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Music quiz...

1. All time favourite song(s) that never gets old to you?

The first thing to spring to mind?  Any Evanescence song! xD And, of course, any good ol'classic really, including Queen, plus some power ballad sorta stuff and, of course, cheeeeese! :p

2. What is your current favourite song(s)?

According to iTunes?  (I trust that more than my indecisive, perfectionistic brain :p)  Well, ignoring the High School Musical songs, as Jordan puts them on a lot when on my laptop, then it'd be a couple of songs from 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!' - definitely songs most likely to get stuck in my head, that's for sure! ...along with some songs from playgroup *raised eyebrow* ... and yes, that is in all seriousness, worryingly!

3. Songs that make you feel inspired? 

Mariah Carey - Hero; Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston - When You Believe; Christina Aguilera - Beautiful, The Voice Within, Fighter.... All these are pretty much ED-fighting related and the only ones I can think of off the top of my head, right this very second...

4. Songs that make you cry in your pillow to?

"With Arms Wide Open" by Creed makes my heart sink, for reasons that I'd never disclose to anyone... "Calling You" by Blue October makes my heart feel a little achey too sometimes...links to my ex - not that I'm not 'over' him..just regrets and memories, I guess....
I can't think of a song that actually makes me literally cry though...but I'll let you know if/when I (re?) discover one!

5. Song you want (or did) to play at your wedding?

Ah, I don't know...I'm only just 18, lovey!!  However, I do know what Jenny wants - which is actually the same as what first sprung to mind when I read this question, simply owing to 'Love Actually' - All You Need Is Love, by The Beatles...which Jen wants exactly like in the film..complete with musicians and all! ;p

6. Song you want to be played at your funeral?

A depressing question??? I think so!  Seriously though, I don't actually know; to be honest with you, it's not something that I've given a lot of thought to!  Apparently my Dad knows what my Mum wants at her funeral though and visa-versa. I think one of my mum's songs may be "I can't make you love me" by George Michael...

7. Cover song(s) arguably better than the original?

hmmm...I wouldn't say better as such, but as good as, for it's great in it's own, different ways - Heart Shaped Box (Nirvana song) covered by Evanescence.  But then I cannot think of any other cover songs at the moment, so I guess you'd have to get back to me on that one...
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"If one day, you asked me what was more important, you or my life, I would say my life. And then you would walk away, never knowing that you are my life."

No relevance here, simply just found this and thought it was rather beautiful... :)
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"Experience is a hard teacher, because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards"
- from 'Alice in the Looking Glass: A Mother and Daughter's Experience of Anorexia' by Jo and Alice Kingsley
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Book Lists


Fiction and Non-Fiction Books - Psychology
  • The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime - Nick Haddon (Autism; Asperger's Syndrome)
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey (Mental Illness; History of Psychiatric Hospitals; ECT)
  • Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Sister Went Crazy - Sonya Sones (Mental Illness; Psychiatric Hospitals)
  • Ugly - Constance Briscoe (Child Abuse)
  • Schindler's Ark - Thomas Keneally (The Role of Psychology in History: Nazis and Jews; Obedience; Compliance)
  • Secret Rendezvous - Kobo Abe
  • I Have the Right to Destroy Myself - Young Ha Kim (translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim) (Suicide)
  • Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen (Mental Illness; Psychiatric Hospitals; Suicide; Eating Disorders; Self-injury; Borderline Personality Disorder)
  • Killing Aurora - Helen Barnes (Eating Disorders)
  • The Best Little Girl In The Word - Steven Levenkron (Eating Disorders)
  • Wasted - Marya Hornbacher (Eating Disorders)
  • Madness - Marya Hornbacher (Bipolar Disorder; Mental Illness)
  • Perfect: Anorexia & Me - Emily Halban (Eating Disorders, Anorexia)
  • Dibs: In Search Of Self: Personality Development In Play Therapy - Virginia M. Axline (Play Therapy; Person-Centred Therapy; Psychotherapy; Child Development)
  • The Bell Jar - Synthia Plath (Depression; Suicide; ECT)
  • The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks (Mental Illness; Psychiatric Hospitals)
  • The Collector - John Fowles (Mental Health/Illness)
  • Nineteen Eighty Four - George-Orwell (Conformity; Obedience)
  • Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (Teenage Delinquency)
  • Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (Freewill; Oppression)
  • Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes (Intelligence / IQ; Mental Retardation)
  • Once in a House on Fire - Andrea Ashworth (Domestic Violence; Social Deprivation)
  • Sisterland - Linda Newberry (Prejudice, racism; Alzeihmer's Disease)
  • The Eden Express: A Memoir Of Insanity - Mark Vonnegut (Schizophrenia)
  • The Day the Voices Stopped: A Schizophrenic's Journey from Madness to Hope - Ken Steele, Claire Berman (Schizophrenia)
  • Just Another Day - Shadi Srour (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • But Inside I'm Screaming - Elizabeth Flock (Depression; ECT)
  • Fat Is a Feminist Issue (and it's sequel) - Susie Orbach (Body Image; Emotions; Binging/Purging; Compulsive Eating)
  • The Impossibility of Sex - Susie Orbach (Psychotherapy; Self-Mutilation; OCD; Compulsive Lying, etc)
  • Hurting Distance - Sophie Hannah (Psychopathic tendencies)
  • Prozac Diary - Lauren Slater (Depression; Treatment - Biological; Prozac)
  • Born on a Blue Day - Daniel Tammet (Asperger's Syndrome)
  • A Bright Red Scream - Marilee Strong (Self-harm, self-mutilation)
  • Only A Mum Could Love Him - Ben Polis (ADHD)
  • Junior - Macaulay Caulkin (Dysfunctional families)
  • Passing for Normal : Tourettes, OCD and Growing Up Crazy - Amy Wilkensy (OCD; Tourettes Syndrome; Mental Illness)
  • Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed In America: A Memoir - Elizabeth Wurtzel (Treatment for depression - Prozac; Nervous Breakdowns; Suicide)
  • The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides (Suicide)
  • Skin Game: A Memoir - Caroline Kettlewell (Self-Harm / Self-Injury)
  • Cut - Patricia McCormick (Self-Harm / Self-Injury)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky (Mental Illness)
  • Good Girls Do Swallow - Rachel Oakes-Ash (Eating Disorders)
  • Skin - Adrienne Maria Vrettos (Eating Disorders)
  • Kim: Empty Inside: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager - Beatrice Sparks (Eating Disorders)
  • Monkey Taming  - Judith Fathallah (Eating Disorders)
  • Rites of Spring  - Jessica Duchen (Eating Disorders)
  • Second Star To The Right - Deborah Hautzig (Eating Disorders)
  • Starving: A Personal Journey Through Anorexia - Chrisite Pettit (Eating Disorders)
  • The Passion Of Alice - Stephanie Grant (Eating Disorders)
  • Stick Figure: A Diary Of My Former Self - Lori Gottlieb (Eating Disorders)
  • My Sister's Bones - Cathi Hanauer (Eating Disorders)
  • Food and Loating: A Lament - Betsy Lerner (Eating Disorders)
  • The Invisible Girl: A Father's Moving Story of the Daughter He Lost - Peter Barham (Eating Disorders)
  • Hunger Point - Jillian Medoff (Eating Disorders)
  • Life-Size - Jenefer Shute (Eating Disorders)
  • To Die For - Carol Lee  (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • My Hungry Hell: What It's Really Like To Be Anorexic: A Personal Story - Kate Chisholm (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • Thin - Grace Bowman (Eating Disorders)
  • Wasted - Mikki Goffin (Drug-Induced Schizophrenia)
  • Ghost Girl - Torey L.Haden (Child Abuse)
  • Beautiful Child - Torey L.Haden (Child Abuse)
  • One Child - Torey L.Haden (Child Abuse)
  • Asylum - Patrick McGrath (Sexual Obsession; Addictions; Psychiatric Hospitals)
  • Behind Closed Doors - Jenny Tomlin (Child Abuse and Neglect)
  • Just Checking: Scenes From The Life of an Obsessive-Compulsive - Emily Colas (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • The Trick Is To Keep Breathing - Janice Galloway (Mental Illness)
  • When Rabbit Howls - Truddi Chase (Child Abuse; Multiple Personality Disorder)
  • Magic Castle - C.Smith (Child Abuse; Multiple Personality Disorder)
  • The Minds of Billy Milligan - Daniel Keyes (Multiple Personality Disorder)
  • Nobody Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic Girl - Donna Williams (Autism)
  • Daniel Isn't Talking - Marti Leimbach (Autism; Play Therapy; Dr. Bettelheim; Developmental Psychology; Depression; Speech Therapy; Applied Behaviour Analysis)
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat - Oliver Sacks (Mental Illness)
  • Owls Do Cry - Janet Frame (Mental Illness; Mental Institutions)
  • An Unquiet Mind - Kay Redfield Jamison (Manic Depression, Bipolar Disorder)
  • Faces In The Water - Janet Frame (Psychiatric Hospitals)
  • Spider - Patrick McGrath (Schizophrenia; Mental Institutions)
  • Quiet Room: The Journey Out Of The Torment of Madness - Lori Schiller (Schizophrenia)
  • Phone at Nine Just To Say You're Alive - Linda Hart (Schizophrenia)
  • The Noonday Demon - Andrew Solomon (Depression)
  • Life, Interrupted - James McConnel (Tourette's Syndrome; Obsessions and Compulsions; Addictions - Alcohol)
  • Sadistic Killers: Profiles of Pathological Predators - Carol Anne Davis (Criminal Psychology)
  • Alice In The Looking Glass: A Mother and Daughter's Experience of Anorexia - Jo and Alice Kingsley (Eating Disorders - Anorexia, purging type)
  • The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict - William Leith (Addictions - Food; Eating Disorders - Binge Eating Disorder; Therapy)
  • Mummy's Witness - Gayle Sanders (Child Development; Abuse; Psychiatric Units; Suicide; Rape)
  • A Friend Like Henry - Nuala Gardner (Autism)
  • If I am Dead or Missing - Janine Latus (Abuse; Domestic Violence)
  • The Blank Slate - Steven Pinker (Nature vs. Nurture)
  • Stumbling On Happiness - Daniel Gilbert (Human Psychology - Predicting The Future, Happiness; Limitations of the Imagination; Cognitive Psychology; Neuropsychology)
  • The Catcher In The Rye - J.D.Salinger (Developmental Psychology; Identity Confusion[?]; Isolation; Social Conformity)
  • The Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships - Eric Berne (Human Psychology)
  • The Pact  - Jodie Picoult (Suicide; Stress - and its effects on relationships)
  • Veronika Decides to Die - Paulo Coelho (Suicide)
  • Mother's Milk - Edward St. Aubyn (Postnatal / Postpartum Depression; Addictions - Alcohol)
  • Once In A House On Fire - Andrea Ashworth (Abuse; Domestic Violence)
  • Abandoned - Anya Peters (Developmental Psychology - Mother/Child seperation; Abuse; Sexual Abuse)
  • Bloodletting - Victoria Leatham (Self-harm; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Addictions - Drugs, Alcohol)
  • Undercurrents: A Therapist's Reckoning With Her Own Depression - Martha Manning (Depression - Suicidal thoughts, Treatment: ECT
  • Between, Georgia - Joshilyn Jackson (Nature vs. Nurture; Developmental Psychology; Abandonment)
  • The Anorexia Diaries: A Mother And Daughter Triumph Over Teenage Eating Disorders (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • Massive - Julia Bell (Eating Disorders - Bulimia)
  • Remembering Judith - Ruth Joseph (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • The Kid: A True Story- Kevin Lewis (Eating Disorders - Bulimia; Suicidal Thoughts; Violence and Anger)
  • Joe: The Only Boy In The World  - Michael Blastland (Autism)
  • A Wild Ride Up The Cupboards: A Novel - Ann Bauer (Autism; Suicide; Addictions - Alcohol; Stress)
  • Emergence: Labelled Autistic - Temple Grandin (Autism; Anxiety; Isolation)
  • George And Sam  - Charlotte Moore (Autism)
  • Loving Olivia: Bringing Up My Autistic Daughter - Liz Astor (Autism)
  • The Mind Of A Mnemonist: A Little Book About A Vast Memory - Alexandr R.Luria (Synesthesia; Sensory Abilities; Memory)
  • Brilliant Idiot: The Autobiography of a Dyslexic - Abraham Schmitt (Dyslexia; Intelligence / IQ)
  • The Story Of My Life - Helen Keller (Developmental Psychology; Language Acquisition)
  • An Anthropologist On Mars - Oliver Sacks (Mental Illness; Tourette's Syndrome)
  • Love At Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection  - Deborah Blum (Developmental Psychology; Attachments)
  • The Wild Boy - Jill Dawson (Nature vs. Nurture; Autism; Asperger's Syndrome)
  • The Weight Of Words - Emma Fulham (Eating Disorders; Creative Therapy)
  • Appetites: Why Women Want - Caroline Knapp (Eating Disorders; Anorexia)
  • I Am An Artichoke - Lucy Frank (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • Starving for Attention - Cherry Boone O'Neill (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • Hunger Scream - Ivy Ruckman (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • Diary of an Eating Disorder: A Mother and Daughter Share Their Healing Journey - Chelsea Smith and Beverly Runyon (Eating Disorders - Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Eve's Apple - Johnathon Rosen (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • The Echo Glass - Heather Morrall (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • Anorexics on Anorexia - Rosemary Shelley (Eating Disorders - Anorexia)
  • Midnight Feast - Martina Evans (Eating Disorders - Anorexia, Bulimia)
  • Running In Heels - Anna Maxted (Eating Disorders)
  • Kessa - Steven Levenkron (Eating Disorders)
  • Anorexic - Anna Patterson (Eating Disorders)
  • Diary Of An Anorexic Girl - Morgan Menzie (Eating Disorders)
  • A Puppet On A String - Helena Wilkinson (Eating Disorders)
  • Sickened - Julie Gregory (Abuse; Mental Illness; Personality Disorder)
  • Nexus - Morrison and Singh (Depression)
  • The Luckiest Girl In The World - Steven Levenkron (Self-harm, self-injury, self-mutilation)
  • Disconnected - Sherry Ashworth (Addiction - Alcohol)
  • A Million Little Pieces - James Frey (Addiction - Alcohol, Drugs)
  •  Sybil: The True Story of a Woman Possessed By Sixteen Seperate Personalities (Multiple Personality Disorder)
  • First Person Plural: My Life As A Multiple - Cameron West (Multiple Personality Disorder)
  • Madness - Paul Sayer (Mental Health; Catatonia)
  • The Noonday Demon - Andrew Soloman (Mental Health; Depression; Treatment)
  • Touched With Fire: Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament - Kay Redfield Jamison (Manic Depression)
  • Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania - Andy Behrman (Manic Depression; Treatment - ECT)
  • Mouthing the Words - Camilla Gibb (Mental Health; Addiction)
  • Anorexia: A Stranger In The Family - Kate Metcalfe (Eating Disorders)
  • Skinny - Ibi Kalik (Eating Disorders)
  • Feeling for Bones - Bethany Pierce (Eating Disorders)
  • The Happy Room - Catherine Palmer (Eating Disorders)
  • The Stuff Of Thought - Stephen Pinker (Language and Cognitive Processes)
  • The Language Instinct: The New Science of Language and Mind - Stephen Pinker (Language; Human Instinct)
  • Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language - Stephen Pinker (Cognitive Psychology; Language)
  • How The Mind Works - Stephen Pinker  (Cognitive Psychology; Memory; Consciousness; Emotions)
  • Open Me -Sunshine O'Donnell (Abuse; Psychology of Death & Grieving and Exploitation)
  • Out of the Dark - Linda Caine & Robin Royston (Suicide; Depression; Treatment, etc)

    • Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
    • The Woman In The Dunes - Kobo Abe
    • The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
    • The Book Of Lost Things - John Conolly
    • Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
    • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    • Sabriel - Garth Nix
    • Lirael - Garth Nix
    • The Children Of Men - P.D.James
    • Abhorsen - Garth Nix
    • Possession - A.S.Byatt
    • Small Island - Andrea Levy
    • The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
    • A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway
    • Checkmate - Malorie Blackman
    • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    • Lisey's Story - Stephen King
    • A Place Called Here - Cecilia Ahern
    • Knowledge Of Angels - Jill Paton Walsh
    • The Foreshadowing - Marcus Sedgwick
    • To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    • Dancing with Eva - Alan Judd
    • Icebergs - Rebecca Johns
    • The Stolen Child - Keith Donahue
    • We Are Gold - Alice Chambers
    • Maggie's Tree - Julie Walters
    • The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
    • Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window - Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
    • Tamar - Mal Peet
    • By The Shore - Galaxy Craze
    • Written on her body - Jeanette Winterson
    • Pollard - Laura Beatty
    • Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov