Novel Tropes #2: Violence and Mental Health Issues

Our second entry in Novel Tropes, our mini-series, focuses on the ‘people with mental health issues are violent’ trope. Elise puts on her researcher hat and discuss the stats about this relationship in real life. We also chat with Anna Ross, a PhD candidate whose research focuses on reducing stigma towards severe mental illness throughContinue reading “Novel Tropes #2: Violence and Mental Health Issues”

Novel Tropes #1: Commitment Issues (ft. Bridgerton Rants!)

Introducing our new mini-series: Novel Tropes is all about taking a closer look at tropes involving mental health issues in fiction. This episode, we discuss a trope often found in romance storylines: commitment issues. Can attachment theory shine light on the complexity of these issues? Also, we have some thoughts about a recent and veryContinue reading “Novel Tropes #1: Commitment Issues (ft. Bridgerton Rants!)”

Bonus Review: A Court of Silver Flames – Trauma, Rage and Healing

How do you help some who seems determined to push you away? Join Elise for a bonus (solo) review of A Court of Silver Flames, the latest book by Sarah J Maas in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. This novel follows Nesta, sister of Feyre, as she recovers from multiple traumas in aContinue reading “Bonus Review: A Court of Silver Flames – Trauma, Rage and Healing”

Bonus: Interview with Wai Chim

For our February bonus episode, we welcome a very special guest! We chat to author Wai Chim about her book, The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. Topics include: writing about mental health issues in Asian families, flawed but well-intentioned characters, introvert representation, and self-care. The first half of the episode is spoiler-free (we letContinue reading “Bonus: Interview with Wai Chim”

Bonus: How To Set (and Smash) Reading Goals

We are kicking off 2021 with a bonus episode! This episode is all about getting back into reading, setting goals, and smashing them. We discuss a bunch of different ideas, including those that have worked for us. Hint: it’s not just about the number of books you read! Listen to the podcast: Tips and IdeasContinue reading “Bonus: How To Set (and Smash) Reading Goals”

Bonus: Our Favourite Reads of 2020 and Season 1 Wrap

We’re pretty keen to say goodbye to 2020, but before that happens, we wanted to spend some quality time rambling about other books – not just those that are mental health-specific. In this special bonus episode, we discuss our Top 3 books of the year (plus some honourable mentions) and reflect on our experience puttingContinue reading “Bonus: Our Favourite Reads of 2020 and Season 1 Wrap”

S01E06 – Fight Club

It’s our Season 1 finale and, guess what? We break the first rule of Fight Club! Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk, follows a man who’s suffering from insomnia. He meets a strange man named Tyler Durden; the two bored men form an underground club and fight other men who are fed up with their ownContinue reading “S01E06 – Fight Club”

S01E05 – Small Spaces

What if the things you remember never happened? More importantly, what if no one believes your version of events? In this episode, we (or rather, Priscilla) step right out of our (her) reading comfort zone and discuss Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein, a unputdownable psychological thriller. Small Spaces follows Tash Carmody who has has beenContinue reading “S01E05 – Small Spaces”

S01E04 – The Kiss Quotient

Can you practice romance? Stella Lane thinks so. In this episode, we talk about The Kiss Quotient, a romance novel by Helen Hoang. It tells the story of Stella Lane, an econometrician with Asperger’s, who decides to hire Michael Phan, an escort, to teach her intimacy and romance. We discuss Autism Spectrum Disorder, the relationshipContinue reading “S01E04 – The Kiss Quotient”

S01E03 – A Court of Mist and Fury

Even faeries experience trauma. This episode is all about the novel A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. ACOMAF explores what happens after a brutal experience for Feyre, human-turned-fae. We discuss post-traumatic stress disorder in a fantasy setting, signs of a healthy (or potentially unhealthy) relationship, and angsty faeries. While the mentalContinue reading “S01E03 – A Court of Mist and Fury”