It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week, we talk about books that feature some disability representation. I struggled quite a bit with the topics and it was challenging to come up with my picks. So, I will definitely make sure to include more novels with some disability rep into my reading list!
#1 The Percy Jackson Novels
With the Percy Jackson books, Rick Riordan not only included a character with disabilities, but he also made him the hero. Percy has issues with dyslexia and ADHD. If I remember correctly, Riordan specially wrote the character like this because his son had similar things to deal with.
#2 Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom
Leigh Bardugo’s novels Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom feature several characters with disabilities but most prominently Kaz Brekker. The badass leader has a limp and often uses a cane. This was to some extent inspired by Leigh Bardugo personal life as she suffers from osteonecrosis and has to use a cane herself.
#3 Everything, Everything
Okay, so this one is a bit more complex but I won’t go into that to avoid spoilers. (I wasn’t too fond of the book but nevermind.)
Here the protagonist suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency and is thus confined to her own home.
#4 The Fault in Our Stars
This one is a real tearjerker. Hazel suffers from thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs. But she’s not the only teenaged character in this book battling cancer. As much as I hated other John Green novels, this one was amazing.
#5 The Magnus Chase novels
Once more it is Rick Riordan, the king of representation. In his novels, he always makes a point to include characters from a variety of backgrounds, to feature genderfluidity, etc.
I already mentioned the Percy Jackson books but in the Magnus Chase series, the protagonist has asthma and an important supporting character named Hearth is deaf.
What’s your favorite book featuring disability rep? Let me know in the comments!