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May is Latino Books Month and Reading Challenge for Adults

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We found this list online compiled by Latina magazine, and it inspired us to send out a challenge for Latino Books Month and the Summer Reading Challenge

Do you want to take this challenge?

Track, blog, share, and discuss the 25 books listed below and through Latino Books Month. Some of you may wish to add some books you feel should be on this list ~ go ahead. If you’ve already read any of the books on the list, give us your opinion or recommendation.

Join us, take the challenge and/or join the discussion, ahora mismo! And be sure to visit this Blog page often to keep the discussion alive.

The 25 Books Every Latino or Latino Should Read
(recommended by Latina magazine)

  • The House of Spirits ~ Isabel Allende
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • In the Time of the Butterflies~ Julia Alvarez
  • When I was Puerto Rican ~ Esmeralda Santiago
  • Don Quixote ~ Miguel de Cervantes
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman ~ Manuel Puig
  • Death in the Andes ~ Mario Vargas LLosa
  • Hopscotch ~ Julio Cortazar
  • The Labyrinth of Solitude ~ Octavio Paz
  • La Muerte de Artemio Cruz ~ Carlos Fuentes
  • Like Water for Chocolate ~ Laura Esquivel
  • The Alchemist ~ Paulo Coelho
  • Las Películas de Mi Vida ~ Alberto Fuguet
  • The House on Mango Street ~ Sandra Cisneros
  • The Little Prince ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Compañero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara ~ Jorge G. Castaneda
  • A People's History of the United States ~ Howard Zinn
  • The Aleph ~ Jorge Luis Borges
  • Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in the United States ~ Juan Gonzalez
  • Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair ~ Pablo Neruda
  • The Brief & Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ~ Junot Diaz
  • Dreaming in Cuban • Soñar en Cubano ~ Cristina Garcia
  • The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories ~ Horacio Quiroga
  • Pedro Paramo ~ Juan Rulfo
  • Men of Maize ~ Miguel Angel Asturias

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