TW// mentions of suicide in the introduction
When it comes to mental health, I have only been honest around here. If you have been reading me for a while you may then know that I tried to commit suicide several times in my life. If I talk about it so freely online, it’s only because I wish I would have found others talking about it when I was younger and when I was feeling alone. Well, as it is Suicide Prevention Month, I thought it was only normal to dedicate a blog post to it.
I didn’t want to trigger anyone with this blog post so instead of recommending books which dealt with suicide (I can never read those books, so that’s why I avoided it) I decided to recommend five books which will hopefully make you feel less alone and maybe bring you hope.
❥ THE HARRY POTTER SERIES BY J. K. ROWLING
I admit it, I’m the kind of person who recommends any Harry Potter book any time to anyone. But as I grew up with this series it truly is something that is making me feel less alone immediately, and I know I’m not the only one to be feeling this way. Whenever I was at the hospital growing up, whenever I came back up tired and sad from school because I got bullied again, I knew I had those books for myself. I would spend hours writing HP fan fictions and playing HP role playing games, and I would spend even more times re-reading the books and re-watching the movies. Whenever you grew up with it, read it recently or still have yet to discover them, I do believe the magical world J. K. Rowling created is the safest place anyone could land.
❥ GMORNING, GNIGHT!: LITTLE PEP TALKS FOR ME & YOU BY LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AND ILLUSTRATED BY JONNY SUN
I waited for this book ever since Lin-Manuel announced it and read it in one setting when it finally came out. If you don’t know, every morning and every night Lin tweets something cheerful to keep in mind before facing your day or before sleeping. He then put all those tweets together into a book, which was illustrated by Jonny Sun. I added some post-its while reading the book to keep some to myself for when I’m feeling down because those little words do mean a lot and can make a huge difference on your day. I believe tons of books of that kind exist, but I would really recommend this one as Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the most amazing person to have ever existed. (Not to be dramatic.)
❥ QUEENS OF GEEK BY JEN WILDE
For this topic I had to recommend a quick and joyful book to read, and how can you go wrong with a Jen Wilde’s novel? Queens of Geek was her debut work and she only wrote amazing stories every since. This one sure has a special place in my heart as it deals with anxiety (and it has a bisexual rep if you’re looking for that!) but also because it made me feel understood when it comes to my fangirl side. It truly made me feel less alone and I love this book with all my heart.
❥ FREE TO BE ME BY DOM&INK
I received this book for free at a Penguin Random House party, as the author was here. I fell in love with the author, with how amazing and kind and brilliant he was, but even more with his book. It isn’t a novel or anything like that – it’s more like Wreck This Journal but make it all about the LGBTQIA+ community (if you are on the ace spectrum, please note that Dom&Ink includes you in his book!). It talks about positivity as well, explains a bit of history about the community and that’s why even people who aren’t part of the LGBTQIA+ community can buy and fill this book. It truly is for everyone, it’ll make you feel less alone and will make you busy when times are hard.
❥ THE PAPER & HEARTS SOCIETY BY LUCY POWRIE
Finally I had to go with a book I absolutely adored reading this summer, which was The Paper & Hearts Society by the one and only Lucy Powrie. It’ll talk to you maybe more if you happen to be between 14 and 18 years old, but it still is an adorable and joyful book which deals with important topics such as sexuality and bullying. The group of friends in it is absolutely goals and will make you smile throughout the entire book. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for something sweet and endearing to read.
And that’s it for me!
I hope that you loved this blog post and that any of those books may help you. I know how lonely life can be, how awful it is at times but please know that you matter and that you make a huge difference in this world. I’m always here if needed.
Have you read any of those? What book(s) would you recommend to people who feel lonely?