6 Must-read books for Latinos

October 7, 2022

Get inspired by these amazing literary works created by Latino authors.

Good books have the power of transporting us into different worlds and realities, as well as teaching us valuable lessons about ourselves and our world.

Throughout the years, Latino authors have created truly fascinating works of literature that incorporate the richness and beauty of the Latino culture and heritage.

Below we give you a list of amazing books created by amazing Latinos that will surely inspire you!

One Hundred Years of Solitude

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

The brilliant, bestselling, landmark novel that tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love—in rich, imaginative prose that has come to define an entire genre known as “magical realism.”



2. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges’s genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal’s abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return.


The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings

3. The Labyrinth of Solitude and Other Writings by Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz has long been acknowledged as Mexico’s foremost writer and critic. In this international classic, Paz has written one of the most enduring and powerful works ever created on Mexico and its people, character, and culture.


The House of the Spirits

4. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies. The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.


Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

5. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

Drawn from the most intimate and personal associations, Pablo Neruda’s most beloved collection of poetry juxtaposes the exuberance of youthful passion with the desolation of grief, the sensuality of the body with the metaphorical nuances of nature.


The House on Mango Street

6. 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. It is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.