Hispanic and Latinx heritage month goes from September 15th to October 15th and I’m so excited to share with you what I am looking forward to reading! While I tend to read quite a few books by Latinx and Hispanic authors as it is, I really wanted to organize my TBR (to be read) list to focus on Latinx and Hispanic authors specifically over the next four weeks. This list is not exhaustive, there are so many books and authors to choose from, so please also take a look at what other book bloggers on Instagram and TikTok are recommending. I also likely will add more books to my list as I go so feel free to bookmark this page and check back throughout the month.
Here is my list so far, and if you plan on reading any of these let me know! Let’s be friends on Instagram; I’d love to talk about the books we are reading. Continue scrolling past the list to see a quick synopsis and why I’m excited about these reads!
I’m all about thrillers, noir + suspense if you didn’t know. And I think it’s going to be such a perfect Fall read.
Genre: Historical noir in 1970’s Mexico
The main character, Maite is searching for her neighbor, Lorena, who has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. Elvis who is also looking for Lorena at his boss’ request starts watching Maite. Maite only ends up going deeper into a criminal and dangerous world involving hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies.
A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria
Genre: Romance, 18+ only
This is the second book in the Primas of Power series but can be read as a standalone. The first book is “You Had Me at Hola”. Here is what to look forward to:
•Friends to Strangers to Lovers
•The fan fiction (seriously so cute)
•Spanish is not italicized or written as the “other” language.
•The sex scenes are well written + consent is always there
Genre: Magical realism
Part of the book takes place in Ecuador.
Orquídea’s descendants travel to Ecuador a few years after getting their inheritance to uncover secrets about their family. The Montoyas noticed a lot of mystical and unexplained things about how and where they grew up in Four Rivers and now they are in search of the truth about what Orquídea left behind in Ecuador when she immigrated to the United States. The story alternates between timelines, between Orquídea’s past and her descendants’ present. “The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina is an enchanting novel about what we knowingly and unknowingly inherit from our ancestors, the ties that bind, and reclaiming your power.”
Genre: Bildungsroman, Coming of Age
Fifteen-year-old Ana decides to get married to Juan who promises to bring her to the United States from The Dominican Republic. She takes the opportunity to realize what it could mean for her and her family. Once in New York, she is lonely, miserable and is planning her escape. She decided to stay when she is left under the watch of Juan’s free-spirited younger brother which allows her more freedom to do things like taking classes and go to the beach.
Mean by Myriam Gurba
Coming of age story by a queer and mixed-race Chicana.
This memoir has been on my TBR for a while, and I finally just picked up a copy!
Includes themes surrounding true crime, sexual violence, race, misogyny, and homophobia.
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Genre: Horror + Paranormal Fiction
Vampires in Mexico City
This one is perfect as we head into Halloween season, I’ll likely read this at the beginning of Halloween.
Atl is a descendent of Aztec blood drinkers, she is smart, beautiful, and dangerous and Domingo is mesmerized, Atl doesn’t want him around at first, but as they try to escape the city, he grows on her.
Hispanic + Latinx heritage month is a great time to focus on not only reading stories by Latinx and Hispanic authors but also to support Latinx ad Hispanic businesses. I hope this post will also inspire you to continue checking out work by Latinx and Hispanic authors even after this month is over.