If you’re still finding yourself with nothing to do or can’t travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still go on adventures — using your imagination through the pages of a book.
There are several books written by New Mexico authors that are worth reading, if you want to do something different, other than watching television or playing video games.
Here are five books from New Mexican authors you should check out. The best part is that most books are available as e-books:
1. “The Storm Runner” series
Las Cruces-based children’s author Jennifer Cervantes — pen name J.C. Cervantes — is a New York Times Best Selling Author who has written a popular series of children’s books that are fun for the whole family. Her trilogy, “The Storm Runner” series, follows the story of a young New Mexican boy named Zane Obispo and his three-legged dog named Rosie. Zane meets with colorful characters inspired by Mayan mythology in his adventures. The first book of the series is “The Storm Runner,” the second book is “The Fire Keeper,” and her third book, “The Shadow Crosser,” will be available Sept. 1, 2020. Cervantes is published under Rick Riordan Presents, a Disney-Hyperion imprint. “The Storm Runner” and “The Fire Keeper” can be purchased on Amazon.com
2. “Bless Me, Ultima”
Written by Rudolfo Anaya, “Bless Me, Ultima,” is considered one of the best books to come out of New Mexico. Anaya, a versatile and prolific writer, is noted to help launch the 1970s Chicano Literature movement. He has written children’s and young adult books, including the “Sonny Baca” mystery series, short stories, plays and poetry. In 2001, he was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts award. Anaya died at 82 on Sunday, June 28, 2020. “Bless Me, Ultima” is available at barnesandnoble.com
3. “The King of Queen of Comezón”
Denise Chávez is a novelist, poet, playwright and educator who lives and works on the U.S./Mexico borderland in southern New Mexico. She is a native of Las Cruces. Her book, “The King of Queen of Comezón,” won a 2016 Zia Book Award. The book also won other awards, such as the International Latino Book Award in Fiction at the American Library Association Conference in October in San Francisco.
Fun Fact: Chávez earned her master’s degree in creative writing at the University of New Mexico, where her professors included notable New Mexico writers the late Rudolfo Anaya and the late Tony Hillerman. “The King of Queen of Comezón” can be purchased at barnesandnoble.com
4. “As I Battle Your Demons”
Lydia Udero-Vaughan is a Silver City teacher and New Mexico State University alum. She recently self-published a book, “As I Battle Your Demons,” which debuted at No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Christian Fantasy category.
The book centers around a young Latina named Lee DelRey, who lives in Mesilla Park. According to Udero-Vaughan, Lee is stricken with grief due to the loss of her beloved grandmother. On the night of her 13th birthday, she has terrible nightmares of monsters and demons chasing her and wakes up, morning after morning, with injuries and lacerations that she cannot keep hidden nor explain.
After several mysterious episodes, Lee’s school begins to think she is being abused at home and is later sent to a mental institution. While at the institution she is visited by an angel who tells her she was chosen by God to battle demons on Earth. It is up to Lee to then decide her fate. “As I Battle Your Demons” is available on paperback for $15.48 and is available as an e-book for $3.99. To purchase the book, visit Amazon.com
5. “Hi, My Name is Corona!: COVID-19”
Bewley said he wanted to write the book because he felt parents were having a hard time explaining to their children why they can’t go to school anymore, and why they have to wear a mask. He said the book helps to get the point across, with a little bit of humor and scientific facts.
To order “Hi, My Name is Corona!: COVID-19,” visit Barnes and Noble’s website at barnesandnoble.com/. The book is available through e-book or print.