Another YALLfest is in the books! While I didn’t get as big of a haul as I have in years past, I did get quite a few good books. I’ll list the top books I got and the honorable, but still exciting books. Let’s go!
Today is the official start of YALLfest in Charleston, SC! I wait all year for this festival and it is the best time of the year! Several hundred readers descend onto Charleston to meet authors, attend panels, and get their hands on some of the most anticipated YA books of 2020. This will be my 4th year attending YALLfest and each year I learn something new to make the next year better and easier. So if you’ll be attending YALLfest or any other book festival, I’ve come up with some tips to help you make the most of the event! Here we go!
Y’all fall is my favorite season by far. No, it’s not because of pumpkin everything. Unpopular opinion, but pumpkin stuff isn’t that good. You can’t even taste the pumpkin. Apples are where it’s at for fall baking and eating, but that’s just my opinion. Anyways, lots of fun things happen in the fall, halloween, lots of fall decor, the leaves are falling, you can go apple picking, and carve pumpkins. It is literally the best. But on top of all that fun, we get a bunch of fun fandom things! Like new movies, fall shows start to premiere, new books, and games! Here’s my list of all the things I’m looking forward to this fall.
Let’s talk about mental health! Mental health is so, so important. Representation of mental health and how to deal with it is also so, so important. We’re slowly getting out of the era where different medias are not using stereotypical mental health characteristics anymore, instead they are getting more and more real and relatable, which can be so helpful. Like, I did not know I had OCD until I read a book and related so hard to the main character who had OCD. I had been so caught up in the stereotypical characteristics that movies and shows portrayed for years (like OCD just means you want everything to be clean or that you’re just a really anal retentive person) that I didn’t think my obsessive thoughts and actions could possibly be OCD. Less than a year after reading that book, I was diagnosed with OCD. Real representation of mental illnesses in movies, tv, and books are so important to help us through our own struggles and to make us not feel so alone. And today we’re going to explore my top 5 YA books that represent mental illness super, super well. Let’s go!