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Books Featuring Mental Health | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: Books Featuring Mental Health


1) Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
(PTSD, Anxiety etc)

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After all things Aelin goes through in this series, it’s no wonder she’s suffering from a few mental illnesses. I love that SJM included Aelin’s struggle. A lot of fantasy novels have a tendency to skip over mental illnesses – despite the traumatic and live changing things characters go through. I appreciate mental health rep in all genres, it’s something that needs to be talked about and represented across the board.


2) The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
(Trauma, grief, abuse, anxiety, depression)

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There are quite a few themes of mental health running through this series. I think it is done really well and accurately. Most of the characters suffer from some kind of mental illness/problems and are very relatable and realistic. I think some of these aspects are overlooked the majority of the time but I think they’re really important to point out.



3) A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

(Selective Mutism)

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Before reading this book I had never heard of Selective Mutism before. It is a severe anxiety disorder that affects a person’s communication skills. This actually hit home quite a lot with me, despite never hearing about this before, I could relate to the main character. I, as a child, could not communicate with people outside my very close family. I’m not self-diagnosing here – but I felt as though this character felt close to how I felt as a young child.
It’s also such a cute, fluffy YA contemporary! Lovely story, highly recommend.



4) Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
(ADHD + Dyslexia)

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I love that Rick Riordan chose to include these mental illnesses in his books. It is so important for kids to learn about mental health and normalise it! He does it in such a lovely, positive way too.


5) Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

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Thought I’d include a non-fiction book in here too, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but anxiety and depression is something I personally suffer with so I’m definitely interested in reading about it. Notes On A Nervous Planet is such an excellent read for people with depression and anxiety. It made me more self-aware and realise a lot of triggers and things around me causing my mental health to be bad. I highly recommend this to people with anxiety/depression and anyone who knows someone with it. I feel this would be great for learning how others suffer.

 


chatThere is a serious lack of mental health books in my life.
Comment below and recommend me a book featuring mental health!


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Predicting 5-Star Reads! #2

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1) Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon Sanderson is probably my favourite author.
This is YA and Sci-fi! Which are two of my favourite things.
I have no doubt I love absolutely love this – I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book! I can’t wait to pick this up really soon.


2) Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

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I love Laini Taylor’s writing! I did like Strange the Dreamer but it wasn’t a 5-star read for me. It was just too slow for my taste but I did love the main character, Lazlo Strange and the world it was set in. I’m hoping Muse of Nightmares will step up from the first one and be a 5-star read!


3) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I really enjoyed the first two Illuminae books. I have no idea why I haven’t picked this up yet but now I need to reread Gemina before picking this up. I liked Illuminae and I loved Gemina. So I have extremely high hopes for this book. I need to reread Gemina ASAP and get to this ASAP!


4) Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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As I just mentioned, I like the Illuminae Files, but I actually heard of this book long before the Illuminae Files. I saw an ad for it just before it was released and instantly added it to my Goodreads because it sounded good. It has been on my TBR ever since. So ridiculously long.

 


5) Priory of the Orange Tree

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This one is a bit of a wildcard. I tried to read The Bone Season by the same author and absolutely hated it. This, however, sounds like it would be something I would enjoy. I love high fantasy and magic and dragons. So I do have some hope.


chatHave you read any of these? Were they 5-star reads for you?

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April/May Collective Book Haul!

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Hey Guys!
Today I’m going to share the books I’ve been buying/receiving in April and May.
I’ve been super lucky and have received a fair amount of books from publishers lately! So thankful!

 

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Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

*Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Marie Griffin 

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Vicious + Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (audiobook CD)

This was actually for my Boyfriend, after attending V.E Schwabs book talk and signing (hearing me rave about them) he was interested in her stuff! He’s not much of a reader so audiobook was the best option for him! The audiobooks are literally impossible to find digitally in the UK!?? I looked everywhere but ended up having to buy CDs.

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*No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter 

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

*The Girl In Red by Christina Henry

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*I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak

Frazzled by Ruby Wax

*The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake by Sif Sigmarsdóttir

 

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary



Kindle Books:

Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King
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Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
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*Books were sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

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What books have you bought lately?

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Audiobook Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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*There will be spoilers for the entirety of The Lunar Chronicles*
Reviews for the other books:
Cinder | Scarlet | Cress | Winter


The first time, he had wondered why she liked books so much, and if it had anything to do with why he liked spaceships. Because they could take you somewhere far, far away

Synopsis:
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a young Winter and Jacin playing a game called the Princess and the Guard…

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…


My Thoughts:

The Keeper – Rating: 3.5 Stars
This centred around Scarlett and her grandmere Michelle Benoit.
It was nice to see how Michelle was, after briefly seeing her in TLC. I loved her relationship with Scarlet. It was a cute story! I also liked seeing how Michelle cared for Selene.

Glitches – Rating: 4 Stars
Cinder’s backstory and how she joined the Linh family.
The best part was Cinder and Peony! We get a glimpse of their relationship in TLC but this is so adorable!
I still despise Audrey. She can choke!

The Queen’s Army – Rating: 2.5 Stars
One of my least favourites. Sorry but I just don’t care about Wolf that much. I didn’t find his backstory particularly interesting either. I don’t mind him in TLC but he’s not a fave.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky – Rating: 3.75 Stars
THORNE!! I love Thorne. This was one of the stories I enjoyed the most, purely because Thorne is so entertaining. Adorable!!

After Sunshine Passes By – Rating 3.5 Stars
This backstory for Cress BROKE MY HEART. This is the story of how she ended up all alone on the satellite. I love Cress, she’s so sweet and adorable and this story was so sad! Poor little Cress. *cry emoji*

The Princess and the Guard – Rating 3 Stars
Winter has always been a bit of an oddball. I’m not sure if I like her or not. She’s fairly entertaining and I did admire her in this story. I cannot stand Jacin, however. He has annoyed me every time he was in TLC and I still can’t warm to him.

The Little Android – Rating: 2 Stars
I’m going to be honest: I had no idea what the hell was going on in this one. I was confused AF. I found the ending especially confusing?? No idea what to think of this one, to be honest.

The Mechanic – Rating: 3.5 Stars
When Cinder met Kai… But from his perspective!
I always loved Cinder and Kai’s first meeting. It was cool to see it from Kai’s perspective instead of Cinder’s. I love Kai as a character so I liked this one!

Something Old, Something New – Rating: 4.5 Stars
My FAVOURITE!
Set after the events of Winter, a kinda sequel to TLC. I loved seeing the gang back together. This was by far the superior story in the collection!

Overall: I’m not the biggest fan of short story collections, so maybe that’s why I didn’t love this. I enjoyed it but it’s my least favourite in the series. I’m not sure it was necessary to give a backstory for everyone but it’s a nice read. Would’ve loved a full sequel novel/novella that was set after Winter but Something Old, Something New was great!

 

Overall Rating: 3/3.5Stars


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Popular Books I’ll (probably) NEVER Read

Hey guys!
Welcome back or if you’re new welcome to my blog!
Today I’m going to tell you some books I literally do not give a damn about what so ever, therefore, won’t be reading them.

*Warning: Unpopular opinions ahead*

1) ANYTHING Cassandra Clare

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None of her books sound interesting to me. I’ve heard her stuff and she, in general, are problematic. So, I really don’t care enough to read her stuff.


2) ANYTHING John Green

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I am no contemporary lover but there are a few I like and I am willing to reading it. However, John Green’s books have no appeal to me. From everything I’ve heard about them, they’re overhyped and just not my thing at all.


3) Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

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I have zero desire to read the Harry Potter books. They literally have no appeal to me. I didn’t read them as a child, they have no nostalgia for me. It’s too late for me. I don’t even like the films, I barely made it through the first film. I was bored to tears. I thought it was really crap. So it’s safe to say I will never be reading these books.


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I’m really not a fan of historical fiction in general but WW2 especially. It’s quite possibly my least favourite time period ever. I have no idea why I dislike it so much. I learnt so much about WW1+2 in school that I don’t want to keep hearing about it. Don’t get me wrong; I know it’s a really important time but I find it so boring. Everyone loves this book but I just can’t bring myself to suffer through it.


5) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I realised I really hate anything circus related. I hated The Night Circus and other books with circusy things. From reviews from bloggers/booktubers I trust it just doesn’t sound good to me. I’ll give it a pass.


What’s a popular book you’ll never read?


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Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid // Overhyped?!

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Synopsis:
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


My Thoughts:
Gripping and intriguing from the beginning to the end.
I like the layout of the novel, the interview taking you back in time and tell Evelyn’s story from her perspective – that was good.
The best part for me was the setting: The golden age of film. Old Hollywood. It was glamorous, interesting and cool to read about/ kinda experience.

For some reason, there isn’t much to fault in this novel, yet I don’t think it’s worthy of 5 stars? It’s an odd one for me. I found it interesting and I was hooked but I wasn’t blown away. I wouldn’t consider this a favourite and I’m not sure I’d ever reread it.
I will say: the writing isn’t all that special. It’s pretty bland/plain writing.

What I actually HATED: Celia. I could not warm to her character at all. I thought she was very toxic and immature and problematic. I honestly could not ship them or want them to be together in the slightest.

Characters:

Monique: We don’t see a ton of Monique because as the title would suggest, it’s all about Evelyn. I did like the glimpses of Monique we got but I wish there was a bit more of her. I felt her side of the story was lost because of Evelyn’s story and therefore, didn’t really add anything to the story.

Evelyn Hugo: I wouldn’t say I loved Evelyn as a character but she was very interesting. I was instantly invested in her story. The author did a good job of making her story interesting but I didn’t like her as much as the author tries to force you to do.
Evelyn had great character development and growth, which you can see as the novel goes on, that was done really well. She was realistic and flawed character – which made her a lot more relatable.

Overall: It’s not a bad read. If you love Chick-Lit and the 50s/Old Hollywood this would be perfect for you. Do I think it’s overhyped? Definitely. Unpopular opinion in the book community but it’s not *quite* as good as everyone makes out.

Rating: 3/3.5 Stars
(I originally gave this 4 stars but the more I think about it the less I think it is, so I’ve knocked 0.5 off)


Have you read Evelyn Hugo? Did it live up to the hype for you?
Let me know your thoughts!


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Favourite Sci-fi/Fantasy BFFs! | Top 5 Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme, GoodReads group here with all the topics + discussion!
This week’s topic is: SFF BFFS

5) Scott and Stiles
(Teen Wolf)
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I hardly ever mention TV shows on here, so I thought I’d throw in one of my fave friendships from a TV. Teen Wolf!! One of my favourite shows. I’m currently rewatching the whole show, which is why this sprang to mind instantly.
The best part of the show: Scott and Stiles. I bloody adore their friendship that is so close they’re basically brothers. It’s such a lovely genuine friendship, they bounce off each other and always look out for each other. I miss this show!!



4) Dorian, Chaol + Celaena/Aelin
(Throne of Glass)
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I love the ToG series, one of the best parts of the beginning of the series is Dorian, Chaol and Celaena. I love the OG ToG gang. It’s what I missed most in the later books was their interaction. The reunion in KoA is beautiful though. That book made me full on sob so many times!


3) Kelsier and his crew
(Mistborn)

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I love Kelsier and his crew! I love it when Kelsier takes Vin in and makes her part of his crew. Their friendship is so lovely! I really want to reread the books so I can see the gang again. (And have my heart ripped out again, evidently)


2) Cinder + The gang
(The Lunar Chronicles)
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A recent favourite of mine, after reading The Lunar Chronicles this year I just had include the whole gang! I love their friendship and interactions. I particularly love Thorne and Cinder, I love their banter. Basically, Thorne with anyone, he’s hilarious and my fave!


1) Hiccup and Toothless
(How To Train Your Dragon)
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Is there anything more beautiful than friendship between human/pet?! Especially dragons! I bloody adore this film series, so sad it ended. I will forever love Hiccup and Toothless, what a beautiful friendship. *sheds a tear*


Who are some of your favourite SFF best friends?


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