The Books that Made Me: Adrianna Cuevas
This week we get to know the lovely middle grade author, Adrianna Cuevas. She's a talented writer and baker, based on the delicious looking treats she shares on her social media.
The Books that Made Me Love Reading
I’ve always loved reading so I can’t really pinpoint a book that made me feel this way. But growing up, I was obsessed with an illustrated edition of Edgar Allen Poe stories and poems because I love horror. I also read a ton of Jack London as a kid because his stories transported a Cuban girl living in Florida to a whole new world I had never experienced.
The Books that Made Me Excited to Read Right Now
The Books that Made Me Want to Write
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez. This MG sci-fi fantasy is filled with Cuban-American characters in Miami. I’d never seen myself so much in a book before and it made me want to provide that experience to young readers as well.
The Books that Made Me Laugh Out Loud
The Books that Made Me Angry
The Books that Made Me Swoon
XOXO by Axie Oh. I’m a huge fan of k-dramas and this YA was basically the best k-drama in book form. (Bonus points for Made in Korea by Sarah Suk, I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee, and The Jasmine Project by Meredith Ireland)
The Books that Made Me a Lifelong Fan
The Books that Made Me Like a New Genre
Keep It Together, Keiko Carter and Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai by Debbi Michiko Florence made me awe at how amazing a strictly contemporary MG can be. I usually require some amount of fantastical nonsense to keep my interest, but Debbi’s books are perfection.
ABOUT ADRIANNA CUEVAS
Adrianna Cuevas is the author of the Pura Belpre honor book The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez,Cuba in My Pocket, and The Ghosts of Rancho Espanto. She is a first-generation Cuban-American originally from Miami, Florida. A former Spanish and ESOL teacher, Adrianna currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and son. When not working with TOEFL students, wrangling multiple pets including an axolotl, and practicing fencing with her son, she is writing her next middle grade novel.