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5 More Mental Health Recommendations ๐ŸŒธ feat. #mentalhealthathon TBR

MH Recs + TBR

Hello fellow bookworms ๐ŸŒธ As it’s Mental Health Awareness Month in April, I wanted to do another post focused on books that have mental health representation. I already did a big recommendation post last year that you can check out, so today’s post features 5 new recommendations that I have discovered since my last post and wanted to highlight! I’ve also included some of the books with mental health representation that I still have on my TBR and also my TBR for the Mental Healthathon that’s currently happening, as I plan on reading a bunch of books with different representations for the Readathon!

๐ŸŒธ Check out my mental health recommendations from last year! ๐ŸŒบ

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๐ŸŒธ 5 More Mental Health Recommendations ๐ŸŒบ

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The Storm Crow (Kalyn Josephson) ๐ŸŒท Depression ๐ŸŒท I’m always here for more mental health representation in Fantasy so I was happy to see that the Storm Crow deals with trauma, grief, and depression. The main character Thia’s depression is so well-written and I love that we see a very positive portrayal as she tries her best to help her country even though it’s not always easy for her. We also have a super supportive best friend who tries to help and motivate Thia and is always by her side. I’m definitely excited to read the sequel to this when it’s coming out, as this has such a lovely fantasy world as well! ๐ŸŒบ Read my Review Here ๐ŸŒบ

Reasons to Stay Alive (Matt Haig) ๐ŸŒท Depression ๐ŸŒท I also loved Matt Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet which touches upon anxiety in the modern age, but I haven’t talked as much about Reasons to Stay Alive, so I picked it for today’s post! The book again falls into different categories, it’s a mix of nonfiction, memoir, and self-help book that works really well. The author recounts his own experiences with his depression, suicidal thoughts, and also touches upon his anxiety. Told in lists, anecdotes, and other reports, ๐ŸŒบit was a great insight into what living with depression is like! ๐ŸŒบ Read my Review Here ๐ŸŒบ

Technically, You Started It (Lana Wood Johnson) ๐ŸŒท Generalized Anxiety ๐ŸŒทย Told entirely in text messages, this one has a special format that might not appeal to anyone but in the end, it really convinced me.ย  While I wish we’d seen different text exchanges, I loved the two main characters chatting and falling for each other exclusively through texting – the book said online friend rights! I also loved that the book touched upon the girl’s Generalized Anxiety Disorder and how it affects her way of life. The book really isn’t about her GAD, but I liked that it was included subtly in the text changes! ๐ŸŒบ Read my Review Here ๐ŸŒบ

It Sounded Better in my Head (Nina Kenwood) ๐ŸŒท Social Anxiety ๐ŸŒท Okay this book was simply amazing and I need all of you to read it because it simply blew me away. It had everything that I could have asked for: a super relatable, awkward main character struggling with her own fears and insecurities as well as a swoony, banter-filled romance and a complicated, but tight-knit friendship group. This book just gets it and made me feel so understood in terms of my own anxiety and experiences, oftentimes it felt like it had plugged thoughts straight from my head.ย ๐ŸŒบ Read my Review Here ๐ŸŒบ

What I Like About You (Marisa Kanter)ย  ๐ŸŒท Anxiety, Panic Attacks ๐ŸŒท While the premise of the book might not be for everyone, I did like how good the mental health representation was and how it got included in the book. The main character Halle experiences panic attacks and has anxiety that is explored in the book and also shows her way of coping with them. I could relate to a lot of her feelings, especially as the book also touches upon maintaining your identity in the internet and how that can differ from real-life interactions in terms of managing your anxiety. I also liked that the book showed us so much blogging love! ๐ŸŒบ Read my Review Here ๐ŸŒบ

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๐ŸŒธ Some of the Mental Health Booksย On my TBR ๐ŸŒบ

MH TBR

  1. 10 Things I Can See from Here (Carrie Mac) ๐ŸŒธ Anxiety
  2. Words on Bathroom Walls (Julia Walton) ๐ŸŒธ Schizophrenia
  3. The Weight of our Sky (Hanna Alkaf) ๐ŸŒธ OCD
  4. I Wish You All the Best (Mason Deaver) ๐ŸŒธ Anxiety
  5. Girl in Pieces (Kathleen Glasgow) ๐ŸŒธ Self-Harm
  6. What I Lost (Alexandra Ballard) ๐ŸŒธ Eating Disorders
  7. The Boy Who Steals Houses (C.G. Drews) ๐ŸŒธ Anxiety
  8. For a Muse of Fire (Heidi Heilig) ๐ŸŒธ Bipolar Disorder
  9. How to Disappear (Sharin Huss Roat) ๐ŸŒธ Anxiety
  10. One Way or Another (Kara McDowell) ๐ŸŒธ Anxiety

๐ŸŒธ #mentalhealthathon TBR ๐ŸŒบ

โžฝ The Mental Healthathon is a month-long Readathon all about books that have mental health representation and is hosted by Nicole, Simone, and Victoria! You can also find the Readathon on Twitter! I’m very excited to be participating and have my own Thread tracking my progress throughout the month ๐Ÿฅฐ I won’t be reading the group book or the host’s picks as I have none available to me, but I hope to at least tick off as many other challenges as possible and fill out the lovely bingo board! ๐ŸŒท

Mental Healthathon

  1. Wintergirls (Laurie Halse Anderson) ๐ŸŒธ Eating Disorder
  2. A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Sara Barnard) ๐ŸŒธ Selective Mutism
  3. My Heart and Other Black Holes (Jasmine Warga) ๐ŸŒธ Depression
  4. Goodbye from Nowhere (Sara Zarr) ๐ŸŒธ Anxiety
  5. Over the Top (Jonathan Van Ness) ๐ŸŒธ PTSD, Addiction, Depression
  6. All Our Broken Pieces (L.D. Crichton) ๐ŸŒธ OCD
  7. You Asked for Perfect (Laura Silverman) ๐ŸŒธ Anxiety

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What are your favorite books with mental health representation? Feel free to recommend me some books down below! ๐ŸŒธ

13 thoughts on “5 More Mental Health Recommendations ๐ŸŒธ feat. #mentalhealthathon TBR

  1. These books all sound so good ๐Ÿ˜ฎ! Iโ€™ve been meaning to read Notes on a Nervous Planet and didnโ€™t know that Matt Haig had another book ๐Ÿ™‚. Also, It Sounder Better in my Head seems like it would be a relatable read based just off the title ๐Ÿ˜…. I love that you even included books still on your TBR! Iโ€™ve heard such good things about Words on Bathroom Walls, and Iโ€™m currently reading The Weight of our Sky ๐Ÿ™‚. Really great post, Caro ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’›! Good luck on the readathon!

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that ๐Ÿ˜„ Notes on a Nervous Planet was such a fantastic book, I loved how it blended anecdotes and some genuine advice ๐Ÿฅฐ It Sounded Better in my Head was excellent, it was so much fun and really relatable! I hope you enjoy reading The Weight of Our Sky, it sounds really interesting ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ’š

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  2. This is such a cool readathon! I love that more mental health representation has been coming into the fiction and YA scene. I’d recommend OCDaniel by Wesley King and Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson. I also keep hearing great things about Who Put This Song On? and it’s in my TBR right now

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  3. I love the sound of mental health representation in fantasy, since that seems pretty rare! And Technically You Started it was already on my TBR for the ace rep, but now Iโ€™m even more excited to read it for the anxiety rep ๐Ÿ˜€ I thought the mental health representation in I Wish You All the Best was fantastic, so I hope you like it too. Good luck with your reading for Mental Healthathon!!

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    1. I would definitely love more Mental Health representation in Fantasy, do you have any good recommendations? ๐Ÿฅฐ Technically, You Started It is definitely an amazing book and so quick to read as it’s told in text messages ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m definitely looking forward to reading I Wish You All the Best! Thank you!! ๐ŸŒธ

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      1. Hmm the only fantasy books with mental health rep that I can think of right now are The Starless Sea (main character has anxiety) and The Rest of Us Just Live Here (main character has OCD if I remember correctly). I wish I had more recommendations but I just haven’t read that many!

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  4. Ah I always love books with mental health representation, thank you for sharing this post, Caro! ๐Ÿฅฐ I love love love it sounded better in my head and am SO excited to read Technically, You Started It at some point, it sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Very happy to share it!! ๐Ÿฅฐ It Sounded Better in my Head is so amazing and relatable, I’m so glad that I picked it up when I saw how much you loved it ๐Ÿ’› Technically, You Started It was really great and so quick to read due to the format ๐Ÿ˜Š

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