- All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This book hit me in every feel in my body. It’s relatable and deeply heartfelt.
- Schizo by Nic Sheff
It may not be the best representation of mental illness, but it definitely took me on a thrill ride I thoroughly enjoyed.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler
By the end of this book, I felt strong and empowered. I felt like I really could do it; I could achieve my goals.
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
UGH. Haunting and beautiful. To this day, one of my absolute favorite books ever. And now that I’m a few years older, it still hits me.
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and was not impressed. So many people loved it but I just wasn’t one of them. I don’t know why. I was ready to give up on Rowell but landed an ARC of Landline and omg, it was sweet, it was different, it is AMAZING.
- The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
I actually had to read this for school and watch the movie afterward. I was enthralled by every aspect of the story. I can definitely agree that this story is not for everyone. I honestly, can’t relate to these characters at all but I was hooked from the beginning.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I fell in love with the cover while browsing the LA Times Festival of Books and saw that Leigh Bardugo herself was signing literally right next to me, so I bought it, got it signed, devoured it and fell so in love with the Grishaverse that I made it the first book for my book club that year.
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I will (and probably already have) say this so many times, Jesse Andrews is by far one of the best (and most underrated) writers. Definitely the best YA contemporary that I’ve read. His characters are so raw and real, intelligent without sounding fake and made up. The way this book deals with Cancer is beautiful, heart wrenching and hilarious all at once.
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
I wish I could explain why I love this book so much but I don’t think I really can. This was the second Green book that I’ve read and at this point, I think I only need one more and it is still my favorite John Green book.
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
I read this during my second bout with depression, arguably my worst, and this book spoke to me on multiple levels.
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Back to School Freebie” and I decided to focus on Required Readings. Ok, so I know I essentially chose the topic but I’m going to cheat on this one a bit because, unfortunately, I didn’t read much in school. I don’t know, something about being told what to read irked me. So this week’s top 10 will be split into two top 5’s:
Top 5 Required Readings I Read/Enjoyed
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke & The Bookish back in 2010. Every Tuesday there is a new Top 10 Topic and this week’s prompt is “Top 10 Recommendations For X” and if you can’t tell what I chose by the title, I’m doing:
Top 10 Comics for People That Think Comics are all About Super Heroes
or Top 10 Non-Super Hero Comics, for short. These are in no particular order and I added a few Honorable Mentions at the end as their authors had appeared once on the list already.
- Snotgirl Vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
Enter the whimsical world of social media maven, Lottie Person as she navigates through fake friends, heartache and murder?
- Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
A space opera to rule them all. When two soldiers from each side of a galactic, hate-fueled war fall in love, they must do everything they can to protect their newly born cargo.
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
A poignant memoir of coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.
- Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder and Jock
An ancient evil waits for the Rook family just beyond the woods of their new home. A much darker and horrifying take on classic witch mythos.
- Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
Keyhouse is the fantastical home to an angry creature that will stop at nothing to force open the doors to unspeakable evil.
- Maus by Art Spiegelman
A heartbreaking memoir of a Holocaust survivor and his cartoonist son.
- Chew Vol. 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory
Tony Chu is an FDA Detective that gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. Sometimes this means he has to eat a bit of the dead to find where illegal chicken is coming from.
- Sex Criminals Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
Suzie is just a typical girl and Jon is a typical boy except they both can stop time when they have sex and like any other person, they use this to their advantage…by robbing banks.
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
A beautiful memoir about Thompson’s battle with faith and coming of age.
- Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
A young robot boy must stay safe in a world that has outlawed his kind. The only thing he has to protect himself against the bounty hunters out for his head, is his trusty companion.
- Paper Girls Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
- Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Subscription boxes are IN and if you’re into nerd culture at all then you know Loot Crate. But, if you don’t know: Loot Crate is a subscription box service that provides it’s subscribers with monthly boxes filled with about 4-6 (depending on which crate you choose) “nerd culture” items that fit a selected theme of the month.
There is the original Loot Crate, but recently they started carrying more specific subscription boxes like Loot Anime or Loot Pets.
Well now that you know a bit about Loot Crate, I can tell you about something awesome that happened to me and my blog!
I woke up one morning, groggy, already reaching for a cup of coffee when I checked my phone and realized that…
LOOT CRATE WANTED ME TO BE A PART OF THEIR NEW PROJECT!
The lovely people at Loot Crate are encouraging fans, bloggers, and YouTubers alike to be apart of their Dream Crate project. I was ecstatic to say the least! Instantly, ideas swished and swirled around in my head and I found it hard to narrow it down to just one theme and just a few items that fell into that theme but then it dawned on me…
This has got to be my worst month since I started reading for pleasure again. Not in quality but in quantity. I definitely loved these two books more than you know.
Pages read: 475 (UGH)
Average pages per day: 15.8
Average time to finish a book: 15 Days
Average rating: 4 out of 5 stars
October wasn’t my best month, but hey, it wasn’t my worst month either!
I wanted to read way more horror in October but I was just craving some Sci-Fi apparently. I randomly saw Descender at Barnes and Noble and had to get it because I instantly recognized Dustin Nguyen as the artist and I’m sure you all know how much I love his art style.
Pages read: 954
Average pages per day: 30.8
Average time to finish a book: 10.4 Days
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Holy crap. Has it already been two weeks since September ended? I am so crazy behind on everything and I’m super sorry for that. As some of you probably know, I’m a college student and I’m just trying to graduate as quick as possible, which means taking as many units as humanly possible. But I know, excuses excuses right?
I was pretty much on a comic book bender this month because my lovely friend, Fearless Kurt, helped me acquire a Marvel Unlimited account, YAY!
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson
Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 by G. Willow Wilson
Young Avengers Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys Edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
All-New Ghost Rider Vol. 1 by Felipe Smith
Pages read: 873
Average pages per day: 29.1
Average time to finish a book: 6 Days
Average rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I hope most of you out there know that today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is a day dedicated to let everyone who is dealing with thoughts of suicide to know that You are NOT alone.
Some of you may know that I have dealt with depression and thoughts of suicide for a good deal of my adolescence and well into my adult life. So this will always be a type of “hot topic” for me. I credit a good deal of my recovery process to reading and writing.
While I was trying to escape my own personal world of troubles and anxiety, I found refuge in many different worlds, including some where the main characters were in their own worlds of troubles. That may sound weird right? Reading books about the same things I was trying to escape out in the real world but it helped. I didn’t feel alone anymore. I didn’t feel lost anymore. I felt…like I found a place where I truly belonged.
So today, for World Suicide Prevention Day, I have made a list of 5 books dealing with suicide and mental health that will definitely change your views of the subject.
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
If you or anyone you know is thinking about suicide please contact anyone on this list, including me.
Los Angeles Crisis Hotlines:
-L.A. Co. Mental Health/Crisis Line……..800-854-7771
-Suicide Prevention Center (24 Hours)…….213-381-5111
-Suicide Prevention Crisis Center…….310-391-1253 (24 Hours)
-California Youth Crisis Line……….800-843-5200
National Crisis Hotlines:
-National Youth Crisis Hotline 1-800-448-4663
-SAFE (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) 1-800-DONT-CUT, 1-800-366-8288
-Youth Crisis Hotline: Crisis hotline and information & referral for runaways or youth in crisis 1-800-HIT-HOME, 1-800-448-4663
-National Mental Health Assn. Provides free information on specific disorders, referral directory to mental health providers, national directory of local mental health associations 1-800-969-6642 (M-F, 9-5 EST)
-National Institute of Mental Health Information Line: Provides information and literature on mental illness by disorder-for professionals and general public. 1-800-647-2642
CLICK HERE for a complete list of Crisis Hotlines
Trust me, you’re not alone.
Booktubeathon was last week and it actually went pretty well. This year was much more rewarding than 2014. Let’s take a look at the challenges again! I didn’t accomplish all of the challenges but I was close! I completed 5 out of 7, which isn’t too shabby if I say so myself. I was also crazy sick this week. That helped but was also a hindrance, as my eyes sometimes hurt and watered too much for me to read. (Insert sad face here)
I honestly have no real reason why this post is late. I’ve just been lazy and soaking up every bit of vacation from school that I have and its been okay. What is really exciting about my lack of posting, is that I have read so many wonderful books lately! The only downside to that is that I have so many books to catch up on review-wise. But I’d say that’s a happy problem.
Let’s just get to my wrap up though.
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Blood, Ink, & Fire by Ashley Mansour
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin
Never, Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
The 100 by Kass Morgan
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Pages read: 1,793
Average pages per day: 57.9
Average time to finish a book: 4.4 Days
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars
I feel like that’s a relatively low average rating this month considering how much I liked so many of these books. Hm.