Waiting on Wednesday: As I Descended by Robin Talley

Posted by Madalyn // August 31, 2016 // 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show-off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. Madalyn’s waiting on…  Okay, okay, I know I don’t have much longer to wait for this one (it comes out next week– eep!), but I’ve been anticipating this book for months on end! As I Descended is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set in a Southern boarding school, with all four POVs […]


Books Before Blogging & How They’ll Always Hold a Special Place in My ♥

Posted by Erica // August 30, 2016 // 3 Comments

special books, special place I will be spending more time later on about each one of these books. I have re-read some of them whether it be full on re-read or just a brief skimming over. I want to talk about each book and how I used to feel about them and how I feel about them now. Some I continue to love no matter what and others I kind of have a love/hate relationship with. The few that I will love no matter what: The […]


#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Loved One’s Mental Health & the Emotional & Physical Effects

Posted by Christy // August 29, 2016 // 1 Comment

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. People with schizophrenia — the most chronic and disabling of the major mental illnesses — often have problems functioning in society, at work, at school, and in relationships. Schizophrenia can leave its sufferer frightened and withdrawn. – Taken from WebMD This may be what most people think of when they hear the word, Schizophrenia.  Me, however, I think of my grandma. Even […]


#ShatteringStigmas Part II: How Harry Potter Saved Me

Posted by Erica // August 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

When Erica first asked me to be a part of Shattering Stigmas, I was a little nervous at first but I said yes because mental health is such an important subject. So on that note, I wanted to share why I decided to participate.   Growing up as a Greek-American girl was not easy, especially at private school in Atlanta. Back then, it was not an ethnically diverse school. The so called popular kids were all mostly blonde haired, blue eyed which was a stark […]


#ShatteringStigmas Part II: 5 Books That Opened My Mind About Mental-Health Issues

Posted by Erica // August 27, 2016 // 2 Comments

5 Books That Opened My Mind About Mental-Health Issues For the longest time, I refused to pick up any YA book with mental health issues in it, even as they got more and more popular. I was afraid that because I personally haven’t gone through such an illness that I wouldn’t be able to put myself in the characters’ shoes and understand what they were going through. I was worried that I would be left feeling disconnected from the story and the characters and that […]


#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Mourning, Depression & Moving On

Posted by Erica // August 25, 2016 // 7 Comments

I remember it well. All, all too well. I was in eighth grade. I’d just finished marching band practice for the night. It was still pretty hot for a late December night, and unfortunately, I was in some trouble because I hadn’t memorized “New York, New York.” I was supposed to pack up my clarinet and run a lap around the parking lot where we practiced. But all of that changed in an instant. My friend’s younger sister ran down the lot from where her […]


#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Self Harm & Some Answers

Posted by Erica // August 23, 2016 // 6 Comments

Self-Harm is a topic that’s very taboo and every time this word is mentioned, people get very uncomfortable. What people don’t understand it’s that it should be talked about and awareness should be raised about it. Statistics state that one in every two-hundred girls in their teen years’ self-harms. That’s a lot of girls! And it’s not even counting the boys! The thing is, there are a lot of myths surrounding this specific topic and other things you may not know about this so I’ll […]


#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Battling Anxiety: A Tried and Tested Guide

Posted by Erica // August 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Hey guys! My name is Camillia and I am a book blogger over on Twenty Three Pages. Erica has very kindly given me a space on her blog today for Shattering Stigmas. Now I have dealt with mental illnesses for most of my teenage life. I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when I was 12 and I was consistently on Concerta and Ritalin. I also struggle with anxiety and I do get a lot of anxiety attacks. I get very panicky and I […]


Welcome Our New Co-Blogger – Madalyn

Posted by Christy // August 21, 2016 // 9 Comments

Hi everyone! Erica and I are super excited to announce that we have welcomed a new co-blogger! Some of you may have seen our co-blogger search a while back and there were a bunch of really amazing applicants and it was SO hard to narrow down and pick someone to join our Novel Ink team.  We are so happy to say that we have asked Madalyn to come aboard and I think you guys will love her!  She’s such an awesome person and I can […]


#ShatteringStigmas Part II: My Story with Anxiety

Posted by Erica // August 20, 2016 // 3 Comments

Once upon a time… there was a little girl When I was 8 years old, right after my parents divorced, I was terrified of the dark. I used to watch the outside, dreading the time when the sun goes down and the darkness takes its place. Because I knew bad things happened in the dark. Each and every night I used to experience what I called symptoms: nausea and vomiting, the feeling like I have something stuck in my throat and the overall sensation of […]