Welcome to the fourth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… – a weekly feature here on Keeper of Pages. This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.
In this week’s ramblings, I’m talking about: Mental health days, The Good Daughter on audio, Mary Shelley and her monster, and #Quercus2019. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Note: if it’s green, it’s a link, click it!
MENTAL HEALTH DAYS
For those unfamiliar with the term, you may be wondering what a mental health day is. In brief, it’s a term usually associated with work, most notably in the United States – a person will take a day off work sick for reasons not associated with their physical health. The idea behind it is that the person feels their mental health is suffering, and to prevent becoming ill, they need to take a break/day of work. This notion of a mental health day isn’t so popular in the U.K. – as a nation we’ve got quite a way to go in accepting and understanding mental health conditions.
However, I’m hearing the term used more and more outside of the workplace, and I think this is brilliant. It’s often overlooked just how stressful, not only work can be, but how stressful life can be! I’ve seen on Instagram, some people will post on Friday that they won’t be active on social media over the weekend because they are taking a mental health break, if you’re a blogger and have ever felt burnt-out, then I’m sure you understand this need for a break from social media – it’s all about looking after your mental health. What’s important to remember, during your mental health days, do what works for you, whether you go to a spa, for a walk, to meet with friends, spend some time alone, with family, whatever, you know yourself, what can you do to, if not to improve, then at least prevent your mental health from deteriorating. One day off won’t solve all your problems, but you’ll be surprised with how much it may improve your mood.
I know I sometimes feel like I’m living my life on the brink on sanity, and what I’ve started doing is recognising when I’m there! Which is scary, but also a positive as it lets me know it’s time to look after my mental health, I usually find I’m trying to do too much, and neglecting my own health. One of the things I’ve started doing is pilates, funnily enough I signed up to a course because of a physical health problem, but I’m finding these classes are also beneficial for my mental health. Pilates is much, much harder than I thought, but something about it calms me, the focus and the breathing, maybe.
Now, where was I going with this, oh yes, mental health days, take them, whenever you can, whenever you feel you need them. I understand it’s not always possible, but the mind is fragile, so don’t be afraid to do what you gotta do to maintain your mental health.
Also, remember, different people have difference tolerance levels, different stress thresholds, so it’s important not to judge others, but instead, encourage people to look after their mental health. But equally important, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed, like you should be able to cope with xyz because ‘so and so’ copes. Everyone is an individual, and everyone experiences things differently.
THE GOOD DAUGHTER ON AUDIO
You probably gathered from the above, and the fact that I haven’t blogged since last Sunday, that I’m trying to slow down, and not do too much. And clearly this includes reading, because I haven’t finished a book since October 1st; I’m not in a reading slump because I am still reading, I guess I’m just reading slower. Anyway, for the second time this year, I’m listening to an audiobook! I’m listening to The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter and it is amazing! It’s narrated by Susie James, and this woman can narrate! I will review in full when I’ve finished but I love Slaughter’s no holds barred writing, which is being brought to life by James, I’m hooked!
MARY SHELLEY AND HER MONSTER
One of the books I’m currently reading is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and I’m obsessed. Before I started reading this book, I found out there are two editions of this novel; the original published anonymously in 1818, and a heavily revised [by Shelley] version published in 1831. Naturally, I had to find out why there were two versions, and what the changes were, and what version I should read, etc. During my google search, I found out that the changes were made for two reasons – to make the narrative more socially acceptable, and also because Shelley experienced certain things in her life, which caused her philosophies to change. Then I had to find out what experiences Shelley had lived through, and I found it all fascinating.
Luckily, the edition I’m reading is the revised 1831 text, but contains an appendix of the original text, so I am able to see the changes. However, I still want to buy a copy of the original 1818 text, because I image reading it through will be a completely different experience to reading parts of the text in an appendix. I’ve also searched for a biography of Shelley’s life, and then ‘Making the Monster’ was recommended to me, so now I need to buy the following three books:
I hope I don’t have this same obsession when I read ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker later this month, these obsessions are expensive!
#QUERCUS2019: WORD-OF-MOUTH BESTSELLERS EVENING
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, bookish people are the best people!! Last night I attended the #Quercus2019 event – ‘Word-of-Mouth Bestsellers Evening’ – it was AMAZING! It was my first ever book event… https://t.co/4RlobmOuLr pic.twitter.com/qAWk80n9LZ
— Janel – Keeper of Pages (@keeperofpages) October 11, 2018
That tweet is in the process of becoming a full length blog post, so I can tell you all about my first book event, and all the exciting upcoming releases from Quercus! But this event was made all the more special as I got to meet Beth @ Bibliobeth for the first time, and she is an awesome person who I feel very honoured to call my friend!
LINK AROUND THE WEB
BAME Prize 2018: Swimmer of Yangtze by Yiming Ma
I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and you’ll join me next Sunday for some more ramblings.