• Bookish,  mental health,  Writing

    Reading & Mental Health

    This post was meant to be my June wrap-up. I wrote it, edited it, deleted it and finally started over.

    I love posting big stacks of books read just as much as the next bibliophile. But what happens when that stack represents far more than books completed?

    When that stack represents a month marked by struggles?

    You write about it.

    May was mental health awareness month and I felt great. I even wrote about it to increase awareness. But then June happened and how disingenuous would it have been to pretend that I felt good and June was just another month?

    I couldn’t do it.

    I’m a slow burner. Things happen and I go into crisis mode. I hold it together and make sure everyone around me is taken care of first. The crisis is endured and once everyone else is back to “normal”, I implode – long after most think to ask how I’m doing. And that’s my fault, not their fault.

    There are many studies out there on the benefits of reading and the correlation to mental health. I have found those studies to be true with one exception:

    What do you do when you feel so bad that you can’t concentrate enough to read a few pages?

    My answer is audiobooks. They engage a different part of the brain, are a great distraction, and dull the roar of anxiety in your mind. This has been my experience at least.

    So here’s my honest wrap-up for June:

    I struggled with depression and anxiety. I needed my medication adjusted. I saw my therapist more and I read when I could.

    I listened to three audiobooks this month and they made a difference in my days – and sometimes even nights when I couldn’t sleep.

    I still read four books this month. I finished The Recognitions at the very beginning of the month and the other three I finished towards the end.

    I’m feeling a lot better now and all in all, I’d say June was a good reading month.

    Here’s to July and a little extra vitamin D!

  • Lists,  Top Ten Tuesday

    Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

    Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday where I compile a bookish list of 10 things each week. Today’s list is childhood favorites and wow, this was easy to write!

    1. Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery – I read this series multiple time and had the biggest crush on Gilbert.
    2. Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – I was obsessed with this TV series and the books. I think this was my first determination that the “book is better than the show”.
    3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I had a teacher read this aloud to us in school. She frequently did this and was one of my favorite teachers.
    4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – what’s not to love about this book? Fun fact: my 15-year-old daughter will be in this musical this fall. I can’t wait!
    5. The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene – these were my first exposure to the mystery genre. I read every one I could get my hands on.
    6. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary – I read this book too many times to count. It’s one of my very favorites.
    7. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss – Another instance of the book being better than the movie!
    8. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
    9. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – I still love anything by C.S. Lewis. He is timeless and I have always been impressed by his ability to have written for both children and adults.
    10. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – Am I the only one who loved Templeton, the rat?

    What was your favorite childhood book?

  • Himalayas of Literature,  Uncategorized

    The Psychology of Time Travel: A Read Along​​

    Four women will invent time travel.

    Three will make their mark on history.

    Two will do anything to be remembered.

    One will not survive.

    Sound intriguing? I love a good female character-driven novel and time travel is one of my very favorite sub-genres. Combine those things with beautiful cover art and I am in!

    I am excited to announce that I am co-hosting a read-along of The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas with Jessica from Book Oblivion.

    If you are unfamiliar with Book Oblivion, simply put, they are some of the smartest and nicest people in the online book community. I am a member of The Himalayas of Literature group as well as the Critical Theory & Philosophy group. Jessica is also the mastermind behind the super-nerdy reading schedule.

    So here are the fun details:

    • I am currently giving away one copy of The Psychology of Time Travel. You can enter to win here on Instagram.
    • Jessica will also be giving away a copy later this week.
    • We have a private Facebook group you will want to join for extra insights along the way.
    • On August 17th we will meet to do a live online video call to discuss the book. You can sign up for that here.

    Please feel free to comment or email me with any questions.

    I hope you will join us and finish up the summer with this fascinating book!

     

     

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