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.

Belzhar

This is unique! I loved reading this story.

Undone

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!

 

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Ten Gems In Mental Health Literature

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a hidden gems list. Now, these books aren’t so much hidden, but I decided they needed some airing on my blog this week because they are gems. I love reading books that centre around mental health/illness and think they’re worth airing even if some of them are quite popular!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook

This book is told in such a unique voice. I think this book is much deeper than the film. I enjoyed Matthew Quick’s portrayal of Pat.

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter Than My Shadow

This is a hefty book. It’s huge and it’s quite heavy going in its nature. It’s about Katie’s struggle with an eating disorder.

Am I Normal Yet?- Holly Bourne

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

I absolutely adored this book. Holly Bourne is such a beautiful writer and she represented mental illness wonderfully. This is such an addictive YA read.

Reasons To Stay Alive- Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

I adore Matt Haig’s raw honesty in this book. There are some dark moments, but this book is hopeful.

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

There are some incredibly poignant moments and memorable sections in this book. I found it incredibly powerful to read.

Belzhar- Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar

I really enjoyed this book despite it having quite mixed reviews. It’s unique and wonderfully written.

Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown

Perfect Escape

I enjoyed reading this book which centres around a girl experiencing her brother’s problems with OCD. It was interesting to read about the impact it can have on a family member.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

This book doesn’t hold back when exploring mental illness. It’s such an intense, powerful read.

Undone- Cat Clarke

Undone

This book was so moving. It’s ending actually put a lump in my throat.

Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

This book was absolutely stunning. I was blown away by the writing. I shall definitely be reading more from John Corey Whaley.

What are your hidden gems this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Graphic Novels I’ve Read And Want To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about the visuals. Graphic novels that we’ve read, enjoyed or want to read. I have split the list two ways and have picked my top 5 I’ve read so far and the top 5, I want to read.

5 I’ve Read

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter Than My Shadow

This is an incredible memoir of the author’s struggle with eating disorders.

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

This book is a fantastic read with a deaf child at the heart of it.

Drama- Raina Telegemeier

Drama

I can’t believe that this book was banned! It’s great fun.

Saga

Saga, Vol. 1

It may be a bit much for some readers in some places but I loved it!

Through The Woods

Through the Woods

I loved this creepy read.

5 to read…

Anya’s Ghost- Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost

I’m intrigued by this book. I’ve heard great things.

This One Summer- Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

 

This One Summer

Again, I have heard wonderful things about this book.

Smile- Raina Telgemeier

Smile

I liked Drama by the same author, so I’m intrigued to read more.

Hyperbole and a Half- Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

I’ve seen good reviews of this one.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This book intrigues me. I’ve picked it up a few times but never purchased a copy.

What graphic novels do you recommend? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by.

Round up of The British Book Challenge 2016

It’s that time of year again… time to reflect on the British Books I’ve read this year for the British Books Challenge. I read a grand total of 66 British books! (I shall add anymore to this post if I read more between now and 1st January) Yay!

The challenge involves reading 12 books from British authors, so I think we can safely say I smashed that number! 😉 I really enjoy finding British authors to read as much of my reading is dominated by US authors (they are amazing though!) Linked below are the reviews of the 66 British books that I read!

  1. Lighter Than My Shadow– Katie Green
  2. For Holly– Tanya Byrne
  3. Am I Normal Yet?– Holly Bourne
  4. The Demon Headmaster– Gillian Cross
  5. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig– Emer Stamp
  6. The Haunting– Alex Bell
  7. In A Dark, Dark Wood– Ruth Ware
  8. The Number One Rule For Girls– Rachel McIntyre
  9. Carrie’s War-Nina Bawden
  10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter– Melinda Salisbury
  11. Radio Silence– Alice Oseman
  12. The Samaritan– Mason Cross
  13. Moving– Jenny Eclair
  14. More Of Me– Kathryn Evans
  15. The Next Together– Lauren James
  16. The Boy In The Dress– David Walliams
  17. Consumed– Abbie Rushton
  18. V is for Violet– Alison Rattle
  19. Read Me Like A Book– Liz Kessler
  20. Follow Me Back– Nicci Cloke
  21. Noble Conflict– Malorie Blackman
  22. When I Was Invisible– Dorothy Koomson
  23. Poppy’s Place– Karina Charman
  24. The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis
  25. Orangeboy– Patrice Lawrence
  26. Always With Love– Giovanna Fletcher
  27. The Moonlight Dreamers– Siobhan Curham
  28. According To Yes-Dawn French
  29. The Borrowers– Mary Norton
  30. Swimming To The Moon– Jane Elson
  31. The Castle– Sophia Bennett
  32. The Woman Next Door– Cass Green
  33. Songs About A Girl– Chris Russell
  34. Maggot Moon– Sally Gardner
  35. Shtum– Jem Lester
  36. The One We Fell In Love With– Paige Toon
  37. My Embarrassing Dad’s Gone Viral– Ben Davis
  38. Cuckoo– Keren David
  39. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child– J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  40. All About The Hype– Paige Toon
  41. The Girls– Lisa Jewell
  42. Head Over Heels– Holly Smale
  43. Crush– Eve Ainsworth
  44. Perijee and Me– Ross Montgomery
  45. How Not To Disappear– Clare Furniss
  46. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding– Jackie Copleton
  47. Looking for JJ– Anne Cassidy
  48. A Boy Made Of Bricks– Keith Stuart
  49. Robyn Silver- The Midnight Chimes– Paula Harrison
  50. Isadora Moon Goes To School- Harriet Muncaster
  51. The Last Act of Love– Cathy Rentzenbrink
  52. Time To Say Goodbye– S.D. Robertson
  53. On The Other Side– Carrie Hope Fletcher
  54. Beautiful Broken Things– Sara Barnard
  55. The Widow– Fiona Barton
  56. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase– Joan Aiken
  57. Dead Romantic– C.J.Skuse
  58. Haunt Me– Liz Kessler
  59. Missing, Presumed– Susie Steiner
  60. Strange Star– Emma Carroll
  61. Ballet Shoes– Noel Streatfeild
  62. The Lie Tree– Frances Hardinge
  63. Into The Trees– Robert Williams
  64. Lighthousekeeping– Jeanette Winterson
  65. Infinite Sky– C.J. Flood
  66. The Sleeping Prince– Melinda Salisbury

A massive thank you to Kirsty from Overflowing Library for hosting this challenge this year.

As this is one of my favourite challenges, I am definitely on board for 2017. In 2017, the challenge will be hosted by Michelle from Tales of Yesterday. Sign up here!

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten books I have enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. The way you do this is go to Goodreads, your read list, at the top of your read list where it says settings you can add a column for # of ratings, then you can sort by that. If you aren’t a Goodreads user you can look up books you think are underrated and see what their # of reviews is on Goodreads.

Click on the book image to get to Goodreads! (These books are from lowest-highest of my under 2000 ratings list)

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

This book came out last month and I wish I saw it around more in the blogosphere!

V is for Violet- Alison Rattle

V for Violet

I love Alison Rattle’s writing so much and this book is so wonderful. It’s a gripping mystery/thriller/period drama. I love it.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

I love Alex’s books and this one really creeped me out!

The Madness- Alison Rattle

The Madness

Another one from the very underrated Alison Rattle. Her books make you feel like you’re inside the story, feeling and experiencing the action. I highly recommend her books.

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer for middle grade fiction. I love her books! I can easily see me using them in the classroom in the future!

Boy In The Tower- Polly H0-Yen

Boy In The Tower

This book was a really interesting, unique read. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

This book has great ratings on Goodreads, but not nearly enough in my opinion. It’s such a gripping read, which I much preferred to Alice’s debut!

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I absolutely loved this memoir of Katie’s struggle with an eating disorder. It’s in the form of a graphic novel and I have to say, it completely blew me away.

Of Scars and Stardust- Andrea Hannah

Of Scars and Stardust

I do love this book and wish that more people had read it. I still think of it! It was different and gripping.

A Kiss In The Dark- Cat Clarke

A Kiss in the Dark

I thought this was one of Cat Clarke’s best books. I found it to be utterly gripping and a real page turner.

Which books made it to your list this week? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by later! 🙂

Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our top ten most recent 5 star reads. Here are the books that have recently stole my heart!

(Book images go to Goodreads)

Made You Up- Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

I don’t know why I stalled with reading this book. Sure, the hype scared me, but I should have made time for it! I’m so glad that I have now. It’s an amazing, intense read. I can’t speak highly enough about this book.

The Other Me- Saskia Sarginson

The Other Me

I’ve said it before, but I really didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. It was another intense read, but so fascinating at the same time.

 The Beloved-Alison Rattle

The Beloved

The wonderful Alison Rattle can do no wrong in my eyes. I absolutely devour everything she writes. I highly recommend you check out Alison’s books if you like historical/period books!

I Let You Go- Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

I was utterly gripped by this book. It was completely unpredictable which I really appreciate.

The Last Leaves Falling- Sarah Benwell

The Last Leaves Falling

I absolutely loved this book. It captured my heart and moved me much more than I had ever anticipated.

Simon Versus The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

It couldn’t be a recent 5 star read list without including my favourite book of 2015. I can’t recommend this book highly enough! READ IT!

Boy In The Tower- Polly Ho-Yen

Boy In The Tower

This book hit me as a 5 star read out of nowhere. I really didn’t expect to rate it so highly, but I found it to be utterly gripping, unique and so easy to read!

I’ll Meet You There- Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There

I really enjoyed Something Real by Heather Demetrios, so I was intrigued and somewhat nervous to read the next book she released. I LOVED this book.

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

This graphic novel is very raw and real. It blew me away.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

Pointe surprised me. It was much deeper than I had anticipated. A very compelling read.

I can’t wait to see other Top Ten 5 star reads this week. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Type of Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is all about the books we’ve read recently that were outside of our usual

In no particular order, here are my favourite recent-ish outside of my comfort zone reads!

Bad Girls Don’t Die- Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)

I’m not usually a fan of spooky, creepy reads. Especially when it comes to dolls. Ha! I absolutely adored this book. It’s not terrifying, more creepy. It didn’t give me nightmares which I’m very pleased about.

The Haunting- Alex Bell

The Haunting

Again, a creepy one. I absolutely loved this book. I actually preferred it to Frozen Charlotte which was also a brilliant read.

Through The Woods- Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

This was my first creepy graphic novel. I loved it. Not all of the stories are as good as each other, but it was still an enjoyable, eerie read.

Anna Dressed In Blood- Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Ooh, look another creepy one! I loved this ghostly tale.

Ten Tiny Breaths- K.A Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)

I had been avoiding this book for a while because I had heard mixed things around it. I’m not a massive fan of the genre but I was pleasantly surprised by this book-despite the ending.

Lighter Than My Shadow- Katie Green

Lighter than My Shadow

I would usually read a book about an eating disorder, but this was a graphic novel. It was incredible.

El Deafo- Cece Bell

El Deafo

I am stepping into middle grade more nowadays, but I would say this is middle grade/graphic novel/memoir which is certainly an interesting combination!

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I didn’t think I’d like this book, but I found myself sucked into the world!

Born Weird- Andrew Kaufman

Born Weird

I don’t think I would have picked this book up, had it not been for my Reading Spa in Bath. I’m so glad I did though!

Always Emily- Michaela MacColl

Always Emily

I’m not the biggest classical literature fan, so I didn’t expect to like this book.

What books have surprised you recently? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!