What Book Should You Read for Hispanic Heritage Month? *Quiz!*

At Chelmsford Public Library, Hispanic American Heritage Month celebrates the works and contributions of authors from Central and South America, as well as the great books they have published. Take this quiz for a recommendation on which book to start with, and come into the library for even more picks from our librarians!


What is something you love about reading?

  1. Strong, emotional characters
  2.  Fast paced, twisting plots
  3.  Blending our world with fantasy
  4.  Learning about other people’s lives


Why do you like to read?

  1. To feel inspired
  2. For thrilling suspense
  3. To think about the world we live in
  4. To laugh


Which character sounds most interesting to you?

  1. One who perseveres through hardship
  2. One who takes matters into their own hands
  3. One who navigates impossible events
  4. One who finds their niche in the world


Which genre is your go to?

  1. Historical Fiction
  2. Mystery/Thriller
  3. Sci-Fi/Magical Realism
  4. Memoir/Nonfiction


If you answered mostly A’s

You should read Isabel Allende’s Violeta!

Violeta comes into the world on a stormy day in 1920, the first girl in a family of five boisterous sons. From the start, her life will be marked by extraordinary events, for the ripples of the Great War are still being felt, even as the Spanish flu arrives on the shores of her South American homeland almost at the moment of her birth. Through her father’s prescience, the family will come through that crisis unscathed, only to face a new one as the Great Depression transforms the genteel city life she has known. Her family loses all and is forced to retreat to a wild and beautiful but remote part of the country. There, she will come of age, and her first suitor will come calling. . . .

Told through the eyes of a woman whose unforgettable passion, determination, and sense of humor will carry her through a lifetime of upheaval, Isabel Allende once more brings us an epic that is both fiercely inspiring and deeply emotional.


If you answered mostly B’s

You should read Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno Garcia.

Mexico in the 1970s is a dangerous country, even for Maite, a secretary who spends her life seeking the romance found in cheap comic books and ignoring the activists protesting around the city. When her next-door neighbor, the beautiful art student Leonora, disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.
Mexico in the 1970s is a politically fraught land, even for Elvis, a goon with a passion for rock ’n’ roll who knows more about kidney-smashing than intrigue. When Elvis is assigned to find Leonora, he begins a blood-soaked search for the woman—and his soul.

Swirling in parallel trajectories, Maite and Elvis attempt to discover the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, encountering hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies. Because Mexico in the 1970s is a noir where life is cheap and the price of truth is high.


If you answered mostly C’s

You should try out Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties.

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.


If you answered mostly D’s

Your next read should be Hola Papi! by John Paul Brammer.

John Paul, or JP, is the author behind a popular advice blog, and is now bringing his wisdom to the page. In ¡Hola Papi!, JP shares his story of growing up biracial and in the closet in America’s heartland, while attempting to answer some of life’s toughest questions: How do I let go of the past? How do I become the person I want to be? Is there such a thing as being too gay? Should I hook up with my grade school bully now that he’s out of the closet?

¡Hola Papi! is for anyone—gay, straight, and everything in between—who has ever taken stock of their unique place in the world.


Check out these reads and more at Chelmsford Public Library!