Hello and happy cozy season! October was pretty cool. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy came out and I got to hang out with some cool people at an event and read (!!!) from my essay. If you haven’t done so yet, please get your hands on this book. It’s a wonderful and important collection about so many facets of mental health and living with a mental illness. It just may be the perfect gift for a young person in your life.
Oh, and I got to see Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey shoot the breeze while promoting Michelle’s new memoir, Becoming, last week. I got one of the last signed copies available at the show. I haven’t started reading it yet, though. I’m still feeling rejuvenated and alive after that evening full of sisterhood and grace.
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What I read
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert: Incredible. Suzette (Little) comes home from boarding school for the summer and her brother, Lionel (Lion), is mostly doing well. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a year prior. Now he’s feeling good and doesn’t want to be on his meds anymore. So he drops them, cold turkey. Little & Lion is a portrait of what mental illness does to a family
Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney: This is so good and helpful, y’all. It’s a graphic memoir, sorta, with all of Forney’s advice on living with a mood disorder. No shame, no guarantees, just ideas of ways to try to incorporate more self-care into your life.
Ayiti by Roxane Gay: Roxane Gay, as always, took my breath away with this collection about Haiti.
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng: Nothing I could possibly say could do this book justice. Please listen to it, if you do choose to add it to your list. It’s perfect on audio.
What I wrote
This year yielded all kinds of wonderful Halloween costumes, so naturally, I had to round up all the best bookish Halloween costumes I found around the internet.
I wrote up a piece about the wonderful new book that’s on Kickstarter: The Vulva Gallery Book. Please join me in backing it so it can be a real thing in the world!
I’m becoming obsessed with book cover design spotlighted on Instagram, so here are some art departments and accounts that celebrate cover design that you should absolutely be following. Oh, and I corralled the best November book covers.
I had some thoughts during my last reading slump and accompanied them with gifs.
And I put together an FAQ about Goodreads giveaways, in case you’re curious and/or skeptical.
On the blog, I wrote a little bit about Princess Eugenie wearing an open-backed wedding dress to show off her scoliosis scar. And I gave new life to two posts previously published on my friends’ now-closed blog: how to master a menstrual cup and productivity apps to help you live.
I’m rounding up my month (or every few months) with what I read and wrote, along with whatever else I want, in an effort to be more mindful of my days. If you’re so inclined, you can subscribe to my blog for emails of each update.