Beyond the Blurb | Why Mental Illness Rep in Books Is Needed

Morning, readers!

For the last seven months, I have struggled with my mental illnesses. And even though next week, my Mom will complete her final chemo treatment, I feel the utter power my illnesses have over me. And it doesn’t matter if I have coping mechanisms, which aren’t working anymore, if I’ve fought them before and beat them, or if I talk with friends. They’re still here.

But the only solace I’ve found is in literature. It always has been even if a reading slump finds me. Mental illness and health are prominent on my blog, and I want readers to find a safe place here. Although I’ve talked a lot about each topic, I haven’t shown why the proper mental illness rep in books is not only needed but desperately wanted from readers. Kal from Reader Voracious inspired my next discussion post, which I’ll examine why this rep is important. Let’s get to it.

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Beyond the Blurb | Books with Nonbinary, Genderfluid, and Trans Characters

Morning, everyone!

One negative aspect of politics is how politicians use their ideology as a way of completely wiping out the great strides LGBTQ+ people have made. Earlier last weekend, the provincial Conservative party wanted to talk about excluding transgender identity from sexual education. This topic is extremely heated right now.

I never knew this hatred would hit a new low in my province. But unfortunately, Ontarians decided to vote in a bigoted man who believes religion and conservative views should reign supreme. Does he sound familiar? Thankfully, for now, he has backed down from that rhetoric. So how to combat it? Well, you stand up against it.

Now, I have read many books with gay and lesbian characters, not with trans, genderfluid, or nonbinary characters though. But I want to change that. Trans, nonbinary, and genderfluid characters and authors deserve their time and their recognition. A literary revolution is occurring, and we should give our time to explore more diverse stories. So for my next Beyond the Blurb, my weekly/monthly discussion post, I want to highlight LGBTQ+ books you definitely should read.

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