General Update: Native American & Disability Reading Challenge


 You may not have noticed that I usually blog about my WIP once a month. I’m going to stop doing that, at least for this month, and announce my new reading challenge. Two months ago I did a Latinx Book Bingo & Prideathon and was happy that I did. But I don’t want to limit myself, plus it’s Native American heritage month. I also realized I don’t read a lot of disability rep, despite having asperger’s and being hard of hearing.

I want to read a popular book for each as well as several lesser known ones. For the popular books, I have chosen:

 

I’ve heard a lot about all of these, and saw the Me Before You movie before I knew it was a book. I am conflicted about the ableist message in Me Before You that Finn or whatever his name is in this one, Will? I’m like hmmm… Why are you so intent on dying? I experience depression myself, and it’s enflared when I’m bored. Even so, I thought it was a beautiful movie, just not a moral one.

I put in two popular books in case the library doesn’t have one available for a while, and while I reserve the right to read all of them, I’m determined to read one from each, as well as at least half of the lesser known here:

Disability

  • Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, Eli Clare 

  • Mean Little Deaf Queer, Terry Galloway 

  • Consumed, J.R. Ward
  • Cinder & Ella, Kelly Oram
  • Love And First Sight, Josh Sundquist 
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder, Sara Barnard

Native American

  • Keeper’n Me, Richard Wagamese
  • When My Brother Was An Aztec, Natalie Diaz
  • Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Hearts Unbroken, Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Give Me Some Truth, Eric Gansworth
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich

If I’ve listed a book that’s more popular than I realize, please let me know. Also, where are the books with Native American disabled protagonists?

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I’m currently reading Vicious by V.E. Schwab and When The Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore. I’ve waited for Vengeful for a good while, since my homeless crisis began shortly before she held a signing event nearby. 😦 So sad I missed it. 

It’s honestly been a bit disappointing. I’m still very early in it, so NO SPOILERS, but it started with a cliche, and it skips around in the timeframe. It’s confusing and I have no idea how to keep the events linear in my head. Vicious did it, but it was two linear timelines. Plotwise, it’s interesting, but Victor’s been doing the same thing over and over. I WANT ACTION!!!

I’m almost done with When the Moon Was Ours. It’s different from most of the other books I’ve read. A fantastic different. It has two protagonists, a trans boy and a girl with roses growing from her wrist. I didn’t realize he was trans for several chapters, therein it became interwoven gradually to the point where the plot is based on preventing his outing. The writing is lyrical and dreamy, and hard to describe. I demand that you read it for your own good.

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