Bookending Spring is an event hosted by Sam of Fictionally Sam and Clo of Cuppa Clo in which book bloggers from all over get together to discuss books using spring themes. There are lots of great prompts I’m excited to respond to.
Today’s prompt is brought to you by Isabelle of Nine Tale Vixen.
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.)
I was drawn to this tag not only to help promote #OwnVoices books about autistic characters, but to share a little more about myself. Though I’ve never been diagnosed with autism, many of my anxiety symptoms overlap with symptoms of autism. I’ve been wondering for a while if perhaps I’m on the spectrum but undiagnosed.
However, today we aren’t discussing that. Instead, this tag is designed to offer insights into the blogger’s passions and interests. And I thought that was really cool. So let’s get this party started!
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.
As long-time follows of my blog might know, I’m very interested in dissecting authors’ writing styles. In fact, I have a whole series called The Words that Built the Story where I do just that! I’ve always been fascinating with how writers use their unique voices to develop a writing style. I like to study what techniques and tropes they use, how they craft a character, a story, a world. It’s also helped me develop my own writing style.
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?
Well, I really only speak/read English, but I do know some Spanish. I took four semesters of Spanish in high school and a refresher course in college, but I’m nowhere near fluent. I’d like to be though. I also think it would be cool to learn Swedish, as that’s where my great-grandparents emigrated from.
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?
I have so many causes I care about, but lately the causes that have most of my attention are healthcare and livable wages. I believe everyone should have access to free or affordable healthcare and make enough money to live on. Also, #EatTheRich.
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?
I’ve been so fortunate to have a loving, supportive family all my life. They’ve helped me through mental health struggles and supported me when I came out as a lesbian. I had a great childhood filled memories I still cherish to this day. I know that no matter what, they’ll be there for me and I’ll do the same for them.
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?
Demi Lovato has long been an inspiration for me. Her music makes me feel so empowered, and her story makes me realize I’m not alone and that it’s okay to not always feel empowered. Even so, I know I can turn to her when I need a confidence boost.
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.
When I was in college, I took a short story course and one of the stories we read was about a child with a beloved toy. We had to write a short essay about a toy we had as a kid that meant a lot to us. I chose my favorite Barbie doll who had unfortunately lost her head and I no longer had but wished I did. Finals were during Christmastime and after I finished my test, my professor followed me into the hallway and gifted me with the very same doll. I was so touched and still have her displayed on my dresser to this day.
Do you have any answers to any of these questions? Let me know in the comments!