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!

WWW Wednesday #96

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I am currently reading The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. I’m enjoying it so far!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Belzhar which I found incredibly interesting! It didn’t take me long to devour! My review is already up HERE

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m very much looking forward to reading Roomies, despite the mixed reviews!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or answer the questions in the comments below! Happy Reading! 😀

Belzhar

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Simon and Schuster UK Children’s

Synopsis:

A group of emotionally fragile, highly intelligent teenagers gather at a therapeutic boarding school where they are mysteriously picked for ‘Special Topics in English’. Here, they are tasked with studying Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and keeping a journal.

Each time the teens write in their diaries they are transported to a miraculous other world called Belzhar, a world where they are no longer haunted by their trauma and grief – and each begins to tell their own story.

Thoughts:

I had heard so many good things about Belzhar and a range of mixed opinions as well, so I was really looking forward to picking up my copy. I thought it was a fascinating book, that I found easy to devour.

Belzhar centres around a group of very emotionally ‘fragile’ teenagers. They’re sent to a boarding school to help them out with their problems. The group are picked for ‘Special Topics in English’, in which they are made to study Sylvia Path’s The Bell Jar. They find this strange, given their state of mind. However, more strange things begin to happen. As part of the class the students have to keep a journal- as they write in the diary they are transported to a world they refer to as Belzhar. In this world they are no longer affected by their problems. It is in this world that we learn their stories!

I think if you go into reading Belzhar knowing that it includes some magical realism then you will have a much better reading experience. It is a bit of a strange book, yet it’s wonderfully written and I think it’s worth giving it a try even if it is a little weird! It is only after finishing the story that I realise how much this book has made me think. It has some very intriguing characters. It’s incredibly clever. I can’t go into too much depth in a review, because it would be laden with spoilers and no-one wants that.

Belzhar deserves to be read and discussed. It stands out from anything else out there!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A unique tale of magical realism! 

WWW Wednesday #95

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m halfway through No Going Back by Alex Gutteridge. This book is a moving story about family, love and loss. I’m very much enjoying it, but haven’t had much time to sit and finish it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished Trust Games by Simon Packham. This book was enjoyable, but predictable. I shall hopefully have a review of this book up soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Next up for me is Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. I’ve heard some good things about this book, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, or leave a link to your post! Happy Reading 😀

Stacking The Shelves #86

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Won from the British Books Challenge:

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I won these books (and Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan which I have previously read and reviewed) from the British Books Challenge in June. I’m particularly looking forward to Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon. I’ve heard amazing things about Apple and Rain too.

NetGalley:

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie HennessyRachel Joyce– I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so I’m excited about reading from Queenie’s point of view.

BelzharMeg Wolitzer– Belzhar has been around so much recently! I’m looking forward to jumping into it soon!

What have you added to your collection this week? Please feel free to leave your link to your hauls!