Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Monthly Marker | July

Hello! Welcome to my Monthly Marker for June, every once-in-awhile I'll write one of these just so you can find out what I've been up to and so I can announce little things that you may be interested in. Also, I'd like to apologise for missing this last month, but I had exams and was generally quite busy so, yeah?!!! Sorry xx

My main highlight of July was that I went on holiday to the Yorkshire Dales, Healaugh near Reeth to be exact. This was a big step anxiety wise for me as the idea of spending an entire week away from my "Safe Space" was pretty terrifying, but I did it and had a great time, even though it rained, poured, chucked-it-down and bucketed-it-down the first few days.

Now after saying that my holiday was my main highlight what I’m about to write about was also frickin’ amazing!! I got to attend Louise Gornall’s book launch for the amazing, brilliant, fantabusuperawesome book Under Rose-Tainted Skies. My anxiety leading up to this was ridiculous but I somehow managed to force my butt into the car and drive down to the cutest little bookshop for the launch, there was cake and pink lemonade and books just, oh my! It was fab.

I also went to see Finding Dory at the cinema which was brilliant, as expected. Since I got diagnosed with anxiety I've been trying to live by the quote "Just keep swimming" so it was nice to see how if you just keep swimming amazing things can happen. Also baby Dory was the cutest thing ever!

Oh yeah, I also pretended to be a five-year-old again...

Monday, 20 June 2016

Highly Illogical Behaviour By John Corey Whaley | Book Review

Title: Highly Illogical Behaviour

Author: John Corey Whaley

Pages: 256

Genres: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction/Mental Illness

Format: Audiobook

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.

This is a story of learning to accept yourself and come to terms with who you are. It depicts agoraphobia and anxiety in a timid but lovely way yet still displaying the more unpleasant sides as well. I enjoyed hearing the parts from the point-of-view of Solomon’s parents to see how his mental health has impacted them which some similar novels don’t always take into a consideration.

John Corey Whaley has the ability to write a novel that’s charming, funny, and moving all-in-one.

There are also a bunch of references to nerdy things like Lord of the Rings and Star Trek which was entertaining to me as a fellow nerd but even if you haven’t read or seen Lord of the Rings or Star Trek it’s still quite easy to pick up on.