April is Autism Acceptance Month, and since I’m autistic myself, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to dedicate a few blogposts to autism and what it means to me to be autistic. I’m going to try to write a few blogposts about this, so fingers crossed I’ll manage!
I thought I’d start off by discussing a challenge I’m participating in this month: the Autistic Pride Readathon, hosted by Becca from Becca’s Book Realm and Kitty from Jellyfable. They put together challenge prompts, all centered around books written by autistic authors and/or with autistic characters.
I’ve already read a few books with autism rep that I loved, as well as books by autistic authors that I loved! Here’s some of my recommendations:
- Jen Wilde – Queens of Geek (autistic author, autism rep)
The autistic main character, Taylor, is one of the first characters I really recognized myself in. And fun anecdote: she’s even part of the reason I decided to seek out a diagnosis!
- Jen Wilde – The Brightsiders (autistic author, no autism rep)
After reading Queens of Geek, of course I also had to read The Brightsiders when it came out last year. I really enjoyed this as well!
- Amy Reed – The Nowhere Girls (allistic author, autism rep)
This is one of the only books by allistic (non-autistic) authors I’ve read where I felt the rep was really accurate. It didn’t rely on stereotypes and the autistic character was very relatable.
- Corinne Duyvis – On the Edge of Gone (autistic author, autism rep)
The autistic main character wasn’t very relatable for me personally, but I did love the rep. If anything, it’s great to see different types of autistic characters portrayed!
- Helen Hoang – The Kiss Quotient (autistic author, autism rep)
Even though romance really isn’t my genre, I really did appreciate The Kiss Quotient for it’s wonderful autism rep. The main character was incredibly relatable.
- Helen Hoang – The Bride Test (autistic author, autism rep)
I was lucky enough to read an eARC of this book! You can read my review here.
- Roshani Chokshi – The Gilded Wolves (allistic author, autism rep)
As far as autism rep by allistic authors go, Roshani Chokshi did a pretty good job. It was clear that she put in the effort to give a respectful portrayal and make it as accurate as possible. She did lay it on a little thickly at times in my opinion, but I didn’t have any real issues with it, and The Gilded Wolves is just such an amazing book all around as well!
- Bianca Toeps – Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit (Dutch, autistic author, autism rep)
I received a review copy from the publisher, and read it almost right away. This book was so very relatable and empowering, and I would really recommend it to all of my Dutch followers. My review will be up soon!
Unfortunately, there aren’t very many books with good autism rep yet. There are still a few that I haven’t read though, and I’m hoping to get to some of these this month. The following books were recommended to me:
- Mira Grant – Into the Drowning Deep
- A.J. Steiger – When My Heart Joins the Thousand
- Kaia Sonderby – Failure to Communicate
- Riley Redgate – Seven Ways We Lie
- Judith Visser – Zondagskind (Dutch)