Ten Book Recommendations If You Want To Read Books Involving Mental Health

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s topic has been super tricky for me. I decided to put my own spin on the topic and suggest some books to read if you want to read some books involving mental health/illness. I know if elements of these books were added to each other it would make one hell of a book representing mental illness!

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1)

I love Holly Bourne’s writing. Her characters are very relatable!

The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope

I really enjoyed this book which was a memoir. I do enjoy reading memoirs of mental health because they are so raw.

Reasons to Stay Alive

Another raw and real take on mental health. I can’t wait to read Notes On A Nervous Planet from Matt too.

My Heart and Other Black Holes

Some moments in this story really hit home for me. A wonderful read.


This is unique! I loved reading this story.


The ending of this book blew me away!

Lighter Than My Shadow

A graphic novel that shows Katie’s journey through dealing with her eating disorder.

Perfect Escape

I loved how this book portrayed the effect OCD can have on others around those with the disorder.

Highly Illogical Behavior

I adored this book! Totally relatable characters.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

Another non-fiction. For me, a book that involves mental health should have an element of realness in order to relate to it. All too often, books around mental health have an instant ‘fix’ and that’s not even a possibility… it makes my blood boil.

Please leave me a link to your Top Ten post this week. I can’t wait to see how you tackled the prompt!


50 thoughts on “Ten Book Recommendations If You Want To Read Books Involving Mental Health

  1. I haven’t read any of these books, but I have heard of quite a few of them! I love books that openly talk about mental health so I’m always on the lookout for them 🙂

  2. I want to read more books with mental health rep, and I love the sound of Perfect Escape. I like that OCD is being addressed more in YA. And Furiously Happy looks amazing of course!

  3. I really liked Undone but I wasn’t a fan of the ending too much, it seemed designed to shock where the rest of the book had actually looked at the MH around the character being gay and was more thoughtful in my opinion.

  4. I loved Furiously Happy! It was soo funny but did a good job talking about the serious issue of anxiety and depression. I told my fiance who suffers from both that he had to read this book.

  5. I like where you went with this this week. My dd is dealing with depression right now and it’s so difficult for her. And you’re right, there is no magic switch. People keep asking me how she’s doing, like they expect her to be all better already. It doesn’t work that way.

  6. I’ve not seen it around the blogosphere before, but “Undone” looks super unique! That cover is certainly intriguing; I love how the font swirls around the model. Plus, the pop of color it offers.

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Chrissi. 🙂

  7. Great spin on the topic! I agree that we definitely need more mental health rep. I’ve only read Highly Illogical Behavior from this list though, so I still have some reading to do 🙂

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