Book Recommendations // Mental Illness Awareness Week {Part One}.

Since the first week in October is Mental Illness Awareness Week {MIAW} I thought it would be a great time to recommend some great books that deal with mental illnesses. Some of these books I’ve read and some are recommendations from other people in the book community. I hope you find some great new reads to add to your TBR 

 Books marked with an * are books I have yet to read.

MIAW Part One

♡ Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde {Anxiety and Autism} — The anxiety and autism representation in this book is fantastic; Taylor is an amazing character that deals with her anxiety one day at a time. She’s a fantastic role model when it comes to facing your fears and Queens of Geek is a must read.

♡ Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall {Anxiety, OCD and Agoraphobia} — Norah was a lovely character and her OCD and anxiety was very prominent in the story. She also really struggled to leave her house and had regular panic attacks. Norah also consults with a therapist on a weekly basis which I loved. This really is a must read book.

♡ A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom {Bipolar Disorder} — Lindstrom does a really great job in explaining bipolar disorder and emphasizing that it differs from one person to the next. It was also refreshing to see that Mel took medication for her disorder and that she actually wanted to take the medication and that she knew her medication was good for her. I really great read if you’re interested bipolar disorder and understanding it better.

♡ Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu {Anxiety, Eating Disorder, OCD, Depression and Narcissistic Personality Disorder}* — This story follows five teens as they attend a four week recovery camp. We have loads of mental illness representations present in the story; we have a male character that suffers from an eating disorder, loads of times males are totally left out when talking about eating disorders so this is a really refreshing take on things. We also have a character with narcissistic personality disorder; something which I have not seen in YA books yet. I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

♡ This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales {Anxiety and Depression}* — This follows the story of Elise, an unpopular girl struggling with anxiety and depression. The story is centered around her high school experience and brings forth the message that high school isn’t everything and that even if you’re not popular now, it doesn’t really matter that much in the long run.

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♡ What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard {Eating Disorder – Anorexia Nervosa}* — Elizabeth has lost everything resulting in her being admitted to Wallingfield – a treatment center for girls struggling with eating disorders. This is a story about recovery and comes highly recommend by Emma Books who has had her own struggles with eating disorders in the past.

♡ Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia {Anxiety}* — Eliza is famous on the internet; she is the anonymous author behind the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. But in real life she is shy and keeps to herself, she struggles with anxiety and being social around people. Numerous people have praised the anxiety representation in this book and loved the overall story line, definitely a book I’m excited to read soon!

♡ Paperweight by Meg Haston {Eating Disorders and Depression} — This story is such an accurate portrayal of what it’s like to suffer from an eating disorder and the damages you do to yourself and your family. Stevie also struggles with old demons and depression. Overall this really was such an inspiring and empowering read about self discovery and recovery.

♡ All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven {Depression and Bipolar Disorder} — This book will probably make it onto every single list about mental illnesses because I adore it. Finch’s struggle with bipolar disorder is describe in such a real and raw way; the way his chapters were divided into dark days and light days were amazing. The lyrical writing is also so beautiful and you won’t want to put this book down.

♡ Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell {Anxiety} — Cath struggles with anxiety; she has a hard time making friends or leaving her room to go to the rowdy dining hall, instead she’ll just stay inside all day and work on her fan fiction. The anxiety representation in Fangirl is spot on and I know that this is the first book in which loads of readers saw themselves being represented. It is a fun and quirky story that is definitely well worth a read.

 

 Have you read any of these books and what did you think?

 Have you added any of these to your growing TBR?

Mich

  Other posts that I’ve done for MIAW {2017} — Under Rose-Tainted Skies {A Review}.

 Please be cautious when you read any of these books, the content might be triggering to some readers.

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22 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Mental Illness Awareness Week {Part One}.

  1. Love your recommendations here, Michelle ❤ I read and loved Under Rose-Tainted Skies so much, as you already know. I also enjoyed Queens of Geek and All The Bright Places. I SO want to read This Song Will Save Your Life and Eliza & Her Monsters, both are veeeeery high on my TBR, they sound so good! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Marie 🌸
      I’m so happy you loved All The Bright Places; it would be so lovely if we could watch the movie together! Eliza & Her Monsters is also really high on my TBR – I really, really want to read it!

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  2. I’ve had Under Rose-Tainted Skies on my TBR for a while. Seeing this post, I will defiantly have to get to reading it! I think mental health awareness is so important and this post was great in relating to the book world!

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    1. I hope you enjoyed it 🌸
      The way she wrote Finch’s dark days vs his light days gave me chills! But yes it is quite an intense book and that ending is just so gut wrenching; it had me crying like a baby!

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  3. You mentioned ATBP and now I have to cry. It’s still a gut punch after all this time. Eliza was wonderful! Fangirl was very sweet. I was such a Cath and Levi fan. Two books I read recently dealing with anxiety were How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat and Top Ten by Katie Cotugno.

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    1. Thanks so much for the recommendations, I’ll definitely check them out 🌸
      I cried so much during All The Bright Places, I just loved Finch and the ending was just so emotional! Really excited to read Eliza and Her Monsters soon.

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  4. I have only read Fangirl and Eliza and Her Monsters from your list but I have most of them in my tbr. Hope to pick them up soon one by one. Great list! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Hannah 🌸
      I think you’ll really enjoy Queens of Geek and I think you’ll definitely relate to Taylor – she’s really amazing and the way she describes anxiety is just so real and amazing.

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