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!

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Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Dealing With Mental Illness

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten books which feature characters dealing with mental illness. I’ve decided to feature mental illness on my list this week, as I’ve recently been pleasantly surprised with how the topic is represented in literature. I’m not saying that authors always get it right, but it’s an important topic to be explored.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads.

Undone by Cat Clarke

Undone

I really enjoy Cat Clarke’s books and Undone really impressed and shocked me at the same time. It deals with the aftermath of the main character’s best friend killing himself after being outed as gay.

Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazing writer. I truly recommend her books! Wintergirls deals with eating disorders. It’s an incredibly powerful read.

Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

Speak is the first book I read from Laurie Halse Anderson. The main character in this book is suffering after a terrible event.

My Heart and Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

This book is about depression and suicide. Handled in a very sensitive manner. Some of the descriptions are so powerful in this book. It really made an impact on me.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

This is yet another powerful read. The reader learns about the main character’s fall into mental illness. Highly recommended!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye- Cynthia Hand

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

I was really intrigued to see what Cynthia Hand’s contemporary work would be like. I was impressed. This book deals with the consequences of a family member taking their own life.

Perfect Escape- Jennifer Brown

Perfect Escape

In this book, the main character’s brother suffers from OCD. She takes him away from his everyday life and his routines/rituals. They really go on a journey (cheesy, sorry! 😉 ) together. I loved this book!

The Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick

The Silver Linings Playbook

I haven’t seen the movie adaptation but I’ve read the book! It’s so interesting to see the world from the main character’s point of view. A thought provoking book.

Stronger Than You Know- Jolene Perry

Stronger Than You Know

I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. The main character suffers from panic attacks admidst other problems. She finds inner strength. I was touched by this book.

Pointe- Brandy Colbert

Pointe

Another beautiful book that completely exceeded my expectations. It deals with the aftermath of an eating disorder and the aftermath of terrible events.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What have you picked for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week I’m listing the Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far this year. Oh my goodness, this was hard work. I have read some good books so far this year, so I’ve had quite a few to choose from. With the help of Goodreads, I looked at what I’ve rated highly so far this year!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page! The title links to my review, if you’re interested in reading my thoughts!

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A Kiss In The DarkCat Clarke– I rated this book five stars, because I thought it was incredible. Cat Clarke is one of my auto-buy authors. I adore her stories, but at the same time, they usually destroy me! I can’t say too much about this one, as it would completely ruin the story. If you’re a fan of gritty writing, then I’d definitely recommend it!

The MadnessAlison Rattle- I rated this book five stars. Alison Rattle is an amazing writer. Her writing is beautiful and I could easily picture the scenes and I fell in love with the main character Marnie.

TroubleNon Pratt– This book pulled me in from the start and kept me gripped throughout!

BirdCrystal Chan– I rated this book five stars. Bird is a wonderful, middle-grade book that I think people of all ages would enjoy. It’s beautifully written. Jewel is an amazing character.

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Everneath Brodi Ashton– This year I’m trying to start and finish some more series. Everneath was on my radar to start this year. I’m glad I did, as I thoroughly enjoyed the first book! I hope to continue with the series soon!

Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I was pleased with the ending of this series. I rated it five stars, it was my favourite book in the trilogy. I found it gripping to the very end. Wonderful writing.

The One Plus One Jojo Moyes– I really love this author’s writing. I was pleased to be able to read her newest book early, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, rating it five stars. Jojo writes such real characters.

The Shock Of The Fall- Nathan Filer– This book is incredibly emotional, but powerful too. It was a five star read for me.

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Liv, ForeverAmy Talkington– An accomplished debut novel. I was really impressed!

Dead SilentSharon Jones– Oh, I loved this book! It was a great mystery with wonderful writing.

Other notable mentions go to Shine by Candy Gourlay, A Room Full Of Chocolate by Jane Elson, Hollow Pike and Say Her Name by James Dawson and Cress by Marissa Meyer.

What are your top ten reads so far this year? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts so I can visit and inevitably add more books to my TBR list!

Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame As Pieces of Art.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!

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The Shock of The FallNathan Filer– This is the hardback cover. I know that the cover has changed for the paperback, but I remain firmly in love with this cover. It’s plain, it’s simple, it’s intriguing.

The MadnessAlison Rattle– I have a lot of love for this book, and a lot of love for the cover. I’ve noticed that the covers I’ve picked, in the main part are very simple. The cover of The Madness intrigued me. It uses some beautiful colours.

A Room Full Of Chocolate- Jane Elson– What I like about the cover is the shiny brown bit. It reminds me of an old school Galaxy wrapper. If you don’t know what Galaxy is, it’s a chocolate bar that had very shiny brown wrapping. I think some of the bigger bars still use the shiny brown! Very appealing. (A great story too!)

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PointeBrandy Colbert– I’m obsessed with dance, and I just think this cover is plain and simple beautiful! I can’t wait to read this!

These Broken StarsAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner– A very pretty, sparkly cover. I like!

JasmynAlex Bell– This book should be well more known, and that’s not my bias as it’s one of my best friend’s books. It’s such a wonderful story with a beautiful cover. Ahh.

SisterRosamund Lupton–  Some people might think that this cover is boring, but I like it. It’s simple and atmospheric.

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SplinteredA.G Howard- Pretty, pretty book. I have the hardback edition and it’s just stunning!

Dance of ShadowsYelena Black– There goes another dance themed book. I adore this cover and really enjoyed this book!

Q: A Love StoryEvan Mandery– Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the story inside, I really love this cover. I love the colours.

What covers would you frame as pieces of art? Do you judge a book by its cover? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to leave your link to your Top Ten Posts and I’ll stop by soon!

The Shock Of The Fall

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth!

Synopsis:

‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.

There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.

There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.

The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.

The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

Thoughts:

My sister picked up The Shock Of The Fall at last year’s Hay Festival. She was pulled towards the hardback cover, which is gorgeous and the synopsis which is incredibly intriguing. She didn’t intend to read it soon, so she gave it for me to read! The Shock Of The Fall is an impressive debut novel. It’s very emotional, but strong at the same time. Nathan Filer doesn’t hold back from exploring how difficult mental illness is.

The Shock Of The Fall tells the story of Matthew Homes, a young man who is suffering with mental illness. It covers the time period from when he lost his brother to his current journey. Matthew’s story is handled sensitively, but it is brutally honest, written by an author who understands these issues.

Although this isn’t the cheeriest of subjects, it’s not difficult to read. The unique way in which its written makes the reader step inside Matthew’s head. You really feel like you know him, his family, his friends and the professionals he encounters along the way. The reader learns about his dealings with the medical system, his guilt over what happened to his brother and his schizophrenia.

I think The Shock Of The Fall is an impressive, powerful debut novel. I was surprised that this was Nathan Filer’s debut novel, the writing was incredibly assured. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a tough, but honest read about mental illness.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

WWW Wednesday #62

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 Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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My sister bought this book in Hay, last year before it started to win loads of awards and praise. Good call, Beth! I’m really enjoying this book so far. I’m not very far into it, but I think it could potentially be one of the best books that I’ve read this year.

What did you recently finish reading?

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The hype monster got me with this book. I was expecting amazing. It was good, but not amazing. My review will follow soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m looking forward to starting this book by Katie Davis. It looks like it’s going to be an emotional read!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions or leave links to your WWW Wednesday posts! 🙂 Happy Reading!