Reading While Fat

Have you ever been annoyed by a description of a fat character in a book and wish the author did better? Me, too. Have you been thrilled to find a fat character that isn’t trying to lose weight? Less often, but it does happen.

In this blog, I’ll review the books I read and report whether I found anything fat positive, anti-fat biased, or weight neutral, but I’ll try to avoid repeating the worst of the anti-fat bias. I’ll focus on fiction and memoir, with an emphasis on diverse and queer-friendly authors. In 2022, I published 52 reviews, and I plan to do the same in 2023, an average of one review per week, generally published on Sundays, but occasionally mid-week on Wednesdays, too, when I’m trying to catch up.

Click on the categories above if you want to filter past posts by Fat Positive, Anti-Fat Biased, or Weight Neutral books, or on the tags in the cloud at the bottom of this page to filter by topic, or for thumbnails of my latest reviews, click here.

Into the Mist

If you like apocalyptic fiction with a feminist style, with teacher-characters and supernatural elements, I would recommend this one, despite some anti-fat bias.

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea (pub. May 30, 2023) by Rita Chang-Eppig is a thoughtful historical novel about life and piracy as experienced by one woman–Shek Yeung–based on the real-life pirate queen who commanded a confederation of pirates in the South China Sea in the early 1800s. As the novel opens, Shek…

Hope and Glory

Recommend if you’re interested in a family drama set in London with a Nigerian-British family and a sister who’s just come home after her father has died and her family has fallen apart.

Only This Beautiful Moment

Please read this queer YA contemporary/ historical fiction set in LA and Iran, telling the story of three generations of Iranian men, that also has fat-positive representation.

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