Anyone who knows me knows how much I love reading. I find nothing better than escaping between the pages of a good book and as an introvert it is one of my favourite ways to spend the precious me time I can grab as a mum working full time. My spinal surgery recovery in 2016 allowed me the opportunity to read plenty of books and so when Lauren from Life at Number Five created the 2017 Reading Challenge I decided this was one challenge I would be a part of.
Today I am sharing the first book of the challenge ‘a book you chose because of the cover’ titled Madness: A Memoir by Kate Richards.
Perusing the local library shelves it was true that my interest was piqued by the incohesive scribbles adorning the front cover. However once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down and I tore through the pages reading the book in under two days.
Madness: A Memoir is the life story of Kate Richards M.D who has lived with psychosis for decades. As I read through her honest and openly shared experiences I was filled with compassion for Kate and anyone who deals with mental illness and the associated social stigmas. She gives the reader an insight into life which is both magical and terrifying. Her tremendous ability to shape words is expressed as she recounts feelings, memories and experiences which challenge comprehension and explanation.
Kate writes beautifully. Her account is lucid, raw. honest and possibly inspiring of hope for others who deal with psychosis personally. She shares about the transformative healing which took place with a therapist who held a safe space for her. Her recollections of therapy sessions and what made a difference to her personally saw me pushing the books into the hands of my husband, a therapist, when I was finished.
Kate also reveals her beautiful, fragile, circle of friends and shows how personal connection is such a powerful help to combating mental illness when the illness itself isolates the person from those who love them most.
Madness: A Memoir is a powerful read and the words have remained with me since the final page was turned. People are living with madness each day and I would encourage anyone to pick up this book and read it, developing compassion for people with mental illness. Kate challenges the reader to open their eyes to our public mental health system as well as be inspired to take control of their own mental well being.
I can only hope that the other books I will read in the challenge will be as wonderful as this first one.
Linking up with Kylie Purtell for #IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)