Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month |The books I’m reading and the pictures I’m taking

Bienvenidos lectores!

*And that’s about all the Spanish you’ll be getting from me this month…*

Welcome one, welcome all and bienvenidos to my first post celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month or Latinx Heritage Month! The celebration runs from September 15th-October 15th and it’s the month when we are called to celebrate Latinx voices and stories that exist in the real world and in the book world! This month is very important to me because I am of Hispanic origins, so today I thought I’d share some of the things I will be doing to commemorate the month!

Technically speaking, HHM runs for the whole month of October in Canada, but since El Salvador’s (and the other Central American countries’) independence day is September 15th, I figured I’d start celebrating since then.

The Books I’m Reading

I have a set TBR of four physical books and one e-novella prepared for this month! It’s a mix of MG, YA and Adult books. Lot’s of fantasy and sci-fi and magic. A lot of the titles are backlist so I hope that I’m able to knock off some books from my TBR for once!

First up is Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Q: What 2020 books are on your radar? I CANNOT EXPRESS TO YOU GUYS HOW EXCITED I WAS WHEN THIS POPPED UP IN MY MAIL ON MONDAY! I mean... LOOK AT THE COVER! WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by @isabelwriter09 is a a YA Bolivian fantasy about magic, romance and revolución!!! While the announcement for this book came out ages ago and the pub date was pushed we are slowly inching towards its release! I am very grateful for having received an advanced copy and I hope to dive into this #HispanicHeritageMonth! (Because of course!) Many thanks to @mandagroup for the ARC! #bookishcanadiansaug19 Day 30 | Book Haul #WoveninMoonlight #IsabelIbañez #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #youngadultbooks #latinxbooks #newbooks #2020debuts #diversebooks #ownvoices #books #latinxreads

I am super excited for this one. It’s the only ARC in my pile and it comes out early 2020! You only need to read the tagline to be intrigued: “A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.” I have super high hopes for it and I cannot wait to get started!

Next, we have The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Happy Easter! 🌸 I figured I'd show off a fun and colourful cover today to fit the joyful mood. The Storm Runner by @authorjcervantes has been on my radar ever since it was announced. It's a middle grade novel chalked full of Maya mythology and I cannot wait to finally crack open this spine! What mythologies would you love to read about in books? #Thestormrunner #JCCervantes #bookstagram #reader #books #fantasy #mgbooks #middlegrade #readriodan #latinxbooks #middlegrade #kidlit #mayamythology

How long have I been saying I’m going to pick this one up? Forever! Well the time has come and I am finally going to be able to pick it up! I am very much looking forward to this Maya mythological adventure! I know many people say it reads like Percy Jackson, but I’ve never read PJ so this will be a whole new experience for me!

Then I’ll be reading, Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Aguila

Five Midnights
via Goodreads

Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone with this one! I am not the biggest horror reader, but I am super intrigued by the mythological aspect of it! I’m only willing to put up with monsters if they’re Hispanic though 😉

Then, Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano

A Dash of Trouble (Love Sugar Magic, #1)
via Goodreads

This is a book I am very excited about! It sounds absolutely adorable! It has magic and witches in it! It has an Easy-Bake-Oven-like machine in it! It’s set around the Dia de los Muertos! So you know this is going to be fun, fantastical and fierce!

And finally, Prime Merdian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Prime Meridian
via Goodreads

This is a novella that I super pumped for! Not only because it is about a Mexican woman dreaming of getting to space but because it’s by Silvia Moreno-Garcia! She’s my fave Latinx author and I’ve loved her last three novels so I have great hopes for this one!

Instagram Take Over

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! Let's celebrate by reading Latinx stories by Latinx writers! There are so many voices out there to explore and it's the perfect time to discover them. Q: What is your favourite Latinx read? Who is your favourite Latinx writer? Also Happy Independence Day to the home of my heart, El Salvador 🇸🇻 and the other countries, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica!  #latinxheritagemonth #latinxbooks #latinxfantasy #latinxYA #latinxmg #bookstagram #yabooks #books #reader #bookishcanadians #fantasy #adultfantasy #youngadultbooks #yafantasy #igbooks #bookstagrammer #epicreads #fiercereads #leer #libros

It is as the title says. I’m really going to focus my IG feed this month on featuring the Latinx books in my collection! I hope to acquire more over the month, if the budget permits, but I do have a wish list set up to remind me exactly what I want to get!

I’ve already started, so please head on over and like/comment on my posts! I’m really curious to see what you all think!

Q: Who is you favourite Latinx author? Or which Latinx author are you looking forward to reading from? If my answers isn't obvious, it's Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I haven't read all her work, but I have read the three pictured above and I can safely say she's my fave. Not to mention the fact that she's based in Canada so the  Canadian me feels ~honoUred~. But if I had to say why, it's that Moreno-Garcia really knows how to weave magic into her words. The books are starkly different but in each of them the writing has that sense of delight, danger, wonder, wit, horror, happiness and so on and so forth. I just love it! CERTAIN DARK THINGS is about Mexican vampires and narcos - - AMAZING GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW is about Mayan gods wreaking havoc in 1920s Mexico and the girl from the puebla who changes her world - - INCREDIBLE  THE BEAUTIFUL ONES is a quite romance that honestly fills your heart with joy AND has a little magic in it - - PHENOMENAL Yes I recommend all her work. Even the ones I have yet to get to but will hopefully soon! #SilviaMorenoGarcia #GodsofJadeandShadow #CertainDarkThings #TheBeautifulOnes #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth #CuentosUnidos #bookstagram #reader #books #fantasy #adultfantasy #adultbooks #bookishcanadians #canadianauthor #canlit #favouriteauthors #leyendo #libros #igbooks #bookstagrammer #scifi

Maybe I’ll even make an appearance on Bookstagram one of these days! Who knows? *wags eyebrows*

Let me know what you think! How will you be commemorating HHM? What Latinx books are you looking forward to reading? Do you have a favourite Latinx book and/or author?

Feliz lectura! *Oh look more Spanish*

~ Rendz


8 thoughts on “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month |The books I’m reading and the pictures I’m taking

  1. I’ve been reading from a lot more Latinx authors this year, it was actually one of my goals at the start of the year. I’m currently swamped with classes, but I’ll try to head over to my local bookstore next week to see their Latinx selection. They always change the displays to go along with their monthly themes 🙂

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  2. OMG YES. You reminded me about Five Midnights. I saw this somewhere and had screenshotted it but I had yet to dig into more information. I am so intrigueddddddd. hopefully it’s not too much horror, but I can’t wait to see what you think! Wonderful post, and hopefully you enjoy them all!! 🙂

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