Quirky Rican Book Picks 2015: Instagram Edition


Most of the year has gone by without me posting a damn thing on this blog. Shit got too real. This loverboi was unemployed, underemployed, dealing with depression, dwindling funds and self-esteem and still trying to live and have fun.

sometimes you don’t wanna have your ass and problems all over the world for everyone to see. i know i don’t and besides anyone who knew me and checked in on me knew what was really good.

Life’s looking up a little bit. But in the middle of everything, I always had a book in my hands. Mad books. ]

Books have saved my life, given me reasons to keep trying, help me understand who I am and have shown me how other people move in this world.

My girlfriend told me that she likes the books I read and that I should compile them. She’s got good ideas that one. My femme prince. Anyway.


Quirky Rican Book Picks 2015: Instagram Edition

  1. Octavia’s Brood – Edited by Adreinne Maree Brown and Walida Imarisha

science fiction + social justice x black/brown/apia/indigenous writers = a masterpiece

plus, LeVar F*cking Burton has a piece in here. also, I use this book as an oracle, no joke.

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 12.22.48 PM2. Citizen: An American Lyric – Claudia Rankine

This book read like the type of poem someone would write while living in the midst of a war unfolding on their people with sirens blasting outside their door and the miseducation of lauryn hill seeping in through the floor boards elevating the cries of the world.

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3. Loteria – Mario Alberto Zambrano

I will never look at little girls coming up in the world the same way. Shit is dark. But the connection to Loteria is enough light and hope to push through this one.

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4. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’ve never read a more stunning and brutal love letter from a father to a son.

Toni Morrison said it best: This is required reading

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5. Stone Butch Blues – Leslie Feinberg

Wow, I’m still reading this one. I can’t fucking believe how brutal it was to be a masculine-presenting lesbian and/or a trans man in the 40s and 50s, like no wonder old dykes talk about “being in the life.” The life killed people and still does and holy shit, I’m feeling blessed to be alive in 2015, y’all for real.

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6. The Summer Prince – Alaya Dawn Johnson

This YA novel stole my damn icy brown heart and breathed new worlds into it with power-hungry Aunties, renegade grafiteros, and love so strong it threatens the existence of all peoples. What would it be like if young black and brown babes were actually born free? Read the summer prince to get a taste.

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7. Queer Brown Voices – Edited by Uriel Quesada/Letitia Gomez/Salvador Vidal-Ortiz

I didn’t know about the legacy of LGBTQ Latino/a activism. I didn’t know we had a history in the United States. Where the fuck are you supposed to go to find out this info? They don’t tell us about our people in schools and if you don’t have activism in the family, how how are you ever supposed to know? Thank the universe that these Latino/a organizers knew the importance of writing down histories, compiling all the accounts and leaving a path for us all.

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Ok, that’s it for now. Gotta go get a cut and roam around in the city.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Share with me things if you have time.

And hey, my queer young adult YA novel, Juliet Takes a Breath, comes out Jan. 29th, 2016.

Maybe I’ll instagram that shit too.

4 thoughts on “Quirky Rican Book Picks 2015: Instagram Edition

  1. STONE BUTCH BLUES FOREVER. That was the first queer novel I read after high school and it changed my life. Putting these others on the list, stat. Also – I’m writing a queer YA novel! Definitely reading yours! Excited for more rad queer YA lit! (P.S. In case you’re like who the eff is this person, I found your blog through Autostraddle and love your AS writing so I followed you on WordPress).

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