Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Dealing With Mental Illness

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books which feature characters dealing with mental illness. I’ve decided to feature mental illness on my list this week, as I’ve recently been pleasantly surprised with how the topic is represented in literature. I’m not saying that authors always get it right, but it’s an important topic to be explored.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads.

Undone by Cat Clarke

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I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s books and Undone really impressed and shocked me at the same time. It deals with the aftermath of the main character’s best friend killing himself after being outed as gay.

Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

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Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing writer. I truly recommend her books! Wintergirls deals with eating disorders. It’s an incredibly powerful read.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

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Speak is the first book I read from Laurie Halse Anderson. The main character in this book is suffering after a terrible event.

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

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This book is about depression and suicide. Handled in a very sensitive manner. Some of the descriptions are so powerful in this book. It really made an impact on me.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer

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This is yet another powerful read. The reader learns about the main character’s fall into mental illness. Highly recommended!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye- Cynthia Hand

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I was really intrigued to see what Cynthia Hand’s contemporary work would be like. I was impressed. This book deals with the consequences of a family member taking their own life.

Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown

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In this book, the main character’s brother suffers from OCD. She takes him away from his everyday life and his routines/rituals. They really go on a journey (cheesy, sorry! 😉 ) together. I loved this book!

The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

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I haven’t seen the movie adaptation but I’ve read the book! It’s so interesting to see the world from the main character’s point of view. A thought provoking book.

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

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I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. The main character suffers from panic attacks admidst other problems. She finds inner strength. I was touched by this book.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

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Another beautiful book that completely exceeded my expectations. It deals with the aftermath of an eating disorder and the aftermath of terrible events.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What have you picked for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

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Stacking The Shelves #106

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image or title to get to the Goodreads page!

Bought:

When Reason Breaks The Last Time We Say Goodbye Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) My Heart and Other Black Holes

These four books arrived this week. All of which I’m excited to read for different reasons. I can’t wait to read a contemporary from Cynthia Hand. I’ve heard AMAZING things about Jasmine Warga’s début too! I have heard mixed things about Red Queen, but I’m willing to give it a go!

Have you read any of these books? Which should I prioritise? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the list is the Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To In 2015.  I can’t believe we’re thinking about 2015. This year has completely flown by! It’s scary…

Winter- Marissa Meyer– No cover as yet, but I can’t WAIT to read it. I’m loving The Lunar Chronicles.

November NineColleen Hoover– I can’t wait to read more from Colleen Hoover!

Nowhere But HereKatie McGarry– I will read anything that Katie McGarry brings out!

18460392All The Bright PlacesJennifer Niven– I already have this book waiting to be read. I’ve heard great things already.

23454354Love Hurts Edited by Malorie Blackman–  This is another book that I have in my sticky paws already. I’m looking forward to diving into this book.

16096824A Court of Thrones and RosesSarah J Maas– I may have only read Throne of Glass so far, but I know I want to read more from Sarah J Maas!

17285330The Last Time We Say GoodbyeCynthia Hand– I really enjoyed Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly trilogy. I’m intrigued to see what this book is like!

22429350The Start of Me and YouEmery Lord– I loved Open Road Summer and can’t wait to see what she writes next!

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Vanishing GirlsLauren Oliver– I adore Lauren Oliver, but was a little disappointed with some of her recent releases. I’m hoping this book changes that!

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The Fill-In BoyfriendKasie West- I adore Kasie’s writing and can’t wait to read more from her!

What are you looking forward to reading in 2015? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by…probably adding to my TBR list!

 

Top Ten Characters Who Are Powerful Female Leads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Characters Who X (you fill in the blank — examples: piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc. etc.) I have decided to talk about my favourite female leads. I’m a fan of strong female characters. I get too annoyed with wimpy, reliant on male lead characters.

So.. in no particular order here are my favourite powerful female leads:

Katniss- The Hunger Games

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Katniss may have her trouble with guys, but she is an absolutely kick-ass character. She can’t possibly be left out of this list, because she’s one of the most strongest characters I’ve read. Surviving The Hunger Games once is incredible, doing it more than once is unbelievable.

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Tris- Divergent

I have massive love for Tris in the Divergent trilogy. I think she’s such an amazing character. I love her relationship with Four. It doesn’t rule her. She’s her own person.

Hermione- Harry Potter

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Throughout the Harry Potter books Hermione develops so much as a character. We first assume she’s an insufferable know-it-all, but really it’s Hermione’s intelligence that saves her best friends time and time again. Where would they be without Hermione? I love that Hermione is such a strong character because of her intellect. What a good role model!

Cinder

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Cinder is such a fantastic character. She’s loyal and brave and doesn’t whine about being a cyborg. She deals well with what she’s got in life.

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny- The Help

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This book is one of my all-time favourites. I absolutely love that the character of Skeeter is trying to show what life is really like for black maids in the local town. It tackles a very difficult subject beautifully. Our three narrators are all strong in their own ways. I can’t speak highly enough of this book.

Jo March- Little Women

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Little Women is one of my favourite classics. I simply adore the tomboyish Jo March. A great, strong, memorable character.

Clara- Unearthly

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Clara is a great character in the Unearthly trilogy. She’s incredibly likeable and determined to know more about the world in which she lives in!

Juliette- Shatter Me

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What I like so much about Juliette is how much she grows throughout the series. She doesn’t realise her own strength. She becomes a much stronger character in mind and physically too. She learns her own mind.

Matilda

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Matilda is another strong character because of her intellect. I think it’s great to see a character in children’s literature that enjoys reading. I think she’s a fantastic female lead. I love how magical Roald Dahl’s books are. Matilda doesn’t realise her own strength, and grows so much as a character. I think Matilda gives a good message of hope to its readers.

Melinda- Speak

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I think Laurie Halse Anderson created such a wonderful book with Speak. Yes, it may be controversial, but it’s so important. Melinda goes through so much throughout the course of this book and still manages to find that strength and courage to push forward and find her voice. Speak is a powerful and important book.

What have you picked this week? Feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by and check out your favourite characters!

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new list is posted for us to complete. This week’s list is the Top Ten Books I Read in 2013.  This is going to be so hard as I really do think I’ve read some amazing books this year! I’ve picked the first 10 five star books on my read this year shelf on Goodreads!

In no particular order…

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Crash Into YouKatie McGarry– I really got into the Pushing The Limits series this year, but Crash Into You was my favourite. It was a very emotional read.

These Broken StarsAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did.

Cross My HeartCarmen Reid– This book really touched me. I thought it was superb!

Stay Where You Are And Then LeaveJohn Boyne– Another touching read!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin–  I absolutely love this series. It messed with my head, but I can’t wait to see how it concludes in 2014!

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DivergentVeronica Roth–  I fell in love with this series. Divergent gripped me right from the start!

BoundlessCynthia Hand– I loved this series (well apart from the second Hallowed, which I was pretty indifferent to!) and Boundless was the perfect ending to the series!

The Flavours of LoveDorothy Koomson– Dorothy Koomson is a superb author. I always pre-order her books and so far I’ve never been disappointed! This book is actually quite dark, which I don’t think you’d expect from the cover.

Magic Under GlassJaclyn Dolamore- This story was so magical. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next in the series!

Losing HopeColleen Hoover– For some reason I loved this book much more than Hopeless. I just love Holder!

I could have added so many more to this list!

What are your favourite books of 2013? I hope you all have a Happy New Year! May your 2014 be full of awesome books!

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a new list is posted. This week’s Top Ten is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013. I’ve read a lot of new authors this year, as I’ve really expanded the genres that I read. I’ve discovered some brilliant blogs with many book recommendations. It’s been hard to pick ten.. but here goes..

In no particular order.. (click on images for my reviews of the books!)

Cat Clarke

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I started reading Cat Clarke on recommendation from Luna from Luna’s Little Library. I personally feel like Cat Clarke’s writing has got better and better as the books came out. Undone was one of my favourite reads of the whole year!

Denise Deegan

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Another recommendation from Luna, I’m sensing a bit of a theme here. I loved this series, particularly the second book And For Your Information.

 Colleen Hoover

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I didn’t expect to love Hopeless and Losing Hope as much as I did.  Losing Hope was my favourite out of the three books of Colleen Hoover’s that I’ve read so far!

 Katie McGarry

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I absolute adore Katie McGarry’s writing. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. She can’t write them fast enough for me!

James Dawson

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James Dawson is the only male writer to make this list! I have read some other awesome new-to-me authors this year, but James Dawson is the only one that immediately came to mind without going to Goodreads. I have his book Hollow Pike to read and also can’t wait for his next book.

Cynthia Hand

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I really loved this series. I think Hallowed, the second book, suffered a bit from middle book syndrome, but in my opinion Boundless really made up for it.

Michelle Hodkin

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I’m a bit obsessed with this series and can’t wait until next year to see how the series concludes!

Rainbow Rowell

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I loved discovering Rainbow Rowell this year. I think my favourite of the three books that have been published by Rainbow is Eleanor & Park.

Siobhan Curham

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Yes, these books were recommended by Luna. She really does give me the best recommendations. I like both of these books equally.

Holly Smale

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These books are just such fun. I’ve discovered a lot of brilliant UKYA authors this year and Holly Smale is definitely one of them. She’s a lovely person too.

What authors have you discovered this year? Do we share any of the same authors? Please feel free to leave your links in the comments below and I’ll come by your blog!

End of Year Book Survey 2013

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I am linking up with Jamie from the fantastic blog The Perpetual Page Turner to fill in this bookish survey for 2013.

BEST IN BOOKS 2013

Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist -)

YA – Ooh this is a tough one. I’ll go for Undone by Cat Clarke!

Dystopian – This is so hard. I love dystopian reads. I think it has to be Divergent by Veronica Roth though. I read all of the Divergent series this year as I was so late to it. Divergent was by far the best!

Historical Fiction – It has to be Cross My Heart (And Hope to Live) by Carmen Reid.

ParanormalPivot Point by Kasie West.

Science FictionThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Gutted by this answer, but it is definitely Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I couldn’t finish it. I was just so disappointed!

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?

And For Your Information by Denise Deegan. I loved The Butterfly Novels, (which I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did) but the second book in the series nearly made me cry, and completely changed my opinion of a character I had previously disliked.

Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. I’ve got most people at my work to read it. It’s about autism from the point of view of a young boy with autism. It really opened my eyes.

Best series you discovered in 2013?

I’ve discovered so many new series this year, but I haven’t finished all of them yet. So I’ll go with one I have finished. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I loved Unearthly and Boundless, but I think Hallowed suffered from middle book syndrome. Other than that, I really enjoyed the series!

Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

Katie McGarry.

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t often re-read books any more, but I could possibly re-read Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Favourite cover of a book you read in 2013?

I hate to mention it again, as I want to try and mix things up, but this cover is absolutely stunning…

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Most memorable character in 2013?

There could be SO many answers to this question. I think I’m going to have to say Tris from Divergent. I LOVE her.

Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

Another hard question. I’ve read so many beautifully written books this year. I think it might have to be Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne.

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?

So many books have had an impact on me this year. But I guess, it’s one I’ve already mentioned, The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. Purely because I could relate to it so much and it had an impact on my working life.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Favourite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

From The Reason I Jump:

“True compassion is about not bruising the other person’s self-respect. That’s what I think, anyway.”

Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

(How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.)

Shortest– Confession of A Chalet Girl by Lorraine Wilson (80 pages- novella)
Longest — Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (541 pages)

Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. I’m just waiting for my sister to read it so we can discuss it! Hurry up, Beth 😉

Favourite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Would it be completely pathetic to say Todd and Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go? Yes, I’m totally going with a friendship between man and dog!

Favourite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier! (Review to follow!)

Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else

A lot of my books are recommended by awesome people but I’d go for The Quietness by Alison Rattle. Recommended by the ever so lovely Luna from Luna’s Little Library.

Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

Young Adult!

Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Holder from Hopeless/Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover.

Best 2013 debut you read?

There could be so many answers for this, but I’ll go for The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns.

Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

Divergent or These Broken Stars.

Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Adorkable by Sarra Manning.

Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

And For Your Information by Denise Deegan and Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma.

Book You Read in 2013 That You Think Got Overlooked This Year Or When It Came Out?

I wish that OCD, The Dude and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn was wider read!

READING LIFE 2013

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New favourite book blog you discovered in 2013?

I can’t really highlight a particular favourite as I love so many book blogs. The blogger that inspires me the most is Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner/The Broke and The Bookish.

Favourite review that you wrote in 2013?

Hmmm… I quite like my Losing Hope review, but I often have issues of thinking my reviews are crap as I don’t have confidence in my writing! I just love to read and share my thoughts!

Best discussion you had on your blog?

By far… Is Reading An Admission of Defeat?

Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I loved Jamie’s post about her experience of working with a life coach.

Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I loved going to Hay Festival with my sister Bibliobeth!

Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

Meeting some brilliant book bloggers in person!

Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Boys In Books Are Better– Carrie Hope Fletcher

Review: Billy and Me– Giovanna Fletcher

(Side note- a bit weird that these girls are related! Sister-in-laws!)

Watch the brilliant video of Boys In Books Are Better:

Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Sometimes (quite rarely 😉 ) I’m quite proud of reviews I write and they don’t seem to get as much love as I want them too.

Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I really love Ashley’s new book blogging community website. Check it out HERE!

Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I completed the British Book Challenge. I was supposed to read 12 British Books and I smashed that challenge. See how many I’ve read so far HERE. I didn’t quite complete my Classics Challenge. I’ve read some classics this year, but not all that I’d hoped I would.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2014

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

There are so many books that I need to get to, it’s insane! I really want to read Trish Doller though. So I’m going to start with Something Like Normal.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. I’ve seen it on so many Top Ten lists that I’m very intrigued…

Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

Either Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi or again.. I’m sorry.. I’m a big fan.. The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I want to keep book blogging, continue to read awesome books and blogs and hopefully connect and meet with many more bloggers.

If you have filled out this survey, please feel free to link me to your posts. I love this sort of thing! I’ll be sure to stop by and check out your posts.