My Spectacular October Book Haul!

My last book haul post was in early July, during which I hauled 11 books for my birthmonth. I thought 11 books was a lot, but the last few months, my book buying has gotten out of control. I love it!

But none of my 2016 book hauls beat October’s. I hauled 25 books, y’all. 25 books!

I started the month by attending the Texas Teen Book Festival and bought 6 very new and very expensive novels. Then I treated myself for no reason at all to even more books. So I acquired a few more from subscription boxes, sent to me as ARCs, or given as gifts.

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The Value In Saying “Latinx”

Over the past couple of years, the term “Latinx” has gained momentum in online communities and I believe the term will become even more common in the future. For now, it is rarely used in everyday speech and it certainly has not entered into mainstream conversations. When I say “Latinx” (pronounced lah-teen-ex) outside of the internet, I often get confused looks and questions to repeat the word and clarify what it means. But these interactions do not deter me from continuing to use it because I believe this word has real value.

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From Love, Community

A guest post by Sabrina Vourvoulias, author of the dystopian novel, “Ink.”

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Bibliography Spotlight: Wendy C. Ortiz & A Book Giveaway!

There’s only a week left in Latinx Heritage Month! I know that I have been flooding your inboxes and WordPress Readers with my blog posts all month, but it’s almost over. Unfortunately :(. I hope you have enjoyed celebrating and uplifting Latinx voices along with me! Thank you to anyone who has stuck with me the entire month. Your support means the world to me.

Today, I want to welcome and introduce you to Wendy C. Ortiz. Check out the books she has written and enter the giveaway for her upcoming memoir, Bruja! Just in time for Halloween.

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Bibliography Spotlight: Lisa M. Bradley

I want to continue my streak of promoting Latinx poets in the book blogging community. So today, Lisa M. Bradley is on the blog and introduces us to her book The Haunted Girl and some of her stunning poems.

The poem titles are linked to pages where they’ve been published, so give them a read when you have the time!

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Read Diverse Books Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is almost upon us! As a proud Latino who has a small platform to uplift the voices of Hispanic and Latinx people, I could not let the month pass without celebrating.

Starting September 15th, I will feature reviews, interviews, author spotlights, and guest posts to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month all through October 15th. I already have the first couple of weeks covered, and could certainly create enough content by myself, but what would really be amazing is if I could collaborate with other bloggers or writers to make this month special.

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12 Diverse Nonfiction Books That Will Educate And Insipire

I don’t read more than 5 nonfiction books in any given year. This has been true for most of my life and it’s not something I’m proud of. I’m not naturally drawn to nonfiction, and the ones that I am drawn to are usually memoirs or are based on social issues, which often lend themselves easily to storytelling.

I can’t say I really understand my general aversion to nonfiction. When I go to a bookstore, I never run to the nonfiction section (does anyone actually do this?). But I have known people who only read nonfiction, and it was simply a matter of personal preference. I’m not going to dwell too much on why I have historically ignored this type of writing. Instead, I want to focus on my goal to actively seek nonfiction that does appeal to me.

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Interview: Lucina Stone, Author of “Santa Muerte”

This week, in anticipation of my review for Santa Muerte on Friday, I interviewed Lucina Stone because she wrote a book that immediately appealed to my interests as a reader. I simply had to know the person behind the story a little better. This book has witches/brujas, strong Latinas, time travel, mysterious realms and magic, as well as positive representation of same-sex parent households. Everything about this book screamed “READ ME.” So I did!

Stay tuned for my in-depth review later this week. In the meantime, read my Q&A with the author.

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Personal Lessons I’ve Learned From 6 Months of Blogging

Blogging is incredibly fun and rewarding, but it will stress you out and wreck you if you let it. Over the past 6 months, I’ve had many successes and failures as a blogger and often I have allowed it to get stressful. But more recently, I have learned to grow personally from these experiences, both the negative and the positive. I want to share some of what I’ve learned with you today.

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Black Women As Heroes And Role Models – A Reading List

There are countless books that feature strong, heroic, inspirational, and fearless girls and women. I cannot possibly know them all nor do I claim to. The list I am providing only includes the books I am familiar with personally or ones that have been recommended to me by trusted sources. I must make this clear because I am far from an authority on this topic. But I do want to commend and recommend these incredible works that feature black women and girls as heroes and role models.

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