MyTBRList | Banned Books Edition

Posted September 2, 2017 by Tina in As Told by Tina, As Voted by You / 6 Comments


My TBR List is hosted by Michelle from Because Reading. Each month you select 3 books and have your readers vote for the one they think you should read. The poll goes up on the first Saturday, the results are announced the next Saturday and the review goes up on the last Saturday.

I wasn’t able to read my August book because life happened but I plan on reading it this month.

For September, I decided to a banned books edition by Latinx authors.

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena

Danny’s tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’ s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico.

That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see–the demons that are right in front of his face. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming.

Set in the alleys and on the ball fields of San Diego County, Mexican Whiteboy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions.

The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

The Garcías—Dr. Carlos (Papi), his wife Laura (Mami), and their four daughters, Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—belong to the uppermost echelon of Spanish Caribbean society, descended from the conquistadores. Their family compound adjoins the palacio of the dictator’s daughter. So when Dr. García’s part in a coup attempt is discovered, the family must flee.

They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Dominican Republic. Papi has to find new patients in the Bronx. Mami, far from the compound and the family retainers, must find herself. Meanwhile, the girls try to lose themselves—by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating being caught between the old world and the new, trying to live up to their father’s version of honor while accommodating the expectations of their American boyfriends. Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s brilliant and buoyant first novel sets the García girls free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America.

The Banned Book I should Read is:

September BOTM

How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Mexican Whiteboy
The House On Mango Street

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Tina is a twenty something year old mommy of three and lifelong lover of reading. When she is not breaking up fights between her littles, you can find her binge watching a show on Netflix or pretending to organize her life in her bullet journal. But in reality she's just an organized mess.

  • literaryfeline

    Having just read and loved another Julia Alvarez book, I had to go with How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. I would really like to read that one. I loved The House on Mango Street and that would be a good one too. I haven’t read the other one, but now I want to. I hope you enjoy whichever wins, Tina! Have a great week!

  • I want for The House on Mango Street! I hope you enjoy whichever one wins. I hope it’s the one I picked 😉

  • I’ve only heard of The House on Mango Street so I went with that one.

  • I went with How the Garcia girls Lost Their Accents! The synopsis for that one really drew me in. Whatever book wins, I hope you love it! Have a great week. 🙂

    Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

  • Shaunesay

    I decided to give Mexican Whiteboy some love! they all sound great!

  • Lillian

    These are all good picks! I haven’t read any but have heard great things about the authors. I voted for How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. I’m a sucker for historical fiction. Hope you enjoy the winning book 🙂

    Here’s my TBR: http://www.momwithareadingproblem.com/2017/09/september-17-tbr-list/