These are 1) all the books I read in September, 2) all the September books I read that fit with Latinx Book Bingo, and 3) Latinx Book Bingo books I read in October. ^_^ These will also show up in my October wrap-up.
The biggest thing I want to note is that the one book I really wanted to read for Latinx Book Bingo was The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. And that is one of two books on my TBR that I didn’t get to. *facepalm* I’m slowly making my way through it, but I’ve accepted that I won’t make it to the Portland Book Festival in November to meet Acevedo so I’m not pushing myself quite so hard to finish it quickly.
The other book on my TBR that I didn’t get to was Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. Unfortunately, the audiobook is only available through Audible and I didn’t get the chance to buy it this month. Someday when I splurge on Audible again or I feel better reading visually I’ll give this one another go.
There’s one square on the board (a classic Latinx author) that I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to fill, so I changed it to an #OwnVoices Latinx author. I also participated in the Prideathon at the end of September, but everything I read for that is also part of the Latinx Book Bingo board (first column) so I didn’t feel the need to write about it here.
Any other notes I have about individual books I’ll put below. If you want to find these titles on Goodreads, you can find them on my reading list here.
ALSO, this wrap-up isn’t great about specific rep or CWs. I’m going to work on being better about that by writing my wrap-ups as the month goes and including rep and content as they come up. If you don’t start seeing that in the next couple of months I give you permission to call me out.
The books I read in the first half of September:
Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun (4🌟) This was, in turns, really hopeful and really dark.
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (1🌟) Alright, I have a lot of thoughts about this series. The biggest problem I had with this installment was the ablism in relation to mental health.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (4🌟) I read this for class and I loved it. I maaaaay have gotten an eARC of The Wicked King… so look forward to that review come January.
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (1🌟) And the biggest problem I had with this book was the gross consent problems with Jacob. He was making Edward look rational and healthy.
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (2.5🌟) This is still probably my favorite in the series. *shrug* Still lots of problems, but at least I actually enjoyed this reread.
Books I read for the Latinx Book Bingo in September:
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (4.5🌟) Squares: Bi MC, SF/F, On-cover rep, #OwnVoices. A cute read but I’m happy with how it ended. I’ll probably get to the sequel, but probably not really soon.
Lumberjanes vol. 6, 7, 8, and 9 by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Noelle Stevenson (4.5, 5, 4.5, and 5🌟) Squares: On-cover rep, magical realism. Shit is going down at the Lumberjanes camp. I’m not going to say more because spoilers but I’m feeling some feels for my bbs. NOTE: This series also has a trans lady, an enby character, and a f/f relationship. I don’t know for sure that any characters other than Ripley are Latinx, though, so I only used her rep for the squares.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi (4.5🌟) Squares: Contemporary/Romance, On-cover rep, Afro Latinx MC, #OwnVoices. I’m a big fan of P+P retellings and this one hit almost all my checkboxes. The only reason this didn’t get a full 5 stars is because my favorite character (Jane/Janae) and her part of the story wasn’t as fleshed out in the last half of the book.
Down by Contact by Santino Hassell (3.5🌟) Squares: M/M relationship, Bisexual MC, Contemporary/romance. This was a really cute and steamy enemies-to-lovers queer sports story… pretty much everything I want out of my fluff. A friend pointed out that there’s some controversy surrounding this author (here’s the link she sent me). I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it, but the book made me happy while I was reading it. There was some stuff that made me uncomfortable, like the assumption that violent anti-queer folk are secretly queer, but overall it was a good reading experience.
9 From the Nine World’s by Rick Riordan (4🌟) Squares: A trans/GQ MC, SF/F. Alex showed up in a few stories of this anthology, which was everything I needed from it. I received this as an eARC; for my full review, click here.
Books I read for the Latinx Book Bingo in October:
(I’m not going to give any notes for these other that what squares they apply to… check out my October wrap-up if you want more!)
Moonstruck vol. 1 by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle (4🌟) Squares: F/F relationship, SF/F, MC with a mental illness, Fat rep, On-cover rep.
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (3.5🌟) Squares: SF/F, Indigenous MC, #OwnVoices
When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (5🌟) Squares: Trans/GQ MC, Magical realism, #OwnVoices
So that was it, my rather longwinded September/Latinx Book Bingo wrap-up (though I’m starting to realize how long October’s is going to be and I’m already laugh/crying). Any thoughts or feelings? You know where to put them!
All the best,