Mentalhealth-athon review

Hello June! May really did fly. May was a very eventful month filled with everything from mental health awareness, to Eurovision and various readathons. I took part in the mentalhealth-athon for the month, a readathon dedicated to reading about characters with different mental health issues.

While I didn’t get to read all of the books as they were unfortunately unavailable in the library, I did manage to learn about a few mental health disorders. A very interesting readathon or as Josh from Clueless would say, It was a good learning experience for me –

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Those eyes though 😍 Anyway, back to the post, here are all the books I read during mentalhealth-athon and their ratings ….

Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall

Prompt: Own Voices

Disorder: Agoraphobia

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Prompt: Anxiety rep

Disorder: Anxiety

Rating: ⭐

Turtles all the way down by John Green

Prompt: OCD rep

Disorder: OCD

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Marbles by Ellen Forney

Prompt: Hosts Pick

Disorder: Manic Depression/bipolar disorder

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Liar & Spy – Rebecca Stead

Prompt: Phobias rep

Disorder: Agoraphobia

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

So that’s all the books I managed to read during mentalhealth-athon. I’m currently half way through The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and I’ll put up a review when I’m finished reading it. I hope you guys liked this post and thanks for reading x

Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall – book review

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Synopsis

I’m Norah and my life happens within the walls of my house, where I live with my mom, and this evil overlord called Agoraphobia.

Everything’s under control. It’s not rosy – I’m not going to win any prizes for Most Exciting Life or anything, but at least I’m safe from the outside world, right?Wrong. This new boy, Luke, just moved in next door, and suddenly staying safe isn’t enough. If I don’t take risks, how will I ever get out – or let anyone in?

Overall Plot

Nora suffers from Agoraphobia. She lives with her mom who constantly worries about her and gets regular therapy sessions from Doctor Reeves to help her cope. Then one day while hunting away a blackbird she sees the new neighbour, Luke. Luke gradually starts putting notes to Norah in the letterbox and Norah fears what Luke will think and will face some of the biggest challenges she could have ever imagined…

Review

Under rose-tainted skies has all the feels. It made me laugh and cry. I couldn’t help smiling when reading about Norah and Luke, its just sooo cute. Norah’s mom is super supportive and the doctor helps her out a lot too. Louise Gornall does a great job of describing Agoraphobia especially for those who don’t have it as we get an insight into what it’s like to go through. Norah has many fears but despite her agoraphobia she is very brave.

Conclusion

A beautifully written book describing a young girl’s life with agoraphobia while also experiencing bravery and love. Would highly recommend.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Favourite Quotes from Under rose-tainted skies

The point is {the blackbird} can fly away whenever it wants.

“She knows I would be completely isolated without the internet. The clunky plastic box with flashing blue lights is my friend. Sad, but true. It helps me keep a toe in real life.”

“When people say “weird”, what they really mean is “different”. And difference has never been a bad thing.”

“Beauty comes from how you treat people and how you behave. But if a little lipstick makes you smile, then you should wear it and forget what anyone else thinks.”

Want to read this book? You can purchase it now on Ebay!

Paperback: €6.56

Hardback: €16.22

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Turtles all the way down by John Green – book review

Synopsis

Sixteen–year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Picket, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Overall Plot

In the beginning of Turtles all the way down, Aza is struggling with her intrusive thoughts and OCD. When an opportunity arises for the girls to possibly become rich, Aza and her best friend Daisy decide to investigate the disappearance of a billionaire.

Aza has regular therapy sessions and tries to come to terms with her thoughts and to stop constantly cleaning the Band-Aid on her finger with the help of Dr. Karen Singh. Her friend Daisy is a massive Star Wars fan and writes on a fan site. She’s actually pretty famous. Aza also meets an old friend while investigating Pickett’s disappearance.

Review

I absolutely loved this book! I’ve already read quite a few of John Green’s books and he has gradually become one of my favourite authors. I could relate to Aza quite a lot especially when she was talking about the thoughts in her head. “like invasive weeds, these thoughts seem to arrive at my biosphere from some faraway land, and then they spread out of control.”

Aza’s friend Daisy is a character I would love to have met in real life. She’s obsessed with Star Wars but even though she sometimes finds Aza annoying, she loves her a lot and supports her.

I like how Green talked more about the girl’s friendship and about Aza learning to deal with her OCD rather than focusing entirely on romance. I also liked Davis’s blog entries as it was an insight into Davis’s own thoughts and was a nice addition to the novel.

Conclusion

A really well written, enjoyable novel featuring a character whom many can relate to with OCD. Would recommend.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the first book as part of the Mentalhealth-athon which covers the OCD rep.

Mentalhealth-athon

About Mentalhealth – athon

Mentalhealth-athon is a mental health based readathon hosted by @beaut1fulchaos_ and co-hosted by @chaptercviii and @__rachael_marie. Each participant is shown a bingo board featuring 15 mental health prompts. The goal is to read and become aware of various different mental health illnesses by reading about characters with these illnesses. If you’d like to know more about mentalhealth-athon, check out Nicole’s YouTube video which explains everything you need to know.

Here is the mentalhealth – athon bingo board:

Note: I am a HSP (highly sensitive person) which means I can’t watch or read about violent or triggering events in films or books. Due to this, I have skipped 3 prompts, group book, eating disorder rep and PTSD rep.

And these are the books I plan on reading:

All book covers are from https://www.goodreads.com/

Own voices – Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall
Non-fiction – Owning it by Caroline Foran
Anxiety rep – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Schizophrenia rep – Everything here is beautiful – Mira.T.Lee
OCD rep – Turtles all the way down – John Green
Intersectional rep – Darius the great is not okay by Adib Khorram
Bipolar rep – An unquiet mind – Kay Redfield Jamison
Hosts pick – Marbles by Ellen Forney
Personality disorder rep – The Mortal Instruments(Book 1) by Cassandra Clare
Phobias rep – Liar and spy by Rebecca Stead
Other – Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain
Depression rep – The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick

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I hope you all liked this post and thanks for reading x

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