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#MentalHealthMonday | (TW: Suicidal Thoughts)

Let me start off this post with a huge TRIGGER WARNING for suicidal thoughts. I debated writing this post at all. It is not my intent to cause anyone harm, to trigger underlying feelings, or to somehow validate the idea of taking one’s own life. If you are currently struggling with suicidal thoughts, please skip… Continue reading #MentalHealthMonday | (TW: Suicidal Thoughts)

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Trope Tuesday | Biphobic Tropes That Need To Die

Welcome back to another Trope Tuesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by A.J. @ Lacy Literacy where we discuss a specific trope and decide: yes, indifferent, or throw it off a cliff? Today I’m going to be talking about something near and dear to my heart: biphobia in YA. (TW: biphobia, slut-shaming, brief discussion… Continue reading Trope Tuesday | Biphobic Tropes That Need To Die

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#MentalHealthMonday: on the ‘Oppression Olympics’

If you’re active in the diverse book community online, you may have noticed something referred to as “Oppression Olympics.” According to Wikipedia, Oppression Olympics “are a one-upmanship dynamic” wherein people argue about who is “more oppressed” based on identity politics and intersectionality. I’ve seen it happen when marginalized activists or writers call out a (usually… Continue reading #MentalHealthMonday: on the ‘Oppression Olympics’

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Discussion | Reading Religious Diversity

Hello Blogosphere! This year, I’ve been participating in the Diverse Reads 2017 challenge, hosted by Mish @ Chasing Faerytales and Shelly @ Read.Sleep.Repeat (currently under construction). Each month, there’s a new diverse challenge. The only requirement is to read one book from each challenge, but I like to use it as a guide to which… Continue reading Discussion | Reading Religious Diversity

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Trope Tuesday: My Love-Hate Relationship with Romance in YA

Trope Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A.J. @ Lacy Literacy. The goal is to discuss a trope you are indifferent to, love, hate, or think is problematic. Fair Warning: I’m gonna be on my soapbox like crazy for this (but that’s what Trope Tuesday is about, right?) I grew up on YA fiction… Continue reading Trope Tuesday: My Love-Hate Relationship with Romance in YA

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#MentalHealthMonday: Let’s Talk About Seasonal Depression

I can’t speak for everyone, but my depression follows a pattern. It took me years to recognize that my depressive episodes occurred in a very specific format: appearing in the fall (roughly October to November) and disappearing in the spring (March or April). Of course, once I recognized the pattern, I started seeing it everywhere… Continue reading #MentalHealthMonday: Let’s Talk About Seasonal Depression

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Trope Tuesday: More Lady Friendships Please!

Trope Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A.J. @ Lacy Literacy. The goal is to discuss a trope you are indifferent to, love, hate, or think is problematic. I think I speak for a lot of YA readers when I say this: I’m tired of the over-emphasis on romance. Instead of talking about all… Continue reading Trope Tuesday: More Lady Friendships Please!

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#Mental Health Monday: My Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why

When I realized that Netflix was making Jay Asher’s novel into a series, I was admittedly intrigued. I read the book back in 2014, and while it didn’t wow me, I enjoyed the story. It follows Clay Jensen, a 17-year-old struggling in the aftermath of his big crush, Hannah Baker, taking her own life. Clay… Continue reading #Mental Health Monday: My Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why

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#MentalHealthMonday: Common Misconceptions

Hello, and welcome to my very first ever #MentalHealthMonday! If you’ve been following my blog, you might notice that I talk a lot about mental health, and depression in particular. I’ve dealt with clinical depression on and off for about a decade now, both with and without meds and therapy. Over those years, I’ve encountered… Continue reading #MentalHealthMonday: Common Misconceptions

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Trope Tuesday: Unlikeable Characters

Trope Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A.J. @ Lacy Literacy. The goal is to discuss a trope you are indifferent to, love, hate, or think is problematic. This week, I’m going to be discussing the oft-cited trope of the “unlikable” main character. First off, I think it’s important to get an idea of… Continue reading Trope Tuesday: Unlikeable Characters