top ten tuesday

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness / #toptentuesday 181

For today I am completely diverging from the top ten tuesday prompt, as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The prompt is Audiobook freebie. However I don’t listen to audiobooks and there was no way I wasn’t going to create a messy topic for it. So instead I googled.

When I googled today’s date I came across Purple Day. You might have heard of Wear it Purple Day which is an LGBTQ+ awareness day. Purple Day is an epilepsy awareness day, and was created back in 2008. You can read more about it here. I thought it would be better to shift this prompt to Purple Day and share some books with epilepsy. While I have no own experience with epilepsy nor do any of my family have it, I have worked with clients who had epilepsy.

Now I have to admit that I haven’t read many books with characters with epilepsy. Two only actually. However I researched a bit and came to 10 books for this list. I am for sure adding a few of these to my TBR. I hope you will too.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee / The main characters traveling companion, Percy, has epilepsy.

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis / Nolan, one of the two main characters, has seizures. While it isn’t epilepsy in the end a lot of the misconceptions are there too as they think he has epilepsy and is treated as such.

Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold / Reoccuring character, sometimes the main character, Miles has seizures.

Epileptic by David B. / Main character is epileptic, graphic novel and autiobiography. Some with epilepsy found this a poor take, other with epilepsy liked it so be warned when you go into this about that.

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky / The main character Prince Myshkin is epileptic. Interesting to note is that Dostoyevsky was also epileptic.

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith / Finn, the main character, is epileptic.

Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata / A graphic novel about an Arab American with epilepsy.

The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick / Spaz is an epileptic teen in a dystopian setting.

The Unintentional Time Traveler by Everett Maroon / The main character Jack is epileptic and agrees to an experimental clinical trial.

The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan / Taking place in Hawaii, Leilani is an outsider for being half white, half hawaian and epileptic.

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If you know of any books with epileptic characters please let me know. Especially if they are sci-fi or fantasy books!


Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelAn extra question to you all. Every year I do a book shelf tour and this year I’d like to start that off with any questions you might have regarding my shelves and the books I own. Please fill in any questions here. You can totally leave it as a anonymous question.

46 thoughts on “Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness / #toptentuesday 181

  1. I had epilepsy as a kid. Very minor form and I was fortunate that I only had to be on medication for a few years, they didn’t want me to have a seizure so it was preventative. I was able to stop taking medication after brain scans showed the lesion I had basically healed and disappeared. But I love this awareness for those who struggle with it so much.

    I wish I’d see more epilepsy rep!

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  2. Great topic this week! I’ve read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and loved it, but thinking about it I don’t think I’ve read any other books with epilepsy rep. That’s something I need to rectify because I don’t think I know enough about it and what it is to experience it!

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  3. Interesting topic! Iโ€™ve read Gentlemanโ€™s Guide and The Unintentional Time Traveler. Thereโ€™s a novel called The Arsonist that has a character with epilepsy. I canโ€™t think of any others. Itโ€™s not something Iโ€™ve seen often in books.

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  4. Thanks for sharing these books, Annemieke! I’ve read Mi(s)hadra, and it’s incredible. The art style, the storytelling, and the way the author incorporates their experiences into the narrative is exceptional. I had no idea Dostoyevsky was epileptic! I think I might have to read The Idiot first before I dive into his other works. They’re daunting, though, given their size. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. That is great to hear. I think out of all the books on this list that I haven’t read, Mi(s)hadra is the one that appeals to me the most. I didn’t know either until I was researching the books. I think The Idiot isn’t the only book that has epilepsy in it but I’m not sure. It does make me more curious to read his books. At some point in the future haha.


  5. Ik moest meteen aan Percy denken toen ik de intro van je blogpost las maar eigenlijk kan ik daarnaast geen ander boek bedenken waarin een personage voorkomt dat epilepsie heeft. Nu heb ik natuurlijk een slecht geheugen maar toch vrees ik dat het niet daar aan ligt maar dat het onderwerp gewoon niet zo vaak aan bod komt in boeken.

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  6. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a character who has epilepsy, so thanks for the list. ๐Ÿ‘โœจ

    One of my best friend’s in college had a niece with epilepsy and I met her at a birthday party once. She is the only person I have ever seen have a seizure (other than on tv). She normally had several a day and it was heartbreaking to watch. A couple of the kids who did theater with Baz had epilepsy, and we were told what to do if they had a seizure, but I never witnessed one thank goodness. They must have been well regulated with medication. ๐Ÿ˜

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