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The First Book Haul of 2017! Are You Stoked?

I know I’ve been doing #FridayBookShare this month, but the truth is–I haven’t been reading much the past week because I have an editing deadline coming up.

So instead of Friday Book Share, I’m going to do something some of you may think is even better:


The following were purchased from Abebooks, Uncommon Goods, Urban Outfitters (I’m only a little bit ashamed), Amazon, and Zulily. And a good many of them were Christmas presents (books being the best kind of presents, in my opinion).

There are a lot of them, so I won’t be adding much commentary. Enjoy.

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

book haul a room of ones own

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Little Book of Confidence, Tiddy Rowan

I may seem like a damn confident person to some, but the truth is, I lack confidence. Quite a bit. So I got this little guy, and it can come with me anywhere so I can pull it out if I need a boost.

book haul confidence reading sneak peek

Dark Moon Digest, Issue #25

I’m most excited about reading my friend Andrew Novak‘s story:

dark moon digest story book haul

The Dreamday Pattern Journal: Renaissance

book haul reading recommendations notebooks

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Salman Rushdie

book haul salman rushdie

The Alienist, Caleb Carr

book haul reading recommendations

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, ever since my brother recommended it to me when I was in college. Now I have a copy! (But when will I read it?!)

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde

book haul reading recommendations

The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry

Can you believe I’ve never read this?

The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom

book haul reading recommendations

Well-Read Women: A Reader’s Journal

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, Nell Casey

book haul reading recommendations

Since I struggle with depression and I’m a writer, this one seemed like a no-brainer.

2017 is going to be a kickass reading year. Don’t you think?

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

Mental Illness: My Brain Demons Want Me to Fail
July 25, 2016, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Books, inspiration, Music, Reading | Tags: , , ,

Let’s be gritty, raw, and real for a change. I always try to approach this blog with lightheartedness and wit (and I rarely talk about anything terribly personal), but today, I’d like to be brutally honest.

My Mental Illness

For the past two and a half years, I’ve struggled with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, both of which can be overwhelming, confusing, frustrating, and debilitating.

Chances are, some of you reading also have a demon in your brain – be it in the form of depression, anxiety, or another mental illness. After all, in 2014, it was estimated that approximately 18% of the United States adult population had one or more mental illnesses.

I’m finally on the upswing (thank whatever god(s) you believe in), but I think it’s time to add my voice to the others who have spoken out about their own personal demons.

My Support

Instead of starting out with how terrible my own experience with mental illness is, I’d like to focus on some of the things that helped (and are still helping) me get through it.

1. Books – The ultimate escape. HEX, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and Geek Love, just to name a few.


2. TMS – Transcranial magnetic stimulation. The TMS team of doctors and nurses at MUSC will always have a special place in my heart.

3. My husband – He has been there with me every step of the way, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

4. Music – There are some songs that just move me. Below is a playlist containing some of them.


5. Therapy – Art therapy, EMDR, CBT…it has all played a part in helping me get where I am.

6. Gardening – I have become a full-blown gardening addict. And I’m not ashamed of it! Growing plants from tiny seeds has given me the ultimate way to reconnect with nature.


7. Incredibly understanding employers, past and present – I can’t say enough about the kickass people at Palmetto Publishing Group and Media Shower.

So this is me, raw and unfiltered.

I may always try to put on a happy face on here, but the truth is: that happy face is, more often than not, cracked porcelain.

I don’t share this for pity. Instead, I share this so that if any of you are going through a particularly hellish period in your life, you will know two things: you can get through it and you are not alone.

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