Special Post: Christmas ’17 at Books on Autism

This blog is now 2 years, 4 months and 17 days old and it’s the time of year where I look back at the books I said I was going to read last year (which I probably forgot about), look at books I intend to read next year, and look at statistics.


This year I have had 7,583 views which is almost double last years statistics. I find this quite exciting, even whilst acknowledging that many other blog probably get these numbers in a single day. November 2017 was the also the first month my blog went over 1,000 views.

With more statistics to look at, the top five countries in terms of views were:

  1. United States (4,415)
  2. United Kingdom (1,373)
  3. Australia (468)
  4. Canada (365)
  5. New Zealand (74)

and there have been views from a total of 82 different countries (which is awesome).


Best book read in 2017

Justice for Laughing Boy: Connor Sparrowhawk, A Death by Indifference by Sara Ryan

By far the best (and most devastating) book I’ve read this year. Best doesn’t seem the right word considering the horrible events that led to the book being written but I struggle to find a better way to put it.

For anyone who has visited this blog and hasn’t followed the events behind this book, please consider following Sara Ryan’s blog ‘My Daft Life’ and buying the book. It is hugely important and part of a much bigger movement around the death by indifference that is far too common for people with learning disabilities.


Did I get around to reading those books from last year in 2017?

Not a single one actually! So I suppose they should go back on the list to read for next year. Although I do want to add some new books to by “To-read in 2018” pile so perhaps I should generate a second list and see if I manage any off of either list? That sounds like something I should do. So the original list was:

  1. Special Needs and Legal Entitlement by Melinda Nettleton and John Fried
  2. Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
  3. The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin
  4. Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay
  5. Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Davida Hartman

So why didn’t I read these? I don’t know. I started every single one of them but never got to the end of any (this is a recurring theme for Neurotribes by the way, I have started and failed to finish that book multiple times).

So with a view towards optimism here are 5 other books that I have got copies of that I will do my best to read in 2018:

  1. 30 Years of Social Change by Multiple Authors – I asked for this book for Christmas purely on the weight of Luke Beardon contibuting to it.
  2. Asperger Syndrome and Work by Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon – Luke Beardon features again in my second to-read book. I am struggling in my new position as a manager with autism in the workplace and hoping that I might get something from this book.
  3. Autism Equality in the Workplace by Janine Booth – For the same reason as the previous book, I have put this on my to-read list because I am hoping for guidance in my struggles in my job.
  4. A Mismatch of Salience by Damian Milton – This is a collection of Damian Milton’s writings and I am quite keen to see exactly what is contained within them. I’ve read some of his work before but most of this is new to me.
  5. Scapegoat: Why we are failing disabled people by Katharine Quarmby – A heavy going book that looks into some of the horrendous ways that society treats disabled people.

So now with a running total of ten, let’s see how many I actually get around to reading this coming year.

Until next time.


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