Recommendations

Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite books that I have read lately from and about Latinx people. Go ahead and add some of these to your list and let me know which ones I should add to mine!

Mexican Gothic

I needed help describing this one without spoilers, so Goodreads says: An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . This is an understatement. Mexican Gothic had me riveted with every twist and turn. Read this if you like grotesque horror (I don’t do scary, but I LOVED this one) and spicy Victorian tropes mixed with some Mexican culture.

Next Year in Havana

A woman travels to Cuba to discover her roots after her grandmother passes away, and throughout the book we see her story unfold concurrently with her grandmother’s. I love Cuba and my grandma, so this hit me in my nostalgia. Read this if you like dreamy, romantic scenery, love, and a history lesson.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Two girls forge an unlikely entanglement during the intense times of 1990s Colombia. I was drawn to this book by the beautiful cover (yes, I can be that shallow). Read this if you like alternating perspectives, strong female friendships, and amazing storytelling.

With the Fire on High

High school senior, Emoni Santiago, has duties: to her daughter, to her grandmother, to finish school. This is a lot for just a kid to balance, but she finds a way to also fulfill the duty she has to herself. This book made me fall in love with YA again. Read this if you like badass female leads, YA that makes your heart warm, and fun recipes.

The House of Broken Angels

This is a beautiful Mexican American family story about loss, connection (to both family and countries), and remembering who you are. I thought this novel was almost as if it was an anthropological ethnography of one family, examining all the dynamics from multiple generations and views. Read this book if you like family stories, immigration stories, and dry humor mixed with seriousness.

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