Book Review: Melancholy Mind by Charlene McElhinney

Book Review: Melancholy Mind by Charlene McElhinney

I love poems but rarely do I pick up a poetry book and read it. However, having inspired one of the poems in the book and knowing Charlene personally through blogging, I really wanted to check it out. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

I really look up to Charlene for being so open about her mental health on Twitter and on her blog and I’m even more in awe of her for being able to express her deepest feelings so articulately through poetry.

Melancholy Mind takes the reader from the onset of depression right up to recovery with everything from insomnia to medication in between. It’s an extremely raw, real look at depression and anxiety and it’s a really fascinating look at mental illness from such a personal perspective. I especially loved that the book was split into topics and that it felt much more positive by the final chapter: Recovery.

It’s so clear that Charlene worked so hard on this poetry book and the hard work has definitely paid off because it’s a wonderful slice of Charlene’s mind.

I think it’s a great read for anyone with depression and anxiety, or anyone who knows someone with a mental illness. Although it is not a self-help book, I think Melancholy Mind offers support, hope and understanding for those who need it.

I also think it’s a really good book for those people who think they don’t like poetry. A lot of the poems are less formal and read more like words of wisdom than traditional poetry so I’d definitely recommend giving it a read even if you don’t think poetry is for you.

Rachel x-x-x



  1. July 15, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Thank you so much for this review! I’m so so so so glad you enjoyed my book and I’m honoured that you took the time to write about it and share your thoughts on your blog! Thank you so much sweetheart!

  2. abbeylouisarose
    July 23, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Two of my favourite bloggers in one post, I love it! I also thought that Charlene’s book was incredibly raw and unfiltered, exactly the kind of real voices we need to be hearing with regard to mental health, showing fellow sufferers that what they are not alone in what they experience! I think that the book is fantastically accessible and like you say, even those who don’t usually reach for a poetry book would be able to take something away from it!

    Abbey 😘

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