This post is part of the #ReadMoreLatam2021 Challenge. Click here for more info.
The challenge for this month is to read a book from an indie editorial.
I’m a sucker for a great looking book. If it’s got bright colours, subtle design, and a font that’s reminiscent of an Erica Jong novel…well, I’m all in.
We’re often told not to judge a book by its cover—a sentiment I can sort of get on board with in the case of major Spanish-language publishers who seemingly give two seconds of thought to their cover design—but I say, why shouldn’t we?
A cover designer’s work exists precisely for that very reason—to be judged, and to serve as an “accurate” reflection of what the book is all about, whether that’s in tone, style or substance.
So, for this month, I want you to pluck the most beautiful Latin American book from your shelf and start reading. And let’s be honest, we’re probably not talking Tusquets titles here.
As always, my recommendations for July include books I’ve read or simply books I want to read and review. And they’re all beautiful, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all, so feel free to go off book (ba dum tss) for this one.
The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez, trans. Megan McDowell (Cover Design: Unknown)
Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, trans. Sarah Moses (Cover Design: Unknown)
Las Biuty Queens by Iván Monalisa Ojeda, trans. Hannah Kauder (Cover Design: Richard Oriolo)
Wild Tongues Can’t be Tamed edited by Saraciea J. Fennell (Cover Design: Unknown)
Tarantela by Abril Castillo Cabrera (Cover Design: Priscila Vanneuville)
Love, Anger, Madness by Marie Vieux-Chauvet, trans. Rose-Myriam Réjouis and Val Vinokur (Cover Design: Anna Kochman)
I’ll be reading: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez
Update: Read my review of The Dangers of Smoking in Bed here!