Latinx Heritage Month: Recommendations

Since it’s Latinx Heritage Month from September 15 until October 15, I wanted to dedicate a post recommending books by Latinx authors!

I’ll be giving you 20 recommendations, divided in 4 parts: books I’ve read and loved, books I own but haven’t read yet, books I have on my wishlist, and book releases I’m looking forward to.


Tehlor Kay Mejia – We Set the Dark on Fire

We Set the Dark on Fire is a YA novel reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, and I actually much preferred it. It’s a thrilling dystopian that’s at the same time very timely, with lots of references to the real world, and a very insightful exploration of gender hierarchy and social class.

Elizabeth Acevedo – The Poet X

Another one of my all time favourite books is The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, which is a beautifully written verse novel.

Adam Silvera – They Both Die at the End

I have a bit of a rocky relationship with Adam Silvera’s books, but They Both Die at the End is one that I’ve absolutely loved. It’s the first book I’ve read by him and it’s still my favourite, just because the concept is so amazing and emotional.

J.C. Cervantes – The Storm Runner

A middlegrade novel I’ve really enjoyed is The Storm Runner, which is part of the Riordan Presents imprint. I love middlegrade quest books, and this one was especially fun.

Anna-Marie McLemore – When the Moon Was Ours

I’ve read and loved all of Anna-Marie McLemore’s books, but When the Moon Was Ours is probably my favourite. I absolutely love their writing style, and they have such a beautiful way of writing characters.

When the Moon Was Ours


Maya Montayne – Nocturna

I got a copy of Nocturna in a past FairyLoot box, and I’m afraid I still haven’t read it. Its size is just a little daunting to me. But I’ve heard great things, so I have high hopes I’ll enjoy it when I do end up reading it!

Carlos Hernandez – Sal & Gabi Break the Universe

Another Riordan Presents book is Sal & Gabi Break the Universe. This is supposed to be a really funny middlegrade, and I can’t wait to read it.

Elizabeth Acevedo – With the Fire on High

Since I absolutely adored The Poet X, I’m very much looking forward to reading With the Fire on High. This one isn’t a verse novel, so I’m curious to see how I’ll like the writing style.

Zoraida Córdova – Labyrinth Lost

I recently got a copy of Labyrinth Lost, because I’ve been hearing great things about it. I absolutely love the cover, and the synopsis sounds really fun. I haven’t read anything by this author before, so I’m very curious.

Mark Oshiro – Anger Is a Gift

Anger Is a Gift is a book I’ve been putting off because it sounds like a really heavy read. It is on my September TBR though, so I’m hoping I’ll get to it very soon.

Anger Is a Gift


Gabby Rivera – Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath recently got a reprint. It was on my TBR already, but now I especially want to pick it up soon.

Kacen Callender – Hurricane Child

I was recently looking for LGBTQ+ middlegrade and found Hurricane Child, which sounds absolutely incredible. I put it on my “soon to buy” wishlist, so I’ll hopefully get it very soon.

Lilliam Rivera – Dealing in Dreams

Dealing in Dreams is a book I found on my audiobook service and added to my list right away. My approach with audiobooks is usually that I’ll listen to them and then decide whether or not to get a physical copy based on how much I’ve enjoyed the book.

Anna Meriano – Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

I’ve been wanting to read Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble ever since I saw it included in a previous Owlcrate Jr box that looked particularly cute. It just seems like a very fun middlegrade.

Nina Moreno – Don’t Date Rosa Santos

I recently started the audiobook of Don’t Date Rosa Santos. I very much enjoyed what I listened to so far, but I didn’t get very far into it before I got in a bit of an audiobook slump. I’m hoping to continue listening to it very soon, and if I enjoy it, I’ll hopefully pick up a physical copy.

Don't Date Rosa Santos


Adam Silvera – Infinity Son

Like I said, I have a bit of a rocky relationship with Adam Silvera’s books. So I’m not 100% sure I’ll love his first fantasy novel, Infinity Son, but I’m very curious to give it a shot. I got to borrow an ARC from a friend, which I’m hoping to read very soon.

Claribel Ortega – Ghost Squad

It’ll be a while until this book comes out (April 2020, I believe), but I’ve already seen SO MUCH hype surrounding Ghost Squad. It’s described as: “Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.” Which sounds incredibly fun to me!

Anna-Marie McLemore – Dark and Deepest Red

A new Anna-Marie McLemore? YES PLEASE! Honestly, when I hear they have a new book coming out, I don’t really have to ask any questions to know I want to pick it up. Honestly though, the synopsis of Dark and Deepest Red sounds incredible to me, and I can’t wait to read it.

Kacen Callender – Queen of the Conquered

I’ve only read This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender so far, but I really enjoyed that. So I really want to read more of their books. Queen of the Conquered comes out in November, and it’s a Caribbean-inspired fantasy.

Tehlor Kay Mejia – We Unleash the Merciless Storm

We Unleash the Merciless Storm is the sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire, and since that’s one of my favourite reads of the year, I really can’t wait for this to be released in February 2020.

We Unleash the Merciless Storm (We Set the Dark on Fire, #2)

What are your favourite books by Latinx authors?

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  1. Don’t forget Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz! Queer Latinx rep + achingly beautiful writing = fantastic book.

    I’m also with you on anxiously awaiting the sequel to We Set the Dark on Fire. I actually got to meet the author at an event in Chicago early this summer, and she was super cool as a person, too!


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