detective Cormoran Strike and his ex-asistant- now partner in the detective firm- Robin Ellacott, try to find out what happened years ago to a troubled man who comes looking for their help.

Release date: September 18th 2018

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalo 

This has to be one of my most anticipated books of the year, it’s the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and I’m so excited to read about Audrey Rose and Thomas new adventure. In this book, the luxurious ship, where Audrey Rose and Thomas are passengers, becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers start being murdered and there’s nowhere to run from the killer. The fact that Kerri wrote a fake ending for the ARCs has me so intrigued, I need this book inmidiately!

Release date: September 18th 2018

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes 

I have been meaning to read Janelle Milanes’ debut novel The Victoria in my Head for a while, and I still haven’t done it, but because of that, I requested an ARC of this book and got it, and I’m excited to read it during the Latinx Book Bingo. This is the story of a latina girl, who’s mother passed away and she spends her time role playing in an online game where she mets 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 don’t know if I’m right, but I’m sensing a You’ve Got Mail situation and I’m excited about it!

Release date: September 18th 2018

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 

Honestly, I’m mainly curious to see if this is any good since it’s Hank Green’s first book and the premise sounds intriguing. In this book, a bunch of sculptures started to show up in different cities around the world and this is the story of the woman that posted the first video of one of the sculptures online and how that video went viral and that changed her life. Also, it’s about the mystery surrounding the sculptures, about what they are and what they want from us. I have hard that this is quirky, pop-culture-filled, sci-fi-ish and I’m excited to read it!

Release date: September 25th 2018

What September book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of these books? Have you read any of these books and what did you think about them?

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