Mostly Short Books Because I’m a Lazy Ladybug|April Wrap Up

13 books (let’s ignore the fact that most of these are short stories/novellas/graphic novels/books under 300 pages).

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GENERAL

Favorite Book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Least Favorite Book: #GirlBoss

New Authors Read: All of them were knew to me except Becky Albertalli and Brian K. Vaughn

New Authors I want to continue reading: Seanan McGuire

READING CHALLENGES

Number of “Diverse” Books Read: 9

Number of #OwnVoices Read: 5 (I think)

WHAT TYPES OF BOOKS DID I READ

Number of Kids/Middle Grade: 1

Number of YA: 7

Number of Adult/Lit Fiction: 0

Number of Classics: 0

Number of Short Stories/Novellas: 2

Number of Short Story Collections: 0

Number of Realistic Fiction Stories: 6

Number of Fantasy/Paranormal/Science Fiction: 3

Number of Mystery/Thrillers: 1

Number of Nonfiction: 2

Number of Graphic Novels/comics:4

Number of “Other Books” (Historical, etc): Nada

Book REVIEWS

The Hate U Give|Openly Straight| You’re Welcome Universe|Upside|

Mini Reviews

Important books

TV/Movie Reviews

If You Watched 13 Reasons Why

New Shows Watched:

  • 13 Reasons Why: 2/5 (basically the same problems I had with the book but amplified)
  • Chewing Gum: 5/5 (new favorite of all time)
  • Dear White People: 4.5/5 (really good yes beautiful)
  • Jane The Virgin: 2/5 (too formulaic for me) DNF
  • Girlboss: 2.5/5 (Sophia is honestly horrible and Annie deserves better aka me)

Goals For Upcoming Month

  • read

Well that’s it! How was your reading/blogging month?

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To the People Who Watched 13 Reasons Why

{enter my current giveaway!——–> here!!!!!!!}

I feel like the show lacked the importance of mental health, suicide prevention, etc so here are some friendly reminders.

  1. If you know somebody that has the symptoms of suicidal, giving them love is good, but please encourage them to seek help. If you are in high school, tell your friend about the counseling services and/or even go with them to a session. If you are in college, do the same and there’s most likely even more resources. 
  2. Signs of someone who may be thinking about committing suicide: change in mood, change in sleep pattern, change in appearance, change in eating habits, lack of care in personal hygiene, giving away personal items, withdraw from activities/people, joking/threatening about suicide/self harm, reckless behavior ([binge] drinking , smoking, etc).
  3. If your school has them, take a mental aid training session. I took a QPR (Question, Persuade, Infer) suicide course and it was amazing. You learn how to ask someone if they are thinking about committing suicide, you persuade them to not do the act, and refer them to help. This may seem like a simple process but the training provides a better insight on how to act on these three steps. There are also other courses that focuses on other aspects of mental health. Most of these courses are FREE!!!
  4. If you yourself are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you are not alone. There’s people who want to help and what you’re feeling is just temporary. Talk to a loved one and/or most importantly see a certified counselor/therapist. Take it from me, seeking help may seem scary but it’s the best thing I’ve done in my entire life and I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t. 
  5. If you know somebody who self harms, don’t judge, don’t shame. Give them the support they need. Listen to them. Don’t give them so much advice rather inform them on the resources. Be patient because self-harm addiction isn’t easy to just give up.
  6. If you yourself self-harm, look at your patterns. Do you usually self-ham on a specific day? Try to keep yourself busy during those times. Read, take a walk, blog, write, phone a friend/family member, play on your phone, pet a dog, go to the mall (window shop!) cook, CLEAN, etc. Throw away the tools you use (some people say hide but this definitely did not work for me). I may sound like a broken record but get the help you need.
  7. If you know or who is  someone who was sexually assaulted and it’s within 72 hours, urge them to go get medical assistance and perform a rape kit. Don’t let them wash themselves or their clothes. Report the crime to law enforcement. Again, be patient with them. Don’t spread their business around school/town without their consent (same goes with all these points actually). If it’s passed the time period, still do everything. Go to counseling. No one should do this alone.
  8. Triggers are real. Tell your friends about what they are getting into. THESE ARE NOT SPOILERS. SUICIDE, SELF-HARM, SEXUAL ASSAULT ARE NOT SPOILERS. I wished I wish someone told me about the content of the show.  

Suicide Prevention Hotline:  Call 1-800-273-8255. 24 hours and confidential (I have had a good experience with them). If you are feeling suicidal, please seek help because you are wanted, you deserve life.

Self Harm Hotline:  Call 1-800-273-TALK (no experience but I hope you will still consider)

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (no experience but I hope you consider)

 

The show promoted the importance of love but let’s not forget that love does not cure mental illness. Mental health awareness is important and people should know that seeking help doesn’t mean you’re weak. Let’s promote healthy lives.

I’m always here for you all. If you want to private message me with any concerns, questions of just need someone to talk to, you can DM on Twitter @QPullum

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