Category Archives: Books

Puerto Rican Heritage Month


We just celebrated Puerto Rican Heritage Month in NYC. For that reason, I would like to share some links about Latino literature:

Pura Belpre Award. Pura Belpre was the first Latina, Puerto Rican, librarian at the NYPL.

Latino Lit for Teens/ Libro por Libro. Latino authors writing for young adults.

Top 10 Latin@ Books 2015. Includes books in English and bilingual English/Spanish.

Latina’s 2015 Reading List. Selections for each month.




Why We Love New York

Every year, New York Magazine publishes reasons to New York. Last year, I surveyed my friends and posted a long list of reasons why we loved NYC. This year, NY Magazine included quotes from its readers and the librarian in me thought that this one, below, was the best! No need to add anything else 🙂


“Because I moved to L.A. almost two years ago, and I’ve maybe read six books in the time since. In New York, I’d read on the subway and finish a book a week (at least!). There are millions of reasons to move back, but I’d do it just for the books.” Garrett D Greer


Culture Binge

I’ve been on a culture binge since I ended my classes a week ago and will continue in this ‘state’ until shortly before the beginning of classes almost four weeks from now.

For months I’ve been compiling a list of books I’d like to read and movies I’d like to watch during school break. Finally last week, I started to read The Bad Girl (Travesuras de la nina mala) by the great Latin American writer, Mario Vargas Llosa… and just because I can’t get no satisfaction reading one book, I also started reading No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by acclaimed chef and irresistible bad boy, Anthony Bourdain. (well, it is a picture book from all his travels so, I looked at all the pictures and will read the bits with text after The Bad Girl — couldn’t help it!!)

Next on my list- in no particular order:

Long Day’s Journey Into Night – a play by Eugene O’Neill

Oil by Upton Sinclair

Last Night a DJ Saved my Life by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton

Slash by…er, do I have to say it?

to Read again:

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada) by Pablo Neruda

Cronopios and Famas (Historias de Cronopios y Famas) by Julio Cortazar


West Side Story – It will be the first time I’ll watch this movie. I know, I know…

Billy Elliot

Any suggestions for my culture binge? Send them my way!

The Kama Sutra of Reading?

Reading is Sexy and we all know that. Today I’ve been at home ill, but because I cannot sit still a second, I tried to read articles for my classes. I couldn’t focus on my reading because I lost my Reading is Sexy t-shirt -which I love and wanted to wear. I decided to buy another one online. I google Reading is Sexy t-shirt and what I found? The Kama Sutra of Reading– whoa! Exactly what every librarian and book-lover is looking for…