S02E03 – Cry Blue Murder

How can you stay safe when there’s a serial killer on the loose? Can you be best friends with someone you met online? Cry Blue Murder tells the story of two teenagers who exchange emails after shocking murders devastate a community. We don’t have all the answers, but we can talk about the anxiety andContinue reading “S02E03 – Cry Blue Murder”

S02E02 – It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake

What would life look like if you only focused the things that bring you pleasure? Noni Blake is about to find out. This episode, we are joined by Shelby from the Chub Rub Book Club podcast to discuss body image, anxiety, and the joys of prioritising yourself. We love the sex positivity and portrayal ofContinue reading “S02E02 – It’s Been a Pleasure, Noni Blake”

S02E01 – Thirteen Reasons Why

Welcome to Season 2 of Novel Feelings! We’re kicking things off with Thirteen Reasons Why, a book associated with a lot of controversy. We talk about the book’s portrayal of suicide and why it makes us uncomfortable. Discussion topics also include bullying, sexism, and the lack of mental health support in the story. As anContinue reading “S02E01 – Thirteen Reasons Why”

Novel Tropes #3: Bad Therapy

This episode of Novel Tropes focuses on a trope we’re passionate about – passionately against, that is. From the mind reading therapist to therapist-client affairs, from the funny to the damaging, we discuss why these tropes are problematic. Warning: rants ahead! Mental health issues covered: discussions around therapy, therapy modalities, therapist-client affairs, stereotypes about therapistsContinue reading “Novel Tropes #3: Bad Therapy”

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”