Hello fellow bookworms 🌸 It’s May, which means that Mental Health Awareness month is happening and I knew that I wanted to do another post for this occasion ❤️ I have done multiple posts over the years, as this topic is important to me and today I wanted to talk about Books with Mental Health Rep that are still on my TBR 🥰 I have read many books about Mental Health, but there are still many I haven’t read, so this month is the perfect time to pick them up! (Especially as the #DevourYourTBR monthly reading theme is Mental Health May 🌸)
- Mental Health Book Recs 🌺 (2019)
- 5 More Mental Health Recommendations 🌸 feat. #mentalhealthathon TBR (2020)
- 8 Books About Mental Health 🌸 #mentalhealthawarenessmonth (2021)
🌸 Rep: Selective Mutism 🌸
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
➽ This has been on my TBR the longest (since 2016! when I joined Goodreads) 😭 It survived multiple TBR purges, yet I still haven’t read it. It’s a shame as I still find the premise interesting and want to check Sara Barnard, as I know she has more books with mental health rep!
➽ I haven’t read many books with a selectively mute character and I love that this has a love interest who is deaf. I like the idea of both characters encouraging each other and finding a way to communicate!
🌸 Rep: Anxiety, Panic Attacks 🌸
This novel follows a teen girl during her California summer of beekeeping, secrets, and stolen kisses. Josie Hazeldine has just graduated from high school, and she’s ready for a summer full of sunshine, beekeeping, and…lying to her mom. Josie’s mom couldn’t be more proud of her daughter going to college, something she never got to do. But Josie wants to stay in her California hometown and take over the family business, Hazeldine Honey. So that college acceptance her mom is thrilled about? Yeah, Josie turned it down. But she’s going to come clean—just not yet.
The neighbor’s artsy, adorable grandson who’s in town for the summer makes Josie’s web of lies even more tangled. He’s into Josie and the feeling is very mutual, but he’s a Blumstein—the sworn enemy of the Hazeldines and their number one competition in the annual Honey Show at the end of July. As their secret fling goes on, Josie knows she’s getting in way too deep to leave him behind when summer’s over. Can Josie keep the boy she can’t stop thinking about without the secrets she’s juggling crashing down around her?
➽ The premise sounds right up my alley 🥰 I love books that explore the period between high school and college, especially with a protagonist who doesn’t want to go to college. Josie wants to take over the family business, which I love as it’s usually characters trying to get out of that and into college!
➽ It’s a perfect summer contemporary ☀️ including a friends (and family rivals) to lovers, an annual Honey Show, and a smalltown! This is also highly recommended by Marie which makes me even more excited to finally read it ❤️
🌸 Rep: Social Anxiety 🌸
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable. So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.
To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life. In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.
➽ I love the premise of this one!! 😊 It’s about a girl losing her only friend and reinventing herself as a new persona on social media. I appreciate that this book talks about using social media to cope and the differences between your online and real persona.
➽ This has also been on my TBR way too long, especially as I have a feeling that I’ll love it! Social media and anxiety rep are big buzzwords for me in contemporary books!
🌸 Rep: Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks 🌸
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.
But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life. At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.
➽ Another book that has been on my TBR way too long 😭 I have many books from Mason Deaver on my TBR, but this is their debut novel, and I was so excited for it! Now the author has two more books out (one due this year) and I need to catch up 😄
➽ This seems like such an emotional book and features a nonbinary main character! There’s also a sweet friends to lovers romance and generally, I have heard good things about this book!
🌸 Rep: OCD, Anxiety 🌸
A music-loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut. Melati Ahmad looks like your typical moviegoing, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied.
But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames. With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.
➽ Hanna Alkaf is a beloved author and I have quite a few books on my TBR! (yet I haven’t read any of them) Other than The Weight of Our Sky, I want to read The Girl and the Ghost and the new release Queen of the Tiles, as they also sound great 🥰
➽ This is also a historical fiction about the race riots of 1969 in Malaysia, an event I don’t know much about and would like to read more about. The author is – I believe – Malaysian herself and I’m trying to make an effort to read more about countries that don’t appear often in books!
🌸 Rep: Social Anxiety 🌸
Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power. Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims’ secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.
Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world’s known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.
➽ Social Anxiety Representation in Fantasy! I always desperately need more books about mental health in Fantasy (especially since it’s my favorite genre), as they are still more prevalent in Contemporary 🙏🏻
➽ This also has got a sister bond & a really cool world about magical weapons that drew me in! ⚔️
➽ I got an Arc of this for the UK release this year and definitely want to read it as soon as May starts and the Magical Readathon is over!
🌸 Rep: Degenerative hallucinatory disorder 🌸
When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.
August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.
➽ It has a super unique, visual (mixed media) format! I love books that include files, reports, and other interesting documents. I believe in the case of The Wicker King, the story also plays with light/dark and is set to reflect the mental state of the main character!
➽ I keep hearing good things about this book and K. Ancrum in general! I wouldn’t say that this is a super popular book, but I have seen many people love it, so I’m intrigued 👀
🌸 Rep: Drug Addiction 🌸
For all of Emory’s life she’s been told who she is. In town she’s the rich one–the great-great-granddaughter of the mill’s founder. At school she’s hot Maddie Ward’s younger sister. And at home, she’s the good one, her stoner older brother Joey’s babysitter. Everything was turned on its head, though, when she and Joey were in the car accident that killed Candy MontClaire. The car accident that revealed just how bad Joey’s drug habit was.
Four months later, Emmy’s junior year is starting, Joey is home from rehab, and the entire town of Mill Haven is still reeling from the accident. Everyone’s telling Emmy who she is, but so much has changed, how can she be the same person? Or was she ever that person at all? Mill Haven wants everyone to live one story, but Emmy’s beginning to see that people are more than they appear. Her brother, who might not be cured, the popular guy who lives next door, and most of all, many ghostie addicts who haunt the edges of the town. People spend so much time telling her who she is–it might be time to decide for herself.
➽ Kathleen Glasgow has become one of my favorite authors: I loved How to Make Friends with the Dark (5 Stars & favorite of the year) and Girl in Pieces (4 Stars) ❤️ I’m eager to read more of her books and was excited to find out that she had a new book!
➽ It’s a smalltown contemporary about family secrets, drama, and mental health, a great combination that makes for an emotional, haunting read!
- What I Lost (Alexandra Ballard) 🌸 Eating Disorder
- 10 Things I Can See from Here (Carrie Mac) 🌸 Anxiety
- Summer Bird Blue (Akemi Dawn Bowman) 🌸 Grief
- Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD (Allison Britz) 🌸 OCD, Memoir
- A Brush with Love (Mazey Eddings) 🌸 Anxiety
- (Don’t) Call Me Crazy (Edited by Kelly Jensen)🌸 Nonfiction about Mental Health
Have you read any of the Books on my list? Did you like them? What are your favorite books about Mental Health? 🌷