It’s Autism Awareness Month, or what autistics would rather call Autism Acceptance Month or even Autism Pride Month! I hope all autistic people are having a great month, or at least as good as possible during this pandemic.
Because I’m autistic, I want to participate in the Reading Bingo that’s part of the Autistic Pride Readathon, hosted by Bex @ The Bookish Bex.
I’ve put a book on my TBR for every challenge prompt, but I’m not sure I’ll end up reading all of them – I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I’m hoping to at least read the book of the month that Bex chose, which is Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby.
For this prompt, I chose Zondagskind by Judith Visser, which is a Dutch novel about an autistic girl, which the author very kindly sent to me after I had a pretty traumatic experience with a Dutch autism organization and tweeted about it. I feel a little bad about not having read it yet, because I do think it’s going to be really good, so I’m determined to finally get to it this month!
Science Fiction or Fantasy
For SFF, I chose The Outside by Ada Hoffmann, which is available on my audiobook service. I’ve been wanting to read this book since it came out, so hopefully I’ll get to it. I haven’t been reading a lot of SFF lately though, so I won’t feel bad if I don’t end up reading this one.
Next up is my second Talia Hibbert book, A Girl Like Her. I loved loved LOVED Get a Life, Chloe Brown, and I can’t wait to read another book by Talia Hibbert, especially one with autism rep. I bought the Kindle ebook especially for this challenge, but it had been on my wishlist for a long time.
Indie or Self-Published
For this prompt, I’m going to read Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby. This is the book of the month for the readathon, and I bought it during Autism Pride Month last year because Bex loved it so much. I really hope I’ll finally get to it this month, and I have the sequel and prequel on my Kindle, since these books are discounted for Kindle right now!
Queer Author or Representation
Nine of Swords, Reversed by Xan West is the next book I’m hoping to read this month. I read two of their books last month and really loved those, so I can’t wait to read more.
By an Autistic Author (But Without Autistic Rep)
My next choice is a book I need to review for Netgalley, which is Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert. Bex had included Mia Siegert’s previous book on her list of books by autistic authors without autistic rep. I didn’t previously know Mia Siegert was autistic, so this will be a good opportunity to get to my eARC.
Short Story or Novella
I think I could really use a Christmas romance right now to take my mind off things, so my next book choice is No Room at the Inn by Brooke Winters. I bought the Kindle ebook especially for this challenge.
Another book I purchased during Autistic Pride Month last year is When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger. For some reason, I still haven’t gotten around to reading it, so let’s hope I’ll get to it this month.
Author of Color
Another book that’s available on my audiobook service is An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a very long time, so let’s hope I finally will. I really liked The Deep by this author, which I also listened to on audiobook.
Are you planning to participate or read one or two books with autistic representation?
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