el dia de los muertos // where we celebrate latinx culture through 10 book recommendations

hey lovelies!
so, i don’t know why, but just for today i’m going to write in all lowercase. because. it’s more intense and today will be   ~q u i t e~   intense via all the amaze-tastic books. so. bear with me!

what is this post even about?

well, happy dia de los muertos, or ‘day of the dead’, tomorrow! (also, happy halloween ehehe) el dia de los muertos is a celebration of ancestors in mexico, and i thought, well, why not celebrate some really nice YA latinx books here? i missed latinx heritage month (sorry!) but now’s as good a time as any. these books are by a latinx author and/or have latinx main character(s).

i haven’t read all of the books, but i will definitely mention which ones i’ve read! (look out for the ‘verified’ tag)divider_oneinamillion

10. with the fire on high – elizabeth acevedo

With the Fire on High

i’ve heard so many good things about this books and here’s to hoping i get to read it soon! apparently the food descriptions are to die for! have any of you read it?

9. more happy than not – adam silvera

so. apparently this is a gay book (i!! love!! gay!! books!!) so it’s honestly a no-brainer. this  n e e d s  to be read by me! and, from the synopsis, i think this will definitely bring up mental health and whatnot- which is amazing.

8. shadowshaper – daniel josé older – verified

this is such a beautiful cover, first of all. second, i literally love all the magical aspects and the representation. i got it as a birthday from vaishnavi (hi!!) so it’s automatically going to be great *wink wink*. i think it should be read by everyone- the culture is so richly approached, and i really love that!

7. echo – pam muñoz ryan – verified


gods, gods,  g o d s . this book is SO freaking good, and it’s SO beautiful, just please read it. i mean, it’s technically middle-grade (whoops) but i don’t care- this tale of beauty and magic and a child growing older and a plant blooming gently. this book warmed my heart, so please read it! for my sake? *heh* and it’s set during ww2, so bonus points.

6. don’t date rosa santos – nina moreno

i’ve heard so many good things about this! honestly, who knows if i’ll end up picking it up and *actually* reading it? not me, that’s for sure. but i can still recommend it because even if i haven’t read it… so many others have, and that’s something! alsooo, it’s cuban rep, and that’s great because i… have never read a book with cuban rep, sadly.

5. aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe – benjamin alire sáenz – verified

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)


hi, are you there? are you there, aditi?

oh, sorry, i might have blanked out ag- DID SOMEONE SAY ARI AND DANTE?

oh my god nooo, she started it again!

welp, if you didn’t get the picture- this is a favorite. i loved it to pieces, and its beautiful and poetic writing will capture your heart. also, it’s gay.

4. the girl who could silence the wind – meg medina

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind

i mean, the cover’s gorgeous and it’s magical, so. why not?

3.  sal and gabi break the universe – carlos hernandez

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi, #1)

you know, one thing i’m really good at? breaking my own rules. case in point: 1) i said this is a YA book list and this book is evidently not YA, 2) i said that i’ve never heard of any cuban books before, and this is also a cuban book that i’ve heard of before. so.

ok, but it’s uncle rick presents!! how can it NOT be good?? (well i didn’t even finish aru shah which is supposed to represent my people BUT) it has to be good! i love uncle rick- he’s on my automatic buy list (haha i don’t have a list like that. my parents don’t really buy books for me- ‘use the library’) and he’s just phenomenal!

i mean, it’s a-casual-time-travel-book-with-latinx-characters-and-middle-grade ok??

2. the education of margot sánchez – lilliam rivera

The Education of Margot Sánchez

ok, all of these books have such perfect covers!! lemme be honest here- i totally didn’t click on it for the cover.

wait, that’s not honest.

sorry: i totally clicked on it for the cover. that’s kinda true. well, a bit more than kinda. but looking at the synopsis, it looks really good! i think margot sounds preppy (i live for the snobby-but-not-really girls in books) and very sassy. very, very, sassy. i love sass, so this is a no-brainer!

1. we set the dark on fire – tehlor kay mejia – verified

We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire, #1)

this is a fitting ending. a very fitting ending. ‘

i think that regardless, if this is a three or four or five-star read for you (like it was for me), you should read it because you will enjoy it. and, i mean, i love the premise so much! and. it’s. gay. (well, f/f, but still). imagine: stealing this from may, but ‘if you were a weak straight man and your two wives don’t love you. instead, they fall in love with each other. instantly crushed.’ OK THEN OK. please read it!


well guys, we made it through! and sorry-not-sorry, but i’m tired of writing lowercase.

That’s better, thank god.

Before we go, lemme bug you again with this link to sign up for the blog tour for my new collaboration blog, The Diamond Village!

We’d love to have you spotlight us! Contact me for more information either via email or my contact page (or twitter or goodreads or instagram or bloglovin or wattpad or- you get the idea XD).

Before you go, talk to me: have you read any of these ten books? Which ones, and how did you like them? Are you going to wait to sign up for the blog tour until I stop bugging you? Do you celebrate Dia De Los Muerto or Halloween? What’s your costume gonna be???


23 thoughts on “el dia de los muertos // where we celebrate latinx culture through 10 book recommendations

  1. I’ve recently ordered With The Fire On High into the library so hopefully I should get a chance to read it soon (: I also really want to read We Set The Dark On Fire & Shadowshaper sometime. A few of the others im going to look up on Goodreads in a moment as I’m intrigued too (:

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  2. I’ve heard of Shadowshaper! And I love posts like these, I’m always on the lookout for more good books (even if I don’t always actually READ those good books eheheheh)

    I love that quote about We Set The Dark on Fire. It’s just so…May. (Also, why does that title take so long to type ooout)

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    1. OMG YES. I LIVE FOR LISTS. They always have a lot of great books that I… never read XD.
      Yesss May is great 😂 and if it takes too long (which it does) then just abbreviate it as WSTDOF! 😊

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  3. YES THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL LIST!!! I want to read so many books!! With The Fire On High sounds incredible!! And Shadowshaper!!
    *chants Ari and Dante* YES!! This book is so, so wonderful and just the writing, the emotions and the last line!! It was so perfect, I love it so much!!
    I also really want to read We Set The Dark on Fire as well, it sounds amazing!
    I loved this list so much, thank you for writing this!! ❤

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    1. YESSS TYSM SOPH 💛💛💛
      Same! WTFOH sounds so good and Shadowshaper is awesome! You’ll love it!
      *chants along* OMG YES ARI AND DANTE ARE PERFECT asdfgkl *screams* It was amazing!!
      Yes, WSTDOF is awesome too! Thanks for commenting!! 💛

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  4. first of all: i was so happy when you mentioned day of the dead and just the theme of this post: latinx culture!! i really need to read an adam rivera book, ohmygosh. basically any books by adams are good. F A C T S. “with the fire on high” sounds perfectttt. normally. i’m not one for slice-of-life books, but it’s food and culture so i can’t say no :)) ARI AND DANTE ARE BEAUTIFUL I APPROVE. now every time i hear the name dante, i get reminded of the running joke between them in the book *facepalms* i read “echo” in fifth and i still love it all the same. i was super sad cuz lots of people didn’t like it as much, BUT sTiLl.
    p.s. these covers are gorgeous. like how??

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    1. Yesssh 😍😍😍 ARI AND DANTE ARE PERFECT and so is food O.o Why do people not like Echo?? I say is because they didn’t have as exquisite taste in books as us *virtual high-five*
      p.s. there are some truly talented designers out there… AKA not me >. <

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  5. Yasssss!!!!!! I REALLY want to read With The Fire on High (the food tho 😋), Echo, and Ari & Dante!!! I surprisingly haven’t read any of these, but they all sound great!
    did you go trick-or-treating this year? 🎃🎃
    anyways, how do you always come up with, like, the BESSST post ideas?!! 💛💛 this was awesome and, oh, the diamond village sounds really cool *winks 12324 times* 🤣

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  6. Yesss, same! OMG ECHO AND ARI AND DANTE ARE SO GOOD ASDFGHJKL. you need to read them *cries happy tears* Oh yes I did! I was a minion- a DIY minion costume that was thrown together an hour before school eh eh I’m a procrastinator 😭
    OMG TYSM I CANNOT BELIEVE IT (me??? best post??? sis look in the mirror- most of my posts are just random blog tours and poems and idek what I post heh). 💛💛 Your posts are the coolest! I love them sm. *hm, whatever is the diamond village? hmmmm *absurdly indiscreet winking**

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  7. Hey Aditi! I looove seeing El Dia De Los Muertos decor that people will have up in October – I think the masks are so interesting! These books all sound amazing 🙂 I haven’t read any of them … *facepalm* I should probably add them to my to read list! xD

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    1. Hey Maggie!! Oh yes, I totally agree! I’ve actually never seen Day Of The Dead decor despite living in a place with a pretty large Hispanic population (only Halloween decor!) but it sounds so cool! xD no worries, I’d recommend Echo for you!

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