I have always been someone who reads five things at the same time. It’s the strategy of someone who wants to absorb multiple writing styles and voices at the same time without necessarily committing to the book in its entirety. I’m the same with TV shows, I will watch a K-drama up until one or two episodes after the kiss scene. It’s not that I don’t like endings, I think I just can’t handle conflict sometimes and want my shows wrapped in a happy ending bow.
The point is, I want to take my time, slow down and finish books. I am making a self-imposed reading challenge because I miss slowness, I miss sitting around just thinking, I’m tired of scrolling and feeling like the world is basura.
The last book I finished was “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong and that was a couple of years ago now. I loved it. I couldn’t put it down. Ocean has a breathtaking writing voice. I will fight anyone who says otherwise.
My TBR List:
Ghost Forest by Pik-Shuen Fung
Almond by Won-pyung Sohn
Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Flowers of Mold by Ha Seong-Nan
The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón
The Lost Dreamer by Liz Huerta
Thrust by Lidia Yuknavitch
I might read three of these at the same time, but my intent is to take my time and sit with these stories. My personal hashtag will be #riosreadingchallenge
To all of you miraculous beauties who read a bunch, I hope you’re reading amazing stories. What are you reading?! What’s your TBR like look like?
Sending love and light from me and my baby who is currently cuddling me. Besos!
Here’s a quick update on upcoming events I will be a part of starting in June! I have been taking a break since my long trip to Portland in March. I finally feel my energy back in balance so I can focus on my creative pursuits and all the work that goes into self-promotion as an indie author.
I am going to join some incredible writers in June for the LatinX Writers Showcase at Café Mayapan in El Paso, Tx. The event starts at 7pm.
Happy Halloween to everyone! I dressed as the universe this past Saturday and tonight, I am going to be a witch. There’s thunder and lightning outside. It feels like the perfect weather for today. I want to document what I have done the past three months because I am super grateful for the opportunities and for the outpouring of love from other writers.
In August, I was the opening reader for Amber Tamblyn, who is an activist, a phenomenal author, and an actor. It was wonderful hearing her read and speak about her new book, ANY MAN.
Recently, I have been working on experimental fiction and non-fiction pieces. I have compiled my new works into Interstellar Bruja Vol. 2. I wrote on break-ups, friendship, queerness, being brown and weird, trauma, and moving on from toxic people.
I have decided to pursue my dream of becoming a writing worksop teacher and magnificent people in the El Paso community have reached out to me to help me teach my second workshop ever at UTEP next month. I am beyond thrilled. I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready to take on the challenge. Continue reading “Upcoming Readings and Workshops”→
Thanks so much to Laura Diaz de Arce for this gorgeous review of Itzá.
“Itzá is not censored, nor does it hold itself back. It follows generations of water witches, shifting through time and narration while doing so. The book itself is a difficult read—not only because of its subject matter, but also because the language is deliberately poetic. The narrative moves around, and with short chapters, the focus jumps from one anecdote to another in rapid succession. It’s difficult to parse what is lyrical embellishment, what are fantastical elements, and what is “real” to the story. But the result is wonderfully organic, beautiful, and heart-aching.”