YA Book Recommendations For Hispanic Heritage Month

Every September 15- October 15 is Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month!

Being Latina myself, I’d love to celebrate by sharing with you a recommendation list of 12 YA Books that are written by Hispanic/Latinx authors and/or feature Hispanic/Latinx characters!

If you have additional recommendations or have read any of the books I’ve listed below, feel free to leave a comment so we can discuss! 🙂

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1. Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

2. Gabi, A Girl In Pieces by Isabel Quintero

3. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

4. Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda

5.Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

6. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

7. Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova

8. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

9. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

10. The Weight Of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

11. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

12. When The Moon Was Ours by Anne-Marie McLemore

Supporting Diversity In YA {Book Blog Discussion}

Supporting Diversity In YAI support diverse books.

We live in such a diverse world with people of different skin colors, variety of cultures, ethnicities, customs, etc. & we should embrace it!

Young Adult is a genre with thousands of readers and has massive influence in publishing+mainstream media  (Book-To-Movie Adaptations, Book Conventions, Book Blogs/Booktube, etc. ). With thousands of books being published every year, it is important to acknowledge diversity and continue to support it in this genre because:

Everyone Deserves To Find And See Themselves In A Story.

With that said here are some ways you can support diversity in YA:

1.Talk About Diverse Books

Whether its through social media, talking to your local librarians, friends, family the number of ways are endless!

You can give recommendations of diverse reads for your local librarians to put on the shelves, share your favorite diverse reads with your friends + family & encourage them to seek out these books as well!

+ Remember there’s a good number of diverse books out there already! So its important to continue to discuss/share those as well!

Coming up, I will share with you multiple links where you can check out a list of already published diverse reads + upcoming ones!! (While this post mostly focuses around YA, these tips can also apply to other genres like MG/KidsLit & I will also provide as many links as I can for those genres as well!)

There are also many hashtags that you can scroll through on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr even Instagram to find recommendations OR recommend books yourself and join the discussion <3:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks+  #DiversityInYA (on instagram)

+ #OwnVoices is filled with tons of author’s WIP’s/upcoming novels. (on Twitter)

Starting today from Sept. 12-Sept. 19 a number of Booktubers/Bloggers are participating in a Read-A Thon where people will be reading diverse books all week called:

Diverse-A-Thon

If you look under the hashtag #DiverseAThon on twitter, you can not only join in twitter chats, but also see the diverse books that people are planning to read + get more recommendations!

2.Share Diverse Books

Make book reviews/recommendation posts, purchase these books, recommend them to fellow readers, post pictures of these books on social media!

Spreading the word/discussing diverse books as much as you can, not only supports these authors but also continues to encourage & push diversity in publishing as a whole.

+ If publishers see that diverse books are being purchased/discussed, they will continue to seek out/publish more diversely which is great!!

There are many accounts and websites you can peruse to find diverse books not just in YA but for kids as well!

These websites are advocating the importance of diversity and above all that people should be represented in what they read ❤

WeNeedDiverseBooks+ (We Need Diverse Books also has additional sources if you are looking to get into specifics about what diverse book your searching for!)

DiversityInYA

DisabilityInKidLit

Rich In Color

Gay YA (LGBTQIA+)

MulticulturalChildrensBookDay  

Here are some Goodreads Links for backlist + upcoming books you can take a look at.

You can check out their summaries + find additional recommendations:

2014 YA Books W/ LGBT Themes

Diverse YA & MG Debuts In 2015

2016 YA/MG Books With POC Leads

+ Feel Free To Check Out These Great Articles w/ Diverse Recommendations (YA + Childrens):

9 Books By Latinx Authors I Wish I Had As A Teen (Source: Bustle)

23 LGBTQ Books With POC Protagonists (Source: Bustle)

8 Diverse Children’s Books (Source: Bustle)

+10 Childrens Books That Feat. Diverse Characters (Source: PBS.org)

Do You Have Any Diverse Book Recommendations or Links To Find More Diverse Reads?

If So, Leave A Comment So Others Can Get Recommendations As Well!

Lets Discuss 🙂

Hidamari ga Kikoeru by Yuki Fumino Review {Manga Review}

Hidamari ga Kikoeru CoverHidamari ga Kikoeru by Yuki Fumino {1 & 2}

Publisher: Printemps Shuppan’s Canna magazine

Release Date: October 27, 2014 (Volume 1) + May 28, 2016 (Volume 2)

Pages: 493 (1-12.5 Chapters)

Available in English through The Book Depository: I Hear The Sunspot (Vol. 1) & I Hear The Sunspot: Theory Of Happiness (Vol. 2)

Summary: The story starts with college student Taichi, who comes from a not-so-well-off household and is desperately searching for work. He (literally) stumbles across fellow student Kouhei while on a job hunt, and is incredibly enticed by the delicious bento Kouhei has in hand. However, something seems a bit off about Kouhei–and when Taichi consults his friends about it, he gets an answer he really wasn’t expecting: Kouhei is severely hearing impaired.

My Rating:★★★★★

My Thoughts: A realistic story both touching and heart-breaking. It will leave you wanting more once you’ve reached the ending.

I have a different type of review today!

On a manga series that has captured my heart 💕❤️💖

I’ve read a lot of YA and felt it was time to take a quick break and get back into manga, which I haven’t read in SOO LONG!!

My first manga in years was Hidamari ga Kikoeru & it was all kinds of amazing!! ❤

The story starts off with college student Taichi searching for a part-time job. With no luck, he makes his way towards his college campus just in time for lunch and meets Kouhei after stumbling into him.

Kouhei is in search of a note taker due to having difficulty hearing and Taichi gladly agrees. In return for being note taker, Kouhei promises Taichi free lunches and the two become friends.

It is revealed that Kouhei lost his hearing around middle school when he got a terrible fever and throughout the rest of middle school + high school found it very difficult to connect with people and make friends.

This manga brings up hearing disability and really takes time to discuss it!

While I personally don’t have much knowledge on people who are hearing impaired/deaf, I  felt it taught me a lot and showed me the struggles one can face and how it could significantly impact the important build blocks of one’s social life (making friends, etc.)
+ I felt so bad for Kouhei because he just gave up almost on making friends entirely 😭 and was so lonely, of course until Taichi came along.

There are moments when Kouhei can’t hear what people are saying to him or when he asks people to repeat what they said and sometimes their response is “it was nothing.” 

To him its a big deal, because he wants to be a part of a conversation or just feel included.

Sadly Kouhei discovers his hearing is getting worse and he could possibly end up losing his hearing all together!

Wanting to avoid hurting Taichi if he does end up losing his hearing, he slowly begins to drift away from him.

It broke my heart!! 💔😭

Luckily, by the end Kouhei explains why Taichi is so important to him & they kiss!!

💕❤️💖🎉

Now onto Volume 2: (which separately is 4.5 )

During a club day on campus, Taichi tells a new student Maya to watch where she is going, when she steps on his flyers accidentally. Not knowing she is hard of hearing as well, he tells her to watch where she’s going.

Soon after, Taichi realizes she is there to see Kouhei and both Maya & Kouhei click instantly.

After one of Taichi’s friends recommends they go with a big group of friends to a local restaurant, Taichi becomes somewhat jealous of being ignored by Kouhei all night + of Maya becoming friends with him.

Shortly after, Taichi gets convinced from people around him that he doesn’t need to be with Kouhei anymore because he has Maya + Maya herself doesn’t necessarily like Taichi either and that he should leave Kouhei alone (he’s loud and talkative compared to her who is more soft-spoken).

As for Kouhei himself, he gets convinced that he’s holding Taichi back & doesn’t deserve his friendship.He then admits to himself that having Taichi as his friend makes him stress over the littlest things, considering they haven’t talked in a while.

+ in between chapters moments of Spring Break are shown & further reveals why Taichi + Kouhei don’t really hang out much anymore (+ it complicated their relationship!)

As time goes on, Maya begins to question whether Kouhei likes someone (b/c she somewhat has a crush on him, but overtime gets the idea that he doesn’t like her back.)

Taichi becomes unsure of what he wants to do with his life and what he wants to study. By chance he meets Maya’s Uncle and realizes he runs a company with a variety of services for the hard of hearing/deaf.

After bringing up valid points in a discussion, he gets offered a job at the company. Convinced he’s where he should be, he considers dropping out.

Before Taichi drops out, he still wants to make time to hang out w/ Kouhei.

However before they meet up, Taishi sees Maya and notices she’s having a hard time understanding what her childhood friends are saying and he helps Maya avoid the situation.

In between this scene, we come to understand why Maya didn’t really like him and why she really wanted to be friends w/ Kouhei (b/c she saw herself in him and understood his struggles).

Kouhei + Taishi meet up once more and Kouhei admits that Taishi taught him to be a better person, enjoy life, and understand other people.

Wanting to get it out of the way, Taishi tells him he’s dropping out.

They hug one last time, Kouhei signs something for Taishi and leaves.

——–
Its been 6 months (now winter) since Taishi started working at his new job and he hasn’t seen Kouhei since then.

Both are unsure how to reconnect their friendship after so much time apart.

Taishi  gets convinced that Kouhei has a girlfriend now (which ends up not being true!)
He sees Maya and she tells him that he still hasn’t admitted to himself that he loves Kouhei. He’s assigned to drop something off and sees Kouhei after so long. ❤ ❤

They begin to talk and catch each other up on whats been going on in their lives.
Taichi then comes to understand what Kouhei signed for him all those months ago (not his name as he believed, but “LOVE”)

He runs off after coming to realize what Kouhei had meant, then a truck begins driving by & Taichi is about to get hit.

Kouhei luckily is there to help and they finally admit their feelings for each other after so long. + admit how much they missed each other ❤ ❤ ❤

I absolutely loved this manga start to finish!  I will admit I did cry a couple times but overall this story is filled with such well developed characters and brings up discussion about the hard of hearing/deaf with, to my knowledge very well and taught me a little more about it.

I love that Taichi & Kouhei got their happy ending and finally admitted to each other how they felt. I’m just so sad its over b/c I would have loved to read more about these characters!! ❤ ❤

My only minor issue is that volume 2 felt somewhat dragged in places but rushed in others and I wish there was more moments with Taishi & Kouhei!!

The story is beautifully written and the art is very well done. At its core this manga is about friendship and not giving up when things seem tough. 

Overall this manga was spectacular, I highly recommend it!!

June 2016 Wrap-Up

# of Books Read: 10

Girl-of-Ink-and-Stars1.The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl Of Ink And Stars Full Review

Publisher: Chicken House

Release Date: May 5, 2016

Pages: 228

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A beautifully written debut! This book is filled with mystery, adventure, and an unforgettable world/characters that keep you turning the page!

You Know Me Well June 72.You Know Me Well by David Levithan + Nina LaCour

You Know Me Well ARC Review

Publisher: St.Martins Griffin

Release Date: June 7,2016

Pages: 256 (Hardcover) 250 (ARC)

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A dual-POV contemporary that has friendship at its core!

Mark+Kate struggle to tell their crushes how they feel about them, fearing their friendship would be put at risk!

But along the way Mark & Kate help each other no matter what and find the strength within themselves to confront their crushes/friends!

Zodiac Starforce Cover3.Zodiac Starforce: By The Power Of Astra by Kevin Panetta + Paulina Ganucheau

Zodiac Starforce Full Review

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Release Date: March 9,2016

Pages: 136

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A fast-paced comic with friendship/girl-power ❤ ❤

The art-style is beautiful & the plot itself is pretty easy to follow w/ a diverse cast of characters!

How It Ends4.How It Ends by Catherine Lo

How It Ends Full Review

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 7,2016

Pages: 304

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A deep and moving story about friendship!

This book was spectacular! I found myself relating to Jessie (being quite shy) & finding it difficult to navigate friendships!

Lo’s novel tells the story of Annie & Jessie and the obstacles/tensions that threaten to destroy their friendship!

Highly recommend !!

Prodigy Graphic Novel Marie Lu5.Prodigy by Marie Lu (Graphic Novel)

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers

Pages: 160

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A condensed but overall enjoyable read of Marie’s 371 page novel of the same name!

This is definitely for those who have read all the Legend books! (more background info/character development)

I will def. be reading the GN of Champion if one is to be released!

the-problem-with-forever-cover6. The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem With Forever Full Review

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: May 17,2016

Pages: 480

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A deep and character-driven contemporary!

Reading from Malory’s POV while at times heart-breaking showed the reader just how strong/independent she had become! There are some aspects that did bother me, the mean girlfriend cliche and at times the pacing was quite slow! But this was a truly unforgettable contemporary!

Lady Killer vol. 17.Lady Killer Vol.1 by Joëlle Jones + Jamie S. Rich

Lady Killer Full Review

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Pages: 138

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A dark thrilling story of a housewife turned assassin! Everything about this comic was perfect! The plot is fast-paced the characters are well developed and the plot twists will leave you wondering what happens next!

The Princess Saves Herself In This One Cover8.The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself In This One Full Review

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: April 23,2016

Pages: 156

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Powerful and moving poems that discuss grief, acceptance, love, independence and so much more! Each poem is raw and evokes such emotion!

A must read!

This Savage Song July 59.This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

ARC Review To Come

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: July 5, 2016

Pages: 464

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A dark, but fast-paced story! The 3rd person POV makes it easy to transition from Kate to August! Twists/turns + plot twists that keep you reading till the very end!

Love &amp; Gelato10. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato Full Review

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 3,2016

Pages: 390

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: This contemporary took me by surprise! There is so much depth to the characters + reading from Lina’s POV was never dull! Italy is brought to life in this novel and the mystery/friendship that Lina develops is enough to keep you reading!

Additional Posts From This Month:

Book Bytes I #3          

June 2016 Releases

Literary Magazine Discussion

The Alchemists Of Loom by Elise Kova Cover Reveal

You Know Me Well ARC Review

You Know Me Well June 7You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

Publisher: St.Martins Griffin

Release Date: June 7,2016

Pages: 256 (Hardcover) 250 (ARC)

Summary: Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

My Thoughts: Received this ARC from Yallwest

Such a great book!
I’ve read another one of Nina’s books, Everything Leads To You and similar to that one I can definitely see her wonderful writing style present in this book too!
I sadly haven’t read a book by David Levithan, (only his short story in My True Love Gave To Me!) but I’ve heard they are amazing!
I loved that this book was told in Dual POV! Both Mark & Kate struggle with communicating to their long-time crushes but become fast friends & help each other when they need it most!
That’s what made this book so great! The friendship they developed and no matter what they were always there for each other, helping one another when they were down!

Both characters develop quite a lot through out this book!
Kate: Trying to establish her relationship w/ Violet, fixing her fading friendship w/Lehna and understanding what she wants to do with her life after high-school!
Mark: Understanding that while he may want to be in a relationship w/ Ryan, Ryan doesn’t feel the same way and is falling in love with someone else! With Mark unsure of what that means for their friendship!

Though most of their issues could have been avoided b/c of miscommunication, it definitely gave them an opportunity for them to learn more about themselves when it came time to confront their crushes/friends!

Overall a wonderful YA Contemporary!
W/ thought-provoking writing-style & such realistic characters!

This novel while has its serious moments is an uplifting read that will definitely put a smile on your face once you finish!
If you are looking for a refreshing take on GLBT in YA (+ w/this week being Pride Week) & just want a YA-contemporary w/ friendship and self-discovery/development at its core I highly recommend this book!

Book Bytes I #2

Book Bytes is a feature I created to give quick updates in the book community such as cover reveals,  book adaptation & so much more! 

Of Fire And Stars Cover1. Of Fire & Stars by Audrey Coulthurst Cover Reveal

This YA Fantasy got its cover reveal from EpicReads on the 16th of Feb.

Here is my cover reveal post if you want to learn more about it!

 

 

2. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Summary+Title Reveal

This YA Historical-Fiction Thriller will be released Sept. 2016 & centers around Audrey Rose Wadsworth who is a lord’s daughter, but behind his back studies forensic science in her uncle’s lab!

Publisher: jimmy patterson

Full Summary Can Be Found Here! 

Three Dark Crowns3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Cover Reveal

On Feb. 18, Hypable revealed the cover for Kendare Blake’s new series!

Full Article w/summary & Q&A can be found here! 

 4. Gemina Cover Reveal (Illuminae #2)

Gemima will be released Oct. 18th

The cover was revealed on USA Today and has a small Q&A w/ Amie + Jay

Full Cover Reveal + Q&A

*I’ve been wanting to read Illuminae for a while now, if you’ve read it, let me know how it is in the comments below*

tumblr_o3a68mKELH1r742h8o1_5405. Gallagher Girls 10th Anniversary Cover Reveal

On Feb. 29 Ally Carter reveled the new covers for Gallagher Girls!

Being a huge fan of this series, I was very eager to know what the new covers would look like! ❤

While they do have a completely different look, they still have the same feel as the originals!

+ Ally revealed that there will be 6 special epilogues that take place after GG6!

Can’t wait to read the epilogues!!

 

6.Frostblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #1) Cover Reveal

Also on Feb. 29,YA Debut Author Elly Blake,  had the cover revealed for her 2017 release Frostblood!

Its a YA Fantasy set in a world where “Flame & Ice Are Mortal Enemies.”

From the premise, this books sounds like a great start to a new series

Full Summary can be found on ForeverYoungAdult’s Cover Reveal Post!

7.Throne Of Glass Book 5 Title Reveal

On March 10, Bloomsbury Publishing revealed the title for the 5th Throne Of Glass Book!

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8.Timekeeper by Tara Sim Cover Reveal

Revealed March 11, in this 2016 YA Debut, Timekeeper “takes place in an alternate Victorian England, in a world where clocks don’t just tell time, they determine how-and whether-it passes.”

Full Summary can be found on BNTeen’s Blog Here!

9. Blackhearts Sequel

2016 Debut Author Nicole Castroman announced March 18, that Blackhearts will be getting a sequel titled Blacksouls!

Quick summary can be found Here!

It will be released Spring 2017!

10. A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly TV Option

A Criminal Magic, where magic is outlawed in the 1920’s , has been optioned by Warner Brothers to be brought to TV!

Not much info has been released, but here is a tweet from the author herself:

 

What Book News Have You Heard? 🙂

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Movie Optioned For Film

SimonVS_quote_NEWThis YA debut was released earlier this year back in April. It centers around Simon Spier, a 16-yr. old high school student who is “not-so-openly gay” and his email pen pal “Blue”, when an email of theirs falls into the wrong hands. Now being black-mailed, Simon tries to figure out who is doing it, while still trying to keep his relationship with “Blue.”

I read this book earlier this year and really loved it! This YA Contemporary had heart and humor. After I finished it, this book left a smile on my face 😀

According to Deadline, Fox 2000 plans to adapt Becky’s book with the producers from The Fault In Our Stars and Divergent. Issac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger are attached to work on the screenplay.

No further info was announced. For a full look at the Deadline article, click Here.

Have you read Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda?

If so, what did you think of it?

If not, do you plan to read it? 😀