In Get Literary’s blog series Track by Track, we deep dive into buzzworthy music albums and pair them with our favorite books with the same vibe. For an enhanced reading experience, we recommend playing the whole album while reading each of these five books.
I’m pretty sure every little Latina girl like myself grew up learning about the Tejano music legend that was Selena Quintanilla. With her raspy voice and bilingual blend of Tejano and pop music, Selena reached a fever pitch in her career—including winning a Grammy—shortly before her tragic death in 1995. Her last studio album, Dreaming of You, was the perfect illustration of Selena’s versatility, and when I listen to her, I feel empowered and beautiful.
Since her passing, dozens of commemorations to the Mexican American star have been made, including the famous biographical film that gave Jennifer Lopez her acting debut. Now, a new series in Selena’s honor is set to release on Netflix in late 2020.
As we approach the 25th anniversary of her last studio album’s release on July 18, here are some reads, as matchups, that you might enjoy while listening to each track.