Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware that it was Autism Acceptance Month but I’m glad this tag exists for Bookending Spring 2020 to let me know! I don’t read enough books with autistic characters, and I want to change that.
Prompt: Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month with prompts inspired by stories by and about autistic people. You don’t need to have read the books or to identify as autistic/neurodiverse.
Originator of post: Isabelle @ Nine Tale Vixen
Stella – The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Stella prefers working with data to working with people. Tell us about an interesting subject that makes sense to you, but which others might find boring.
Bacteriology and virology. I mean, at this time in human history, people probably don’t find the study of viruses boring but under regular circumstances, these were the two most interesting subjects that I studied at university, and to this day, I still find them so interesting!
Xandri – Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby
As part of her job as a liaison, Xandri has to learn about both verbal and non-verbal communication. Which language(s) do you speak/read? Are there any that you particularly want to learn?
I only speak English, but I can read English and Arabic (as long as there are accents). I’d like to learn French and Arabic enough to at least hold a conversation.
Denise – On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
Denise loves cats, spending a lot of time volunteering at a shelter and reading about them. What’s a topic or cause that you’re passionate about?
Just about every social justice cause you can think off. I hate any system that dehumanizes whole groups of people who aren’t collectively hurting themselves or anyone else. I’m also passionate about believing in the science of anything, including climate change.
Sam & Avery – The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews
Even when they don’t have a stable home, these brothers at least have each other. Who are some of the people who matter most to you?
My family and closest friends. Generic answer, but it’s true.
Taylor – Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Cosplaying as Queen Firestone helps Taylor channel her favorite character’s strength and confidence. What makes you feel empowered?
Knowledge is power! When I’ve looked into any kind of topic, I feel a little more connected to the world, even when I know I’m not expert by any means.
Zofia – The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Zofia’s friends show they care by bringing her cookies, exactly the way she likes them. Tell us about something nice someone has done for you or something nice that you’ve done for someone else.
(Zofia is also Jewish, which is an important part of her character in the novel!)
I can’t think of one particular moment of niceness. Honestly, right now, I find that anyone, including myself, who is willing to take time to hop onto a face-to-face chat system to hang out is doing a kindness.