MHAM: Books I Want To Read

Before the month ends, …  thought i could share some of the books about mental illness that are sitting on my TBR, because, why not? you may find them interesting yourself and you may check them too!

It's Kind of a Funny Story It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.

Synopsis: Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

The author himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital … sadly even though he wrote an unexpected journey to happiness, he ended his life in 2013.

The Bell Jar The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

Synopsis: Sylvia Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.

Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

I feel this book is a must in my life, yet, i haven’t found the right time and mood to read it since i feel i really need to be in the exact (and right) state of mind to read it … Sylvia Plath is another amazing author who ended her own life.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan.

Synopsis: When twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?

In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family’s inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.

An interesting story to say the least. I’ve been planning on reading this book for months now, i just need to find the right moment…

Suicide Notes Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford.

Synopsis: I’m not crazy. I don’t see what the big deal is about what happened. But apparently, someone does think it’s a big deal because here I am. I bet it was my mother. She always overreacts.

Fifteen-year-old Jeff wakes up on New Year’s Day to find himself in the hospital. Make that the psychiatric ward. With the nutjobs. Clearly, this is all a huge mistake. Forget about the bandages on his wrists and the notes on his chart. Forget about his problems with his best friend, Allie, and her boyfriend, Burke. Jeff’s perfectly fine, perfectly normal, not like the other kids in the hospital with him. Now they’ve got problems. But a funny thing happens as his forty-five-day sentence drags on: the crazies start to seem less crazy.

This book has been sitting on my kindle waiting for me to pick it up for ages now, and i really don’t know why haven’t i … i hope i get to it soon enough… i haven’t read nearly as many books about mental health as i expect this far.

Cut Cut by Patricia McCormick.

Synopsis: Callie cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside.

Now she’s at Sea Pines, a “residential treatment facility” filled with girls struggling with problems of their own. Callie doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with anyone. She won’t even speak.

But Callie can only stay silent for so long…

Since i’ve been hospitalized twice and i lived with mentally ill people (as myself) for years, i’ve meet many people who cut themselves as a way of releasing pain.. now, i find this book a very interesting way of entering the mind of this kind of people or at least that’s what i hope i’ll be finding when i read this book. Interesting and promising.

The Shock of the Fall The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.

Synopsis: ‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.

There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.

The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.

The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

I think this book isn’t just about mental illness but also about grief? … i’m not quite sure, but i’ve been wanting to read this book for at least a year now.. i’m just a little worried about how much it may hurt to actually read it.. it looks like such a promising book… i’m sure i’ll manage to read it soon enough.

Well, these are the six books about mental illness/health i’ve been looking forward to read the most… obviously there are other books about the topic have on my TBR, but these are the ones calling me the most…

Do you have any books about mental health you are looking forward to read? if so.. what are they?

’til next time 😉

firma

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Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen | Overview

Optimists Die FirstOptimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Genre: YA Contemporary, Mental Health
Pages: 240
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Life ahead: Proceed with caution.

Sixteen-year-old Petula De Wilde is anything but wild. A family tragedy has made her shut herself off from the world. Once a crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula now sees danger in everything, from airplanes to ground beef.

The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class. She has nothing in common with this small band of teenage misfits, except that they all carry their own burden of guilt.

When Jacob joins their ranks, he seems so normal and confident. Petula wants nothing to do with him, or his prosthetic arm. But when they’re forced to collaborate on a unique school project, she slowly opens up, and he inspires her to face her fears.

Until a hidden truth threatens to derail everything.

My Opinion On The Book:

I had a particular problem with this book, even after i finished reading it, i couldn’t tell what the plotline was… Sure, it’s about a grl in a therapy class and a new kid in class with whom she sorts of becomes friends, but i think that’s all i can say about the book as the plot.

I’m not sure if it was because of the way it was written or the story itself, but i found it difficult to follow and get invested on it.

I got to admit i didn’t connect to the characters either, they were sort of interesting and such but not to the point to make me really care about them.

One of the things i did enjoy on the book was the way it portraited grief. Like, many of the people on the book lost someone and every one of them dealt differently, which for me felt very real and important to show… we are not all the same and though there are 5 stages of grief we react differently and move on, or not in different ways.

Overall, i do not regret reading it, and i would recommend it to some specific people but i don’t know… i was expecting something more from it.

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern | Review

Get Well Soon (Anna Bloom, #1)Get Well Soon (Anna Bloom #1) by Julie Halpern

Genre: YA, Realistic Fiction, Mental Health
Pages: 208
Publisher: Feiwes & Friends
Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary:  Anna Bloom is depressed, so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her.

But wait! Being trapped in a loony bin isn’t supposed to be about making friends, losing weight, and having a crush, is it?

My opinion on the book:

When i picked up this book i don’t know what i was looking for, but i gotta admit that i found so much more than what i was expecting.

Anna has been committed to a mental hospital because of her depression and now she is living in this different kind of world (figuratively). All she wants is to go back to her normal life and while waiting for it, she writes letters to her best friend.

From the letters she writes, this is an epistolary book, we learn about her life in the hospital, the people she meets there and how is she feeling.

Never before i picked up this book i’d read about a mental hospital and it was such an eyes opener. The things that happened in the ward brought me back to the time i myself was hospitalized because it was so much like it. So many times while reading i wanted to stop Anna and explain to her why the things were like they are… Looking at it from a different point of view and time made me realize a lot of things i didn’t when i was in the hospital myself and it felt sort of cathartic.

I ‘ve to admit i didn’t like much the characters and to be completely honest though i remember some of the plotlines i don’t remember even the names of the different characters.

Personally, i didn’t like the main character, Anna, at all… she was annoying and too self-involved. Maybe i saw traits of myself i don’t like in her and that’s why.

But the thing that after all this time stays with me is how much it reminds me of my times on the psychiatric ward.

The book is written pretty straight forward, it’s just a teenage girl writing everything that happens to her to her best friend, and that’s how it feels, nothing out of the ordinary.

Overall, it was a weird book to read… and by this, i’m talking about the uncanny resemblance to my time on the hospital.. i wonder how many people who read this felt the same as me or if their experience was so different this feels fake to them. If you really want to know my story parallels more than 50%-50% to what happens on the book.

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

 

 

MHAM: Books Reviewed

Hello everyone! So, I’ve been busier than expected this month, but i  hope to work onfinchandviolet some posts this weekend. Anyway

Anyway, i didn’t want to leave you without some more Mental Health Awareness Month related posts so i decided on sharing with you the book reviews i wrote about books that feature mental illness, these go from slight touches on the topic to being heavily featured on the book.

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Playlist For The Dead by Michelle Falkoff

More Than This by Patrick Ness

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson

 

MHAM: YA Book Recommendations

Hey guys!  This month is running so fast! I cannot believe we are almost half way through and i still haven’t shared with you the posts i wanted and planned to!

Okay, now that i’m here i thought to give you a few recommendations for YA books about mental illness … I hope you find some of them interesting for you! Check them out!!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This book describes perfectly how it is to live with a mental illness. There’s one chapter that just blew my mind in which the main character has a talk with his therapist and it is just uncanny how realistic it is.

Made You Up Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

The narrator of this book suffers from Schizophrenia.  This one is still on my TBR, but the little i read of this looks really promising and truthful.

WintergirlsWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book touches the topics of anorexia, depression, self-harm and the need of so many young people of being perfect.

Highly Illogical Behavior Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

The main character of this book suffers from social anxiety and hasn’t left home in years. On this great story, a girl decides she wants to help him get better and a beautiful friendship is born.

All the Bright Places All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

A book about depression and bipolar disorder. This book has been really important to me for a very long time. It deals with very difficult topics and in my opinion, does it pretty well.

Finding Audrey Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

After a bullying incident at school, the main character of this book developed an anxiety disorder. As we follow her life without getting out of her house and how this changes because of something or someone. I don’t personally agree with that idea but it is nicely written and many people liked this book very much.

 

firma

Friday Finds | March – April – May

Friday Finds
Description: Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

It’s been a really long while since the last time i posted this ‘section’ … so long, well, it was mostly because of my book buying ban … it was long and horrible, but it’s over and i’ve got some really interesting books lately.

I’ll talk about March, April and May (or the beginning of May anyway).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

I read it before watching the movie but i didn’t had a physical edition of the book. Look, i loved the movie and all,  but i’m still so disappointed on the other thing … i shall not say its name, and i wasn’t sure if i should even try entering this new side of Harry’s world or let it be and have a good memory of it a little ruined by that thing… anyway… i ended up purchasing the book because it looks really pretty.

History Is All You Left Me  History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I read it when it came out, i even wrote a review for it, you can find it here. I had it on a kindle version but i really wanted the physical version. This book is so precious… i just had to own a physical edition of this book. I recommend it t everyone.

 

 

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Once again, this is a book i read before i bought the physical version. This was one of the books i enjoyed the most last year. I wrote a review for this book, ou can read it here.

 

 

On April i traveled to Spain (omg!!!) it was the first time in 15 years i visited a country where people speak Spanish, and i gotta admit i was so awed by listening to Spanish everywhere.  It was the dream. Like, there’s this huge store (FNAC) that has so many cool stuff, electronics, movies, series and books and it’s the best thing ever. So i spent about 5 hours while i was there just looking at everything.

Obviously, i came back with some books!

Kafka en la orilla Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

I have an obsession with his writing since i started reading is books. But this book was one of those that were big enough for me to not want to try it on English but in Spanish and i got it!!

Though now that i think about it, i never read one of his books in Spanish, i wonder if the translation is good…

 

Joyland Joyland by Stephen King

I bought this one mostly because i wanted to buy a Stephen King’s novel for my stepdad even though he told me not to.. so i told him it was for me… So it will come back to me eventually and i’ll read it.

 

 

 

Relatos terroríficos 1Relatos Terrorificos (Horrific Tales) by Junji Ito (9 volumes)

Basically, 9 different horror tales, each book is a standalone.

I was looking so much for something like this, and he is one of the most recognized Horror’s Mangaka.

I haven’t started them, but i’m so looking forward to the moment i do.

Solanin Solanin by Inio Asano

This was recommended by a Spanish Youtuber i follow, and it sounded really interesting, so i decided to give this a chance.

 

 

 

This month, I bought only two books so far and both were for kindle… i’m planning on purchasing The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan pretty soon, … i axtually can’t believe i haven’t yet… Anyway the books i did bought were:

A Boy Worth Knowing A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove

I remember wanting to read it when i checked on it a few weeks ago but i truly can’t remember what is it about… anyway, why not.. more books never hurt anyone.. right????? I actually don’t know!!

 

 

Least but not last… the book i’m currently reading

The Fangirl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal The Fangirl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal by Kathleen Smith

This book is getting me on a spiritual level… i’m really enjoying it at the moment… i recommend it to all the Fangirls out there, and i say fangirls, not fanboys… the author makes this remark…

 

 

Well, these are all the books i got since March! I thought they were more…

Anyways, that’s all for now!

Happy Friday 🙂

firma

 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

I know it’s been a really long time since i wrote something for the blog, and to be completely honest it’s all Skam’s fault.  In case you don’t know what Skam is… well, it’s THE TV SHOW… i’ll be posting about it sometime soon… or at least i hope.

Anyway, this month is Mental Health Awareness Month.

As a person battling mental illness since i was 16 (though i’m pretty sure it started before, but i was diagnosed at 16) i believe it’s part of my ‘job’ to talk about this topic. Obviously relating this to books, since my blog is about books and literature, but not only that.

I was hoping you could give me your opinion on what would you want to read about relating to mental health, i have a lot to say about it, but i don’t wanna just throw all of that to you.

Obviously, this month i have a tbr just consisting of books that feature mentally ill characters, which i hope will make the cut and become reviews.  I’ll be posting the

I’ll be posting the tbr later in the week. I want to talk about mentally ill characters and their representation on books and tv shows. I’ll be giving some book recommendations and i may talk about books that didn’t work out for me. Maybe,  if you want me to also recommend some movies or just talk about own experiences, or if you want to share your on experience with mental illness… i’m open to all ideas right now.

I truly see this month as an opportunity to make a change in how people see and think about mental illness. I think it’s our job to make the difference, to speak up about the issue and not be afraid to say ‘yeah, i suffer from…’ (in my case depression and avoidant personality disorder).

So yes, i’m open to ideas and any recommendations really at the moment.

I hope we can make the best of this month.

‘Til next time!

firma

 

 

Some previous posts i made on the topic of mental illness:

Mental Illness & Literature.

#Life With A Mental Illness