(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start The Conversation About Mental Health

Wowzers, may not be the most professional way to begin a book review but here we are.

Talk about a book that needed to written and then dispersed wildly to every teen(and adult) you know. Just about every one of us either has or loves someone with a mental health issue, and the time has passed for keeping that sort of knowledge on the down low. 

In this anthology, you'll read the stories of people living with mental illness in their ways. You'll learn about times that people around them hurt them, sometimes through misunderstanding and other times through ignorance. I know that I have said some things to loved ones that I now regret because I didn't understand.

Out of the 33 stories, there were many that resonated with me as I come from a family with more alphabet diagnosis than the actual alphabet- but many were new to me. I can't think of another book that puts mental illness in such a readable, understandable, relatable context. Some stories range from hilarious to heartbreaking just as life often is, but mostly it pulls stories from those illnesses that seem the scariest.  I think this will encourage people to get evaluated if they feel something is wrong. We have such stigma in the country with mental illness, and it is up to all of us to change that.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

October 2, 2018, Preorder now and save your receipt. I hear that Kelly will be giving away a cool enamel pin.

(Don't) Call Me Crazy by Kelly Jensen

 

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation

From the Publisher's blurb-

A collection of essays, songs, illustrations, and interviews about activism and hope, How I Resist features an all-star group of contributors, including, John Paul Brammer, Libba Bray, Lauren Duca, Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband Justin Mikita, Alex Gino, Hebh Jamal, Malinda Lo, Dylan Marron, Hamilton star Javier Muñoz, Rosie O'Donnell, Junauda Petrus, Jodi Picoult, Jason Reynolds, Karuna Riazi, Maya Rupert, Dana Schwartz, Dan Sinker, Ali Stroker, Jonny Sun (aka @jonnysun), Sabaa Tahir, Daniel Watts, Jennifer Weiner, Jacqueline Woodson, and more, all edited and compiled by New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson and Lambda-winning novelist Tim Federle. 

I found it to be worth reading and would hand it over to any interested teen. Anything that gets teens reading and thinking about other points of view is a valuable thing in these trying times. I thought many of the essays were too short, but I'm sure there were constraints based on the number of total pages.

Verdict- Borrow

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation  by Maureen Johnson

 

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot

This book is a well-researched book of the history of the suffrage movement. I would not say it is a "living book" and reads like a public school textbook. I'll admit I ended up skimming much of the last 50 pages. If you want,/need a complete history of this critical time in America you may get more out of it than I did. 

I include this review here because I don't want you all to think I "love" all the books that I read for this blog. 

Verdict: borrow- unless you've got an obsession about the subject.

I received an ARC of this book at ALA last Summer.

Votes for Women!: American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot By Winifred Conkling

Releases February 13, 2018

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Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.

Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship

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I was pretty psyched about starting this book. I'm still in the "all things" Hamilton mindset and reading this in ARC form was just so fun. Peggy Schuyler needs a story of her own, and this one sucked me in at page one. This story is some well researched historical fiction centering in and around the Revolutionary War. I enjoyed reading about both the details of everyday life in America at that time but also the details of war and how living at that time was very different from almost any other wartime in America.

Peggy spent a lot of time helping her Mother with an influx of new babies but also had time to correspond with Alexander Hamilton who was attempting to woo her sister with Peggy's approval. The descriptions of all the locations, houses, woods, forts were so vivid I felt like I could see them. 

I loved the research notes in the back and would include this as a "living book" in my American History High School course. Adults who love historical fiction and Hamilton will enjoy this also.

Verdict- Buy

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from NetGalley without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Hamilton and Peggy By L.M. Eliott    February 13, 2018

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Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.