I agree, friends: it’s been way too long since I reviewed a book from my fat reads quest list. When I did the big #20BooksofSummer challenge, I think I got a little off track. I was worried that I would overwhelm readers with too many reviews of books that look at positive fat representation, and in the process I did myself a disservice. To get back on track, I picked up a YA book I purchased for the quest, hoping it would be a speedy, maybe easy, read. I’ll share that review on Monday.
Although I’m occasionally adding a book to the list, I really went nuts at the end of December 2016 and early January 2017 coming up with a list of as many books as I could that sounded fat positive — and I bought every single one that wasn’t available at my library! A lot of recommendations came from blogger friends like you, but I also read through Goodreads lists and blogs. I was surprised by how many books eroticize fat women. Cool, right? Except not, because fat women aren’t around to fulfill fetish desires. There are books with ridiculous titles like The Beast Loves Curves (Oh, FFS, ammirite??) and Big Girl’s Do It Better (actually, they do it how it makes them happy, just like everyone else) and Vet’s Desire (is the author comparing the woman to an animal? Is the vet into sex with animals?? I’m so confused…).
What I want from you, now, is your vote — to help me make some decisions. The books I bought with positive fat representation (yes, there are some sexy ones, no they are not all sexy) are in all kinds of genres. My review of the Aussie YA novel Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell will be published Monday, but what should I pick up next??
Voting ends in a week. Thanks for being part of my reading selection process!