The Most Depressing Post Ever

So obviously the best thing to do when the world gets you down is to talk about depression… Okay- this is clearly not the best thing to do, but who says I am good at judging what the best thing to do is? If you want answers, look to your nearest pope/politician/prat, they’ll be happy to oblige- me, I just recommend books and give occasionally sage advice:

“Life’s a joke and tragedy is the punchline” – Chris Ray Gun

Now I know what you’re thinking- hasn’t mental health week been already? Well, yeah, but I’m far too doolally to keep track of these things. And I thought I’d just jump on the bandwagon cos when it comes to mental health “everybody is talking about how nobody is talking about it” (Freddy Gray)- so what difference does it make when I add to the white noise?

Alright- serious-face on. I do actually care about mental health. Yada yada *insert personal experience* yada yada… Let’s just cut the crap and get to the books before my dark humour completely takes over. These are, in my totally subjective opinion, some of the best books you will find on mental health out there:

  1. Jude the Obscure – Fair warning, this is not a book to perk up your mood. It is, however, brutally realistic and the most honest reflection of the human condition I have ever seen. There is also a lot more to this book than mental health, so if you are looking for a deep story that will imprint itself on your soul forever- than this is the book for you!

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  1. All the Bright Places – the jury is out on this one and as many people that seem to love it as loathe it. Me, I was firmly in the love it camp. Again, this is totally subjective, but this was one of those rare books that had me crying in public because it felt so raw and real.

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  1. The Bell Jar – I bloody love this book. Sylvia Plath’s writing is exquisite. I don’t normally fall for a lot of literary fiction, but man if this book doesn’t hit you like a tonne of bricks, your old ticker can’t be totally switched on when you read it.

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  1. Titus Alone – this is most definitely the most peculiar choice on this list. Firstly, because I wasn’t a fan of the rest of the series, secondly because this is generally viewed as the weakest one in the trilogy and thirdly because it’s just an odd book. But I was strangely wooed by it. Perhaps it is because I am such a huge fan of imperfections in books in general- especially when those imperfections perfectly coincide with the message and tone of the book. To put it simply, the book was totally mad, the author was supposedly losing his mind while writing it and the overall effect is, well, mad. You’d be hard pushed to find anything more poetic than that.

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  1. The Yellow Wallpaper – it’s slightly spoilery to even put this on the list, so look away now if you haven’t read it, but I couldn’t fail to include this quintessential look at female hysteria. While I’ve met academics who wish to diagnose the main character as suffering exclusively from patriarchal control, I truly believe this applies more broadly to mental health in general. Again, there is more than just the mental health to this story, but I think in today’s climate we can find a great deal of universality in looking at the intriguing psychological aspects of this book.

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So perhaps an odd list- but this is just my personal take on which books I feel tackle this topic in the most authentic and beautiful manner. Now I want to know- which books on this topic do you have an affinity for? Let me know in the comments!

And because it’s Friday and I want to end on a happy note, this trailer just came out and I am so excited!!

Series I Won’t Be Finishing #noguilt (okay a little bit of guilt…)

Hello, my name is the Orangutan Librarian and I am a series-finisher (sounds like I’m starting an AA meeting). But after starting a couple of series recently I wasn’t too keen on, I want to make a commitment to myself *not to* continue reading the rest of the series- no matter what!!

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Because there are plenty more fish in the sea and there are books crammed into every bookshelf/library/shop/orifice and OH MY GOD I AM DROWNING UNDER A NEVERENDING TBR!!!

  1. Killables– arghhh I could not think of a single reason to recommend this book to anyone. The only problem is that they have this book in the library to tempt me. But no- I WILL BE STRONG!!!

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  1. Caraval– it had its moments, but that ending made me just give up on it. I just can’t bring myself to read the sequel- I’m out.

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  1. Outlander– as you may remember from my posts months ago, I rage quit this series- I won’t be picking up another one.

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  1. Long Way To A Small Angry Planet– hahahaha I had to put this one on here- but it’s actually hilarious to think about reading the second one when I only finished the first so that I could rage review it. I think my thoughts about this book can be summed up thusly:

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  1. Bronze Horseman– nope, just nope. I’m not gonna read any more of this because *YEUCH*.

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  1. Knife of Never Letting Go- okay, so unpopular opinion here, but I hated the style of this one. The Grammar Nazi in me just could not deal.

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  1. Thief’s Magic– I have a love-hate relationship with Canavan- and even though they have copies in all the libraries I frequent I have no desire to carry on with this series. I just did not connect with any of the characters in this- not a-one.

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  1. Queen of the Tearling– what makes me feel better about this one- aside from being bored stiff with the first one- is that I’ve heard a lot of people didn’t like the finale and said it wasn’t worth finishing anyway.

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  1. An Ember in the Ashes– another unpopular opinion, but I really wasn’t sold on this series and have no desire to read the second.

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  1. Talon– okay, I’ll admit I read the second one, even though I hated the first one, because it had a scaly cover and I love dragons. Buuut no more!! I will not read another whiny book about non-dragons masquerading as mythical wyrms. I just cannot.

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Annd on that note it’s time to say goodbye for today! (Yes, yes this post was just an excuse for a million goodbye gifs). Did you agree or disagree with my choices? What series have you quit? Let me know in the comments!

To Not To Read Tag

Hello all!! Now I’m really rubbish at DNF’ing books- but there are more than a few books I wish I hadn’t finished, so I thought it would be fun to do this tag anyway!

Thank you so much to the awesome Rivermoose Reads for tagging me to do this one!!

Rules:

Thank the person that tagged you (See above!)

Include ping-back to creator of tag (Icebreaker694)

Answer questions (See below!)

Tag other poor souls to do this (Trust me, I won’t)

Easy right?

Oh and only use books that you DNF as your answer hence the “to not to read” part

What book would you be willing to finish?

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Well I could go with the rest of the book I’m currently reading, but I’m going to say the Gulag Archipelago, because I have read the first two volumes and have five more to go. It’s quite an undertaking- but I think it will be well worth it in the end.

A dystopian book that you put down.

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I rarely put books down! I wish I’d given up on the Testing series though!!

A book that you just didn’t want to finish at all.

I wish Id dnf

A sequel.

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There didn’t have to be a sequel to Twilight

A book you’ll never again pick up.

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A book with too much hype.

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The Bone Season was called the “next Harry Potter”- I think we can all agree that’s just setting it up for failure.

A haunting read.

I don’t think I read enough scary books to think of an answer- I guess I could have done without reading the Accident Season

A contemporary.

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Totally not worth finishing

A book you were unsure of.

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Boy did I struggle to get to the end of this!! I DNF’d it a million times before finishing it. I even lent it out to someone while I was still “reading” it to get another opinion (unfortunately this book did find its way back to me). Totally not worth it in the end.

I TAG:

A Novel Glimpse

Sophie @ Blame Chocolate

A Back of the Envelope Calculation

Angelica @ The Book Cover Girls

Book Bum

Lost Art of Reading

Tiana @ The Book Raven

That was fun! What book do you wish you had DNF’d? Let me know in the comments below!

Why I’m a Reader Tag

Whoa- I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already- where has this week gone? So I’m back with a very chilled post today to make up for lost time 😉

Thank you so much to Emily @embuhleeliest for tagging me to do this- she’s awesome and makes fantastic content so I recommend you check her out!!

Choose one word to describe yourself as a reader.

Hungry! (That’s why I rate my books in bananas 😉 )

What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

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Harry Potter! I was 7 and my brother had the first three- I binge read them and never looked back!

Hardback or paperback?

Hardbacks tend to be prettier… not that I usually get them- it’s usually paperbacks all the way. But if money were no object, I’d probably get loads more hardbacks.

How has reading shaped your identity?

Phew- hard to even explain. I don’t know who I’d be without reading. Stories have helped me through difficult times, brought me friends (both real and fictional), led me to university, formed my moral compass, given me my greatest passions (namely writing!) and finally brought me to blogging. To say it’s made me who I am would probably be an understatement.

What book do you read when you want to be comforted?

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Rereading Emma is like getting a great big hug.

Who influenced you or taught you to be a reader?

Well my mum always took us to the library every week (sometimes every few days) when we were little and then encouraged me to read her favourite books when I was older. And I had a really good friend who was a massive bookworm from childhood who pretty much gave me non-stop recommendations.

Describe your dream reading lounge

Ooh fun!!! A cosy, with lots of comfy armchairs, a roaring fire and plenty of magical snacks… basically the Gryffindor common room…

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What book changed how you saw the world?

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I remember this distinctly cos I was about 11 when I read it and knew very little about the world beyond my own community- it was a huge eye-opener.

And that’s all for now- I’m not tagging anyone today- because *laziness*- but please feel free to do it if you haven’t already!

So how has reading shaped who *you* are? Let me know in the comments!!

The Beauty and the Beast Book Tag

beauty and the beast book tag.pngHellllo!! So I know this tag was buzzing around the blogosphere a while back, but I didn’t have the chance to do it. But since Maas’ next instalment in her retelling of Beauty and the Beast, A Court of Wings and Ruin, is finally out (and sitting comfortably on my kindle, no doubt having to endure a bit of a wait before I can actually read it) I thought now was the perfect time to do this tag!

Thank you so much to all the wonderful bloggers that tagged me to do this:

Bookshelves and Biros

Adventures of a Bibliophile

Embuhlee Liest

They’re all absolutely fabulous- so you should check them out!!

Rules:

Thank the person who tagged you.

Mention the creator; Kirsty at Kirsty and the Cat Read.

Match a book to each of the songs/characters below.

Tag as many people as you like.

“Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored of reading

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So I mentioned this yesterday, but I feel like I can’t go through this entire post without mentioning Rhysand at least once, so I’m going to go with the “secretly a sweetheart” trope. You know the type- they seem all edgy and probably have a troubled past, but really they’re a candy all wrapped up and waiting to be eaten- delicious! (I may have got carried away with that metaphor)

Belle – A book you brought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too.

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My copy of William Blake- technically I got this as a gift from my sister, but it still counts!

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you

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I literally expected nothing from this book- but boy did I end up loving it.

Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t

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Oho I’m gonna get in trouble for this but I really did not like the Sun Is Also a Star– maybe it’s just my age, or maybe it’s because it reminded me of a poor man’s Ruby Tanya crossed with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

Lefou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counterpart

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In many ways I not-so-secretly loved Sevro the best in Red Rising

Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumière & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable

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Easily Man’s Search For Meaning.

“Something There” – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end

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Shatter Me– I definitely got into this more as it went on.

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner

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Will from Infernal Devices.

And that’s it! I tag: Amelia in Hull, Wonderfilled Reads, Words and Lyrics, Louise Loves Books

See you all in the next post!

The ‘I messed up’ book tag

Hello all! Remember me? I feel like this tag is kind of appropriate, cos I’ll be discussing a lot of ways I messed up… Starting with how long it’s taken me to do this (seriously- do not look at the dates I was tagged!!) Thank you so much to the wonderful Mud and Stars Book Blog and Ravenclaw Book Club for tagging me!

The other way I messed up is not being online for FOUR WHOLE DAYS (which in internet land is a millennia)- but in fairness I can’t actually blame myself for this one, cos I’ve been suffering from migraines all week and even though I tried to get back on it a couple of times, that just made it worse, so it was lights out for the monkey brain…

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Luckily I’m feeling a bit better today and *hopefully* it’ll continue to subside- just bear with me while I get back in the swing of things. Love you guys!

And while we’re on the subject, I owe you all a big thank you cos apparently this is a thing…

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Random number I know- but I’m still celebrating every one of you so THANK YOU! I guess this is one way I haven’t messed up too badly, but, never fear, I’m human too (well metaphorically speaking) here’s all the bookish ways I’ve messed up in the past:

A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently.

I really didn’t imagine Sirius this way…

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A character name that you’ve been pronouncing wrong.

Hermione- I pronounced it Herman until my mum corrected me. I didn’t really believe her until I saw the film. This is basically what I needed to see:

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An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure.

The dark character with the mushy centre- I love when a character starts off as the villain but turns out to have a heart of gold!

A cliché character type that you like better on screen than reading about.

Hmm I’m gonna flip this around and say friends to lovers works better in books than it does on screen. I just never believe that they are suddenly romantically interested in someone they’ve been ignoring for half the movie (I’m looking at you Lizzy Mcguire Movie!!)

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A word/phrase you learned because of its use in a book.

Haha try most words I’ve ever learnt- but I can’t think of any examples!

Have you ever not read or completed a required-reading book for school?

Oh yes- I did an English Lit degree- there’s no way I could have read everything- especially not when it included things like Virginia Woolf- which I hate and could never finish. Usually there was a choice of three books a week. I knew some super organised people that got through everything on the list. I on the other hand was never that good.

Have you ever skipped (or wanted to) a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?

I’ve wanted to… but I’ve never quite plucked up the courage!

Have you ever cancelled social plans to read a book?

Haha I’m gonna say yes- but only cos as an English Lit student it counted as work. Otherwise, no I couldn’t legitimately do that. However, I would avoid making plans in the first place if I was anticipating reading a really good book…

I tag: Sophie @ Blame Chocolate, Zuky @ Book Bum, Panic at the Bookstore and Louise Loves Books

So what bookish ways have you messed up? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

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So I’m being totally responsible with tags lately, getting them done #likeaboss… And now I’ve decided to do one I wasn’t tagged for because… #YOLO? Maybe I’m just getting carried away with hashtags…

Anyway, I saw this tag on Sophie @Blame Chocolate’s blog a few weeks ago and I just thought it was perfect for my being bad theme I’ve got going on this week. Shout-out to her, cos she always does the best tags.

GREED

What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?

Inexpensive: are all those freebie classics on my kindle!

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Expensive: probably all those lovely books I’ve received as gifts, like this gorgeous copy of Austen I like to show off every now and again. It’s so perty.

WRATH

What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Oh hard!! The first one that comes to mind is Trudi Canavan, because her books are *so* hit and miss with me!! And the second… George R R Martin- *puts on whinging voice*: c’mon when are we gonna get Winds of Winter?!

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GLUTTONY

What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

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I used to do an annual reread of this in the Spring- I finally had the chance to do this again recently!! And it was EPIC!!

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What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Oh my tbr is glaring up at me, with a dozen books screaming “pick me, pick me!!” I’m going to go with the Odyssey– because even though I’ve read/analysed sections before, I’d never read the whole thing cover to cover before, so I decided to. However, a few books in and I stuck it on my “Currently Reading” Shelf on Goodreads- and everyone knows that’s code for I’m sort of reading this, a page every month or so, I’ll be finished in about 20 years… Don’t rush me!

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PRIDE

What book do you talk about in order to sound like an intelligent reader?

Hehe would I do that? Moi?

Probably this tome cos it’s mammoth size looks impressive- but I don’t think it’s actually the toughest read- it’s just long (but very, very good)

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LUST

What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

I like characters with a troubled past (or present). I just love getting all sappy and empathetic. Characters that come to mind are Celaena Sardothien and Ronan Lynch. Give me a really twisted anti-hero like Jorg and I’ll be happy too. But on the flipside I also love impossibly heroic characters like Alyosha (Brothers Karamazov) or Prince Myshkin (The Idiot). Basically give me a Dostoevsky character and I’ll be happy.

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ENVY

What book would you like to receive as a gift?

Hmm since this book post is getting a bit of a Russian theme, I’d really like Volumes 3-7 of Gulag Archipelago– I’ve read the first two volumes now, but the rest is proving difficult to come by!

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I TAG:

Always Trust in Books

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Meltotheany

Between the Pages

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Okey dokey- that’s all for now! What book would you commit a deadly sin for? Let me know in the comments!