Book Review: It’s Not Ok To Feel Blue And Other Lies – Edited By Scarlett Curtis

It’s OK if everything might feel a bit overwhelming.
It’s OK to talk about it.
It’s OK to not want to talk about it.
It’s OK to find it funny.
It’s OK to be human.”

Back with another book of tackling taboos Scarlett Curtis is talking about mental health and she has even more people coming to write this time.

I pre-ordered this as soon as I found out about it because I absolutely adored the first book Scarlett put together Feminists Don’t Wear Pink And Other Lies , it was a real eye opener and one of my favourites about Feminism. And while this collection is bigger, I can understand why – the topic is something that impacts everyone whether it’s you or someone close to you.

With names such as Emilia Clarke, Adam Kay, Matt Haig, Bryony Gordon, Emma Thompson and Naomi Campbell lending their personal stories and essays to the collection it was going to be interesting. We see these people on the TV, online, out in the world doing great things but knowing that even those who are great have struggled or continue to make people feel less alone.

This is definitely one to pick up and read as much as you can because there are some really heavy subjects in here, obviously, and I definitely think that you need to consider how you’re feeling before you read it. That said, there really is something for everyone in here, no matter what you’ve been through or felt.

About half way through the book I found myself struggling to differentiate between the stories so I switched to the audiobook and found it so much better. A mix of voice actors and those who could read their own stories were recorded. Personally, that made it for me and, stangely, made it more real.

I gave this 4.5 stars. This is the kind of book that we need more of in the world so we know that people are not alone and keep the conversation around mental health going. I think this will be impactful, partly because Scarlett has managed to get well known names that people look up to.

What I Read In October 2019!

So it might be a little late but I had a fantastic reading month in October with a lot of 4 and 5 star reads! I’m not going to spend too long rambling, instead, let’s get to the books.

So, P.S I Love You was one of my favourite books and up there with my favourite films too so I preordered the follow up as soon as I found out about it. When it came I was so nervous to read it – would it live up to the story I loved? It did Postscript is beautiful and I fell right back into Hollie’s world. A 5 star read for me.

It’s Not Ok To Feel Blue And Other Lies was also a preordered book after I loved Scarlett Curtis’s Feminists Don’t Wear Pink. This a collection of essays about mental health from some people you’ll know such as Matt Haid, Emilia Clarke, Adam Kay and Scarlett herself. It was a brilliant collection and while it is quite hard hitting it’s an important read. A 4.5 star read.

For my book club read we picked up Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield and I really enjoyed it. It’s a little different in the way it’s told and has mystery elements, ghostly elements and more. It was a great read that I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise – a fantastic advertisement for book clubs everywhere! A solid 4 star read.

The Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson was one I picked up for myself about a girl who is rescued from a cult and what life is like for her once she leaves the only place she knows. I read this so quickly and I only wish it was longer! Another 4 star read.

I’ve watched a little Queer Eye and loved Jonathan so after seeing interviews of him promoting his book I decided to purchase the audiobook of Over The Top and it was perfect. This is fantastically funny but also deeply heartfelt and I learned so much through listening. A 5 star read and I’ve been recommending it to everyone!

I also listened to Freedom by Jaycee Dugard about her experiences after she was released from her horrific ordeal being kidnapped and forced to live with her captor and give birth to her daughters – fathered by him. An emotional 4 star book.

Next up two more non-fiction reads. I listened to MP Jess Phillips’ newest book Truth To Power and it was absolutely brilliant and just what I needed when we’re heading towards a General Election. A 5 star read for troubling times.

I also picked up Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas from the wonderful Adam Kay author of This Is Going To Hurt. This is a short read but an incredibly important one. It made me appreciate the NHS even more because of the pressure that they face, even more so in the winter. A must read that I’ve persuaded book club to pick up – 5 stars!

Heartstream is the thriller I didn’t know I needed. Tom Pollock is an excellent storyteller and I tweeted him almost immediately after finishing asking for more! I gave this 4.5 stars.

And last but definitely not least was Dear Girls by Ali Wong. I think Ali is hilarious and I loved both of her Netflix specials so when I heard she was writing a book I was down! Again, I listened to the audiobook for this one and I’m glad I did. This is all about Ali’s life and the lessons she wants to teach her daughters (although it is definitely for a mature audience) there was also a really sweet addition by her husband at the end. This was a 4.5 star read for me.

What did you read in October? Let me know in the comments below. 👇

Podcasts I’m Loving!

It might seem like everyone who is anyone has a podcast. At the beginning of the year I started listening to podcasts on my journeys to and from London so I could feel like I was doing something while squeezed like a sardine on the train.

I started trialling a few podcasts and currently I have 4 that I’m listening to and waiting for each new episode! So, here are the podcasts I’m loving.

Ctrl Alt Delete with Emma Gannon

Emma’s is the first podcast I really got into after attending an event she hosted with one of my favourite authors, Jodi Picoult. The event itself was a podcast and I liked the way that Emma was and the types of questions that she asked.

The podcast was created in the run up to the release of Emma’s book of the same name and looks at our relationship with the online world. There are over 100 episodes that I’m slowly making my way through and there have been some really interesting guests that I would never have come across otherwise.

Find the podcast here.

The Try Pod with The Try Guys

If you haven’t seen the Try Guys on Youtube ummm where have you been? They’re absolutely hilarious and the last year has been a RIDE after they broke away from Buzzfeed and started their own company.

This is a fairly new podcast but I find myself laughing so hard when I’m listening to it. They’re pretty random at times, give questionable advice in the best way possible and are what you need in your life.

Find the podcast here.

Doing It with Hannah Witton

Another new podcast with one of my favourite YouTubers, Hannah Witton! Hannah is known for talking about sex, relationships and, more recently, living with a stoma. It has the same name as her first book and Hannah has just her second book The Hormone Diaries, it’s a great combination of the two.

While there are only a few episodes I’m really into them so far. Hannah’s clearly trying to get a really varied group of people to talk about their experiences.

Find the podcast here.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink with Scarlett Curtis

I found out this existed with the start of the second season (is that what you call them?!), with the goddess that is Mindy Kaling. I love this, it’s a great extension of the book which I was a huge fan of. I can’t wait to go through all of the previous episodes and devour them!

Find the podcast here.

What are your favourite podcasts? Let me know in the comments below 👇🏻.