Whenever I am reading a book, I always bookmark parts that I really love so that I can reread them over again. I mark quotes that are funny or especially meaningful. Sometimes I mark quotes and then when I go back to them I have no idea why I marked them! I think this is like when reading a book has different meanings to you at different times in your life: A quote may have great meaning at the time but not as much later when your mind state has changed.
This is not a real post but a funny picture of what came up side by side on my Pintrest feed. Combines my love of Doctor Who and John Green.
In honour of Let’s Talk Day, I am finally posting this list of books involving mental illness. It is even more fitting that this is my first post after a long break due to dealing with a bad depressive episode. I often find myself wanting to read about characters/people who have similar struggles.
The picture I put up is one that I made myself for an art class. It is meant to be an awareness poster for depression. It shows the silence a person (thank you to me friend for being the model) being silenced while a dementor (aka depression) sucks the life out of her. I am not an artist so it is not very polished but I thought it was fitting for this post.
Here is a list of books about some aspect of mental illness:
- Furiously Happy and Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson- Depression and Anxiety
A lot of people are big fans of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars”. Although I really enjoyed TFIOS, my favourite John Green book is “An Abundance of Katherines”. I love how it is a very different kind of story and not your typical run of the mill love story. I love how nerdy Colin is and how he brings a different kind of perspective to the book.
If, like me, you liked An Abundance of Katherines, then here is a list of books you may also enjoy:
- How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
This is one of my new favourite books. I listened to it as an audiobook and the narration was amazing! The new girl in town finds herself befriending the outcast boy. She helps “Ghost Boy” to solve a family mystery. I love that this book is more than a love story and the characters are so real just like in Katherines.
This post is just a quick list of the funniest books I have read.
- Wayside School Series by Louis Sachar
- The Twits by Roald Dahl
- Anything by Terry Pratchett. Many of his are adult books but my personal favourite is Wee Free Men.
- The Georgia Nicolson Series by Louise Rennison: The first book is “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging”
- Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- Both of Jenny Lawson’s books: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy
- Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
In honour of adopting my new cat, Luna, I thought I would put together a list of books about cats. Turns out I have not read that many books with cats as major characters. However, I still made a list of books where the cat is at least a memorable character. Also, I promise these cats don’t die, because I refuse to read books where any animal is harmed.
When I found out that I am going to be an aunt, my first thoughts were about reading to the baby. What books will I read? What are the best picture books? Which books were my favourites as a child? What new picture books are really good?
I have taken entire courses in University about the importance of reading good quality literature to children. The research always says to start reading from the time they are born (or sooner!). When I go to a bookstore and see the hundreds of picture books available, I get so excited! There are so many amazing books to choose from. But I also warn that there are many poor quality books that children and parents won’t enjoy such as books that only list colours or animals. I don’t believe in books that are made to “teach” children. Research shows that books with a narrative element are best. If a book is engaging, children will learn. Look for books that have a story, interesting and complex pictures and is a book that you yourself enjoy talking to your child about. But when in doubt, READ!
Here I have compiled a list of my favourite picture books. I believe in reading to all children no matter how young or old. These books are best read from newborn to preschool age but I would read them to any child (or adult!).