Hot Passionate and Illegal? by Cristian de la Fuente

Okay, I got this book because my boss thinks my crush on the Latino IT guy is funny, so she surreptitiously put it on my hold list at the library. She just say the Latino guy on the cover and the title Hot. Passionate. And Illegal?: Why (Almost) Everything You Thought About Latinos Just May Be True and thought it would be perfect. Funnily enough, she was right!

This book had me laughing out loud from the first page. The poor author had to write this book in his second language, but it’s written the way he would speak, with all of the random “okays” and “you knows”. I don’t normally do this, but I have to quote from the chapter outlining the different types of Latinos in America. He is describing the Third Generation Latino who doesn’t speak a word of Spanish and “has nothing linking himself to Latinos besides his genes and having Arroz Con Frijoles for lunch twice a week.”

Then he says, “If eating a country’s food is enough reason to claim yourself a citizen of that country, then, you know, I’m Thai.”

So so funny. Check it out.


I have been sick for 2 1/2 weeks. Just a cold, but I can’t make it go away. To prove my point, I was actually too sick to read. I know!!! I could only lay in the bed and stare at the walls. And cough.

So anyway, I didn’t get that much read in December, but I’ll give you some highlights.

I finally read Eclipse (The Twilight Saga). I actually kinda liked it. Last time I couldn’t get past page 50. I think I was in the right mental space this time. You know, on cold medicine. Don’t judge.

At the book club Christmas party this year I scored a copy of A Dirty Job: A Novel which my friend Tammy had been telling me I HAD to read for ages. Also a good one to read on cold medicine. I loved the hellhounds that the little girl calls “the puppies”.

I must have been a really good girl this year, cause Mike gave me a Kindle for Christmas. I’ve been having such a great time with it. I read Mister Pip in a day. Now, because the Kindle doesn’t tell you how many pages that is in a real book, I have no idea how big the book is, but I was really impressed with myself for reading it in a day. It’s a pretty good book, by the way. The one white guy on this pacific island (after the other whites leave during a revolution) volunteers to teach the island kids in school. Mostly, he reads to them from Great Expectations. That’s where the Pip thing comes from.

Well, that’s about the extent of it for now. Beware the Mutant Death Cold. It’s brutal.