I’m always interested in reading about disability, particularly due to my own experiences with chronic pain and mental illness. That’s why I created the Mental Health Book Bingo, after all! (Speaking of which, I am pondering whether it shall return for 2020 – let me know if you’d be interested in participating!) So when I heard about the Disability Readathon I knew that I wanted to join in.
Here are the details:
The Disability Readathon starts 12 AM your time on October 1st and it ends 11:59 PM on October 31st. It was created by Erin Hawley and Anna Goldberg. To join the readathon, choose one challenge from each category listed in the Google Doc for a total of five reads. I’m going to be going for category 1, which includes the following prompts:
- Read a non-fiction book
- Read a book with your favourite colour on the cover
- Read a poem (must be own voices)
- Read a book with a character or by an author who has a mental illness
Some bonus challenges include:
- Read 10 books/texts (choose two from each category – some prompts I might try to tackle are read a book with queer characters, read a book set in the future, read three blog posts by disabled people, and listen to a podcast)
- Read a book with over 500 pages
- Instagram your TBR with #DisabilityReadathon
For my personal TBR, I’m going to try to only read books that I already own. I know that this might limit me a bit, but I really do want to prioritise books that have been living on my shelves for ages! I’m also listing a whole bunch of different options because I prefer having loads of books to choose from.
- The Gilded Wolves (rep: autism, anxiety)
- On the Edge of Gone (rep: autism, addiction)
- Six of Crows (rep: chronic pain, limp, PTSD, addiction)
- Eliza and Her Monsters (rep: depression, anxiety, mental health prompt)
- All The Things We Never Said (rep: depression, anxiety, mental health prompt, favourite colour prompt)
- The Nowhere Girls (rep: autism, favourite colour prompt)
- The Borderline Between Life and Poetry (rep: borderline personality disorder, poetry prompt, mental health prompt)
- How to Survive the End of the World (rep: anxiety, nonfiction prompt)
For the full list of recommended reads, go here!
I’m very excited to be taking part in the Disability Readathon, and I hope that you’ll be joining me! If you have any recommendations for books about physical disabilities in particular, I would love to hear them.