Today, I have a guest post from Jenn Gott to share, in which she recommends new adult novels with disability representation. Jenn is an indie author and a writer with Reedsy, so she basically spends all her time either writing books or helping people learn how to write books. She firmly believes there is no writing skill you cannot learn with practice and the right guidance. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading, swimming, and keeping up with the latest superhero movies.
I hope you enjoy these book selections!
There’s been a big push over the last several years to increase diversity within the media we consume. From greater visibility of LGBTQIA+ characters to the recent surge of awareness about Black struggles, readers of all identities are shouting to make their voices heard. It’s not perfect, of course--there’s still plenty of evidence that diversity in publishing remains lagging behind the scenes.
And while authors who choose to work with self-publishing companies have always been free to publish whatever they like, it’s nice to see some progress being made in the traditional publishing world, too, even if it is often in the form of “two steps forward, one step back.”
Despite the increased efforts to diversify storytelling, disability representation remains sorely lacking. Whether it’s invisible chronic illness, mental health struggles, or characters using mobility assistance technology, disability is often reduced to a token caricature (if it’s included at all). But to see disabled characters take the starring role in romance, as objects of desire? Surely such a book is a unicorn, right?
Yes and no! While these books are difficult to find, they do exist. With that in mind, today I’ve put together a list of 9 new adult novels that manage to not only include disabled characters, but depict them authenticity and heart. (Interested in YA instead? Check out Kira’s posts on those books here, here, and here!)
Can you believe it? It's now been eight years since I first started this blog! Thanks to everyone who's stuck it out with me, and here are the notable posts from this past year for you to revisit.
On Medical Research and Distant Cures 8/24/19
Fall 2019 Humor Roundup 10/5/19
Winter 2020 Humor Roundup 1/11/20
Spring 2020 Humor Roundup 4/4/20
Summer 2020 Humor Roundup 7/4/20
Hello, everyone! Here's the update for July.
Reading: What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards
Writing: #SnowQueenStory, on page 78
Editing: my blog archives and also a friend's novel manuscript
Working: on a psychology/sociology Scribbr essay
Watching: Kendall Rae on YouTube
Earworming: the theme music from Hoarders
Bookmarking: a list of Victorian-era jobs and the women's fashion site eShakti
Following: YA author Kimberly Jones on Twitter
Wearing: a Nevertheless She Persisted t-shirt, a black skirt, and silver square earrings inlaid
with an ombre set of purple gems
Eating: sugar cookies
Smelling: kitty litter that needs cleaning
Hearing: an oscillating fan and a Kendall Rae video
Here are the interesting and useful links I have to share this quarter! Some other important ones went into this post.
In bookish news, the American Library Association has released its list of the most challenged books of 2019. A lot of them have to do with LGBT+ representation, which is unsurprising, as banned books often include important content related to marginalized groups. This is one big reason why we say no to book banning! The CCBP also recently released an analysis of marginalized representation in children's literature (which includes YA lit) from 2019.
That makes for a solid segue into social justice, where this Tumblr post discusses how to critically examine the portrayal of police in the media. On a related note, this Twitter thread lists the most dangerous jobs in the United States. This Tumblr post talks about some of the issues with the current U.S. justice system, as does this one, and this one explores defunding the police, as does this Twitter thread. Also take a look at these stats:
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