#5OnMyTBR: Disabled MC

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook and you can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. It occurs every Monday when we post about 5 books on our TBR. Thank you E. for the awesome graphic for these posts as well!

Hi everyone,

Another week, another month, another year older. September is my birthday month! And Melbourne Stage 4 lockdown is supposed to end a few days before my birthday so maybe I’ll get to celebrate by standing outside of my home at 8:01pm (we currently have an 8pm curfew.)

This week is all about disabled characters! And you’ll be pleased to hear that even though Seven Devils could also qualify for this theme, I have restrained myself from putting it on this list for the third week running.

The Outside by Ada Hoffman

The Outside is a science fiction novel with an autistic scientist who aciddentally destroys a space station (and kills the many people on board…) She is abducted by agents (robot angels) of the AI Gods who offer her mercy if she’ll lead them to her missing mentor.

Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram

The sequel to one of my favourite books ever, Darius the Great is Not Okay! Darius has depression and TAKES MEDICATION and I love seeing this normalised in a YA! I can’t wait to see what happens now that Darius is back in the US and has a boyfriend!

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Everyone who’s read this says it’s absolutely beautiful and I really need to finally read it!! One of the two girls in this has a chronic illness, I think leukemia. It follows a girl from Trinidad who is sent to the US after her mother catches her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor’s daughter; and the girl who befriends her and helps get the hang of a US school.

Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

This one was recently longlisted for the Man Booker and explores a complex mother-daughter relationship when the mother starts losing her memory and is unable to take care of herself.

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

And let’s end on a horror! I have been dying to read Christina Henry’s work, she writes horror fairytale retellings. This one is, obviously, Red Riding Hood. It’s set in a world decimated by a plague, and Red has a prosthetic leg and hunts men in the woods…

Are any of these books on your TBR? What books would you like to read with disability rep?