Mind Without a Home by Kristina Morgan + Giveaway!

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I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

Mind Without a Home is a book that hooked me just from the title.  I am very interested in books about psychology, and this one is no different.

Kristina tells her own story of alcohol addiction and schizophrenia living/diagnosis.  It’s disjointed in parts, but it’s supposed to be an echo of how Kristina’s life feels as someone who has schizophrenia.

I could not put this book down.  For the first 3/4 of the memoir, I was so hooked.  Kristina gives insight into her disorder in a way that I haven’t seen before and she’s very honest.  She also describes her family life, her battles with alcohol, and her many visits to mental institutions.

When I reached the 3/4 mark of the book, though, my interest lagged a little.  I’m not exactly sure why, but I do have some ideas.  Maybe Kristina’s story became more disjointed and harder to keep up with.  Maybe I was “over” the way the story was written by that point.  I’m not exactly sure.

No matter the reason of why I thought the book lagged at the end, it’s still one I would recommend.

Kristina gives readers an inside look into her life with schizophrenia, in a way that reminds you that individuals with mental illness are human and struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy.  It’s hard not to be touched by this book.

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25 thoughts on “Mind Without a Home by Kristina Morgan + Giveaway!

  1. I couldn’t finish this book 😦 The way she kept changing tenses between past and present for no reason and the disjointedness of her storytelling drove me crazy. I get that it’s about living with schizophrenia, but I didn’t feel like I really learned anything about the mental illness, which was disappointing. Her experience was interesting, but there weren’t enough actual facts for me. I gave up on this book around where you started losing interest. Thanks for the balanced review 🙂

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  2. I can tell that this would be an interesting read for me. I do find the topic interesting, and although I studied Business Information Systems, my first choice was always Psychology. Too bad it’s not open for me to enter, but I will keep this book in mind. Maybe I’ll just go and add it onto my goodreads list NOW, so that I won’t forget about it. Thanks Rebecca, for the review.

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  3. My review posts tomorrow, but I had some trouble pushing forward somewhere in the middle. Kind of picked up for me again at the end, though. I thought this was a much more realistic portrayal of schizophrenia than anything I’d read/seen before.

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  4. I usually love books like this. I’ve read a few lately that have all been about depression which is fine but it gets a little…depressing. Schizophrenia is such a unique mental illness. I find it fascinating.

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