April TBR: Anticipated Releases + Latinx Book Club + Mystery & SFF Books

Hi everyone! It’s that time of the month again when I put together my tbr. With the currrent situation that we are living around the world, I haven’t been reading that much because I don’t seem to be able to concentrate on books, especially if they are long. So for April I decided to pick up some of the short books on my tbr, some of my most anticipated releases or books that I feel excited about to see if I actually manage to get back into reading.

As always, I have a list below with the goals and challenges that I want to keep track of in 2020, I chose an emoji that represents each one and next to each of the books on my tbr, I’ll put the emoji of the goal or challenge that that book is going to help me fullfil.

  • Read 20 fantasy books in 2020 (🔮)
  • Read 35 books by Latinx authors in 2020 (🔥)
  • Keep reading diverse books: by Asian authors (☁️), by black authors (🌞), other #ownvoices rep (🌈)
  • Read 50 books by the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (⭐)
  • Read the 20 books on my tbr for the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (💫)
  • Read a book from a genre that’s not fantasy or romance (🦄)

Without further ado, here is my Febraury tbr:

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle: This sounds so good and I’m counting the days until it’s out and I’m able to read it. Release date:  April 7th 2020 

☁️ Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai: I read the first book in this series in 2019 and I thought it was just ok, but I’m excited about this one because I think I’ll like it more. Release date: April 21st 2020 

🔥🔮 Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega: I love Claribel and I have been waiting for this book for so long, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Release date: April 7th 2020

🦄🔥⭐ The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes: I’m reading this for the Latinx Book Club, which I co-host on Twitter and Goodreads.

🦄⭐An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena: This sounds like an Agatha Christie book and I can’t wait to read it.

🦄⭐ A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro: I really want to finish this series and find out what happens to Jamie and Charlotte.

🔮Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski: I read the prequel/first book of this series in March and I really liked and I’m curious about what happens next.

🦄To Be Taught, If Fortunate y Becky Charmbers: Since I want to read the nominees for the Booktube SFF awards and this one is really short, I thought it would a great pick for April.

🦄The Test by Sylvain Neuvel: same as the one before, it’s nominated for the Booktube SFF awards and it’s really short, so it was perfect for April.

What are your reading plans for February? If you want to buddy read any of the books on my tbr, let me know in the comments!

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Diverse Books On My TBR with Less Than 500 Ratings on Goodreads

lesser known diverse books on my tbr

Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing a post I’m really excited about. The other day I was think about how diverse books often times get less publicity than other books. Wheter it is because they are indie or self published or because they get a smaller publicity budget or because they have less support from the publishers or for any of a hundred other reasons, the truth is there’s tons of diverse books out there that could use all the help they can get publicity wise.

I have written a few post in the past about underrated books with small amount of ratings on Goodreads and those lists are full of diverse books, so I would recommend you check them out!

But today I’m doing somethings a bit different! I went through my Goodreads tbr list and checked which of the diverse books I had in it had less than 500 ratings and were released before 2018 and today I want to talk about them!

Like Nobody's Watching by Tara Frejas Cover & ReviewLike Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas (58 ratings) 

The cover is SO CUTE! and it’s the reason I noticed this book in the first place, but then I read the synopsis and found out this books has fake dating, a main character that’s a soft guy and a big focus on family and I inmediately added it to my tbr. This is a #romanceclass book, like a lot of the other books on this list,  which means that it’s written by a Filipino author, it has Filipino main characters and it’s set in the Philippines.

 

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy

Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy (79 ratings) 

I discovered this book while writtin my 90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo and I have been meaning to read it ever since. As the title sugests, the stories in this book are written by latinx authors and they are about latinx characters.

 

Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkis Cover & Review

Learning Curves by Ceillei Simkiss (94 ratings) 

This is a romance novella with a Fat Puerto Rican lesbian main character and an asexual panromantic main character with ADHD. I have heard the story is really cute and I’m excited to give it a chance. I actually got an arc of the sequel when I signed up for the authors newsletter, so I need to get to this one to be able to read and review that arc.

 

The Queen's Game

The Queen’s Game by Carla de Guzman (96 ratings)

This is the second #romanceclass book on this list and it’s one that has been on my tbr for a long time. Carla de Guzman is a Filipino author and the main characters in the book are Filipino as well. I love books with royalty and I’m even more excited for this particular story because it has POC who are royals.

 

Feels Like Summer.jpgFeels Like Summer by Six de los Reyes (116 ratings)

This has been on my tbr for the last two years and I really need to read it. Another #romanceclass book (can you tell I’m a fan?) set in the Philippines, it has Filipino main characters and a Filipino author. The main characters in this are a soft guy who is a musician,  and a woman working in STEM. It sound amazing!

 

All's Fair in Blog and War

All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria (159 ratings)

The main characters in this are travel bloggers, which sounds so cool! Another #romanceclass book set in the Philippines with Filipino main characters and written by a Filipino author. This has been on my tbr for two and a half years and I finally bought it thanks to Shelea @ Shut Up, Shelea, who pointed out in one of her posts that it was 0.99 on Amazon (still is if you want it!)

 

The Victoria in my head

The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes (286 ratings)

I read Analee in Real Life, Milanes’ latest book, recently and I loved it, so I’m excited to read her debut, which has been on my tbr for a long time. This book is a YA Contemporary with a Latinx main character, a shy teenager who dreams of being a rock star but  has paralyzing-stage-fright and overprotective Cuban parents … it sounds great and I can’t wait to finally read it!

Acting on Impulse

 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa (400 ratings)

This has a Puerto Rican main character and it’s written by a Latinx author. This is a romance book about a personal trainer and an actor who fall in love, as a huge fan of romance books I can’t wait to read one where the main characters is Latinx.

 

Beginner's Guide Love and Other Chemical Reactions

Beginner’s Guide: Love & Other Chemicals Reactions by Six de los Reyes (418 ratings)

Another #romanceclass book and the second book on this list written by Six de los Reyes. I have heard great things about this author and I can’t believe that I haven’t read any of their books yet. This is set in the Philippines, it has Filipino characters and it’s by a Filipino author.

 

Do you want to read any of these books? Have you read any of them? What diverse books do you have on your tbr that have few ratings on Goodreads? 
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6 Anticipated Releases by Latinx Authors (Seconf Half of 2017)

6 anticipated releases by latinx authorsI have been trying to increase the amount of books I read that are written by Latinx Authors for a long time now, but I keep feeling like I don’t try hard enough. I think about doing it often and I planned to do it all the time, but I think I don’t take as much actions to actually do it. As a Latina myself, I feel like I need to commit to this goal of reading more books by Latinx authors and promoting those books on my blog as well.

That’s why, I looked up the releases for the second half of 2017 written by latinx authors and I chose some that sounded interesting to me and that I wanted to read. All these books not only are written by latinx authors, they also have latinx main characters.

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez (August 22nd 2017)

A girl who loves Punk + a conservative school with an strict dress code + misfits that create a punk band + illustrations and collage art because the main character loves zines= what else do I need to say?! Even if I don’t read middle grade often, this one sounds amazing!

The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves (November 7th 2017)

A kid with an absentee mother + an abusive stepfather + who lives in a poor neighborhood + he wants to find love in his life and wants to leave his neighborhood behind +  a program for troubled teens with potential = a story about a boy that learns that bravery is about being true to yourself. I’m interested in seeing how the conversation about poverty, abuse and dysfunctional families is handled. That’s definitely makes me really want to read this book.

The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes (September 19th 2017)

A shy teenager with the dream of being a rock star + overprotective Cuban parents + paralyzing-stage-fright + unattainably gorgeous boy = a story about a girl looking for the courage to confront her insecurities, fight for her dreams and love. A YA contemporary with a latinx main character that sounds like it’s NOT gonna be a sad, dark contemporary, it’s just what I need!

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 3rd 2017)

Magical realism + bisexual representation + amazing family dinamic + different kinds of relationships between women as a central part of the story +  Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing = the only thing I have to say is that I can’t wait! I loved When the Moon was Ours and I’m really excited to read another of McLemore’s books.

I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez (October 17th 2017)

This book deals with grief and with learning that a person that it’s gone wasn’t as perfect as you thought, which to me is always a interesting concept, but the fact that this revolves around a mexican family makes a concept that is not that unique something really special.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (September 5th 2017)

In this book, people get told if they are gonna die in the next 24 hours and there’s an app called Last Friend that finds you someone to spend your last day with. It’s an interesting concept and there’s LGBTQ+ representation! I haven’t read any of Adam Silveras other books, but I’m really excited to finally read something by him. I haven’t hear anything but great things.

Are you planning on reading any of these books? Do you have recommendations for books written by latinx authors? Let me know in the comments! 

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