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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The Time In Between

The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

When Nancy Tucker was eight years old, her class had to write about what they wanted in life. She thought, and thought, and then, though she didn’t know why, she wrote: ‘I want to be thin.’

Over the next twelve years, she developed anorexia nervosa, was hospitalised, and finally swung the other way towards bulimia nervosa. She left school, rejoined school; went in and out of therapy; ebbed in and out of life. From the bleak reality of a body breaking down to the electric mental highs of starvation, hers has been a life held in thrall by food.

Told with remarkable insight, dark humour and acute intelligence, The Time in Between is a profound, important window into the workings of an unquiet mind – a Wasted for the 21st century.

Thoughts:

My reviews are usually published in the order that I’ve read them in, but after reading this profound memoir, I had to push this review in front of the rest that are drafted, because I just had to get my feelings out there. I feel like I want to encourage readers to discover this amazingly insightful book.

The Time In Between is a memoir of a young girl’s experience of an eating disorder. It’s an incredibly touching memoir, which doesn’t shy away from the feelings that Nancy was feeling. Nancy knew she was being cold and manipulative and affecting relationships within her family, but the Voice that controlled her eating disorder could not prevent her from acting this way. I really appreciated how real this memoir is. Nancy never mentions numbers. She doesn’t intend to trigger anyone suffering from an eating disorder. She doesn’t believe that is helpful for others to have numbers to compare themselves to. Nancy knows this from reading such a range of material on eating disorders which plainly recalled weight.

Nancy Tucker has been battling with an eating disorder which started with anorexia and swung completely the other way to bulimia. It started as young as eight years old, when she wrote at school that she wanted ‘to be thin’. It completely spiralled from there into an eating disorder that consumed her life. Nancy spent most of her adolescence in and out of therapy, she had constant doctors appointments including C.A.M.H.S (Child and Adolescence Mental Health Service), she had experience of being an inpatient, she left school, she rejoined school and all throughout her battle with her eating disorder she still strived to be her version of Perfect. She obtained fantastic grades and managed to fool those around her into thinking that she was still eating, when in fact she was starving herself, listening to that voice that told her she wasn’t good enough.

This might not sound like the easiest book to read. It’s certainly not. You won’t find a picture perfect ending all wrapped up into neat pieces, but what you will find is an incredibly messy journey to recovery. That to me, is real. I really appreciated it.

I also really enjoyed how Nancy experimented with different forms of narration. There are playscripts (influenced by her father’s job as a director), ‘self-help’ sarcastic advice for parents (which allude to Nancy’s experience that anything her parents did weren’t right), letters to anorexia and diary entries.

I’m not sure if I would highly recommend this book to those suffering from an eating disorder right now, but it’s definitely a book to keep in mind. As I mentioned, it doesn’t include any numbers so that won’t be a trigger. The book’s main focus is the complex emotions involved with an eating disorder. It’s incredibly readable and gives you an intelligent insight into the mind of someone with an eating disorder.

Here is a fantastic interview with Nancy Tucker where she discusses The Time In Between. Thanks to Jess from Curiouser and Curiouser for bringing this interview to my attention.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

This Week In Books #20

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book image to get you to Goodreads!

The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope The Start of Me and You None of the Above

NOW- The Time In BetweenNancy Tucker– I am thoroughly engrossed by this memoir about a young girl with anorexia. It is SO well written. It’s disturbing, it’s raw and it’s real. I’m putting it down momentarily today to read Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian for my kid-lit challenge with Beth, but as soon as I’m back from London later I shall be picking it back up!

THEN- The Start of Me and YouEmery Lord– I would’ve said I just read a lighter read looking at the cover, but one of the great things about Emery Lord’s contemporary books are that they have so much depth than your average contemporary. This book deals with grief and moving on. It’s a beautiful book and has cemented Emery Lord as one of my auto buy authors.

NEXT- None of The AboveI.W Gregorio- Wow, I have a heavy reading week! I have been looking forward to this book for ages though. It’s about a teenager who finds out they are intersex…

What are you reading this week?