Books Featuring Mental Health – Top 5 Wednesday

Unfortunately I don’t read that many mental health books. Usually because they tend to be contemporaries which I just don’t read that much of. So I really don’t have lesser known books on this list. These are in no particular order.


Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie has a stutter. While stuttering does not in most cases have a psychological cause, there is a subset of stuttering called psychogenic stuttering which usually occurs as a result of trauma. It’s not explicitly said in the book whether that is the case with Sadie, but I think it is. It might not have been the author’s intention. But whether or not her stutter is psychogenic, I’ve read a book with stuttering represented and it definitely has an impact on Sadie’s mental state and image of herself and of those around her. So I think it falls in the ballpark and I just wanted to promote this book because I think it’s great.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Both Feyre and Rhys suffer from PTSD. I’ve talked about this book so much. You probably all know about it.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Ty is autistic and I think he does also seem to have some OCD and anxiety disorder. He’s probably one of my favourite characters in the series. I seriously need to read the last book in the series. But my heart isn’t ready. ūüė•

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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I haven’t yet read this book, but I know the main character has OCD and I know John Green also has OCD, so I’m confident that this is accurate rep for the disorder. And I’ve heard a lot of good things about it as well, so I’m comfortable recommending it as a mental health featuring book.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

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All the demigods have ADHD. And it’s a great series.

 

Down the TBR Hole #10

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Books: #91-100

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 355 | This week’s final number: 352 | Total books removed so far: 37 | Total books kept so far: 59 | Books added since I began: 56 | Books read from my TBR: 8


Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

I love mythology and I love Percy Jackson, so of course it stays.

Throne of Glass 7 by Sarah J. Maas

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We don’t have a title or a cover for this yet, but of course I’m going to read it. Just got¬†Tower of Dawn¬†the other day. I have to get on to reading that.

Verdict: Stays

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

This actually sounds very interesting. I’d forgotten what it was about, if I’d ever known in the first place, but I want to read it!

Verdict: Stays

The Field Guide by Holly Black

I’ve been meaning to read Spiderwick for so long! It appeals to me so much, and I think I saw a film once that I really enjoyed. So I do want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan

This is a¬†Kane Chronicles and¬†Percy Jackson¬†crossover. And while it does sound fun, I have yet to read¬†The Kane Chronicles and I do want to read it, but I don’t know when I’ll get to it. So for the time being, there’s no point in me cluttering my TBR with this.

Verdict: Goes

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This is a YA dystopia that I’ve heard mixed things about and the premise doesn’t appeal to me that much anymore. So I’m getting rid of this one.

Verdict: Goes

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

The author’s name may be Arwen, but I don’t think that’s quite enough to convince me to read this book. The synopsis is very vague and generic, so I went to read some of the reviews and they weren’t great. Plus I found out it’s urban fantasy, which… not really my favourite. So yeah… no.

Verdict: Goes

The Cosmic Trilogy by C. S. Lewis

Sci-fi series written by C.S. Lewis? I’m so down, why haven’t I read this yet?

Verdict: Stays

Down the TBR Hole #9

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Books: #81-90

Last week’s final number: 358 | Current number: 356 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 34 | Total books kept so far: 52 | Books added since I began: 53 | Books read from my TBR: 7


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

I’ve seen the film and I really love it, but I’m in two minds whether I want to read this. On the one hand, it’s such a beautiful story, but it’s so heartbreaking and made even more so by the fact that it’s not just a sad story someone imagined, but something that may very well have happened.

Verdict: Stays for now

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

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Another one where I’ve seen the movie and really enjoyed it. But with this one, I doubt I will ever actually read the book. I can pay attention to a sports film. But I don’t think I have the patience for a sports book.

Verdict: Goes

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I think I got rid of another Frances Hodgson Burnett book in one of my first trips down the TBR hole. And as with¬†The Secret Garden, I’ve seen the film, I loved it, it was one of my favourites when I was a kid… but I really am satisfied with what I got from the movie and I don’t think that I will get to reading this anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I’ve only read one Jane Austen book and that is¬†Pride and Prejudice. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I love P&P, so I’m really curious to read more of Austen’s books and see if I love them as much.

Verdict: Stays

The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God by Lee Strobel

This is still something that sounds very interesting and I would like to read it. I’d forgotten about the existence of this book, but I should find myself a copy.

Verdict: Stays

When We Wake by Karen Healey

Hmm… another dystopian. I’m quite fed up with them. Most of them are the same story over and over again… however this one has pretty solid positive reviews that proclaim it is not like every other YA dystopian… to believe them or not to believe them? I’ll give it another chance cause I like the cover.

Verdict: Stays

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

I’m so torn with this one! I haven’t seen the show, I hear it’s really good though. But for some reason opinions on the book seem very mixed. Still, I don’t think I’ll be satisfied unless I draw my own conclusions.

Verdict: Stays

Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades by Rick Riordan

Removing this because it’s part of¬†The Demigod Files,¬†which is also on my TBR.

Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo by Rick Riordan

This one isn’t part of¬†The Demigod Files,¬†so it stays.

The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan

Verdict: Stays

A Noob’s Guide To Fantasy

I’ve heard so many people saying that they don’t like fantasy, they only like realistic books. And to those people I say… give it a chance. You’ll probably end up loving it. I know it can be an intimidating genre. There’s usually so many books in those fantasy series and there’s so much you need to understand and it can get pretty intense. So I don’t blame you for being a little bit scared.

You can’t just jump into fantasy. You need to ease yourself into it. And that’s what I’m here for. Sit back, relax and let me take you on a short guide to getting into fantasy. The trick is not diving straight into high fantasy. Start a bit closer to home.

In the interest of not making this post too long, I will not be talking about what each book is about, instead I’ll just link the Goodreads page so you can check them out for yourself.

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

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Okay, you probably saw this coming. But seriously, it’s one of the best series to get you into fantasy. It’s funny and well written and just so epic, but it still takes place in the ‘real world’ and it does a very good job of introducing all the magical elements. Besides… it’s like a massive cultural thing. If you haven’t read it, you need to read it. Just give it a couple books. It gets better and better and better. Just read Harry Potter.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

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Another one you probably saw coming. It’s so funny and witty and easy to read. The books are pretty short and they’re just so, laugh-out-loud funny. They’re brilliant. So easy to get through, so much fun. You’ll probably love them. If you’ve seen the film and think it’s shit, forget what you saw and read the books, because the film really was shit.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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This is a beautiful book. I would almost call it magical realism. It’s very much a realistic book. It does have magical elements that are incredibly significant, but it’s very realistic. For those people who think “Eh, I don’t like fantasy, I like realistic stories that I can relate to.” If you think fantasy is fanciful or whatever, read¬†A Monster Calls.¬†It’s short, you can read it in a couple hours, just read it.

I also have a review of it, if you are interested.

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The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

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I adore this series. It’s so underrated. It’s so much fun. I love the characters, I love the story and the magic is so well woven together with the mundane, it’s great. It’s great for getting into fantasy and it’s great if you’re already a fantasy reader. It’s just a great series all around. So witty and well written, it’s awesome. ¬†It’s a long series, but the books are quite short and fast paced and easy to read and you’ll have a blast with them.

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is sort of the graduation of this guide. She’s a very good bridge between sort of regular, low fantasy and high fantasy. All her books, really, although I do strongly recommend reading her books in publication order for the best experience. Technically, you can read each series as a standalone series, even though it takes place within the same world, but you get a lot more out of them if you read them in publication order, because Cassie has a way of weaving stories together and the easter eggs are so satisfying.

You might find¬†City of Bones, the first book, a bit boring, but it’s not difficult to read or get into and Cassandra really does get better with every book and every series. So I recommend, if you’re not a really big fan of City of Bones,¬†try the next one. I would say, the end of book two is where the series starts getting really good. If you can get through the first two books, you’ll probably end up hooked on Cassie Clare.

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These are 5 books/series that I think are great for getting you into fantasy. I hope if you were unsure about fantasy, that this post has provided some guidance. Fantasy is such a wonderful and diverse genre, there’s really something for everyone within it, so don’t dismiss it. Just give it a chance. Also, if you’ve already taken your first steps into the world of fantasy and would like to move to intense fantasy, but maybe you’re a bit intimidated, check out my¬†guide about getting into high fantasy.

October Wrap Up

A very belated wrap up for October. Four seems to be the number of books that I’m able to read in a month of late. Which is kind of a shock for me. I mean, one book a week? That’s so little. Anyway, I read four books in October and here they are:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas**

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This was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases! I loved it. It obviously ended in the biggest cliffhanger ever. And now I have to wait another year for the next one. It’s like they design book series to torture me. And it’s a really special book for me because I got to see Sarah on tour and get it signed. You can read more about that experience here. I also have a review of it if you’re interested.

**I just realised that this was actually also in my September wrap-up, so I actually read it in September it would seem. Ooops. Oh well.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Another amazing book that I read this October. This series guys, is amazing! If you haven’t read it, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Seriously, go pick up¬†Six of Crows!¬†(by the way, I have a review of that here). Of course, also have a review of¬†Crooked Kingdom which you can find here. Seriously. Go read it. It’s awesome. Also, it’s gorgeous. Look at it.

 

1984 by George Orwell

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I finally finished this book. I think I started it at the beginning of August and only finished it in October. But I did enjoy it though. It was really thought-provoking. But it was more of an essay than it was a novel. It did bring forth some fairly disturbing ideas about human nature and while I don’t agree entirely with those ideas, they’re interesting to read about and I really enjoyed it. I also have a review of this one if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

 

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

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This is the last book I read in October and I’m really happy about it because I managed to finish one of the series on my unfinished series list! Yay! I also have a review of this one. I think this is the first wrap up in which I have review links for all the books I read. Yay for that as well!

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – Book Review

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – Book Review

31442613Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Middle grade, fantasy, mythology

First published: 2009

Author: Rick Riordan

***SPOILER ALERT*** This is not the first book in the series, so the synopsis and this review may contain spoilers for previous books.

Synopsis:¬†The half-bloods have been preparing all year for the final battle with Kronos. The battle that will decide the fate of the Olympians and along with them, that of western civilization, and things do not look promising. Not only are they hopelessly outnumbered, Typhon, one of the gods biggest enemies (literally), is advancing on New York City. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Percy’s sixteenth birthday is fast approaching and with it comes the prophecy that has governed his life for the past five years.¬†

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I finally finished this series! It’s taken me over a year, but I did it and I feel so relieved to have finished a series. Normally, I feel sad when I finish a series, but I know that I don’t have to say goodbye to these characters just yet, so I just feel happy that I managed to cross a series off my list. Anyway, getting to the actual review.

I wasn’t sure how to rate it. I wanted to give it 4 stars, but I really liked how to prophecy played out at the end, so for that reason alone I gave it 4.5 stars. There were parts in the book that I found a little boring. Of course, I still really enjoyed the book, but I felt like, as a series finale, it was a little bit disappointing.

The characters are older now, Percy is turning 16 and the long awaited prophecy is finally revealed. I liked how it played out. I liked what Percy’s decision turned out to be and I liked how some aspects of the prophecy that we didn’t hear until the beginning of this book, played out differently than what you’d expect.

One of the things that makes this series so good and unique and makes it seem so witty is that it takes things very literally. So much so, that sometimes it conflicts with how we normally think and that makes it both funny and always seem somehow unexpected. One of the ways in which it does this is by the chapter titles. When I start a new Percy Jackson book, I always read the list of chapter titles and then try to imagine what that chapter is about. 9 times out of 10, I’m wrong. Even though if you’ve read any of the PJ books, you know that the chapter titles tell you more or less the essential event of the chapter. In that respect, this one did not disappoint.

For the most part, everything tied up neatly at the end. There are a few loose ends, but I’m guessing those are going to be explored in Heroes of Olympus, so I’m not too bothered by them.¬†As usual, it was funny, it was very clever in its use of mythology and I can’t wait to continue on with Heroes of Olympus.

This was a very short review. I don’t really have that much to say about it without going into details. But since I want this review to be spoiler free, I can’t do that. So I will have to stop here.

 

 

Bookish Mid-Autumn Festival Tag

This tag was created by Tinka @ The Crazy Reader. I thought it was really cool and I decided to do it. This tag was inspired by a traditional Chinese festival. Tinka explains it better in her post.


1. Family reunion: Name a book with family goals

250px-weasleysThe Weasleys are the first who jump to mind. Most of the¬†books I read don’t really have families in them because that would just make for far too happy MC. But the Weasleys were a big, loud, obnoxious family who ultimately had each other’s backs and I could really feel the family spirit. So I will go with¬†Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because that’s when we first see them as a family.

2. Full moon: Name a book with a werewolf

TMIThe Mortal Instruments¬†series by Cassandra Clare. There is more than one werewolf in it. You can take your pick. Now that I think of it, I think it’s the only series I love that has a werewolf in it.

 

3. Mooncake: Name a type of food in a book that you wish was real

harry-potter-1I hate answering with the same thing twice in the same tag, but anything in the HP series. I always get hungry reading them. I mean look at that picture! I want me some butterbeer and some candy that makes me roar like a lion and chocolate frogs, and every flavour beans and all of it. Also, a house elf to make the food for me please.

4. Rabbit: Name your favourite creature in a book

91qh6txtoal9d932ee70c2df735c120627b89c491b7Hmm, I really like the Pegasi in the Percy Jackson books. Or the great eagles from The Lord of the Rings. I like creatures that can fly and that are big enough to ride because I want to fly. Come to think of it, I also always thought the Nazgul were really cool in the LotR films.

 

5. Chang E.: A character that makes a significant change to the plot

cinnaI’m going with Cinna from The Hunger Games. He wasn’t a very prominent character. He wasn’t even in the books that much. But he basically jump-started the revolution. Without him, there would not be any girl on fire. He’s awesome and he deserves more recognition.

6. Lanterns: Name a book you like reading about

lotr deluxeI like reading about Tolkien’s work. I’ve barely read anything of his. Like, I’ve read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and about a third of¬†The Silmarillion.¬†¬†But I have spent countless hours on Wikipedia reading about him and Middle Earth and his work.

7. Autumn: Name a good autumn read

Six of CrowsSix of Crows¬†by Leigh Bardugo. I’m not sure why, but I just feel like it’s a good book to read in autumn. I mean, it’s an awesome book to read at any time of the year, but it feels sort of autumny. Also, I have a review of it, if you want to check it out!

8. Festival: Name your favourite festival in a book

acotargathering-of-shadows_ukcoverCalanmai from¬†A Court of Thorns and Roses¬†by Sarah J. Maas. Because that’s when we first meet Rhys. Although a close second is the¬†Essen Tasch¬†from¬†A Gathering of Shadows¬†by V. E. Schwab. That was really cool. Look how the covers match! That is a satisfying coincidence.

 

 

I will tag 3 of my followers at random. If you decide to do this, leave a link to your post in the comments below!

M @ A Blog of One’s Own

Sam @ One Bookish Girl

Mara @ Once Upon A Bind

 

Un-finished Series Part One

Un-finished Series Part One

I have a serious issue with starting series and then not finishing them and just starting other series instead. It’s a problem. I have so many first books in a series or first two books and I want to finish them. I want the closure, I want to know how the stories end. I just need to pull myself together. So, this post (which will probably become a series of posts) is more for my benefit than anything else. So, here are the series that I have started, would like to continue with, but I just haven’t for whatever reason.

This is going to be a VERY long post.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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Still have to read: In the Afterlight + novellas

Descendants by Melissa de la Cruz

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Okay, in my defense, the second one just recently came out.

Still have to read: Return to the Isle of the Lost

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

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Thankfully, this is just a duology, which is pretty rare these days. Not that I don’t like longer series, but this will be much easier to cross off the list.

Still have to read: Shadowscale + The Audition which is a short story

Legend by Marie Lu

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Still have to read: Prodigy, Champion

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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Still have to read:¬†Scarlet, Cress, Winter, Fairest, Stars Above¬†and I’m pretty sure there are some other short stories.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Again, the sequel only just came out. So I don’t feel too bad about this, but I’m putting it here for posterity.

Still have to read: After You

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

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I only currently own books 3 and 4 in the series, and again, so annoyed that they’re not only different formats, but different cover editions. I’m probably going to end up buying a box-set of these.

Still have to read: The Last Hero + The Demigod Files

The Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor

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This is a really long one, but I really loved the first book, so at this point, I do want to continue reading it. How many of them I will actually read remains to be seen. I have also listened to one of the novellas – The Very First Damned Thing –¬†on audible.

Still have to read: A Symphony of Echoes, A Second Chance, A Trail Through Time, No Time Like the Past, What Could Possibly Go Wrong, Lies, Damned Lies and History + novellas

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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It really annoys me that, not only do I have them in two different formats, but I also have two different cover editions.

Still have to read: Dreams of Gods and Monsters + short stories

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I haven’t seen the film either. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it though, so I’m not sure whether to watch it at all.

Still have to read: The Infinite Sea, The Last Star

 

 

Okay, this post is way too long, so I’ll have to do this in parts. Part two coming soon.

Tally this far: 10 series, 19 books + countless novellas and short stories