Today, I’m not talking about a specific disability, as I did in my previous two posts. Instead, I am talking about re-reading.
There are quite a few books I’ve read in previous years, that include disability in some form. Whether the main character has a disability, or a side character does, that does not matter. You may also know that I usually rate on enjoyment: how much did I enjoy the book? In the past few months/year though, I’ve tried to become more critical of diversity and representation. So I’ve decided I want to re-read these books, and be more critical of the disability representation in them. Will I still enjoy them? Which problems did I overlook or did I not even realize existed, as an able-bodied reader?
Me Before You: I loved this book when I first read it. But Ely pointed out this is actually a very problematic book in terms of how it deals with disability. So I want to re-read it, and be more critical. I want to realize the problems, and see them.
The Fault in Our Stars: I have a feeling I won’t like this one upon a re-read. But I want to re-read it and really look at how the characters, and the author obviously, deal with cancer and terminal illness.
All the Light We Cannot See: One of the main characters in this book is a girl who is blind. I quite enjoyed this one the first time I read it, but I’m curious to see what a re-read would do.
The Year We Fell Down: I really enjoyed this NA romance about two characters with a disability. The female main character had an accident during a hockey training or match and now needs a weelchair to get around. I think she had a spine injury, but I’ve forgotten the specifics. And I believe the male main character broke his leg? I wonder what I’ll think of this book when I re-read it.
Maybe Someday: the main character, Ridge, is a deaf musician. I read this in 2014, so I think it’s time for a critical re-read.
Cinder & Ella: I only read this a few months ago, I know. And I loved it. So I’m hoping the re-read won’t change my mind?
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids: The main character in this book can’t speak anymore, and she used to be a singer. Now, this is kind of a retelling of the Little Mermaid, but I still want to read it with my eye on her inability to talk.
Half a King: this is a fantasy book about a main character who was born with only one hand, and is therefore considered to only be “half a king” as he can’t pick up a sword and fight.
Lastly, there are some books I read during my childhood by the Belgian author Dirk Bracke. He writes young adult books, and always about tough topics: teenage pregnancy, coming out, sexual abuse, childsoldiers, being a girl in a gang, teenage prostitution, etc. I learned so much from his books growing up, and I want to re-read a few:
Het Uur Nul: this was my first Dirk Bracke -and it literally translates to The Hour Zero. This is about a teenage guy, Ben, who discovers he is HIV+. This book was written in 1996, and I read it absolute YEARS ago (probably more than a decade) so I want to see what I’ll think of it now.
Stille Lippen: which literally translates to Silent Lips. This is about a girl, Elien, who is hard of hearing. She just wants to be a normal teenager and go to clubs and have fun with her friends, without overprotective parents. This is one of the few books by him I can’t actually remember much of, so I desperately want to read it again.
Een Lege Brug: which translates to An Empty Bridge. This is about a teenage guy called Siem, who finds a girl sitting on a bridge, drawing. She’s drawing and counting every line on her piece of paper. She has autism, and it’s about Siem falling in love with her.
So those are some books I want to re-read,and be more critical of this time! Will I still enjoy them? Will I notice some problematic aspects I never realized before? I guess I’ll find out.