Along with summer come long days at the beach, or laying out in the park, and there’s nothing better for making laying around look productive than a book. Here are 10 of our picks by Latino and Latin-American authors for your summer reading list.
*Here’s a good list of suggestions for your summer reading. It’s ambitious – for some – but doable. VL
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Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (Arthur A. Levine Books)
Sierra Santiago is your average Brooklyn teen, looking forward to spending the summer sitting on stoops, spending time with friends. But when strange things start happening in her neighborhood, she is inducted into the underground world of the Shadowshapers, a mysterious organization that uses the street art of New York to battle evil. The series is full of magic, teens that talk like, you know, real teens, and a gripping plot full of magic and darkness. Best of all, if you end up picas, the second book in the series, Shadowhouse Fall, will be out in September.
2666 by Roberto Bolaño (Picador)
Summer is a perfect time to take on project books – that loooong read that’s too heavy to carry around in your bag might make the perfect distraction for week three at your wifi-less abuela’s place. Bolaño’s 2666 is a 1,000-page book about femicide, literary criticism, boxing, border towns and the end of the world – a book that doubtless would have been even longer had the author not died. It is also a classic, praised by everyone from Oprah to The New York Times, and a gripping read for all one thousand of its pages.
Editor’s note: the author of this article works for 2666’s original publisher, Farrar Straus & Giroux.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
While Benjamin Alire Sáenz has been a writer of both children and adult books for a minute, he didn’t really become widely known until 2012’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which had an audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda and won about a million children’s lit awards. Inexplicable Logic is his followup to that smash hit, and has many of the same elements that made that book great – a character in the midst of a kind-of-painful coming of age, close friendship, and an extremely good dog.