12 YA books to read for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hi friends! I’m back today with tons of recommendations for you yet again. I’ve been inspired lately for these kind of lists, so I hope you’re enjoying them!

From September 15th, to October 15th (hey! that’s my birthday! Sorry. Getting off track here), it’s National Hispanic Heritage Month & Latinx Heritage Month, a month where Americans celebrate histories and cultures and contributions of Americans, whose ancestors are coming from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. I’m so happy that I found out about this wonderful celebration and even happier to, hopefully, contribute to it a little bit with some book recommendations to inspire you and celebrate Hispanic authors.

Today this recommendation list will be divided in two parts: the books I have read and adored and would definitely recommend you check out, and the books I really really reaaaaaaaaaally want to read.

You can click on the covers to get to the goodreads page of the book!

✨The books I’ve read and would recommend

We Set The Dark On Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This is one of my favorite books of all times, that’s why. This is a stunningly realistic read, with incredible writing and world-building, a f/f romance I fell for and all the badass main characters you always dreamed of. Definitely a book I always, always will recommend and adore.

πŸ“– read my full review

Don’t Date Rosa Santos, Nina Moreno

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Don’t Date Rosa Santos is another favorite read of mine. It has everything I love in a contemporary read: an amazing main character, incredible and complex family vibes and a swoony adorable love story, too. Basically this is a book you should be reading okay.

The Library of Lost Things, Laura Taylor Namey

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This book releases early October, but I heavily recommend you keep an eye on it, because it IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. It has all I adore in my contemporary reads and the books and the swoony romance and complicated mother-daughter relationship and I LOVE THIS.

Color Me In, Natasha Dìaz

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Another recent release and a wonderful, wonderful coming-of-age story about figuring out who you are and where you fit in. Complicated families and friendships and romance, Color Me In was just so real and such a promising debut.

πŸ“– read my full review

More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Don’t read this book without having tissues near and don’t read this book without checking the triggers because it is HEAVY. That being said, I found it to be a powerful story about Puerto-Rican teen and the complexities of being a teenager and depression and this was a great read.


✨ The books I want to read

The Poet X, Elizabeth Acedevo

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I’ve heard SO much praise about The Poet X and all of the author’s other releases as well, even if I never tried out reading a book in verse, I’m going to try this one for certain.


Analee, In Real Life, Janelle Milanes

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Another contemporary that sounds really perfect, if you ask me. It has a main character hiding online to express herself (hello relatable), fake-dating and what seems to be complex family relationships after a loss. HERE FOR this book.


Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, Maika & Maritza Moulite

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I already mentioned this book before, but I am so very very impatient to be able to get a copy of it, because it sounds so wonderful. The family vibes, the mixed-media kind of book, everything about it gives me a feeling I’d adore it and I’m here for it.

πŸ“– read my interview with the authors!

When the Moon Was Ours, Anna Marie McLemore

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I haven’t read any book by this author, even though I’ve been wanting to FOR YEARS. I could have picked any title, really, but I decided to go with When The Moon Was Ours because I love that title. This also sounds like such a beautiful, character-focused read with magical realism and I can’t wait to try it out.


The Resolutions, Mia Garcia

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I need this because this is about a group of friends growing apart and I’m just all for books focusing on friendships and we need way more of these stories. This sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it.

Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida CΓ³rdova

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Labyrinth Lost sounds like such a fascinating read, filled with magic and Latinx culture and I’ve heard so many great things about this story and its writing, I can’t wait to try it out!

The Universal Laws of Marco, Carmen Rodrigues

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I recently found out about this book and it sounds like the kind of contemporary I’d really adore, with a first love coming back, told between the past where Marco’s first love was there and the future where everything has changed. I feel like I could love this one.


Other interesting blog posts about the National Hispanic Heritage Month & book recs:


Did you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read them? (You should!)

Do you have any recommendations of books to read for this month? Let me know in comments!





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50 thoughts on “12 YA books to read for National Hispanic Heritage Month

    1. Ahh Jess I hope you’ll get to read We Set The Dark On Fire soon, I adore it. And The Library of Lost Things was such a wonderful read as well πŸ™‚
      I hope we both can read some of their books soon, I’ve only heard praise about both authors πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!

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  1. I had no idea that it’s National Hispanic Heritage Month & Latinx Heritage Month, so thank you for raising some awareness of that πŸ₯° I have only read Labyrinth Lost from your list, but I really liked it, it’s full of witchy things and is a great book to binge read! I haven’t read the companion novels though, as each book features another sister from the family πŸ™‚ I’ve definitely been wanting to read We Set The Dark On Fire so I’m happy to see that you liked it so much!

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    1. Ahh of course you’re so welcome, I’m happy to spread the word and hopefully the love for some of these authors as well πŸ™‚
      Oh I had no idea the Labyrinth Lost books weren’t sequels, but companion novels, that’s good to know! Maybe I’ll get to them sooner then, I feel less pressured when I know the book isn’t part of a series, somehow, haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Caro! ❀ ❀

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  2. I AM INTRIGUED BY ALLL OF THEMMM!! 😍😍 But When The Moon was Ours in particular!! ❀️❀️😍 The cover is soo soo gorgeous!! ❀️

    But hey!! YOU DIDNT INCLUDE Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of Universe!? ITS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!! 😍😍❀️❀️

    LOOVED these recommendations, Marie! Will surely check β€˜em out! ❀️❀️

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  3. So many great recommendations here thank you. And happy National Hispanic Heritage month to you! I really want to read Anna Marie’s When the Moon Was Ours as well. I’ve heard so many great things about the author and their books in general.

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    1. Thank you so much Carly, I’m so happy you enjoyed this post so much!! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to read Anna Marie McLemore’s books, I only heard praise about all of them so far. I hope we’ll love them πŸ™‚

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  4. Thanks for these amazing recommendations, Marie! I’m not that proud about the fact that I probably won’t be reading any Latinx books this month, but I probably will next month or the month after that!
    I can’t wait to read Rosa Santos! It seems like the perfect summer read that also features some hard hitting themes. I also want to give Adam silvera another shot! I have to read an Anna-Marie McLemore book soon too πŸ˜… Ah, The Poet X was gorgeously written! It did have some dark themes, but it was an amazing coming of age story. I recommend listening to the audiobook, because the author narrates it herself, and she’s a slam poet πŸ’“πŸ’“


    1. AHH CAITLIN I can’t wait for you to read Rosa Santos, I hope you’ll love it as much as I did ❀ I'm so happy you loved The Poet X, I've heard so many good things about this book, I'll have to give it a try soon πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

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  5. Thank you so much for putting this list together! I was just thinking the other day that I need to read more novels that are diverse. I am so excited for The Library of Lost Things. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

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  6. I feel slightly better about not having read a book by Anna Marie McLemore now. Her books always sound so magical and have such stunning covers but I still haven’t read a single one πŸ˜… I’m also kind of wary about the Poet X. I definitely want to read the authors other book but I’m never sure about books in verse /:

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    1. Ugh same here, I feel so bad about it, I’ve been wanting to read those books for YEARS πŸ˜… hopefully we can soon! and I have to agree with you on that. I never tried books in verse, so I’m a little nervous about it. I’ve heard the audiobook version is fantastic, too! Maybe we could try it that way haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Charlotte! ❀

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      1. I could be wrong but I don’t think they’re as easy to find as some books. I’ve only ever seen them online anyway, not in store. And yet I have no idea why as anytime that I see them mentioned it’s in a highly positive way.
        I know there are a few other books in verse that are meant to be good but I’m wary about the format. Good idea though, I’ll have to check if my library has an audio copy of it.

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      2. I don’t have bookstores I can go to, so I didn’t realize that, it’ s too bad they’re not that available in bookstores, they should be, they’re getting so much praise! πŸ™‚
        I hope you’ll give it a try, can’t wait to hear what you think πŸ™‚

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      3. I could be wrong but I honestly can’t remember seeing them at all and I’m pretty sure they’re not available as ebooks either. I agree though, they definitely should be more widely available.
        I expect I will, especially if I can find the audio version, although I’ll probably end up reading the authors other book first. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it.

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  7. You always make the best lists, Marie! Analee, in Real Life & The Resolutions are both going on my list. I highly recommend Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero. πŸ™‚ You’d love it!

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  8. Thank you so much for featuring my post Marie!! πŸ’– I can’t wait to read Color Me In & Library Of Lost Things, both are anticipated releases!! Also, I’m so glad to see Universal Laws Of Marco on this list, I hope you enjoy it πŸ˜­πŸ’™πŸ’™

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  9. I love WSTDOF too!! BUT THE ENDING ARGHHH *heavy breathing* well. thanks for B R E A K I N G M Y H E A R T Tehlor!! And wow, I actually have a post similar to this coming up next week on dia de los muertos (a little bit late heh) so this is so nice to see!! We had a lot of overlap πŸ’Ÿ

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    1. RIGHT??? I am still NOT okay with that ending and I NEED that sequel right this second ahhhh 😭 I’m so happy I have someone to scream about this with ahhhhhhh. I LOVE THIS BOOK haha.
      Oh that’s so great! I’ll be looking forward to your post! πŸ™‚

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      1. YES I KNOW I KNOW ASDFGHJKL it’s so frustrating 😭😭😭 YES I’M SO GLAD. I can already tell we have veryyy similar tastes! ❀
        Thanks! I'd really appreciate it if you could give me feedback on it after it's up (up on next wednesday) or… on other posts too XD. I'd appreciate it! ❀

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