#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’

book talk

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

book talk

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


#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


#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


#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

comfort reads, reviews

Comfort Reads: Revisiting Harry Potter (Part 6)

Welcome to Comfort Reads: where I talk about re-reads and what I’ve learned on second (or twelfth) encounters. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling some facts & opinions publication year: 2005 movie release date: 2009 age of my first encounter: 15 favorite moment left out of the film series: The Dursleys! Again!… Continue reading Comfort Reads: Revisiting Harry Potter (Part 6)