Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge–Who’s With Me?

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Luis Stevenson (public domain)


Hello everyone!

I’m in the mood for something new, so I joined the Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge.  You can read about it on Goodreads HERE on on the founder’s blog HERE.

Or I could just–you know–tell you about it.  Basically it is a fun way to encourage people to learn more about various types of mental illness by reading books.  The best summary is this (from the blog)

“Any book, fiction or nonfiction, that is either about mental illness or features characters or real people with a mental illness counts for the challenge.  However, the book must not demonize people with mental illnesses.”

For fun, you can even sign up and choose a “challenge level”.

Challenge Levels:
Acquainted–4 books
Aware–8 books
Advocate–12 books

Because I love to read, I chose Advocate 12 books.  I plan to read one a month.  Perhaps that goal is too ambitious, after all I do have a couple other things going on in my life–but I can adjust later if needed.

Are You With Me?

There are a couple different ways you could join me:

1) Officially join the MIA Reading Challenge

2)BEST CHOICE–each month I will share what I will be reading the following month, you could read along.  I will post a review at the end of the month, and you can discuss it with me.

3)  Read at least one book (maybe one I have featured on my blog), brownie points if you tell someone about it.

I hope you are “IN”.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

My first book (will start reading in January) will be:

600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

It is about a man with both OCD and Aspberger’s.  The book blurb says, “Heartfelt and hilarious, this moving novel will appeal to fans of Daniel Keyes’s classic Flowers for Algernon and to any reader who loves an underdog.”

They had me at “heartfelt and hilarious” but I also love Flowers for Algernon, and underdogs.  That and the many glowing reviews sold me.  I hope you will read along with me.

(Oh, and if you are wondering–I will still post my own personal stuff about DID and whatever is on my mind.  I’m not turning my blog into a book review blog entirely.  I haven’t decided whether I will continue Monday Mitzvahs or not (probably).  You could definitely sway me either way by sharing your thoughts in a comment.

And Merry Christmas!











  1. I just wanted to say that I appreciate your blog very much. It takes real courage to come out about abuse and even more to turn it into something positive and write about it. I am also a survivor of rape and assault activist.

    Over the years I have come to believe that telling my story and getting involved in assault prevention is key. I also feel that it’s time that survivors stand together – not only in community – but against the misconceptions and stigma that are heaped upon us. With that being said, I would like to tell you about my project that I’m working on called Edipus. It’s a concert that features all-male performances who’s participation is solely in the name of sexual assault. I believe that all men are not rapists nor do they condone it – they just don’t know what to do about it or how to get involved with becoming the solution. Ergo, Edipus.

    Please check out my personal blog about the movement at : htttp://


    Be brave. Be Edipus .

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