Day 11 of #PrideLibrary20.
Today’s post is a collaborative one, I asked three amazing members of the book community to help me out with a few book recommendations, this post focuses on LGBTQ+ books with disabled and/or neurodivergent main characters. I’ll introduce each of the bloggers/readers in turn and then they’ll be discussing the books they would recommend.
I discovered Bex’s Instagram account earlier this year when she hosted the amazing #AutieReadathon, a readathon dedicated to reading books by autistic authors and/or with autistic characters, Bex is bi and autistic. Her Instagram photos are full of queer books and books by autistic authors, it’s a great account to look at when you’re in need of some queer book recommendations. Here are Bex’s queer autistic book recs:
Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sonderby
This adult sci-fi has a bi autistic main character whose job is to form alliances with aliens using her social skills….skills she’s had to try very hard to develop as one of the last autistic people left in the universe. It’s got plenty of aliens, space politics and FFM polyam rep too!
The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish
This M/M romance features an autistic character and a Jewish character. The word autistic is never used but Corbin is so obviously autistic that I can forgive that. There is so much baking and food descriptions and everything about this book is delicious and comforting and at times, ethereal. It made me tear up at times. I absolutely devoured it.
Human Enough by E.S Yu
A M/M romance between an autistic pansexual vampire hunter and a grey-asexual vampire. There were some really touching conversations between the mc and the love interest regarding asexuality and autism that made me super happy. There’s only closed door sex in this one, for those of you looking for queer adult rep without graphic sex.
Three Part Harmony by Holley Trent
An adult MMF romance with an autistic hero who is a musician and has ADHD and a mood disorder. Both men are queer. There’s a little bit of hate-to-love between two of them and I loved how it really amped up the romantic and sexual tension. The relationship between the three of them felt realistic and sexy and kept me invested.
Cast from the Earth by Leandra Vane
This one doesn’t have a queer autistic character but it does have both queer and autistic rep as well as otherwise disabled rep! It’s a zombie apocalypse western historical with FF and MMF rep as well as disabled rep-nonverbal autistic, deaf and amputee characters. It’s sexy and romantic and suspenseful all at once!
Thank you so much to Bex for all of these amazing recommendations, sadly I haven’t read any of these books just yet but Human Enough has been on my wish list for quite a while!
I’ve been following and interacting with Isa on Instagram for years now, Isa is queer, disabled and neurodivergent. They could be one of the very first booksgrammers that I followed about four years ago! Their Instagram is a little bit of a mix of lifestyle photos and books, with some amazing queer books on there too. Here are Isa’s book recs:
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Queens of Geek was the first book I saw my anxiety and autism represented in – specifically a late autism diagnosis in an AFAB person. The representation is own voices and very close to my own experience. Definitely recommended for a fun, geeky, and queer read!
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
An amazing book about a nonbinary teen who gets kicked out by their parents, moves in with their estranged sister and enrols in a new high school for their last year. The way mental health and therapy is dealt with in this book is stellar.
Dawnfall by RoAnna Sylver
A little bit different, this is an interactive novel. The author is neurodivergent, disabled, and queer. In this story about space pirates saving worlds, you can play as any gender and orientation, romance as many (or as little) bird and/or fairy-moth aliens as you want, and save the day using science, magic, or rock ‘n’ roll.
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
A story about intersectional feminism and queerness. Juliet is a fat Puerto-Rican gay teen with asthma who has gotten her dream summer internship with the feminist writer and activist she idolises.
Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault
I couldn’t not recommend one of my favourite books. A Quebec inspired urban fantasy featuring government conspiracies, an aromantic spin on classic romance tropes, and croissants.
Thank you Isa for these wonderful recommendations, I’ve read both Queens of Geek and I Wish You All The Best and I completely agree about how amazing these two are. Juliet Takes A Breath is another book that’s been on my wish list for a while.
I discovered Ocean through Twitter, Ocean is queer, disabled and autistic. I would describe Ocean as an advocate for queer, disabled and autistic readers, Ocean tweets often about the disparities not only in books but in day to day life and is always urging everyone to do better! I love Ocean’s enthusiasm and dedication towards inclusivity and diversity, they are an example we should strive to live up to. Here are Ocean’s book recs:
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde:
This is the first book I read that had good autistic rep that I could relate to. I really liked how Taylor coped in situations that she struggled with due to being autistic. There is also a bisexual character and the queer relationship was great!
Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal by Anna Whateley:
This book is so relatable and I really felt seen with all the rules that Peta has. Peta has ADHD, ASD and SPD, and her character is written so well. There is also a relationship between two girls which unfolds organically and despite some misunderstandings and difficult times, the ending was everything I dreamed of.
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune:
The queer relationships in this are wonderful. The main character, Nick, has ADHD and he is so oblivious to everything around him. Nick’s worries throughout are relatable and the book as a whole is so enjoyable.
Thank you to Ocean for these three brilliant recommendations, as I said before I have read and adore Queens of Geek and The Extraordinaries is on my TBR hopefully I’ll get around to reading it this month, it sounds fantastic!
And there we go, a total of twelve recommendations, one having been recommended twice! So if you’re looking for some queer books with disability and/or neurodivergent rep there’s plenty to choose from in this list. And another huge thank you to Bex, Isa and Ocean, thank you for contributing to this blog post, I really appreciate it.
Have you read any of these books? Do you know of any other queer books with a disabled and/or neurodivergent main character?
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