As a part of Gracie Chick’s blogging project I was paired off with the amazing Indy over at The Iridescent World of Indy to come up with our own project to spark positive change/awareness in the world via blogging! 

My instincts were all for creating a ya book club centered around mental health and mental health awareness as it is an issue that surrounds so many lives and is something that is far more common than is normally thought of. After ages of debating the name for this book club, Beyond The Surface was born and I’m so excited for this monthly book club to start up next month!

Without further ado here is our very first Beyond The Surface Book of the Month! 

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner. 
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince. 

Book Club Posting Schedule for August: 

August 1st: general talk about the book of the month! 

August 8th: post related to the mental health issue discussed in the book of the month (fellow blogger participation is welcome!) 

August 15th: fun book related post (author may or may not be intertwined into this one)

August 30th: book of the month discussion post 

Finally, click this link to sign up to participate in this monthly book club! I look forward to reading along with everyone! 

Leaving the full link down below… just in case:

Thanks for reading! Let me know any suggestions that you have for any post ideas for the future. I hope for this club to grow exponentially over the months and I also hope that if you want to join and have anyone you know that you think should join to send them the sign-up link!

-Till next time! 


37 thoughts on “Announcing The Beyond The Surface Book Club!

  1. I hope to join in the future! It’s so nice to see a mental illness centric book club. I have a couple recommendations if you are ever looking for some good ones.

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      1. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall is a a fantastic look at agoraphobia, OCD, and anxiety. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales doesn’t explicitly deal with mental illness, but it does deal with bullying and coping mechanisms. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella features a main character with anxiety and depression, but it’s a much lighter take. I have a few more mental illness books waiting to be read, so I can tell you if they are any good after I read them.

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  2. Tiana! Indy! I am thrilled with what you have been able to come up with together. Thank you so much for participating in my project. I will reblog your campaign on A Light In The Darkness today. I will also try to be involved in your book club. Thanks again, guys!

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    1. All you have to do is read the book of the month and be apart of the discussion when the discussion goes live! If you want to also do a post on the mental illness (depression/suicide) as well that is up to you, but is not a requirement.

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      1. Okay, right. It will be extremely difficult for me to read the book as I’m not a library member and I may not always be able to buy it. I would LOVE to join in the discussions though. I’d that okay? I wish you all the best with this, Tiana!

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  3. What a great idea! I read My Heart and Other Black Holes earlier this year so I don’t think I’ll sign up this month but I’m looking forward to reading all the discussion posts! 😀
    Hope to participate in the later months 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for wanting to participate! My Heart and other black holes is quite the popular mental illness book, Indy and I hadn’t read it yet and we both really wanted to so we decided that Now would be the perfect time! We shall see what other books show up for later months!

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  4. Hey! I love the sound of this book club, but just wanted to warn anyone before joining it that MHAOBH has a very romantic take on mental illness and that *S P O I L E R A L E R T* the main character considers herself cured from her depression at the end because of a guy. I personally didn’t enjoy this one and just wanted to put this out there for anyone who can potentially be triggered by this, but I hope you all still love it! Have fun! ❤ 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your input! I’m very excited to be reading MHAOBH! I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy it as much as you would have liked and I thank you for letting me know why this book could be a bit triggering. I will be sure to discuss this aspect after finally finishing the book! 😃


  5. This is so lovely to see! Mental health has become such a “popular” topic in YA, and a discussion and a book club centered around it is a wonderful way to bring awareness and more attention to these things. And talking about books centered around mental health is so important, because there are ones out there who are done so very poorly, and I think that bringing light to bad representation and discussing how we can make it better is quite necessary, if we want to make mental health representation better. So very sorry for babbling on, my point was that this is a lovely idea! 😊

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so excited to get this book club started and to discuss something that is so very close to my heart. It is important to bring more awareness to how mental-health is represented and to the many ways mental-illness is portrayed good and bad. I’m going to do my best to be ginger in my discussions and about what I liked and disliked with a book. Especially when everyone’s experience with a mental-illness is very different.

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