Friday, April 28, 2017

Hello Me, It's You - Book Review

32078947Hello Me, It's You by Hannah Todd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published October 10th 2016 by Hello Me, it's You

“Keep smiling and being you. Don’t let the world change you”

Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them.

This book was produced by the Hello Me, it’s You charity, set up by the editor, Hannah. Hannah was diagnosed with depression and anxiety whilst at university and found comfort in talking to friends about their experiences, realizing she was not alone in her situation. This inspired the idea for the charity and book. Through the creation of materials such as this, the charity aims to provide reassurance for young adults (and their families) who are experiencing mental health issues and give a voice to young adults on such an important topic. The result of that will hopefully be a reduction in the negative stigma surrounding mental health and an increase in awareness of young people’s experiences. All profits go the Hello Me, it’s You charity, for the production of future supportive books.

Trigger warning: Due to it’s nature, the content of this book may be triggering. Contains personal experiences of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trichotillomania and other mental health issues, as well as issues such as assault.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Since I didn't do a Top Ten last week I've decided to divide this week into what won't make me want to read a book and what will.

First sticking with this week's topic
5 Things That Will Make Me Not Want to Read a Book:

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Into Horror Readathon

I shouldn't be admitting this but what the hell. Last week I had a total mental melt down. It was basically one of those "I'm sick and tired of the way things are, I need to get the hell out!" But of course if I could I would have done so by now.
I've actually gone on about this a bit before here, yes it is recurring, so let's just move on. Especially since I just realized that the Winter Read-a-thon also ended on a bit of a down note. I do have happy moments, none that immediately come to mind but this week seems promising. She says while sitting alone in a house that is peacefully quiet.

Subversion by Melinda Friesen - Blog Tour + Giveaway

Friday, April 21, 2017

"Postoversary" aka The Beginning of the End

6:17 PM, April 21, 2011.
My first post, that I probably spent three or four days writing, finally went up!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Introduction Number: Who Even Knows

Really, how many introductions or 'About Me' posts have I done? I just recently did a handful going on about what makes me jealous.

But that's who I am. I'm someone who can sometimes become jealous pretty easily. I'm some one who has no problem admitting that because I am working on it. Of course I'm also an artist so green-eyed monsters do sometimes come with the territory. As do inferiority complexes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Future of the Blog

I am probably not in the best mind frame to be writing this right now, so let's just put out that disclaimer. I am most likely not of sound mind right now.

I write that and feel like it's an excuse for getting drunk and married in Vegas.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top 10 Songs of the Moment


Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

My top 10 favorite songs from this year of blogging:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

April Book Affair Blitz: Pauline Creeden Guest Post + Giveaway

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Gilded Cages by Vic James - Book Review

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts, #1)Gilded Cage by Vic James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Published February 14th 2017 by Del Rey Books

Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

8 Of The Most Unique Books I've Read

I'm not entirely sure where my thoughts go when I think "Unique" books. Naturally it would be books that made me think that they weren't like other books I've read. Obviously.
Did I just give a definition of  what makes a book unique?

Let's try that again: I'm not entirely sure where my thoughts go when I think about unique books I've read.

Then again I rarely know where my thoughts go when I think about books I've read in general.
Or really, I don't know where my thoughts go when I think.

Monday, April 10, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I can't help but notice I read a lot in February. March, not as much. Although I did take a break for about a week so I guess I should consider that. Plus February had some pretty quick reads.

April will probably be the same since I'm not only taking my time with the books I'm currently reading, but I'm also avoiding one as if it were an eager guy who thinks something might happen between us because I smiled. (Or because we're both single, the right age, gender and race. It's happened; if I had a book for every "Meet this guy he's young, single and Mexican!" I'd have a libraries worth of books. PS I'm not even Mexican and don't care about such things.)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Stacking the Shelves [4/9]

Stacking the Shelves

I have not done a Stacking the Shelves post since 2014, I'm not sure why, it's not like I stopped buying books. I would like to think I slowed down a bit, showed some 'shelf' control, but that's doubtful.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Songs of the Moment [4\4]

Songs of the Moment is a bi-monthly feature I started where I pick a song that represents the week, day or month; that fits with a moment I recently had. Or that's been on repeat.

I want adventure in the great wide somewhere...

Pretty much my mind frame for the last I don't know how long, but it really hit me last week, so much so that I made an entire playlist inspired by it. (Open to suggestions if you have any.)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Other Things I Play the Comparison Game With

In which I continue to make myself look, and to a point feel, sad.

A point I keep emphasizing is that I have no problem admitting any of this because I constantly remind myself of all the good in my life. And I know that while I might be the only one to fully dive in and admit the depth this problem has gone for me, I am not alone.

Just felt like I had to put that out there. Again.