Ten Books I’d Love To Find Under My Christmas Tree Today

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

First of all, MERRY CHRISTMAS to all those that celebrate! 🙂

Here are the books that I’d love Santa to bring to me today. Click on the book image for the Goodreads page.

Fat Girl on a Plane

I’ve recently heard of this book and it sounds like a lot of fun!

Tyler Johnson Was Here

This sounds like an intense read!

The Kiss Quotient

This book has a character with Asperger’s at the centre of it which I’m intrigued by.

Learning to Breathe

I’ve recently heard about this book and I think it sounds like it could be an excellent read.

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I’m intrigued to see how the story continues but I’m yet to get a copy for myself.

It Only Happens in the Movies

I love Holly Bourne’s writing and I’m trying to make my way through her books!

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

This sounds incredible and it has some great reviews.

Dear Evan Hansen

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this!

A Spark of Light

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, so I’d love to read it ASAP! 🙂

Roar

I’m not a massive fan of short stories, but this collection does intrigue me!

What do you hope to get for Christmas book-wise? If you don’t celebrate, what do you wish for? 🙂 Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by at some point!

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Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

Thoughts:

I am slowly making my way through Holly Bourne’s books. She’s an author that I’ve always heard a lot about. I’ve heard her speak at a few events and I’m always impressed with her. I’m going to make it my mission in 2019 to catch up with her backlist books, as I always enjoy her books when I’m reading them. She’s an author that really gets mental health and I’m definitely here for that.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? is a YA read about a group of teens that go to Camp Reset to try and learn how to be ‘normal.’ Whilst there, Olive, our main protagonist meets new friends that she’d never have expected. They all have their own backstories and reasons why they’re there. Olive comes up with a plan to solve their problems. However, how will Olive manage to save everyone else when she has trouble helping herself?

I love Holly Bourne’s writing style. She’s so honest about mental health. When she creates characters that have mental health issues, she really nails it. Their experiences with mental health are so raw and real. I love that she doesn’t have a magic cure for her characters. Mental health is messy and Holly Bourne always portrays that so well.

I loved that each character was so well developed. The character growth was impressive. They were all flawed but every single thing that they did or experienced didn’t seem contrived at all. All of their actions were totally believable.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? message is about challenging what normal is. It talks about whether it’s the world and what happens to us that affects mental health. I liked the idea of challenging labels and thinking how we can use kindness to overcome problems including (most importantly) kindness to your self. Aww.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A fantastic reading experience. Holly Bourne is a champion of YA mental health representation. 

This Week In Books #136

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW-

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

I am only 30 pages into this book, but so far so good. It’s about a girl that is struggling with her mental health. She is offered the opportunity to go to Camp Reset.

THEN-

Father Christmas and Me (Christmas Series, #3)

I finished this book last night. I absolutely adored it! This series by Matt Haig is so magical. ❤

NEXT-

The Truth Pixie (Christmas Series, #3.5)

I didn’t intend to read this book this month as I’ve read a lot of Matt Haig, but I can’t resist it.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #196- The Bibliobeth Feeds My Book Buying Addiction Edition

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Birthday gifts from my sister, Bibliobeth

Love Songs & Other Lies

This has been on my TBR for a while, so I was pleased to get my hands on a copy!

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

I’m so intrigued by this book about twins who need to undergo the test for Huntington’s Disease.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

Holly Bourne writes mental health very well. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I must read this book before the end of the year. It’s been on my radar for a long time now!

This Is Not A Love Letter

Here’s another one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while!

The Brighton Mermaid

I can’t wait to read this one. I love Dorothy Koomson’s writing!

Sam & Ilsa's Last Hurrah

David Levithan is one of my favourite writers, so I’m really looking forward to this one!

A massive thank you to my sister for her generosity! I think I can safely say I have a wonderful bookish sister! ❤

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What did YOU add to your shelves this week? Let me know.

Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by later!

Ten Book Recommendations If You Want To Read Books Involving Mental Health

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s topic has been super tricky for me. I decided to put my own spin on the topic and suggest some books to read if you want to read some books involving mental health/illness. I know if elements of these books were added to each other it would make one hell of a book representing mental illness!

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

I love Holly Bourne’s writing. Her characters are very relatable!

The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope

I really enjoyed this book which was a memoir. I do enjoy reading memoirs of mental health because they are so raw.

Reasons to Stay Alive

Another raw and real take on mental health. I can’t wait to read Notes On A Nervous Planet from Matt too.

My Heart and Other Black Holes

Some moments in this story really hit home for me. A wonderful read.

Belzhar

This is unique! I loved reading this story.

Undone

The ending of this book blew me away!

Lighter Than My Shadow

A graphic novel that shows Katie’s journey through dealing with her eating disorder.

Perfect Escape

I loved how this book portrayed the effect OCD can have on others around those with the disorder.

Highly Illogical Behavior

I adored this book! Totally relatable characters.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Another non-fiction. For me, a book that involves mental health should have an element of realness in order to relate to it. All too often, books around mental health have an instant ‘fix’ and that’s not even a possibility… it makes my blood boil.

Please leave me a link to your Top Ten post this week. I can’t wait to see how you tackled the prompt!

 

Round Up of British Books Challenge 2017

The British Books Challenge is hosted by Michelle at Tales of Yesterday. Find out more about it HERE.

The British Book Challenge was set up to show support for British Authors. By signing up I promised to read at least 12 books by British Authors. I smashed it once again this year by reading 63 books by British Authors.

Here are 2017’s efforts!

  1. The One Memory of Flora Banks– Emily Barr
  2. Paper Butterflies– Lisa Heathfield
  3. We Come Apart– Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
  4. How Hard Can Love Be?– Holly Bourne
  5. Disclaimer– Renee Knight
  6. Margot & Me– Juno Dawson
  7. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep– Joanna Cannon
  8. The Witchfinder’s Sister– Beth Underdown
  9. London Belongs To Us– Sarra Manning
  10. The Cuckoo Sister– Vivian Alcock
  11. The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time– Mark Haddon
  12. The One– John Marrs
  13. Mad Girl– Bryony Gordon
  14. Lie With Me– Sabine Durrant
  15. Pilot Jane and The Runaway Plane– Caroline Baxter
  16. Fish Boy- Chloe Daykin
  17. Awful Auntie– David Walliams
  18. The Last Beginning- Lauren James
  19. Girlhood– Cat Clarke
  20. One Italian Summer- Keris Stainton
  21. Release- Patrick Ness
  22. Unboxed- Non Pratt
  23. Follow Me– Angela Clarke
  24. Watch Me– Angela Clarke
  25. Trust Me– Angela Clarke
  26. Truth Or Dare– Non Pratt
  27. I See You- Clare Mackintosh
  28. Blood Sisters– Jane Corry
  29. The Prime Minister’s Brain- Gillian Cross
  30. The Nearest Faraway Place– Hayley Long
  31. The Graces– Laure Eve
  32. Miss You– Kate Eberlen
  33. Damage– Eve Ainsworth
  34. Indigo Donut– Patrice Lawrence
  35. Gone Without A Trace– Mary Torjussen
  36. Her Husband’s Lover– Julia Crouch
  37. He Said/She Said– Erin Kelly
  38. Cartes Postales from Greece– Victoria Hislop
  39. Fortunately, The Milk– Neil Gaiman
  40. Good Me, Bad Me– Ali Land
  41. The Scarecrow Queen– Melinda Salisbury
  42. Charlotte Says– Alex Bell
  43. Close To Me– Amanda Reynolds
  44. Coraline- Neil Gaiman
  45. The House– Simon Lelic
  46. The Betrayals- Fiona Neill
  47. The Trophy Child– Paula Daly
  48. Saffy’s Angel– Hilary McKay
  49. Behind Closed Doors- B.A Paris
  50. No Virgin– Anne Cassidy
  51. No Shame– Anne Cassidy
  52. Then She Was Gone– Lisa Jewell
  53. The Treatment– C.L Taylor
  54. Letters From The Lighthouse– Emma Carroll
  55. Black Hearts In Battersea– Joan Aiken
  56. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club- Alex Bell
  57. 13 Minutes– Sarah Pinborough
  58. The Hours Before Dawn– Celia Fremlin
  59. Noah Can’t Even– Simon James Green
  60. Witch Child- Celia Rees
  61. The Friend– Dorothy Koomson
  62. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder– Sara Barnard
  63. Finding Jennifer Jones– Anne Cassidy

Ten Gems In Mental Health Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a hidden gems list. Now, these books aren’t so much hidden, but I decided they needed some airing on my blog this week because they are gems. I love reading books that centre around mental health/illness and think they’re worth airing even if some of them are quite popular!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook

This book is told in such a unique voice. I think this book is much deeper than the film. I enjoyed Matthew Quick’s portrayal of Pat.

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter Than My Shadow

This is a hefty book. It’s huge and it’s quite heavy going in its nature. It’s about Katie’s struggle with an eating disorder.

Am I Normal Yet?- Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

I absolutely adored this book. Holly Bourne is such a beautiful writer and she represented mental illness wonderfully. This is such an addictive YA read.

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

I adore Matt Haig’s raw honesty in this book. There are some dark moments, but this book is hopeful.

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

There are some incredibly poignant moments and memorable sections in this book. I found it incredibly powerful to read.

Belzhar- Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar

I really enjoyed this book despite it having quite mixed reviews. It’s unique and wonderfully written.

Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown

Perfect Escape

I enjoyed reading this book which centres around a girl experiencing her brother’s problems with OCD. It was interesting to read about the impact it can have on a family member.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

This book doesn’t hold back when exploring mental illness. It’s such an intense, powerful read.

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book was so moving. It’s ending actually put a lump in my throat.

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

This book was absolutely stunning. I was blown away by the writing. I shall definitely be reading more from John Corey Whaley.

What are your hidden gems this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!