I was never a big fan of book lists to finish reading in one year because my schedule is crazy and I can take almost a month to read a book. But, with all that is happening in the world right now, and because I’m spending more time at home, I said to myself why not?. So, I made my first book list and I truly hope I finish it. Most of these books were recently acquired after I donated 15 books back in May 2020. I hope you enjoy this list and if you have other book recommendations, don’t hesitate to comment below.
Sildarus: Anatomia de la Luz (Sildarus: Anatomy of the Light) by Sara Rubi. My friends at Tazas & Portadas recommended this book through their Instagram page. Is labelled as a magical realism and fantasy book, but I have a feeling that it will be a bit more than that. It speaks about past lives and the connection with other realms. I love books (specially Spanish-written ones) that tackle magical realism because our community has so much spiritual background that is almost impossible not to address these themes. Our grandmothers filled our dreams with these types of stories and I believe that this is one for the night stand reading session.
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have to admit, Beyonce’s ‘***Flawless’ song brought me to her. I’ve heard great things about Adichie’s work and she was the constant author mentioned in anti-racist book lists all over Instagram. Yet, I also wanted to be selective of what book I should read now. Americanah was highly recommended and it spoke to me strongly. I believe it will tell me a much needed story for the times, while tackling the subject of racism in a tangible way.
La Mujer Habitada (The Inhabited Woman) by Gioconda Belli. One of the most important voices in Latin American literature, Belli is a Nicaraguan author, poet, and political activist. I always wanted to read a book of hers. What interested me of this book was also the magical realism story serving as a background for indigenous resistance towards Spanish invaders, political strike and womanism. It is intriguing and I’m sure I’ll love this book.
House of Furies #1 by Madeleine Roux. I’ve never was a fan of horror books, but if it has a bit of fantasy and historical fiction, I might be interested. This is the case for this book; which caught my attention at a Walgreens drug store (of all places). Haunted houses were never my thing, but if it involves a good story, then I’m in.
Taking the arrow out of the heart by Alice Walker. Throughout the years Walker has become one of my favorite authors. I love her work and I’ve heard so much about her poetry that I needed to get my hands on her poetic work. This book also has a complete Spanish translation for each poem, which I also like because there are still some words in English that I don’t know their meaning in Spanish and viceversa. This will be another bookshelf stayover.
El Gallo en Palo Seco by Enrique Jimenez IV. After reading and reviewing here his first poetry book (A)postulates Depresivos y Otros Poemas, I wanted to see what his 2nd poetry book has in store. It is promised to be darker than the last one filled with gothic themes, especially themes of witchcraft, ghost stories and mysticism. Subjects I like a lot.
Ellas: Historias de Mujeres Puertorriqueñas, Ilustraded by Mya Pagan and edited by Enery Lopez Navarrette, Mariola Rosario Padro & Laura Rexach Olivencia. Translation of title is Them: Stories of Puerto Rican Women. There is no gender for them in the English language, but there is in Spanish. When we refer to women we say ellas (eh-yas) and when we refer to men we say ellos (eh-eos). Women in my country (especially black and transgender women) have been the ongoing receivers of cruel mysogynistic and blatant abuse for far to long. This book helps to educate and re-educate, not only our children and young ones, but also our inner child whom (I believe) has been misinformed of so many things; but, mainly, about the amazing work that these women have done for their country and their communities. I looked at the book briefly and saw both fogotten and known historical figures, as well as current guerreras that continue to push the boundaries of our retrograded Puerto Rican society. This is one book that I will never part with.