Thank you, Wendy for creating this amazing book tag and for nominating me. It was published in 2017, and I’ve been wanting to do a blog post for ages about it, and I guess, now I am! Finally. Better late than never!
Check out Wendy’s post to read about her mental health books! You won’t regret it!.
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- Answer the questions!
- Tag as many or as few people as you like
Now, let’s get started with this wonderful tag!
1. Name a book that lifts your spirits, even when times are tough.
Hmmmm. I would have to choose a childhood book of mine. I have carried this book around with me, whenever I’ve moved, and I’ve moved over 15 times in my whole life. I always make sure it’s packed and it always puts a smile on my face when I see the cover.
It is The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker. It’s a gorgeous collection of poems about flowers paired with illustrations of flower fairies. My mother bought it for me in the Foyles book shop in London, when I was a child, and I remember being so impressed by how big the book shop was.
2. What book about mental health is on your TBR? Why?
I really want to read Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman. It’s about dealing with grief after a family member passes away. My father passed away at the beginning of the year, and I think I’m ready to read a book that focusses on grief. And like, the cover is gorgeous!!!
3. Name a non-fiction book about mental health.
I don’t really read much non-fiction, and I can’t think of a book…
4. Read this, not that – name a book with a good depiction of mental health, and one with a problematic depiction of mental health
Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylva is great. It has wonderful anxiety representation, as well as PTSD and trauma representation. It is a very comforting and calming book. The entire series is worth a read!
You can read my review here.
5. Other than reading, what helps when you’re feeling low?
Dancing and talking to other people help a lot. When I’m very sad, I’ll usually play some music on my tin whistles, my recorder or my flute. That always helps me relax and be calm.
6. Name a book that is intersectional – e.g. there is a character of colour or lgbt+ character with low mental health
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera is amazing. It’s about coping with grief, and it was written beautiful. The OCD representation was wonderful in it, and I definitely recommend it. It is very sad, so take care while reading it. The main character is a gay Latino boy with OCD.
You can find my review here.
7. Why do you think accurate representations of mental health is important?
So often, people have misconceptions about what certain mental illnesses are and sometimes the most common experiences are only known, and people don’t know of other experiences. Even within OCD awareness, people are not aware that contamination OCD is a type of OCD. Accurate representation is also important, as mental health education and healthcare is not widely available.
8. Name a book about a less well-known mental health condition.
The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith is about a girl who has Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is the only book I’ve ever come across that deals with this mental illness. It’s a gorgeous book that focusses on environmental activism, and ties this into a fantasy urban setting.
Check out my review here.
9. What book would you recommend to someone looking to learn more about mental health?
I would recommend Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne. It has excellent OCD and anxiety representation, and it was quite relatable. It is always one of my top recommendations! I enjoyed reading about her take on people making jokes about mental health issues and her reasons behind finding certain statements about mental health problematic.
Read my review here.
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