Disability Diaries: Recommendations

Posted January 17, 2017 by Ely in Disability Diaries, Recommendations / 9 Comments

Hi, everyone! Welcome back to another Disability Diaries post—today I’m sharing some recommendations with you. I tried to pick books that aren’t talked about as much as others but you’ve probably heard me talk about 95% of these.

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

This is very quickly making its way up to becoming my favourite books of all-time. It was my favourite book of 2016, and the more I think about it the more I love it. The main character, Evie has OCD and the story is just beautiful. There’s so much to be learnt from this, not just about disability but friendship and love too. Plus, this is #OwnVoices.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

I haven’t actually finished this one, but from page one I knew this was going to be amazing. It’s a book told completely in verse about a dancer who loses her leg in an accident—it’s the story of how she learns to dance again. It’s really beautiful, so I highly recommend it.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

My hearts warm at the thought of this book, even though it broke my heart (in a good way) just a little bit. The main character, Norah has agoraphobia and OCD, and she just felt so real to me. My favourite thing about this book is that the romance never ‘fixes’ Norah, which I think is something very rare in YA. I loved it even more for that.

Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis

I don’t even know how to put into words how amazing this book is. It has two main characters with disabilities—one has an amputated foot and has seizures, the other had her tongue cut out and uses sign language. It’s a really rich and interesting story packed full of diversity. Duyvis is incredible, so I definitely recommend giving her books a read and looking her up.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Guess who’s back? Back again, it’s Ely talking about Bone Gap. This book is INCREDIBLE. I adore the story, the characters, and the writing. It also features a little bit of a disability—I can’t say what because it spoils it, but it’s super interesting.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker-Bradley

This is the story of a little girl named Ada who was born with a club foot. I was also born with a club foot, so this book means a lot to me. As this is set in the 40s, a lot of Ada’s experiences are different to mine, but I still really like this. I want more people to know about club feet, so I want to share the love for this book around!

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

I read this on the recommendation from Jolien, and I admittedly didn’t have high hopes. I 100% trust Jolien’s opinion, but the book sounds very cliché. Until you realise Ella has been left with severe burns and mobility after the car accident that killed her mother. Then it becomes awesome. It’s a very cute, fluffy story, but the representation of disability is really worth the read.

Those are my recommendations! Have you read any of them? Have I convinced you to pick any of them up? I hope you’re all enjoying Disability Diaries, and I’ll see you tomorrow with another post!

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9 responses to “Disability Diaries: Recommendations

  1. Thank you so much for putting this list together! I always want to read diversely, but I’ve realized lately that I haven’t read a lot of books with disability. Under Rose-Tainted Skies was already on my TBR, and I now also really want to read Am I Normal Yet? and The War that Saved My Life.

  2. Am I Normal Yet?, Under Rose-Tainted Skies, and Cinder & Ella are books that I constantly recommend to people. They’re amazing, they’re beautiful, and they should be read more. I really need to read Bone Gap too, and love the sound of Otherbound. ♥

  3. Eeep, I ADORE Bone Gap!! It makes me flail every time I see someone talking about it. <3 I also bought On the Edge of Gone by Duyvis which features a girl with Autism I believe, which I'm soooo excited about. Because finding Autistic girls in YA is ridiculous hard. (I also have Otherbound so I'll get to that soon!) I also just finished History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera (also ownvoices!) and it featured such a realistic portrayal of anxiety and PTSD that it was so good. <3

  4. Am I Normal Yet? and Under Rose-Tainted Skies is high up on my TBR – I need to get onto reading them, because I am 100% sure that I will love them. Thanks girly for the post.

  5. I read Am I Normal Yet last year and picked it up without knowing anyting about the story. I think this was the first book I read where the protagonist had a disability and I loved how Holly Bourne wrote it! It’s such a great read and I already recommended it to so many friends.
    I haven’t heard of any of the other books on your list, but I’m going to check some of them out, soon! 🙂 Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

  6. I am very intrigued by the bone gap!! Thanks for the rec! And agreed, Am I Normal Yet? is brilliant. It has one of the best representations of OCD that I’ve ever read.

  7. Ha, I’m glad to see Cinder & Ella on this list. I know it sounds really cliché, but I think it’s definitely worth reading. Bone Gap has honestly been on my to-read list for a while, but I just can’t seem to finally pick it up. MUST. DO. SO. SOON.