Why We Need More Mental Illness In Fiction

It is unsurprising, given my own struggles, that I have always been intrigued by fictional representations of mental illness. As society-at-large attempts to redress some of the taboos surrounding psychological ailments, the publishing industry has been working overtime to fill the gaping chasm in accurate portrayals of mental illness. While there is still an incredible … Continue reading Why We Need More Mental Illness In Fiction

Monday Musing: For The Adults Who Read Children’s Fiction…

I track the history of my life less along the lines of conventional milestones - fleeting first crushes and those terrifying but gratifying signs of impending puberty - and more in my memories of favourite books. My fascination with the fantastical magnificence of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory marked one of my earliest forays into 'proper' books … Continue reading Monday Musing: For The Adults Who Read Children’s Fiction…

Bibliotherapy For Heartbreak: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Although typically consigned to the realm of overly-emotional teenagers, heartbreak is truly one of the most common and yet potentially severe psychological challenges that we encounter. Traditionally thought of as purely a consequence of breakups, its in fact the case that just about any emotional loss can catapult us into the experience of symptoms associated … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Heartbreak: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Monday Musing: How Many Books Are Too Many? A Reflection On Reading Goals

Now that we're past the halfway point for 2019, I've been spending some time thinking about the objectives that I set out in January for a successful year of reading. I'm not typically someone who focuses much on quantity when it comes to the books that I consume. Instead, my goals are usually oriented toward … Continue reading Monday Musing: How Many Books Are Too Many? A Reflection On Reading Goals