Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Mental Health Awareness Month - June 2014

Hosted by Leah at Uncorked Thoughts and Ula at Blog Erised - Click here to find out more. 

Please see the detailed information below all about what this is and what's going on, and follow the link above to read more. 

Briefly though, the aim is to spread awareness about Mental Health and without going to details here this is something that is very close to me so when I saw the event I knew I'd love to join in and help spread the word. I'm aiming to read at least one book that discusses or deals with mental health, more if possible. I'll also try posting recommendations of books I've already read and/or am aware of. The one that springs to mind immediately is The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait which I read and reviewed last year, and which I also reviewed for Mind, the mental health charity, recently. 

If any authors are interested in guest blogging on this theme by the way, please do get in touch.

I am going to aim to read:

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

and also, if possible,

A Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma
Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks

Thank you to Peggy @ The Pegster - Reads for blogging about this, I first read about it on her blog.


Information below from Leah's blog:

Hey guys! Mental Health Awareness Month is something I've been tweeting about quite a lot lately and I'm really excited to share with you guys what I've got planned. MHAM is a month in which myself and Ula @ Blog of Erised  want to spread awareness about mental health issues and how they affect people. We're really excited to be hosting this MH month; it's something which is close to both of us and I hope you guys want to take part! Here's some information about the month on the blog:

What is Mental Health Awareness Month?

It's an idea that me and Ula came up with to draw attention to all things MH. It doesn't get enough attention and there's still far too much stigma attached to it! I thought the best way for us book bloggers to do this was to dedicate June to reading and reviewing/discussing books that discuss Mental Health. There's going to be a variety of things going on on mine and Ula's blogs, as well as others. There will be guest posts, interviews, giveaways, challenges and all sorts of events going on as well as reading books that explore issues of MH!

When is MHAM happening?
It starts June 1st and runs through until the 30th of June.

What are the rules?
There aren't any rules really! Whether you're a blogger, vlogger, on Goodreads, an author or anything feel free to take part! The more the merrier. The aim is to spread awareness about Mental Health!

What books are there on MH that I can read?
I've been preparing a shelf on my Goodreads profile especially for this month! Here's a little list to get you guys started. Just follow the link for more :)

We're going to be using the hashtag #MHAMJune on Twitter when talking all things MH! 


  1. Coming the mental health awareness month with books is a really good idea. I look forward to reading posts.

    This is an area that is close to my heart too.

  2. A great idea to highlight Mental Health Awareness Month - looking forward to reading your thoughts on the books. You've probably read it, but 'Mr Chartwell' by Rebecca Hunt is a good one to tie into this theme.

  3. I may have to join in on this. I recently read the Shock of the Fall and loved it for how it opened my eyes a little bit more about mental heath. Such a good way to increase awareness.


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