21 thoughts on “Book Recommendations with Varian – Books With #OwnVoices Autistic Characters!

    • And thank YOU for all the amazing and tireless work that you did during April. Without your post, I wouldn’t have known that Autistic Pride Month was going on, so thank you. I appreciate you and your voice. 💛

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  1. Great post, CW! I haven’t read any of these books, but I do have The Boy Who Steals Houses on my TBR! I may have to get The Kiss Quotient! How sexy is it, though? I don’t have an aversion to sex scenes, but I do get bored if there are quite a lot, lol.

    Although it’s not by an autistic author, The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed has autistic rep, and I’ve heard it’s pretty good rep. It’s such a fantastic, feminist story, I love it. Really recommend it!

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    • Thank you so much!

      The Kiss Quotient is pretty sexy and the sex scenes are pretty graphic! It isn’t a big portion of the book though; they flow well with the story and narrative, so I think it is okay!

      Oh, I had no idea about The Nowhere Girls. Thank you so much for recommending it!

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  2. This is such a lovely list, thank you so much for all of these recommendations ❤ I haven't read any of these, but The Boy Who Steals Houses and The Kiss Quotient are both on my TBR already ❤

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  3. I’m going to be reading Into the Drowning Deep this month and I’m so excited!! Plus, I recently added all of c.g Drew’s books to my TBR. I sadly have only read one book with autism representation—The Gilded Wolves, which has good representation albeit stereotypical. I really hope I can read Cait’s own voices books soon! I also want to dip my fingers into the romance genre and try Talia Hibbert along with other romance authors, and I think A Girl Like Her will be killing two birds with one stone because not only is it a romance, but it also has autism rep!

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  4. The Kiss Quotient is SO PRECIOUS, I love that book with all my heart. I can hardly wait for The Bride Test, especially given that it has a male autistic character, which, I feel, is even harder to find than female autistic characters. And A Girl Like Her (as well as each and every Talia Hibbert book I’ve read so far) gets all of my love, no joke. I’m excited for a lot of the others you mentioned, especially The Boy Who Steals Houses.

    I read and really liked Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, which has #OwnVoices autistic rep, inter-sectional diversity and it broaches important topics like toxic relationships. I also loved Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole – I don’t think it’s OwnVoices, so I’m careful with recommending it, but Alyssa Cole puts a lot of thought into her characters, so I think it’s worth checking out. It has an autistic, Vietnamese-American hero and a Black, wheel-chair user heroine, who bond over their nerdiness. If that isn’t cute as heck, I don’t know what is. 🙂

    This is a wonderful post!

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    • Right?! The Kiss Quotient is so delightful and I love it. I had no idea that The Bride Test had an autistic male character?? (But… now that I think about it, he appeared in TKQ, right? 😂 oof me.)

      Yes, I enjoyed Queens of Geek! I thought about recommending it, but I’m saving QoG for another recommendations post. 😘

      Ooooh thank you so much for sharing Can’t Escape Love!! I had no idea about it but it sounds really cute and I love nerdy love. aaaah!!

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