It’s the end of the term, final exams and last research papers are looking at me hopefully, and I want to take a bit of a break. Both Naomi @ Consumed by Ink and L @ Fiction Fan have participated in the “I Spy” Challenge, which asks folks to find books that fit into predetermined categories based on the titles or covers. Naomi cleverly added “Canoes,” and so I proposed that each participant add his/her own category at the end. I made the challenge extra hard by only choosing books starring fat women.
#1 Food: Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes by Sue Watson was on my April reads. I’m about half way done with it now, final exams having gotten in the way. The punctuation is bad, but I’m captivated by the characters and British humor (or is it humour?).
#2 Season: I haven’t yet read Trick or Treat by Kerry Greenwood, but this novel (#4 in a series) is highly recommended by another reader of fat fiction whom I trust.
#3 Transport: How do fat women get from place to place? It certainly isn’t in Mary Brown’s hands, who was pretty awful to fat women in her fantasy novel Pigs Don’t Fly.
#4 Occupation: I’m begin a little naughty but also tipping my hat to the dangerous work women of the night do by including Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner.
#5 Weapon: In this case, Shasta and Ulyssa are the weapons in Marita Fowler’s super fun and fat-friend novel Fat Assassins.
#6 Paranormal Being: I own it, and it’s on my list to read, but will I be too scared to learn more about Karen Healey’s Guardian of the Dead?
#7 Animal: It’s all hidden faces and hard edges with this novel entitled Beast by Pepper Pace, one I haven’t read, about a disfigured man and a fat woman.
#8 Music: A beautiful little book of poems, short stories, and nonfiction, Belly Songs by Susan Stinson makes sweet, sweet music on the list.
#9 Number: A number of fellow bloggers recommended Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake to me, though I must confess the cover is worrisome.
#10 Time of Day: I’m picturing early morning tweeting birds for Morning Song by Susan Simone, but the cover reveals a topless women with a moon in the background. Careful: that’s when strangers show up at your door!
#11 Something You Read: Naturally, a manifesto is meant to be read, so I’ve included My Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught.
#12 Color: Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo has a blue cover, blue character, and blue font. I’ve noted before the weird way books about fat women tend to have blue covers. Subliminal message, much?
#13 Body of Water: Jes Baker’s second nonfiction work, Landwhale, just came out two days ago. I wonder how different it is from her first book, which read like Fat Feminism 101 and wasn’t quite my speed.
#14 Celestial Body: How excited I am to have a place to include Fat Girl, Terrestrial by Kellie Wells! Her main character is so large (height and weight) that she is worshiped as a god.
#15 Product of Fire: Well, if something catches fire and burns all the way, you have nothing, so I chose to include Losing It by Lindsay Faith Rech, which I will read in May.
#16 Something that Grows: Now, I feel like the obvious answer here is Everything Beautiful, which tells you something about how I feel about nature. This is an Australian young adult book by Simmone Howell.
#17 Royalty: The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle is a novel I picked up a few months ago. It was to me by a queer writer, so I’m hoping to get some different views of fat bodies when I read this one. This is supposed to be a highly sexual book, but it’s another whose cover is making me nervous.
#18 Architecture: Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends was also recommended by a number of bloggers. Most covers in fat fiction and nonfiction have bodies on them, and this is one of the few that actually has a building structure!
#19 Clothing: Carla de Guzman’s If the Dress Fits looks like a young adult novel, but features a woman with a career. We’ll see how mature it is!
#20: Family Members: When I think family, I think about where I was raised, so Michele Feltman Strider makes the list with her large novel, Hometown.
#21 I’m adding my own here — Favorite Fat Read: The winner is definitely Sarai Walker’s magnificent, thought-provoking, wild novel, Dietland, which is currently being made into a TV show for AMC.