Hi, I’ve decided to do a blog every day for advent (well at least try to). These blogs are going to be about various things, some about mental health but also some about other topics. I haven’t planned them yet, so they may be (most definitely will be) rough around the edges. Some may contain trigger warnings; I will say this before the start of the post.
Day 11- Favourite Books
I haven’t read a full book in a while but I wanted to write about some books that have stuck with me. Some of these are YA and some are not. These are just books that I’ve enjoyed.
Doing it: Let’s talk about sex- Hannah Witton
I have a fascination and interest in how society views sex and all things around sex. Which may be weird for someone who’s not interested in having it, but there you go.
Anyway this book is all about sex and relationships. It’s the sex education you probably never got, especially if you relied upon your local secondary school.
I engulfed this book within a day. It covers everything, from the very complicated laws surrounding the age of consent, to sexting, to orgasms. It’s fantastic.
It should be given to schools to give to teenagers. But even if you’re not a teenager and think you know what you need to about sex, then I highly recommend reading it anyway. I learnt a lot from this book and it is just so well written.
I love Hannah Witton so much.
I really think everyone should read this, and if you read it and enjoy it, then definitely check out her YouTube channel.
Moranifesto- Caitlin Moran
If you’re going to take advice from anyone, take it from Caitlin Moran. Moranifesto is a collection of all her different columns and new writings about all sorts of topics.
Her columns are funny and heartfelt.
I truly think she might rule the world one day.
She inspires me to better a woman.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson-John Green + David Leuthan
This book is one of the first books I read in a while after a long time of not reading. I read this within a day of buying it.
It’s a heart-warming story about two boys named Will Grayson who met in strange circumstances and helped better each other’s lives.
One of the Wills points of view is written by John and the other by David. This way of writing just works so well.
The characters are so loveable, and hilarious.
This is the perfect “coming-of-age” story that mentions sex, sexuality, and mental health. It’s just fabulous.
The Art of being normal- Lisa Williamson
Another heartfelt YA novel. I really can’t say much about this book as I don’t want to give it away, but this book is full of surprises. It follows the topic of gender identity. It is lovely and so current at the moment.
Like I said, I really don’t want to give it away, so have a read.
Am I normal yet- Holly Bourne
This book is the first book that is part of the spinster series that Holly Bourne has written. It follows a young teenage girl who is trying to follow a “normal” life after being diagnosed with OCD and having just come out of hospital. She is trying to have friends and be “normal” without her OCD getting in the way.
It explores topics such as mental health, relationships, and feminism. A wonderful YA novel for any age.
It’s all absolutely fine – Ruby Elliot
I first came across Ruby on Tumblr on her blog Ruby ETC. She’s an illustrator who uses art to express and illustrate her feelings. She has mental health issues and most of her illustrations are about what that’s like.
Her book is a collection of these illustrations and new ones, she has also written bits in it as well. The book is wonderful, a great mixture of funny and sad. She is incredibly talented.
The Lorax- Dr Seuss
Okay, this one may seem strange, but there’s a few reasons for this choice. The Lorax is a book I first read when I was 16 in a philosophy lesson. We were made to read it in relation to environmental ethics and ever since I have fallen in love with the book.
The book teaches lessons about how we should be looking after the environment and how money and greed is destroying it.
It is one of my favourite stories, and I have very special copy of the book that was given to me by my philosophy teacher when I left school.