Mental Health Recs?

 

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Hey guys, sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. I’m now working full time in a call centre and struggle to find the time to blog but hopefully that will improve as I start to get used to the hours and I’ll start trying to make more effort with the blog as I do miss posting reviews and updating you guys on what I’m doing/reading.

In a few of my previous posts I’ve mentioned briefly about my battle with depression and the struggles I have with this illness. Depression is just one of the many mental health illnesses that people suffer with and over the last few weeks I’ve been wanting to read more books with people suffering with these issues so I guess this post is just a way of looking for anything you guys could recommend to me. I’m looking for both fiction and non-fiction books and hopefully I’ll be able to review some of these books too.

I’m currently reading ‘Mad Girl’ by Bryony Gordon and have just bought ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig, ‘A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled’ by Ruby Wax and ‘The Hospital’ by Barbara O’Hare so if you have any books similar to these please do leave a comment and let me know what they are and I’ll have a look in to them!

I also want to say that if any of you are ever feeling down or anxious about anything and need to talk to someone then I’m here to listen to you all. You can reach out to me on twitter (@kirsty_reads) and I’ll listen to whatever you have to say and try and help you in anyway I can.

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World Book Day 2017

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HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY GUYS!!! 

This is one of my favourite days simply because it’s all about books! Working with kids too means I get to see them in all their wonderful costumes today as well which is just great as they all put so much effort into their characters!

This World Book Day, I’m currently reading The Warsaw Anagrams by Richard Zimler and so far I’m really enjoying it. Books have always been one of my favourite things and they’re the one thing that can keep me calm and help keep my mind off things. After being off work sick for 2 months I managed to get through a few of the books I wanted to read and I even went back to the library for the first time in years which was fun!

World Book Day is a day I love as it encourages children to read and let them see the fun and all the different worlds books can bring to them and that’s something I enjoy seeing as it’s so rare nowadays to find children who enjoy reading. If you’re looking for something to read, the World Book Day website has posted a list of “50 books that will change your life.” You can check that list out here.

I hope you all have a fantastic book day and enjoy celebrating it in whichever way you are! Let me know if you’re doing anything in the comments!! I’ll be going back to work unfortunately but after that I’ll be spending the rest of my night trying to finish my book.

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It’s Been A While…

Hey guys, it’s been a looooong time since I last put up a post. In 2016 I lost all motivation for everything I used to love. In April my dad walked out and after that things gradually got worse and I stopped reading, lost the love I had for my job and although I pretended like everything was fine whilst making sure my mum and sister were alright, I was gradually making myself more ill until around November when things got too much and I had a breakdown. I’ve been off work now for over a month due to severe stress and depression and in a way I’m thankful for that because I’ve had time to sit and get back into reading whilst trying to make myself better. I’m still not 100% there, not even 50% there but I am getting better and I’ve rediscovered my love of books. The split of my parents has been extremely hard and the holiday season is probably when it hit me most as I didn’t have both my parents there for Christmas and New Year and that was always a huge thing for me.

Although 2016 had the bad moments, there were also good moments. In April, I passed my driving test first time which made me so happy because it finally gave me the freedom to go wherever I wanted without having to bother family members for a lift! I also met my boyfriend in July and without him I don’t know how I would’ve got through the last few months. He’s been absolutely incredible and he’s one of the most caring people I’ve ever met. I’m really looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for us. 2016 was also the year I turned 21 and I got to spend that day with the people who mean the most to me which was great.

This year I’m determined to get back into blogging and reviewing again as I have missed it and I’m hoping to read more books than I did last year (31). I’m also determined to find and do things that make me happy rather than always making sure everyone else is happy before me. Before I am able to get back into blogging regularly again, I may have to wait until we move house (god knows how long that will be) as we no longer have any wifi. But I promise to post as much as I can in the mean time!

I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you all and brings you all happiness. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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March Wrap-Up

Hey guys, so it’s been a few weeks since I was last active due to work so I apologise for this post being so late. Although I’ve been working, the travel has given me a lot of time to read so I read most of the books I wanted to read last month!


Personal Recap

As I was saying last month, I got a new job and although I’ve only been in it for a few weeks I absolutely love it! I never realised how rewarding it could be working with kids and how good it feels to help them with things. Also, I know this didn’t happen in March but last Tuesday I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST!! I’m actually so happy that it’s over and done with and now I can go anywhere I want without having to worry about travel. I passed first time too!


Bookish Recap

I mentioned at the start of the post I had read most of the books I wanted to read in March so I’m happy about that. The only ones I didn’t get to start was The Shadowhunters series,’ so that is going to take up all of April (I’m not going to make an April TBR post because of this reason).

Books I Read

  • The Show – John A Heldt
  • Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford
  • Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich
  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Bernard

Books I Recieved

  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard x2 (one signed)

Books I Bought

  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
  • Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

Reviews Posted

So there we have it, my March wrap-up! Hopefully this month I’ll be able to finish all my Shadowhunter series books!

How did you guys do in March? Let me know in the comments or link me to your post! 🙂

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Review: Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford

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Author: Chanda Stafford

Genre: Young Adult

Format: E-book

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: This book surprised me in a good way. I wasn’t sure what to expect but after reading two of Stafford’s other books I knew it was going to be good either way.

Burning Bright’ tells the story of Sam Grey, a teenage girl who comes from a broken home with abusive foster parents who only took her in for the money. When Ben Ramirez’s family move to her town and open a cat sanctuary, she meets Solomon, the Bengal Tiger and soon finds out they have a lot more in common than people would think.

When I started this book I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to carry on reading as I wasn’t really gripped with the story but the more I read, the more I got attached to the characters and wanted to find out what the future held for them. Sam story is a heartbreaking one and the more you find out about her, the more you feel for her. Ben was a character I was very unsure of at the beginning but the more we get to know him the more likeable he becomes and it’s clear how much he cares for Sam.

Chanda Stafford did a fantastic job of developing the characters throughout the story and there wasn’t any time where it got too much. The only thing I didn’t really like was Emily, I felt she was pointless in the story because we didn’t get much background on her or how her and Sam became friends. Other than that I did enjoy the book.

I received an e-copy of this book from Chanda in exchange of an honest review. Thank you again for allowing me to read your book.

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Review: Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

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Title: Beautiful Broken Things

Author: Sara Barnard

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: This book captures female friendships absolutely perfectly. You have the confident, outgoing one, the sensible one and finally the quiet, shy one. Now I know not all friendships have someone that fits these descriptions but for me and my friends, we did (I’m the quiet, shy one unfortunately).

I honestly can’t describe how much I loved this book. With what I had heard about it, I knew I was going to enjoy it but I just didn’t realise how much I actually would fall in love with the story and characters. Sara Barnard did such a fantastic job of creating such a realistic story about three teenage girls who struggle with new relationships and the strain it can have on lifelong friendships. One of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no cliché romances that you’d normally expect in a YA novel and it made me happy because I’m starting to get tired of reading the same kind of thing over and over again. Caddy was such a relatable character for me and I seen so much of myself in her. Although she was unsure about Suzanne at first she soon became the one Suzanne would turn to when she needed someone and when things were getting tough which is similar to something that’s happened to me in the past. At first I was unsure about Suzanne because like Caddy, I didn’t want the relationship between Rosie and Caddy to change but like any friendship you have, it does change as you grow up and meet new people plus the more we got to know Suzanne the more I got to love her and sometimes I could see part of myself in her too.

I loved how realistic this book was, especially when dealing with Mental Health. Suzanne comes from a troubled background and I felt that Miss Barnard did an amazing job of showing how a mental health illness can affect not only the person suffering but the people around them who love and care for them which is not often shown in a lot of YA books that do focus on Mental Health. As someone who suffers from mental health issues myself, it made me realise just what I put my friends and family through when I was at my lowest point and I know now that any time I feel like that again, I can think of this book and know that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and I’ll always have people around me who love me.

Beautiful Broken Things’ is such a heartbreaking but stunning story about the complications and struggles all friendships go through. It will stay in my heart for a long time and I’m so glad I had the chance to read it. If you get the chance then PLEASE get this book whether it be from a library or you buy it because I can promise you won’t regret it.

After buying this book, I came home to find a copy waiting for me that I had surprisingly won so thank you to Maximum Pop for sending me a copy to review! 

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Review: The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich

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Author: Dawn Kurtagich

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I’m so happy I finally got round to reading this book! It was much better than I thought it was going to be.

The Dead House’ is different from every other book I’ve read as it is told through, interviews, diary entries and camera footage. At the start I was slightly confused by everything but the more you get used to the format of the book, the more it all begins to make sense. All evidence in the book was used to work out who was responsible for the fire in Elmbridge High School, 20 years ago that claimed the lives of 3 students and injured many others and most of it is taken from Kaitlyn Johnson’s diary.

One of the unique things about this book is it is about two girls, Carly and Kaitlyn who share the same body. I was slightly unsure about how the story would go with the double character thing and would it ruin the book but Kurtagich went about it brilliantly. You could see just how much went into creating the characters in the book and each one had so much depth and helped to create something more real. I really did like the fact that we got to know each and every character in the book without it being too much.

This book keeps you guessing right until the very end who is responsible for everything that is happening which was exciting because it made me want to continue reading on. I think the biggest thing I loved about this book (in a weird way) was the fact you never know who to believe. So much is raised and you’re left with many questions about who done it? Is she possessed? Is it all magic?? WHO KNOWS??? You’re constantly questioning things making you become a detective for a while.

All in this book was creepy, frightening but also heartbreaking as you see Kaitlyn fighting with her demons and with how the story is told, it’s almost like you’re experiencing the exact same feelings she does. If you like creepy, psychological thrillers then I highly recommend this book to you.

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of a review. 

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Review: The Show – John A Heldt

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Author: John A. Heldt

Genre: History, Romance, Science Fiction, Time-Travel

Format: E-Book

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I was so excited to read this book after reading ‘The Mine’ and when John offered to send me a copy of the book I was so happy!

The Show’ follows on from where ‘The Mine’  left off and it’s Grace’s side of the story. This made me even happier because I was left with so many questions about what Grace did after Joel left and how it came about for her to make the decision to follow him to 2000. This book had all the answers and left me so happy to see how their relationship progressed over the years.

The Show’ was a lot quicker in the progress of their relationships and would jump a few months ahead at times which slightly annoyed me because I just wanted to know all about them as I became to love them both. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one because just as things were starting to go well for the couple, Grace all of a sudden ended up in 1918. Again we’re introduced to a wide range of new characters who I feel were all quite similar to the characters we met in ‘The Mine’. The one thing I disliked about this happening was her meeting someone else and then the wait to find if they were going to get together because I still had the hope she would return and be able to continue her life with Joel and their children. I did like how open the couple were with their families about time travel whether they believed them or not.

With this book I was left again with a few questions about time travel. There’s just so much I can’t grasp but it’s such an interesting thing to read about and reading these books has made me want to read more books about the subject!

Although I was slightly disappointed with this book, I did still enjoy it and I’m happy with what the outcome of the book was. If you enjoy anything with romance then I think this is a book you will enjoy as there’s a lot of it in the story!

Thank you again to John A Heldt for sending me copy of both books to read.

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March TBR

MARCH TBR

Hey guys! So after giving myself a week to decide on what books I’m going to read this month I’ve settled on re-reading a series since the new book has just been released! As well as this I have two books I was asked to review two months ago and one from Netgalley so I’ll be reading them too and then that will be the end of my review request books.

The books I’m planning on reading this month are:

  • The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare
  • The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare
  • The Show – John A Heldt
  • Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford
  • The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich
  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  • Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare

So obviously there’s a lot of books there and I know there’s no chance I’ll read them all so this will probably go on until April too but we’ll see when we come to the recap at the end of the month!

I’ve also just finished reading ‘Not If I See You First’  and oh my god. I can’t remember the last time I was this invested in a character! Parker was just so loveable and it had just about everything you could want in a book in it! I don’t know if I’ll review it yet as I only have the uncorrected proof and I also want to read the finished copy so I’ll have a think about that.

What are you guys planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments below or link me to your post!

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February Wrap-Up

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Hey guys, so I’ve been inactive throughout February as it’s been a rather crappy month for me and I’ve not really been in the right frame of mind to be posting a lot. I’ve also done a lousy job of reading all the books I planned on getting through and have only read three this month (that’s including the one I was almost finished at the end of January). So in all it’s been horrible.


Personal Recap

So last month I mentioned that I had been job hunting and that I had received a second interview for a job as a support worker in after school care. I’m pleased to say that I got the job and I’m currently awaiting a start date! I’m honestly so excited to finally be able to do something I’m good at and hopefully will enjoy. Other than that, I’ve not really done much else apart from go to lots of gigs and I also went to Birmingham for a few days which was quite nice.


Bookish Recap

Like I said at the start of the post, my reading was awful in February. The only books I got through were;

  • Even Angels Fall – F.L Darbyshire
  • Seed – Lisa Heathfield
  • Fallout –Gwenda Bond

Seed’ has genuinely became one of my favourite books now that I’ve had time to think about the book, plot and characters. Everything about it was just so unique and different from anything I’ve read and I still love how realistic Lisa Heathfield made it seem.

Books I Received:

  • Solitaire – Alice Oseman

Books I Bought:

  • I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai*
  • Waiting For Callback – Perdita & Honor Cargill
  • Faceless – Alyssa Sheinmel
  • Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell**
  • Spot The Difference – Juno Dawson**
  • The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
  • How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne

Reviews Posted:

Part of the reason I never did much reading in February is because I wasn’t really enjoying ‘Fallout’ but I felt like I had to finish it because I had been asked to review it for a website. It took almost the full month just to read that one book and it made me realise that with how I’ve been feeling mentally the past few weeks it’s best I no longer take review requests for a while. I’ve got so many books that I’ve bought over the last year and a half and I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet because I had a huge list of books to review and I’m using a lot of time reading some books that I’m not even enjoying when I could be reading something else. I tried to organise the requests I got better this year and it was all right in January but more have came through than I expected and it’s starting to stress me out a lot and if I don’t do something now, then the list and my mental health is just going to get worse. As of today, I will no longer be accepting review requests however I am more than willing to host blog tours and giveaways for any authors/publishers etc. I do apologise to you all but at the minute I have to put myself first and plus I don’t want to start hating something I’m passionate about.


 

So there we have my February wrap-up guys. I am gutted to be taking my review requests down but for now it’s probably the best thing to do. I’ll still be posting reviews of the books I’m reading so it’s not as if that will be stopping. It will just be books I’ve bought to enjoy that I review instead.

How did you guys get on in February? Let me know in the comments or even link me to your post!!

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