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Top 5 (books with disability rep) Tuesday

We should ALWAYS be reading and uplifting books with disability rep! It’s amazing to read a book and you share the same disability with one of the characters – it’s SUCH a great feeling!

Top 5 Tuesday is now hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. You can find her recommendations here!

I mean, I can’t have this post without talking about the first book in which I saw myself and that was The Lightning Thief! This series really helped me be proud of my learning disorder – which can definitely be really hard! And it was great to see that and to know that those books are still being read today and more people who have ADHD and/or dyslexia can see themselves in it!

There’s also The Extraordinaries (main character has ADHD). I really liked the rep in this, it is medicated rep (I’m unmedicated, so would love more unmedicated rep) and Nick is so funny (which I think is a perk with adhd).

Sick Kids in Love features a main character (Isabel) with Rheumatoid Arthritis and the other with Gaucher’s Disease (Sasha). Pretty sure this is the first time I’ve read a character having the same chronic illness as me (Isabel) and it was so, so refreshing to see my thoughts laid out, being spoken by the characters.

Kaz in Six of Crows uses a cane (the author also uses a cane) and I love that! There’s no pressure on him to walk without a cane, no snarky comments about his cane usage (I think, but even if there were, Kaz would surely set them right… as in set them right off without a body part).

I can’t believe I nearly forgot about Mooncakes! Mooncakes is the SWEETEST and CUTEST graphic novel!! Nova, the one main character, uses hearing aids! And everything else in the book is just very cute! I highly recommend this and I want more!

And here’s some books with disability rep that I haven’t read but really want to!

One for All by Lillie Lainhoff

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen

Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens

This all tells me I should read more books with disability rep! Have you read any of the books I still have to read? Recommend anything you think I should read straight away? Which are your favourite books? Give me all the recs down below!

9 responses to “Top 5 (books with disability rep) Tuesday”

  1. This is so helpful! I feel like disability rep isn’t emphasized as often as it should be, especially considering that unlike other kinds of rep, disability could potentially apply to anyone, especially as we get older. I’ve only read two of these, thanks so much for posting a more expansive list. I’ll have to get reading!

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    1. Thank you! I think it’s important that even if you don’t have the specific disability that the character has – you still should read it! But it is a great feeling to find a book and characters where you can see yourself in!

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  2. We match with Percy Jackson and Kaz Brekker! I love those books sooo much.

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  3. I love this. So much. I totally forgot that PJ has disability representation… but I also need to finish the series!! Great post *chefs kiss*

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, like Magnus Chase has a deaf elf (I think Hearthstone?) and I think most people who don’t have learning disorders don’t really think they can be classified as disabilities – but they can! In either strong cases or in classes and stuff.

      Thank you! Loved your post too.

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  5. […] already written a lot about what this book means to me in this post and also here! But I’ll say it again that this book helped me a lot re my ADHD and […]


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Hi! I’m DB and I really like reading! I mean, of course I do – otherwise this wouldn’t be a book blog. It would be full of pictures of my cat. But come and look at whatever I’ve got on this blog!
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December 2020

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