Hey book lovers! It’s that time of year again when the weather cools down, sweaters come out, and leaves begin to fall. But with the start of Autumn also comes the start of Latinx Heritage Month! In case you didn’t know, Latinx Heritage Month spans from September 15 to October 15 and if you need some ideas on what books to pick up this month, keep on reading.
by Aiden Thomas
Yadriel wants to prove to his family that he has what it takes to be a brujo and ferry the dead. However, when Yadriel’s cousin dies, Yadriel is determined to be the one to free his soul but accidentally ends up summoning Julian Diaz, a former bad boy from his high school.
But Julian is not ready to pass onto the other side yet, so Yadriel agrees to help him tie up some loose ends, but the two end up catching feelings.
I have been eagerly awaiting for the release of this book since the beginning of the summer. It has Latinx brujxs, a transgender protagonist, Dia de Muertos, and a ghost boyfriend.
Cemetery Boys was published on the first of September so what are you waiting for? Go get it!
Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet
by Laekan Zea Kemp
“I take a deep breath, the scents of a thousand shifts at the restaurant tucked into the: mango and cilantro and epazote, tomatillos and roasted pepitas and tortillas. The truth is, I can’t sleep without those smells tangled in my hair.”
Penelope Prado dreams of one day opening a bakery next to her father’s taqueria, but her parents want her to pursue college. One day Xander Amaro comes to work at the taqueria, and he catches the eye of Pen. Together the two navigate first love and finding their place with their family and their community.
The story has delish descriptions of food, a close-knit latinx community, and the realities of finding your footing in your 20’s. I received an arc for this story, but Somewhere between Bitter and Sweet is out April 6th, 2021.
by Shay Bravo
It’s been a year since the car accident that broke Sol’s arm and deported her mother now Sol has to deal with the hole in her heart.
Sol decides to join her College’s history club, but when her initiation leads her to steal a fork from the Winston house, she ends getting caught by one of the residents, Ethan Winston. But Sol doesn’t expect to form a friendship with Ethan nor does she expect to grow closer to him.
I am apart of the book tour for this novel, and I’m finding it entertaining. If you want to pick this one up, it’s out on September 29.
Sia Martinez and the Moonlit beginning of everything
by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
Everyone in Sia’s small Arizona town calls her mother’s deportation an “unfortunate incident.”
Sia knows her mother must be dead, but every New Moon Sia drives into the desert and lights a saint Anthony and a virgen de Guadalupe candle to guide her mother home. Then one night under the stars, a spacecraft lands in Sia’s path and inside is her mother. Sia now has to save her mother from alien soldiers and uncovers some secrets along the way.
This novel has aliens, romance, family, and immigration. How could I not pick this one up?
We Unleash this Merciless Storm
by Tehlor Kay Mejia
This sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire is through Carmen’s eyes. Carmen has finally returned to her home with the resistance group La Voz, but a lot has changed while she was away. Carmen then learns that Dani is the target of an assassination plot, and now she must choose between the revolution and saving her one true love.
I loved We Set the Dark On Fire, but I haven’t had time to fully sit down and read the sequel. I hope to sometime this month.
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Noemí Taboada receives a concerning letter from her cousin, so she travels to the strange mining town in the Mexican countryside to investigate.
Her cousin’s in-laws are odd, and the house itself gives Noemí visions of blood and doom. Her only ally is the family’s youngest son, who might be hiding his own secrets. However, the more time Noemí spends in this house, the more she finds herself unable to leave.
I’m not a fan of horror, but the plot of Mexican gothic intrigued me, so I have no choice but to read. Many reviews for this story are mixed for not being relatable or Mexican enough, but there isn’t one experience fits all for that. Plus, I’ve only heard good things about this story form Own Voices reviewers so I think it’s worth checking out.
Mexican Gothic is more horror of a horror story so definitely check it out if that floats your boat.
These are the main books I want to read throughout the month. But, if I end up finishing this, list I also thought I include some bonus books.
Gods of Jade and Shadow
“Is that why you stare at the stars?” he asked. “Are you searching for beauty or dreaming with your eyes wide open?”
Casiopea Tun accidentally summons the Mayan god of death while rummaging through her grandfather’s things. The god of death enlists Casiopea’s help to take back the throne from his brother. The pair then embark on a cross country trip and down into the underworld.
I love gods of death stories. I also love learning about Maya and Aztec mythology, so hopefully, I get to pick this one up sometime this month.
by Robina Garber
Manuela Azul is an undocumented immigrant living in Miami and on the run from her father’s Argentinan crime family. When Manuela’s surrogate grandmother is attacked, and her mother is deported, Manuela is left to navigate the world on her own. When Manuela decides to investigate her family history, she finds herself running straight into Argentina folklore, where the seventh daughter in the family is born a bruja and the seventh son a lobizón, a werewolf. As Manuela continues to trace her roots back to a cursed town in Argentina, she also learns that it’s not only her U.S residency that is illegal but her entire existence.
Werewolves and Argentina Folklore! Sign me up!
Clap when you land
by Elizabeth Acevedo
Camino Rios and Yahaira Rios are two sisters living in two separate countries, but when their father’s plane crashes, their worlds are forever changed. But just, when they think they’ve lost every piece of their father, they learn of each other.
I loved Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X and Clap When You Land is also written in verse form, so I’m going to have to get the audiobook version from the library.
by Zoraida Cordova
The Final installment of Zoraida Cordova’s, the Brooklyn Brujas series tells Rose’s story.
The Mortiz family is adjusting to having their amnesiac father back in their lives, but on the Rose’s death day, she discovers her father’s memory loss has been a lie. But when Rose rushes to confront her father, the pair are pulled into a portal and spit out into the land of Adas, the fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea. There Rose discovers the sacrifices her father made to save his family and the full extent of her powers. But if Rose wants to get home and save her family, she has to help save Adas first.
These are all my tentative reads for the month long celebration. If you want to check out more recs click here for last year’s list.
Until next time book friends continue living in libros,
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