Novel Feelings: A Mental Health Book Club
Interview with Wai Chim

Interview with Wai Chim

February 21, 2021

This month, 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 let you know when the conversation gets spoiler-y!).

Our website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings | Find Wai through waichim.com or @onewpc

How to Set (and Smash) Reading Goals

How to Set (and Smash) Reading Goals

January 24, 2021

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!

Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings 

Our Favourite Reads of 2020 & Season 1 Wrap

Our Favourite Reads of 2020 & Season 1 Wrap

December 27, 2020

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 spoiler-free bonus episode, we each present our Top 3 books of the year (plus some honourable mentions) and reflect on our experience putting Season 1 together. We also talk about a potential Season 2, and other exciting things!

Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings 

1.6 Fight Club - Dissociative Identity Disorder and Insomnia

1.6 Fight Club - Dissociative Identity Disorder and Insomnia

December 20, 2020

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 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 own mundane lives. In this episode, we discuss arguably the best-known portrayal of dissociative identity disorder in fiction, and what it gets right and wrong.

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1.5 Small Spaces - Trauma, Gaslighting and Bad Therapy

1.5 Small Spaces - Trauma, Gaslighting and Bad Therapy

December 13, 2020

What if the things you remember never happened? More importantly, what if no one believes your version of events? We discuss Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein, a fascinating YA psychological thriller. Small Spaces follows Tash Carmody who has has been traumatised since she witnessed her imaginary friend, Sparrow, lure a child away from a carnival. We discuss stigma, gaslighting, trauma, and the impact of bad therapy.

Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings 

1.4 The Kiss Quotient - Autism, Anxiety and Romance

1.4 The Kiss Quotient - Autism, Anxiety and Romance

December 5, 2020

Can you practice romance? Stella thinks so. In this episode, we talk about The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang. It tells the story of Stella, an econometrician with Asperger’s, who decides to hire Michael, an escort, to teach her intimacy and romance. We discuss Autism Spectrum Disorder, the relationship between core beliefs and miscommunication, and the importance of being a decent human.  

Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings 

1.3 A Court of Mist and Fury - PTSD in a Fantasy Setting

1.3 A Court of Mist and Fury - PTSD in a Fantasy Setting

November 28, 2020

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 a lot of angsty faeries. 

Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings 

1.2 The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling - Family, Culture and Psychosis

1.2 The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling - Family, Culture and Psychosis

November 22, 2020

Just as there is power in a good dumpling, there is power in good representation. Today we're reviewing The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, by Wai Chim. We discuss Anna's experience of caring for a family member with mental health issues as a first-generation Asian Australian; the trajectory of recovery; and what a guidance counsellor should NOT say to a student.

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1.1 Turtles All the Way Down - OCD and Anxiety

1.1 Turtles All the Way Down - OCD and Anxiety

November 14, 2020

It's our debut review episode! In the words of Aza Holmes: the problem isn't losing your mind; it's that it's inescapable. In this episode, we cover John Green's 2017 novel Turtles All the Way Down. We discuss ever-tightening thought spirals, common therapy approaches for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and what recovery can look like. 

Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings

Intro: What is Novel Feelings? & Meet Priscilla and Elise

Intro: What is Novel Feelings? & Meet Priscilla and Elise

November 14, 2020

Welcome to Novel Feelings! In this quick episode, we introduce ourselves, talk about how Novel Feelings was born, and give you an idea of what to expect in future episodes. We also take a very scientifically accurate quiz to learn which fictional book characters describe our personalities. 

Website: novelfeelings.com | Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads: @novel_feelings | Also take the Buzzfeed book quiz: bzfd.it/2Ill30f

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