Saturday, February 27, 2021

"Faces to the Sun" edited by S. J. Blasko

This is a collection of poetry and short stories all written by people who struggle with mental health and mental illness.  The point of the anthology is to help other strugglers to see they're not alone, and to help people who don't deal with mental health troubles to understand what that can be like.  It succeeds admirably at the latter, for me.  

All proceeds from sales of this book go to organizations that provide mental health services, which I think is neat.

I liked so many pieces in this book, so I'm just going to list my favorites, in the order in which they occur:

  • "From Suns to Moons" by Karen Nelson
  • "The Sunflower Cycle" by Adrien Farinas
  • "While Gardening" by Theo Oliver
  • "Bouquet" by Beka Gremikova
  • "Dichotomy of Queen Anne's Lace" by Maggie D Brace
  • "Walls" by Lucinda Cylights
  • "Wormwood: A plant that smells so sweet and looks so nice but will kill you if you take a bite" by Erik Olson
  • "Dandelions" by Katie Hanna
  • "the noose" by Cassandra Hamm

If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for some discussion of panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and other things that younger readers probably aren't ready for yet.

This was my 9th book read off my TBR shelves for #TheUnreadShelfProject2021.


  1. Rachel, thank you so much for the review and the shout-out!! It makes me so happy to know you liked this book, and my story! <333

    1. You're welcome, Katie! It's a cool collection for your story to belong to, for sure :-)

  2. I bought this. I just haven't gotten around to reading it.
    Super excited for Katie's.

    1. Skye, I think it would be a fast read if you're not also reading 3 other books at the same time. Katie's story is definitely a highlight!


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