Wonderland by Juno Dawson

Review HeaderI was recently gifted an early copy of Juno Dawson’s latest book, Wonderland, a fantastically extravagant take on Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I was so excited to read this book as I adored her book Clean and think Juno is a wonderful human being. Tomorrow is the UK publication day for Wonderland so you can easily get your hands on it! Continue reading “Wonderland by Juno Dawson”

How my Self Care Routines have Changed

Chat HeaderI’m sure we are all sick of hearing things along the lines of ‘this is an unprecedented time right now’ but…this is an unprecedented time right now! We have all had to learn to adapt many aspects of our lives, some more than others. Though my life hasn’t changed too drastically, I have struggled a little more recently with self care and just generally spending time to myself. Logically, it seems this would be easier since I can’t go out and see people, however I have found it harder. It helps to get my thoughts down in words often so here’s a little chat about how I have changed and adapted my self care routines. Continue reading “How my Self Care Routines have Changed”

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Book Review HeaderA few years ago, I watched the film adaptation of Girl, Interrupted and ever since I’ve been wanting to give the book a go. I’ve been very much in a non-fiction mood recently and I’ve been taking advantage of this and reading a fair few non-fiction books on my shelves, including this memoir from Susanna Kaysen! Thoughts below. Continue reading “Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen”

World Mental Health Day – Blogtober

Event HeaderToday is Mental Health Awareness Day which you have probably seen a bit about online – I think it’s really picked up profile in the past couple of years which is amazing! Obviously it’s important to talk about mental health all year round but I think awareness days and weeks are great for highlighting issues and bringing them to the forefront. I thought I’d do a little post about books I’ve read which I think capture mental health issues brilliantly. Of course, this is going to be a bit subjective and some may disagree but these are books which resonated with me in some way.

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LGBTQ+ Book Club – Summer Bird Blue – Blogtober

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A little later than usual but here is our Book Club update post! Over September, we read Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, an author me and Sarah both love the work of. It’s probably the saddest book we will have read to date (though not in terms of the sexuality representation!) which we did warn everyone about prior to starting it. It’s also the first book we have read with asexual and aromantic representation, something which we will of course be reading more of within coming months.  Continue reading “LGBTQ+ Book Club – Summer Bird Blue – Blogtober”

The Places I’ve Cried In Public by Holly Bourne

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*The book talked about in this post was gifted from Usborne
*Trigger warnings for mental illness and abusive relationships

I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Holly writes incredible YA fiction (and an adult novel debut), and they always focus on something that isn’t discussed very often or in-depth. When i found out that The Place I’ve Cried… was all about an abusive relationship that had broken down, i jumped at it.

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The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith Barton

Book Review HeaderI picked the ARC of this book up at NYA Lit Fest in Preston. That was in March and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while now. I started reading it over a month ago I think but was super busy with my job at the time and had no spare time to read. I honestly really thought this book was great and I love that it covers such a taboo area in mental illness –  psychosis. Continue reading “The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith Barton”