March in books
It was at the end of February that I entered a pretty severe hypomanic mental state that ended with approximately 43 Amazon boxes at my apartment door, each one containing a book with a pretty cover that I had seen or read about somewhere. Perhaps I'd even overheard someone talking about the latest must-have title to change your life or maybe I'd been lured in by the colourful merchandising and cleaver picks by Heather at Indigo in the weeks leading up to the shift in my mood.
Regardless, in those manic moments, I knew I wanted books. And I wanted lots of them.
And now here I was, stable, several days later, a few hundred dollars poorer, with what seemed like a million pages to get through.
Before I get too ahead of myself though. I should let you know that I'm bipolar, and impulse shopping is my drug of choice when I'm manic. I often wonder how many times I tap that credit card on ApplePay in a day, becoming enthralled by Siri's little ka-Ching, like it's some kind of video game and not real money that's actively draining my savings account.
Mania is fun, at the time... until it isn't.
However, I've always loved books. I find it soothing to be surrounded by them, and I'm always checking out new releases on the New York Times and Good Reads. I usually have 2-3 books on the go at one time. It's typically a mix of fiction, non-fiction and memoir. I've also recently started listening to audiobooks while walking my dog, Tanto, since I find that relaxes me, and he seems to like it too since it gets us out for longer walks.
I've read a ton of books this month and wanted to share them here since I think they were all pretty awesome. I recommended most of them to friends who also enjoyed them so I figured what the heck, why not share them on the internet and start blogging about my books more (you should know that I have 154 on my 'want to read' list on Good Reads, too).
And even though this blog will talk about more than just books (things like mental health, knitting, crochet, self-care, etc.) I think the book reviews and recommendations will be the spine holding all the pages (pardon the pun) together.
So anyway. Let's get going.
The Push by Ashley Audrain
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach