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Monday, April 17, 2017

Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Want to Read a Book Instantly

Today you'll learn a bit about my favorite tropes, little things, genres - anything that I enjoy and will make me pick up a book instantly.

#1: f/f!
I'm so predictable. There is unfortunately so little representation for sapphic girls in YA, that I gotta take what I can get. I pretty much buy anything if it has girl-loving girls.

#2: Paranormal Horror!
You'd think there'd be more horror YA books out there. But unfortauntely it's very hard to find something that isn't gore-y, actually scary, and doesn't use mental illness as a poorly-researched premise. I also definitely can't stand crime-related horror with murderers or kidnappers or whatever. If it's paranormal and spooky, I'm in. But please, no ghost romances.

#3: Magical Realism!
Again, you'd think there'd be more. Magical Realism is a genre that most books on  the market claim to be, but if you actually pick it up it usually turns out to be Urban Fantasy. I've learned that it's best to stick with Latinx authors.

#4: Parallel Universes!
You guys know I love anything involving parallel universes. Generally you can hook me with anything that has multiple dimensions in them.

#5: Travelling to Space!
I love love love when authors write about space and introduce wacky world building that you'd never see anywhere but in space. Unfortauntely very few authors put the emphasis on the world when writing Science Fiction, so I'm stuck with trial and error.

#6: Aliens, Aliens, Aliens!
I have no idea how I developed this tendency, but I'm such a sucker for good old paranormal romance with aliens. I gobble these books up. Actual romance in space is hardly ever my thing, but if it's a weird alien coming to Earth, disguising themselves, and falling in love with a human? Sign me the heck up!

#7: Time Travel!
Another instant buy. I love a well-executed time travel book. It's very hard to get that right, I think time travel is one of the hardest things to execute well and to still have it make sense. My utmost respect to all authors who try. I love a good angsty high-concept time travel romance.

#8: Mixed format!
This is one of my newest obsessions. Any book that has a semi-intriguing premise AND features multiple formats (texts, chat logs, newspaper articles etc.), is definitely something I'll have to buy and have to own a physical copy of. No clue why, but I really enjoy the variation.

#9: My marginalizations!
I think this is a thing that gets everyone hooked. I've got a couple different marginalizations and having just a little bit of my identity represented automatically gets a buy. Oddly enough, while I do like identitiy representation I want any book set in a country I've lived in to be as physically far away from me as possible. Really deeply hate those for some reason.

#10: #Ownvoices!
Honestly? I dread reading non-#ownvoices and I try to avoid it. You guys know I read a lot (like, seriously A LOT) and from experience I know that most non-#ownvoices books are absolutely terrible. Either they're riddled with offensive, problematic content or just completely poorly written. Is this a thing or do I just pick up the worst books unintentionally? Every time I read an ownvoices book, it turns out to be a five star read. Odd. Let's investigate this.


What are some things that will make you pick up a book instantly?


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

18 Upcoming and Recent 2016/17 Books by Latinx Authors: Magical Realism, Diversity, and All the Feels | #DiversityBoost


It was hard to find Latinx writers with upcoming releases, but those that I managed to find are nothing short from excellent. Take a bow.


Do yourself a favor, diversify your shelf and add all those fantastic books to your TBR.






2016

IRON CAST - Destiny Soria
Look at that POC on the cover! This historical fantasy is about magic and friendship, and I really want to read it. (Oct 2016, Amulet Books) Goodreads


WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS - Anna-Marie McLemore
A transgender protagonist and magical realism! And look at that cover! (Oct 2016, Thomas Dunne) Goodreads
For her 2017 release, see WILD BEAUTY below.


2017

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME - Adam Silvera
Gay boys, grief, contemporary - all my bets are on this ripping all of our hearts out. Looking forward to that. (Jan 2017, Soho Teen) Goodreads
For his other release, see THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END below.

BECAUSE OF THE SUN - Jenny Torrez Sanchez
THE STRANGER meets WE WERE LIARS. Um, yes?! Need! (Jan 2017, Delacorte Press) Goodreads

THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera
A coming-of-age contemporary with an #ownvoices protagonist. (Feb 2017, Simon & Schuster) Goodreads

THE INEXPLICABLE LOGIC OF MY LIFE - Benjamin Alire Sáenz
More gay Mexican teens from Alire Sáenz. Need need need. (Mar 2017, Clarion Books) Goodreads


DEAD LITTLE MEAN GIRL - Eva Darrows
This one's about a geek girl who dies. Love a good novel about dead people. Excited for this. (Mar 2017, Harlequin Teen) Goodreads
For her other release, see THE WAGON WITCH'S APPRENTICE below.

NORTH OF HAPPY - Adi Alsaid
A Mexican teen starts rebelling after the death of his older brother. (Apr 2017, Harlequin Teen) Goodreads


THE SAVAGE DAWN (THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT #3) - Melissa Grey
The conclusion to her GIRL AT MIDNIGHT series. Pickpockets, magic, and feathered people. (Jul 2017, Delacorte Press) Goodreads

(other covers yet to be revealed but not any less exciting)

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END - Adam Silvera
I feel like I've been excited for this since it has been announced. I'm a sucker for stories about people who know when they'll die. (Sep 2017, HarperCollins) Goodreads

INTO THE BLACK (BEYOND RED #2) - Ava Jae
The sequel to BEYOND THE RED, aliens, dystopian, science fiction - basically all you need in your life. Exciting! (2017, Sky Pony Press) Goodreads

SUPERMAN - Matt de la Peña
A YA Superman retelling. Sign me up! (2017, Random House) Goodreads

WILD BEAUTY - Anna-Marie McLemore
Magical realism that involves a family curse and men disappearing. Love. (2017, St. Martin's Press) Goodreads

THE LONG JOURNEY HOME (SHAME THE STARS #2) - Guadalupe Garcia McCall
The sequel to her Latino Romeo & Julia retelling SHAME THE STARS.
(2017, Lee & Low) Goodreads

SHADOWHOUSE FALL (SHADOWSHARPER #2) - Daniel José Older
Sequel to the gorgeous SHADOWSHARPER, pitched as Cassandra Clare meets Carribean legend. (2017, Scholastic Press) Goodreads

[UNTITLED] (BROOKLYN BRUJAS #2) - Zoraida Córdova
After the fantastic first novel LABYRINTH LOST, the sequel can't come soon enough. Bisexuality! Witches! Latin American! Yes! (2017, Sourcebooks) Goodreads

THE HOLLOW GIRL - Hillary Monahan
A feminist book about a travelling girl and revenge! I'm ready. (2017, Delacorte Press) Goodreads

THE ELEMENTALIST - V.V. Mont
An outcast discovers her ability to wield air. Sounds great! (2017, BookFish Books) Goodreads




#DiversityBoost is a new monthly feature on my blog where I boost and highlight diverse books or books by diverse authors. 
I'll periodically be making posts like this, so if you'd like to be in one, follow my twitter to never miss a submission call!

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