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The Resolutions by Mia García: Reading and Discussion Schedule (December ’19)

The Resolutions by Mia García will be our final book club pick of the year and we are all very excited. If you haven’t joined us this year, you can still do so. We are so thankful for everyone who has participated in our readalongs, who took part in discussions, and who supported us this year. Below is our reading schedule, but like always, feel free to read at your own pace. You can find all this info on Twitter as well, just refer to this thread.

December 1-7: Pages 1-102

December 8-14: Pages 103-214

December 15-21: Pages 215-321

December 22-31: Pages 322-the end

Check back every Sunday on Twitter for discussion questions!

Will you be joining the December readalong of The Resolutions? Have you read this one yet? Let’s talk in the comment!

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Latinx Book Club: December’s Book Club Pick

December is fast approaching and we hope that you have had as much fun this year with the Latinx Book Club as we have being your hosts. We are so thankful for all of your support and hope this first year is the start of many more years reading Latinx titles together. We are so excited to announce our final book club pick of the year, but first we want to give a shout out to all the nominees. If you do get a chance, please pick up these amazing titles. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey

They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez

We are really excited to dive into December’s book club pick. So without further ado, it’s time to announce the winner. December’s book club pick will be…

The Resolutions by Mia Garcia! This is the perfect title for the end of the year and we hope that you can join us. The readalong will begin December 1st and our reading schedule will be posted on that day as well. Remember you can read at your own pace and join us for discussions whenever you can. Be sure to use the hashtag #LatinxBookClub and check Twitter for updates. If you have any questions, feel free to ask here or on our Twitter account. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Title: The Resolutions
Author: Mia Garcia
Series: N/A
Pages: 416
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: November 5th 2018

      “New Years are for fresh starts, but Jess just wants everything to go back to the way it was.
      From hiking trips, to four-person birthday parties, to never-ending group texts, Jess, Lee, Ryan, and Nora have always been inseparable—and unstoppable. But now, with senior year on the horizon, they’ve been splintering off and growing apart. And so, as always, Jess makes a plan.
      Reinstating their usual tradition of making resolutions together on New Year’s Eve, Jess adds a new twist: instead of making their own resolutions, the four friends assign them for each other—dares like kiss someone you know is wrong for you, show your paintings, learn Spanish, say yes to everything.
      But not even the best laid plans can take into account the uncertainties of life. As the year unfolds, Jess, Ryan, Nora, and Lee each test the bonds that hold them together. And amid first loves, heart breaks, and life-changing decisions, beginning again is never as simple as it seems.”

Will you be joining the Latinx Book Club in December? Have you read this book yet? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book Club Announcments

Latinx Book Club: November’s Book Club Pick

Hi everyone! After an amazing Latinx Heritage Month, we are back to our normal schedule and we are excited to announce our November book club pick! This time around the four nominees were:

These are all amazing books, so yoou should add them to your tbrs! Nonetheless, the winner of our twitter poll was …

November's pick

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez 

Title: Sal and Gabi Break the Univere
Author: CArlos Hernandez
Series: Sal and Gabi #1
Pages: 382
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Release Date: March 5th 2019

36595887._sy475_How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker? When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn’t under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal’s office for the third time in three days, and it’s still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk. A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.

Reading Schedule_

Week 1: chapters 1- 10

Week 2: Chapters 11 – 21

Week 3: Chapters 22 – 32

Week 4: Chapters 32 – 42 + epilogue

discussion schedule

Week 1: Hosts’ discussion questions (Satuday, November 9th)

Week 2: Hosts’ discussion questions (Saturday, November 16th)

Week 3: Hosts’ discussion questions (Saturday, November 23rd)

Week 4: Q&A with the author (Saturday, November 30th)

Will you be joining the Latinx Book Club in November? Have you read this book yet? Let’s talk in the comments!

Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month: Cande’s Most Anticipated 2020 Latinx Releases

Hello there!

I’m so happy to be here on our beautiful blog today, talking about my most anticipated 2020 releases by Latinx authors! 2019 brought us (and still is bringing us) powerful, gut-punching and fascinating stories. And 2020 doesn’t want to be left behind!

So, to get your Goodreads shelves ready and your poor bank crying, here are six books that I can’t wait;

1.Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega: Coco meets Stranger Things? Yes please! A spell gone wrong, an adorable cat and an abuela ready for adventure, Ghost Squad sounds like an unforgettable story. I’ve been loving middle-grade lately and I feel like Claribel is going to tackle all my favorite things at once; cute pets, abuelas and their grandchildren, spooky settings and friends who stay with you even spells backfire. A Latinx tale of mischief that I need in my life.

2.Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez: Magic, romance and revolution, inspired by Bolivian politics and history. It’s like Isabel read my deepest bookish dreams, wow. I definitely need more Latinx inspired Fantasy in my life and more South American representation. I’m so excited to dive in this world and hold a finish copy of this book. Can you imagine how gorgeous is going to be? Isabel has destroyed the illustrated covers game, sorry!

3.Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit by Lilliam Rivera: I read Goldie Vance comics last year and I fell in love with this biracial sapphic girl who works at a hotel but has a passion for detective work. The world is full of loyal and supportive friends who adore Goldie, but call her out when necessary. And the f/f romance is one of my favorites ever! So you can’t understand how excited I was when I found out Lilliam Rivera would be writing about Goldie and her friends! I can’t seriously wait.

4.Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo: Elizabeth consolidated herself as one of my favorite authors when I read With The Fire On High. I trust that she can write anything at all and it will be a masterpiece. I’m excited to see her go back to verse and this time, with dual point of view, which it’s something I really enjoy. I’m ready to let my heart be broken in ten thousand pieces and stitch back together with the hopeful and bittersweet endings Elizabeth loves to give us.

5.Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia: Can I officially be Tehlor’s number one fan? Well, I am her fan. You know how much loved We Set The Dark On Fire, you probably can imagine how excited I am for its sequel (I am!!) but you don’t know how I’m dying for her middle-grade debut. I’m ready for adventures, friendships and my childhood terror to come back (yes, La Llorona, I’m excited for you too). Knowing Tehlor, this book is going to be a wreck of emotions and we could named it Cande’s River of Tears, yes?

6.Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore: The more I hear about this, the more excited I get. Anna-Marie is one of my favorite authors, hands down. Their writing is lyrical, their characters are so sympathetic and their incorporation of Latinx culture is perfect. Reading their books, I feel like traveling to my childhood, but better because I get to have the queer representation that I didn’t know that I needed. Dark and Deepest Red promises to be a beautiful, gripping story with all the queerness and happy endings as only Anna-Marie can deliver.


There are many more exciting Latinx books, I know! And I can’t wait for 2020 to get here.

What are some of your Latinx anticipated releases?

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Latinx Heritage Month: Jocelyn’s Favorite Books by Cuban Authors

It took me a while to decide what sort of post I wanted to do for our blog to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month. With the amount of truly excellent Latinx literature cropping up, there’s a lot of favorite lists that I could have done. In the end, I went with favorite books by Cuban authors because, while Latinx representation on the whole is having a renaissance, it still feels rare to see a book by a Cuban author that has Cuban representation. Don’t get me wrong – plenty of other Latinx folk are still deeply underrepresented – but each story I read from my culture cuts me so much deeper. So here you are: books (and authors!) I love because I see me and my family within their pages. (Covers link to Goodreads.)

The Victoria in my Head by Janelle Milanes

I have to start this list with where I started and that’s The Victoria in My Head, the very first book I remember seeing #ownvoices Cuban-American representation that actually felt like it represented me. Much like my childhood idol, Lizzie McGuire, Victoria imagines herself as so much more free than she allows herself to be in real life. That is until one day when she sees a cute boy hanging up flyers for band tryouts and she makes the first in a series of choices to start being the Victoria she wants to be. This YA contemporary is filled to the brim with heart. The soundtrack for it rocks pretty hard, too. 

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

It feels natural to move from Victoria to Rosa because if the former was the book I needed when I was a young teen, this was the book that served as a balm for my older self. Within these pages, Rosa grapples with so many questions and experiences other diasporic people will find instantly familiar. But even when she is at her most confused and hurt, she continues to raise her voice and fight for herself. While the romance in this YA is incredibly heart-warming, for me, this story is never about anything other than Rosa, her family, and her quest to understanding herself. 

The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older

Trying to choose just one Daniel José Older book for this list was harder than I originally thought. I love his middle grade series, Dactyl Hill Squad,  immensely for what it does for its audience and the discussions it engenders. However, his adult historical magical realism novel, The Book of Lost Saints, felt so very personal. There is a quiet genius to this story and the way it tackles themes. This exploration of grief and ghosts and the things we don’t talk about is far and away the best depiction of the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath I’ve seen in media to date. 

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

After finishing Carlos Hernandez’s short story collection, The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria, I found that my love for his middle grade, Sal and Gabi, had only increased. The final story in that collection is very clearly an influence for this novel, and seeing that initial spark made me appreciate it all the more. Middle grade books are often ones I turn to when I’m seeking whimsy and hope, both of which you’ll find here. You’ll also encounter Sal and Gabi, who are respectively a diabetic magician (of the pulling-rabbits-out-of-hats variety) who can literally take things from other universes, and a young lawyer-in-the-making who is curious and full of gumption. These two are the kind of dynamic duo dreams are made of. In book one they kinda sorta break the universe. I can’t wait to see how they fix it in book two.  

Yoruba from Cuba by Nicolás Guillén, translated by Salvador Ortiz-Carboneres

My final choice for today is a poetry collection by activist, writer, and Cuban national poet, Nicolás Guillén. He is the only one on this list who was not American and, to be fully transparent, also one of the only Afro-Cubans I’ve read from at this point. I’ve found that I like my poetry to have teeth and this selection delivers and then some. There are many topics he covers here – race and racism, international relationships, political views – that can be controversial even at the best of times and Guillén pulls no punches. 

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I am excited to continue to add books to this list as time goes by. More and more of us are coming to publishing with stories we’ve had in our hearts that we wish to share with the world. As they trickle in, I’ll be here, ready and hungry for more. 

Do you have a favorite book by a Cuban author? And if you’re non-Cuban Latinx, what’s a favorite book from someone who shares your heritage?