April 2021 TBR | Autistic Pride & Disability Readathon

I’m posting my TBR early, you know what that means!

It means I’ve got some readathons to hype up!!

I have two readathons I know I’m participating in and two ARCs I need to get to, so let’s just jump right in!


ARCs

Two purple ambiguously gendered faces are looking at each other, one is upside down. The background is a salmon color.

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve

I started this in March but put it down to get to other ARCs that were on a slightly tighter deadline. Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the ARC!

This is about Dean, a trans guy who has been cast as an “unconventional Romeo” in his high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet. No one knows Dean is a trans guy, everyone assumes he’s a lesbian. I only got 15% of the way through and I’m enjoying it! Look for this review early April.

Scattered human bones against a black backdrop with the title in orange and the author's name in white

The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Dunst

This is adult fantasy that takes place after most fantasy adventure books would end, which is a very minor trend in fantasy novels that I’m loving. Specifically, it’s about necromancy used to save a loved one I believe. I won a giveaway by the publishers for an eARC.


Autistic Pride Readathon

The Autistic Pride or Autie Readathon was started by Bex @ Bex the Bookish. This takes place throughout the entire month of April with the goal of reading books by autistic authors! You can look at the full bingo board here on the readathon’s Twitter!

All of these books are by authors who are actually autistic!

A white man with short brown hair and a bread is wearing a leather jacket, jeans and a backpack. He's holding a green glowing orb. The background and city around him is shaded purple

The KC Warlock Weekly: Accused by M.N. Jolley

This is an indie book about an autistic reporter who is falsely accused of a crime. It takes place in an urban fantasy world and that’s the end of my knowledge about this book! As you all know, I like going in not knowing much.

This book counts for “SFF,” “ownvoices,” and “indie” on the bingo board!

A figure shown from the back wears a tattered cloak and glowing staff as they look at a large tree-like structure with glowing lines hanging off of it. There is a green to pink gradient.

BASE Status: Online by E. Engberts

More indie books! This is a mystery set in a VR type of game. The main character is autistic and I believe also asexual?

This book counts for “SFF,” “ownvoices,” “indie” and “queer author/representation” if I am correct.

Five kids are sitting on a bench outside on a sunny day. Four of the kids are facing away with two high fiving. The one girl looking at the audience has her head in her hand and her legs crossed

Get a Grip, Vivi Cohen! by Sarah Kapit

This is a middle grade contemporary book about Vivy, who’s the only girl on her school’s baseball team. And the entire thing is told in letter format!

This book counts for “contemporary” and “ownvoices” squares!

Disability Readathon

This is a month long readathon hosted by Erin (Twitter) and Anna (Twitter). If you couldn’t tell by the title, this readathon is all about disability. It is unique, however, in that you don’t just have to read books to participate. You can complete challenges by reading books or essays, by watching YouTube videos or movies, and other means! The twitter is here and the full list of 16 possible challenges can be found here!

There are four categories where you can pick your challenges, so I’m going to go by category and list my plans for each one.

Category 1: Watch a video of a disabled person talking about ableism

I’ve decided to live vicariously through old Jessica Kellgren-Fozard videos and watch this series of videos about her vacation two years ago! Some of the videos are just travel vlog style videos, but the first one is about traveling while being disabled.

Category 2: Read a text by a disabled trans person.

I am finally going to read Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp. Not only does Nijkamp uses they/them pronouns, but there are at least two trans characters in this book as well!

This book is a YA mystery thriller about 5 teens who go up in a cabin in the woods to play a game of D&D. I preordered this because I am very easily influenced by trans fiction and have been waiting for the right time to pick it up.

Category 3: Read a book from the library

This challenge I have two options. They’re both short so I might get to both of them if time permits (perfect scenario, I do).

Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body by Rebekah Taussig is a collection of essays from Taussig. This is also a memoir, so that’s all I know about it.

Another option is Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. I’ve heard people call this middle grade, but I’m 99% sure it’s young adult because books about 14-year-olds counts as young adult. It’s about Jam, a Black trans girl who is selectively mute, who lives in this world where there are no more monsters… except when Jam suddenly finds one in a painting.

Category 4: Read a book that’s been on your TBR for over a year.

Again, I have two options, but it might be hard to get to both as I realize how many 400+ page books I have on this TBR when my reading has been pretty slow.

Most likely I’ll read The Antagonists by Burgandi Rakoska. This book has superheroes and anti-heroes! According to GoodReads, I added this in 2017, but I’m pretty sure I’ve known about this earlier. This is ownvoices for the wheelchair rep.

My second option that I might not get to this month but I’d like to eventually is A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. If you haven’t heard about this book yet, it’s a YA Beauty & the Beast retelling where the main character has cerebral palsy.


And that is my indie-focused reading plans! And this isn’t even including the audiobooks I’ll probably get to to fill the space of my walks.

April is also time for Dewey’s 24-Hour readathon, which I am tentatively participating in! As with all the readathons I’m participating in next month, I’ll most likely do readathon Twitter threads so you guys can know my feelings on the books as I read them, so check out my Twitter here!

Are you participating in any of these readathons? Have you read any of these books? Any catch your eye? Let me know in the comments!

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