Happy new year to 2013 – and new challenges!

Hey, happy new year! After a two-month hiatus, I’m ready to get back into blogging.

I have a couple of goals for the upcoming year. First, I plan to spotlight each country with strong Latin American populations on its independence day – similar to the author profiles I do for writers’ birthdays. I expect July and September to be busy months.

I also plan to do a similar reading challenge as I did last year, which covered classic books from Latinas – except that I haven’t published all of the reviews from that challenge yet. I will wrap up that project in January and February.

This year, I will read classic Latino novels. Here they are:

Some of these books (Ultima, Mango Street, Oscar Wao) will be rereads for me. A few of them will be challenging reads. And some books (The Alchemist, Mambo Kings), I have been meaning to read and never gotten around to it.

I chose the books based on popularity and timelessness. These books are in the high school canon (Ultima, Mango Street), Pulitzer Prize winners (Oscar Wao, Mambo Kings), Nobel Prize winners (One Hundred Years of Solitude, Blindness), beloved best-sellers (The Alchemist) and pop culture favorites (Spider Woman).

Of course, there are some missing books. Where’s the most famous Latino novel of them all, Don Quixote? At 900 pages, I decided it would too challenging to read such a thick tome while trying to keep up with current books. Where’s Roberto Bolaño, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo and Miguel Angel Asturias? Hey, I can’t read everything. The list is subjective.

Of course, the heart of the blog is spotlighting new books by Latino authors. I’m looking forward to The Miniature Wife and Other Stories by Manuel Gonzales, The Five Acts of Diego León by Alex Espinoza, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel Cepeda and King of Cuba by Cristina Gárcia. Unfortunately, many of the books won’t come out until March. So expect to see many of the classic books reviewed in January and February.

It’s easy to get burned out from blogging, especially with a full-time job and the other chores of life (which is why I took a long break). So my other resolution is chill out a little more. If I can only produce one post a week or I need to take some time off, I’m going to do it.

To those who read my blog and comment or retweet my tweets, thanks for your time and comments. I look forward to the new year.



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4 responses to “Happy new year to 2013 – and new challenges!

  1. alvaradofrazier

    Welcome back from a well deserved respite. I love the lists-always increases my TBR shelf on Goodreads and has me on watch for new releases.

  2. Fantastic list of goals!! I need to get my reading challenges lined out. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. So glad to see that you’re back! I always enjoy your posts–and all the great reading recommendations!

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