Another month gone by, another set of books read!
I actually managed to read five books this month, which is probably the most I’ve read this year in a month, but still way behind how many books I usually read in August. In fact, August is usually when I get most of my reading done, however it was quite the opposite this year! I don’t know if it’s because I picked big, chunky 500+ page books to read, or if I just spent my time doing other things, but either way, five is the magic number.
I’m hoping getting back to school with give me back my reading routine, however I’m not going to sweat it if it doesn’t. Reading slumps are real, but they pass eventually!
You don’t have to stop looking after yourself just to help the world. In fact, sometimes it’s better for the world if you put yourself first. That’s not being selfish, in fact looking after yourself is the greatest act of kindness you can give the world. Loving yourself first is the best way to spread love.
Following the story of Olive, Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes tells the tale of struggling with mental health and how hard it is to come to terms with the fact that your body is the biggest enemy you have. After several severe bouts of depression, Olive finds herself in Camp Reset, a camp dedicated to helping young teens get on top of their mental health. However, while at camp, Olive realises that maybe it’s not her that needs to change, but the rest of the world. Can Olive and her friends spread kindness through the world, fixing everyone’s mental health problems?
I love Holly Bourne books – they’re easy reads and are written about topics I can relate to and Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes was no exception. As soon as I started reading Olive’s story, I knew that she had bipolar, something which I have myself, and I usually champion books that discuss this illness, along with mental health in general. However, there was something about the way in which the story was told that, for me, it felt like someone had read about bipolar online and then dumped it into a book. It was too clinical and didn’t feel real. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy reading the book, otherwise I wouldn’t have finished, and I really liked the idea of changing the world around us to make our mental health better, I just know I’ve enjoyed other books more that talk about mental health.