18 Books to Read This Latine Heritage Month and Beyond

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Latine Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15 and October 15 each year and honors the influence and contributions of the Latine community. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve rounded up new and upcoming 2022 books for your TBR. These books represent a small selection of the large body of incredible work done by Latine authors, and we encourage readers to enjoy books from these authors not just this month, but all year long. Join us in celebrating, and dive in!

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xóchitl González

In Xochitl Gonzalez’s debut novel, the Acevedo siblings must navigate both their career goals and relationships after buried family secrets come to light alongside their mother’s sudden return to Brooklyn. All while Hurricane Maria makes its way toward Puerto Rico.

A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera

Historical romance fans, let Adriana Herrera transport you to 1889 Paris for this first book in the Las Léonas series. Luz Alana arrives in France with the goal of expanding her rum business. But when she meets a Scottish earl with a whiskey company she finds herself a little distracted.

The Falcon by Isabella Maldonado

Special Agent Nina Guerrera’s latest case takes her to a university campus to track down a serial killer and rescue a female student. Though evidence is limited, it quickly becomes clear the unsub is using falconry techniques on his victims. Nina must act fast before he strikes again.

Self-Made Boys by Anna-Marie McLemore

The Remixed Classics series invites different YA authors to craft reimaginings of familiar tales and the latest is a not-to-be-missed queer version of The Great Gatsby. Nicolás Caraveo offers to help Jay Gatsby reconnect with a lost love, only to realize he’s the one losing his heart.

Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A new edition of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut is being released in September and readers new and old will want to get their hands on it. Meche returns to Mexico City for her father’s funeral and along the way faces the life she left behind two decades ago when she first discovered magic.

Sacrificio by Ernesto Mestre-Reed

Ernesto Mestre-Reed’s latest takes readers to 1998 Cuba to follow a group of HIV-positive men working to overthrow Castro during an upcoming visit from Pope John Paul II. While working at a café, Rafa finds himself drawn to Renato, the leader of a counterrevolutionary group.

West Side Love Story by Priscilla Oliveras

Priscilla Oliveras made our list of romances to swoon over in the second half of the year, but don’t miss out on this musical tale of star-crossed love that hit shelves this June. The Battle of the Mariachi Bands brings together two feuding families and sparks a secret affair.

Calypso, Corpses, and Cooking by Raquel V. Reyes

If you’re craving a cozy mystery, dive into the Caribbean Kitchen Mystery series. In this second book, Cuban-American cooking show star Miriam Quiñones-Smith is back on the case when a series of murders interrupt plans for the Women’s Club annual gala.

Ballad & Dagger by Daniel José Older

Daniel José Older is back with a new YA urban fantasy series. All Mateo Matisse wants is to make music, but those plans are put on hold when he learns he’s the descendant of a god and destined to bring back San Madrigal, a Caribbean island that sank into the sea 16 years ago.

Convergence by Zoraida Córdova

Need more Star Wars in your life? Zoraida Córdova has you covered! When an assassination attempt upsets the fragile peace between the planets Eiram and E’ronoh, Jedi Knight Gella Nattai and Republic representative Axel Greylark must work together to find the culprit.

Miss del Río by Bárbara Mujica

Bárbara Mujica’s historical novel looks at the life of Dolores del Río, an icon of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema. Narrated by a fictional friend, the novel follows Dolores from Mexico, where she was discovered by a director, to her breakout performances in Hollywood and beyond.

Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra

Fans of retellings will love Katalina Gamarra’s spin on Much Ado About Nothing. Beatriz and Ben had a one-night stand three years ago that she’d like to forget about, but old memories and attractions return when they’re forced to spend spring break together in Cape Cod.

The Self-Made Widow by Fabian Nicieza

Fabian Nicieza continues the Suburban Dicks series with a new mystery. Despite all plans to wash their hands of crime solving, former FBI profiler Andie Stern and journalist Kenny Lee reunite to solve a local murder—where it appears a wife may have killed her husband.

Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie

Racquel Marie’s debut novel hit is a queer coming-of-age story that hit shelves earlier this year and quickly won the hearts of YA readers. With prom and the end of high school on the horizon, Ophelia is questioning everything she knows about herself, her sexuality, and her future.

Fault Tolerance by Valerie Valdes

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra return this fall in the third installment of Valerie Valdes’ Chilling Effect space opera series. An unknown villain threatening to exterminate entire populations has Eva ending her vacation early to leap into action.

Big Chicas Don’t Cry by Annette Chavez Macias

The passing of a beloved matriarch brings four cousins back together in this family drama. As kids, cousins Mari, Erica, Selena, and Gracie were inseparable. Fifteen years later, they couldn’t be further apart. But their reunion offers a rare chance to reconnect and rebuild what they lost.

Twice a Quinceañera by Yamile Saied Méndez

Yamile Saied Méndez’s adult debut is a romance about second chances and finding yourself. Nadia leaves her cheating fiancé and decides to use their already-paid-for wedding to celebrate herself. It’s all going well until she realizes the man in charge of the venue is her old college fling.

No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado

In Crystal Maldonado’s latest YA book, Kat Sanchez is living a double life. In reality, she’s a 16-year-old from a boring California town. Online she’s the glamorous Max Monroe, but how long can she keep up the charade? And what happens when it all comes crashing down?

What’s the last book you read and loved by a Latine author?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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