Here is my own Monday book tag for my top three favorite reads for Hispanic Heritage Month that have added a little bit of magica in my own life!
1) Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
I picked up this book in high school and let me just say this was one of the first books that made me fall completely in love with the magical realism genre! This book is a magical Mexican fairy tale mostly told through Mexican recipes. This book is exceptionally written and it combines the classic dreamy and flowy fashion of a fairy tale while making you incredibly hungry. Bring your appetite and make the Christmas Rolls recipe featured in the book here.
2) Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer by Judith Ortiz Cofer
This book is a collection of essays, poems, and folklore told by Puerto Rican born Judith Ortiz Cofer about the process of becoming a writer. Her essays were very inspirational and have definitely been my go to when the writing process has been difficult for me. One of the most important lessons that I have learned from Judith Ortiz Cofer was that everyone could find time to write even in the most inopportune moments.
3) The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I met Elizabeth Acevedo by chance. I had no idea who she was at the time. I was there to meet Children of Blood and Bone author Tomi Adeyemi and Elizabeth Acevedo completely BLEW ME AWAY! Listening to Elizabeth Acevedo speak was absolutely riveting and I told myself that I wasn’t going to buy another book that day but this little book nerd couldn’t help herself! I did a combination of reading and listening to The Poet X. Acevedo narrates her own book and needless to say the experience was absolutely magical! The story is written through slam poetry and I highly recommend that you listen to the audio version of The Poet X. Listening to Elizabeth Acevedo narrate her own book brings such a personal, powerful, and intimate feel. Read my review about it here.
I will tag…
Anyone is more than welcome to participate in this tag!