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#WeNeedDiverseBooks and YA Migraine Reads! #MHAM

We Need Diverse Books is a wonderful campaign trying to bring awareness to the underrepresented in our literature. They promote everyone you can think of from people with disabilities, LGBT communities, or even ethnic minorities and more. We are finally started to include those on the fringe in conversations.vintage_books

We Need Diverse Books classifies disabilities as:

 We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

Since June is National Migraine Awareness Month, and migraines definetly fit into the chronic condition category (especially, chronic migraine), I thought I’d list a couple YA books that have migraines in them! (Unfortunately, I haven’t come across a lot. If you know of more, let me know–I love reading about characters with migraines.)

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7 Reasons Why I’m Convinced My Husband is a Demigod, a Son of Hephaestus

I finally bought hardcover copies of both The Percy Jackson series and The Heroes of Olympus. Trust me, they were a workout to lift. As I was reading the series, I realized–holy crap! I think my husband is a demigod! Specifically, a son of Hephaestus.

If you’re not familiar with the series, a demigod is born from either a Greek and Roman god and a mortal. They display certain characteristics that makes them recognizable and are often fighting monsters or big baddies from old, like Kronos.

I’ve been documenting evidence over the last month to prove it. Here are my results:

1. He has both certified dyselxia and ADHD. (This means his brain is hard wired for ancient languages and for fighting.)IMG_1525
2. He can actually read Greek.

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3. Monsters attack our house. No way are these messes caused by actual human beings.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (with a bonus illustration)

I first heard about The Scorpio Races in a writing workshop a handful of years ago. The first line was read aloud as a great example of how to start a book.: “It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.”

Slight confession: I totally thought the book was about galactic drag racing.

Cars aren’t my thing. I’d be happy in a buggy, so I only now braved it. And can’t believe I missed out for so long. But here’s 5 reasons why you should ignore any preconceptions you might have, leave your day job, visit to your nearest bookstore, and buy all copies:The_Scorpio_Races1. The island of Thisby sounds like the perfect inspiration for an artistic getaway. Gray skies? Check. Fishy smells? Check. Weird people? Check. Warm, gooey, honey filled November cakes? Check.

It’s the details that bring this setting to life.

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