5 Comics & Poetry Books for your #DisabilityReadathon TBR [CC]


[sound of blowing on tea] Still way too hot to drink! Hey everybody, it’s Anna, and welcome back to my booktube channel! Today’s video is going to be the
next in my series of five books that you should add to your disability
read-a-thon TBR. We are now maybe like two weeks out from the start of October,
or at least we will be by the time you’re seeing this video, so we’re gonna
dive a little deeper into one of our other challenge categories, and I’m gonna
recommend five books that are either comics or poetry books that you can add
to your TBR. The first one I don’t have a copy of with me but it is currently on
its way to my library, and that is “El Deafo” by Cece Bell. This is an
autobiographical comic about the author’s experience as a deaf child,
getting a body pack hearing aid for the first time, and dealing with
what it’s like to be singled out for being different in school by other kids.
I read this book a while ago when it first came out, but it’s been a little
while since then. I do remember enjoying the fact that she imagines
herself as a superhero called El Deafo that has super powers that come
specifically with being deaf. I would recommend that you check that out. These next few ones were recommended to me by a local bookseller, and the
first comic that I have is “I Know You’re Mad: A Comic About Depression” by… what is the author’s actual name? [pause] there we go, by Catie Donnelly. So I went into my
bookstore and I asked the bookseller for recommendations. and this is one of the
ones that she pointed out to me. I thought that it would be cool because I
know that of many of the comics that I’m aware of that deal with mental health, a
fair number of them only touch on it in a superficial way, but this one is
actually a little bit more of a deep dive. I also picked up “Reverse Flaneur” by M. Sabine Rear. This is a travelogue comic that is about the
author’s experience being blind and traveling around Germany and Austria for the first time. I don’t know anything about it other
than that, but again, I don’t think it’s very often that you find comics (other
than like the obvious Daredevil) that have a blind protagonist. And we could get
into some of the problematic elements of Daredevil representation later, but
that’s not what this is about. Then the next two books that I
have are both poetry books. The first one is “Bodymap: Poems” by Leah
Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. If you’ve been watching my channel, you know
that I really love this author. They are a queer, disabled, autistic, mixed-race,
brown femme who writes the most amazing poetry and essays and does a lot of
performance art around crip bodies– “crip magic” is what they call it–and this
is their first collection of poetry that has to do primarily with topics of
disability. It’s a topic that crops up throughout their work, because they are a
disabled person, and so it comes up, but this is the first time that they
actually wrote an entire poetry collection specifically dedicated to
disability. And it says that it is their “first book to examine disability from a
queer femme of color lens. ‘Bodymap’ maps luscious and “vulnerable terrains of queer desire,
survivorhood, transformative love,” “sick and disabled queer genius, and all the
homes we claim, make, and deserve.” This was on my TBR just in general anyway, but
I’m very excited to be adding it for the disability read-a-thon. And then the
final book that I have here to recommend is “The Girl Aquarium” by Jen Campbell.
This is another collection of poems by Jen Campbell, who is a queer booktuber
and author who also has a genetic condition that causes disfigurement. A lot of her work touches on themes of disability and bodily difference and
bodies that deviate from the norm–bodies that are queer in many ways. She does a
lot of engagement with fairy tales and mythology and folklore. She
writes very beautifully about the rivers and the English countryside. And this is her first actual full-length collection of poetry.
Prior to this, she had published an award-winning poetry pamphlet, but that
is now out of print because those poems– plus many more that she’s written in the
interim–have gone into this book. I really love Jen’s work; I’ve been
following her channel almost since the very beginning of when I started
watching booktube back in 2014, and I cannot wait to give this a read. So that
is it for all of the poetry and comics you should add to your disability
read-a-thon TBR! Please please *please* if you know of any other really good
recommendations within this genre, leave them down in the comments below because
I would really like to get the hive mind going and helping share knowledge
about good books that we can find to fulfill these challenges. If you want to
look for any information about the disability read-a-thon, don’t forget to
follow us on Twitter and Instagram. That’s where we post most of our updates.
And we also have a website that details all of the reading challenges and the
recommendations and any other information that you might need. Yeah, so
I will link all of that down in the description box below. As always, thank
you all so very much for watching, and I’ll see you in the next one. Bye!

2 thoughts on “5 Comics & Poetry Books for your #DisabilityReadathon TBR [CC]

  1. Im listening to When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds and it has representation for Tourettes Syndrome.

  2. As a blind person I personally don’t see anything problematic with daredevil. As a kid I always look up to him as a hero and somebody that I strive to be.

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