Book Recommendations, Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Books featuring Mental Health

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

At the beginning of this month it was mental health awareness week. It’s so important to speak about mental health and to get rid of the stigma so people who are suffering don’t feel alone and can get help.

One of the things I am seeing more of is books that include characters who suffer from mental health and I’ve read some really great ones and a few that are releasing soon that I’m really looking forward to reading.

1 The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf – this book deals with a character suffering from OCD and I really loved it.

2 Are we all Lemmings and Snowflakes? By Holly Bourne – this book was so well done and has a cast of characters dealing with different mental health conditions

3 All the Things we Never Said by Yasmin Rahman – releasing soon and I’ve heard really great things

4 The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton – another book that’s releasing soon and I’m hoping to read the arc soon!

5 No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen – in this book the main characters mum suffers from anxiety and we see how it not only affects her but how it affects him too.

So these are some books that I loved and I am looking forward to reading that feature mental health.

Have you read any books with great mental health rep?


The Blurt Foundation Buddy Box Unboxing

Hey everyone! So I wanted to share an unboxing with you today. This is an unboxing of The Blurt Foundation’s Buddy Box.

What’s The Blurt Foundation you say? Well, The Blurt Foundation are a social enterprise who are dedicated to creating positive social change for those affected by depression.

Read on for their statement, taken from their website:

Blurt exists to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. Being diagnosed can be overwhelming – there’s a lot to learn and plenty of prejudice to battle. Telling people is tough, and not everyone will understand. That’s why we’re here for you, whenever you need us, for anything at all.
We’ll help you understand depression and what it means for you. We’ll support you, listen to you and introduce you to people who’ve been where you are. We’ll help you break down barriers and broach the subject with those closest to you. We’ll help you help yourself, with a little knowing nod.

So I’ve been wanting to share this unboxing for a while and since it’s Mental Health Awareness Week I thought it was the perfect time to share this!

This box was the Self Care Sanctuary Buddy Box. My husband actually bought this for me as a gift because I am the worst at self care!

I loved the box! It had some really great items and it also included a book called The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy who is also the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation.

self care box unboxing

This Box included:

• The Self Care Project
• Thought Bamboo Socks
• Okko Foot Balm
• Self Care Champion Enamel Pin
• Space Mask
• Blurt Zine

I would definitely recommend this box to everyone who suffers from depression or anxiety. They include really great items which are all useful and they have different themes each month. And it’s totally affordable.

self care book

The Self Care Project is a really great book which I’ve recently started reading. It’s got some great tips and includes activities so we can actually start to make changes. You can also buy this book on it’s own on amazon.

I would also recommend that you all check out The Blurt Foundation. They have really great resources and you can keep up to date on their social media. They also have monthly twitter chats!

Here’s the links to their website and social media:


If any of you have bought their boxes or used their resources do let me know!