Best reads 2016: Mental illnesses

I love to read books about mental illnesses. The fact that I have been diagnosed with a few probably explains why. But we all know that, unfortunately, not all books handles that subject well. Here are my favourites of this year that does handles it well, which I think everyone should read at least once in their life.

The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky



“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

  • PTSD


Challenger deep by Neal Shusterman



“So what happens when your universe begins to get off balance, and you don’t have any experience with bringing it back to center? All you can do is fight a losing battle, waiting for those walls to collapse, and your life to become one huge mystery ashtray.”

  • Schizophrenia


The bell jar by Sylvia Plath



“But when it came right down to it, the skin of my wrist looked so white and defenseless that I couldn’t do it. It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn’t in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get.”

  • endogenous depression, Suicide


Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella



“The trouble is, depression doesn’t come with handy symptoms like spots and a temperature, so you don’t realize it at first. You keep saying “I’m fine” to people when you’re not fine. You think you SHOULD be fine. You keep saying to yourself: “Why aren’t I fine?”

  • Social Anxiety


The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness



“Feelings don’t try to kill you, even the painful ones. Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You’re responsible for its consequences, you’re responsible for treating it. But Michael, you’re not responsible for causing it. You’re not morally at fault for it. No more than you would be for a tumour.”

  • Depression, eating disorders, anxiety

Mosquitoland by David Arnold



“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”

  • Psychosis, depression



Céline. ❤

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Best reads 2016: July – December

Here we are again, ready for a new year full of new books. But first here’s a wrap up of my favorite reads from July to December. (interested in reading my favorites of the first 6 months in 2016? Here’s the post)

Noughts & Crosses ★★★★★

5189vFu41EL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I cannot say enough how much I absolutely loved this book, and I just know that the story of Sephy and Callum  will stay with me for a very very long time.

Sephy is a Cross — a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought — a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum — a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together? (Review)

It ends with us ★★★★★

27362503What a book. This book will absolutely change your life or at least make you think twice about some subjects.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.(Review)

Hello me, it’s you ★★★★★

32078947This book is very important. I want to buy 100 copies and give it to every single person I know and force them to read it!

Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them. rigger warning: Due to it’s nature, the content of this book may be triggering. Contains personal experiences of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trichotillomania and other mental health issues, as well as issues such as assault. (Review)

The one memory of Flora Banks ★★★★

30849412I’m hoping on a sequel, I’d love to know how Flora is doing in the future

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. (Review)

Céline. ❤

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