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September 25, 2023

10 Books to Read for Hispanic Heritage Month

by Donna Huber

Hispanic Heritage Month began September 15 and runs through October 15. This is a great time to add diversity to your reading and explore different cultures. If you aren't sure what to pick up, here are some of our recommendations.

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

book cover of historical fantasy novel Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

MK French is a fan of Silvia Moreno-Garcia and has reviewed several of her books. She hasn't reviewed Mexican Gothic but it has received rave reviews from others. Have you read it?

Buy Mexican Gothic at Amazon

Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

book cover of Hispanic fiction novel Woman of Light by Kali-Fajardo-Anstine

Luz Lopez is left to fend for herself in 1930s Denver after a white mob runs her brother out of town. She begins to have visions of her Indigenous ancestors’ origins, how her family flourished, and how they were threatened in nearby Lost Territory. It is now up to Luz to save her family's stories.

The story is told in a nonlinear format, skipping between five generations. There's a general forward momentum, but pay careful attention to the years listed on the chapters. Read the MK French's entire review.

Buy Woman of Light at Amazon

American Delirium by Betina González

book cover of urban fiction novel American Delirium by Betina Gonzalez

I read this book a couple of years ago when I was trying to read more translated fiction. You can check out my review. It was outside of my comfort zone but it was interesting that though González is Argentinean, she set her story in the midwestern U.S. Looking at the reviews, it seems like either you are going to love it or hate it. If you are looking for something different, then this might be the book for you.

Buy American Delirium at Amazon

A Killer's Game by Isabella Maldonado

book cover of Hispanic thriller A Killer's Game by Isabella Maldonado

If you are participating in the Kindle Reading Challenge, I know a lot of people chose A Killer's Game for the Hispanic Heritage Month bookmark. If I didn't already have a bunch of books to read this month, I would have chosen it too as it looks like a great thriller.

Buy A Killer's Game at Amazon
(Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read the ebook for free)

The Tiger Came to the Mountains by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

book cover of short story The Tiger Came to the Mountains by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I chose this ebook to complete the Hispanic Heritage Month challenge. It's a short, quick read (it took less than an hour to read). It is like a story that would be told around a campfire or a grandparent to a grandchild. The author did a great job building tension in so few pages. If you enjoy this story, it is part of the Trespass Collection, which includes 6 stories.

(Prime and Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read for free)

A Wedding Thing by Shea Serrano and Larami Serrano

book cover of short story A Wedding Thing by Shea Serrano

This was another popular choice for the Hispanic Heritage Month bookmark. I almost chose it as it is short, but a couple of pages longer than the one I did choose. It is supposed to be pretty funny and I hope that it will come up on the list for another bookmark in the future so that I'll read it.

Buy A Wedding Thing at Amazon
(Prime members can read for free)

A Ballad of Love and Glory by Reyna Grande

book cover of historical romance novel A Ballad of Love and Glory by Reyna Grande

I hadn't known at all about the battalions of deserters from the early US Army that fought for Mexico, and this novel fleshed out the indignities they suffered, the damage rendered by the war, and the torment when it was lost. Read MK's full review.

Somewhere We Are Human Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings

book cover of anthology Somewhere We Are Human

This collection looks to be very eye-opening. From the book description: "A unique collection of 41 groundbreaking essays, poems, and artwork by migrants, refugees and Dreamers—including award-winning writers, artists, and activists—that illuminate what it is like living undocumented today."

Buy Somewhere We Are Human at Amazon

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

book cover of Hispanic American literary novel The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina
is a tale where magic is real, laced throughout Orquídea and her family, the children and grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Zoraida Córdova paints a magical place for this book, weaving Orquídea's past through to the present as well as her descendants. Read more of MK's review.

Buy The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina at Amazon

The Mango Orchard by Robin Bayley

book cover of travel log The Mango Orchard by Robin Bayley

The Mango Orchard
is one man's journey to connect with the history of his family and along the way discovers more about himself and the man he never knew. I read this about 6 years ago and it left a mark on my memory. Bayley has a knack for pulling the reader in and making them feel a part of the story rather than just a reader on the sidelines. It is part travel log and part family history. It is interesting and well worth the read. Read my full review.

Buy The Mango Orchard at Amazon

What books are you reading for Hispanic Heritage Month?

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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