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The Best Books of 2018

Here is another list of best books of the year by Latino and Latin American authors, from Remezla. There’s YA, poetry, romance, and more!

 

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s also the time for best-of-year book lists! I always look forward to the Latinidad® list, compiled by Marcela Landres. Without further ado:

The 2018 Latinidad List

Debut Novel – The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by Nonieqa Ramos
Fierce and haunting, Macy Cashmere wields a sharply honed sense of humor to protect herself from her imperfect family—and an even less perfect world.

Women’s Fiction – Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Nimbly weaves past and present, history and passion, into a smart and tender tale about Cuba.

Literary Novel – The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
Pulses with vibrant characters full of sass and love who virtually leap off the page.

Memoir – The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu
Written with corazon y alma, a U.S. border patrol agent of Mexican heritage reveals his story of emotional carnage.

Short Story Collection – Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez
Trenchant stories that bear witness to how love can infect generations of women.

Poetry – Virgin by Analicia Sotelo
Unworthy men populate the purgatory that is romance in this most worthy collection of poems.

Cookbook – The Latin Table by Isabel Cruz
Healthy, appealing recipes that are not only mom-friendly, they are work-outside-the-home-mom-friendly.

Young Adult – American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott
Bitter collides with sweet as a teen boy copes with the return of his wounded warrior brother from Iraq.

Middle Grade – Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Big-hearted story about a bully-turned-bodyguard who searches for his elusive father.

Children’s Picture Book – Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Alma’s winsome story will inspire you to ponder the meaning behind your own moniker.

Day 31: Horror, Paranormal & Gothic

It’s the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, and I have enjoyed sharing these books by Latina/o/x authors with you!

Now for some scary reads for Halloween…in these pages you will find ghosts, Afro-Caribbean witchcraft, grindhouse-style torture, and vampires vampires vampires!

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Vampires in Mexico City!

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Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. Translated by Megan McDowell. A ghost story/psychological thriller by an Argentine author.

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Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo. First in a paranormal mystery series.

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Outside the Bones by Lyn Di Iorio. A New Yorker bruja gets involved with Palo Monte, the Afro-Caribbean practice of controlling spirits in cauldrons.

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The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo. The first in his vampire detective series.

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Miss Massacre’s Guide to Murder and Vengeance by Michael Paul Gonzalez. A revenge story.

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Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta. First in this funny, romantic series.

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Day 30: Picture Books

To share with the little ones. The illustrator websites are especially cool!

Lucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza and illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez.

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Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra.

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All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Mike Curato.

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Dreamers by Yuyi Morales.

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Mamá the Alien/Mamá la Extraterrestre by René Colato Laínez and illustrated by Laura Lacámara. Bilingual!

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Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Bilingual!

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Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal.

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Carmela by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson.

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Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet by Duncan Tonatiuh.

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Bookjoy, Wordjoy by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raúl Colón.

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Day 29: Fantasy Middle Grade

There seem to be far fewer fantasy titles in the MG space than realistic/contemporary ones. Más, please!

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes. A boy with a volcano in his backyard discovers he is part of an ancient Mayan prophecy.

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Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano. First of a duology. A Texan girl discovers her family’s bakery is not what it seems.

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Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older. Dinosaurs in New York, during the Civil War?!

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The Smoking Mirror by David Bowles. First in a trilogy. Twins, who are also naguales/shapeshifters, must travel to the underworld to save their mother.

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Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez. An American girl studying in Rome discovers she is a member of an ancient bloodline, and the target of a secret organization.

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