Month: August 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: As I Descended by Robin Talley

Posted August 31, 2016 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: As I Descended by Robin Talley

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 from LGBTQ+ characters. Plus, there are ghosts and other paranormal elements. Sign. Me. Up. (Also, THAT COVER, THOUGH.) I’ve wanted to pick up one of Talley’s works for a while, and it seems as though she […]

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

Posted August 30, 2016 by Erica / 4 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 Hunger Games, Crank, The Clique, Breathless and The Fault in Our Stars The few that I have a love/hate relationship with: Thirteen Reasons Why, TTYL and Fifty Shades of Grey I cannot wait to share with […]

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

Posted August 29, 2016 by Christy / 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 Schizophrenia can leave its sufferer frightened and withdrawn.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 when I was little I knew that something wasn’t right with my grandma.  She wasn’t like my other grandma, instead she was more child like.  She was often talking to herself and there were a […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: How Harry Potter Saved Me

Posted August 28, 2016 by Erica / 3 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 contrast to my black hair and brown eyes.   I first started getting bullied in elementary school. Unfortunately, my mother kept my sister and I’s hair super short because it was so thick, which meant […]

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

Posted August 27, 2016 by Erica / 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 this would make me come across as a cold heartless jerk in the eyes of anyone reading my reviews.   Part of that was also most likely due to the fact that I grew up […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Mourning, Depression & Moving On

Posted August 25, 2016 by Erica / 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 mother was standing and waiting. She found me right away, and she had a look of panic on her face. Then she said it. “Erica’s was hit by a coal truck.” I remember not knowing […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Self Harm & Some Answers

Posted August 23, 2016 by Erica / 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 try to talk about them as best as I can. “You self-harm because you want to die.” This is both true and false. Why is it both? It’s true because there are people all over […]

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

Posted August 22, 2016 by Erica / 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 freak out over certain things and honestly it’s a struggle. I mean it’s a struggle for me to keep myself calm, to get myself over a panic attack and to deal with situations in a […]

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Welcome Our New Co-Blogger – Madalyn

Posted August 21, 2016 by Christy / 11 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 already tell that she will fit in perfect with Erica and I! We wanted to do a little interview type post so you all can get to know Madalyn a little better, so here goes: […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: My Story with Anxiety

Posted August 20, 2016 by Erica / 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 irrational fear that something bad is happening. That it will never go away. That I will never feel okay ever again. Nowhere was safe. The symptoms weren’t going away. In fact, they only got worse. […]

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