Top 5 Sat: Books with Mental Illness Rep

Hello Lovelies,

Can I just start by saying that IT’S THE WEEKEND… I’ve been waiting for this the whole week!

As usual, Sat just wouldn’t feel like Sat without us doing the Top 5 Sat meme created by the incredibly kind Mandy over at Devouring Books. This week’s topic is: Books with Mental Illness I Want to Read. I have to admit I was a bit challenged by this topic as I can think of books I enjoyed that I’ve already read but it took some research through my TBR to find five I WANT to read.

Here they are:

All the Bright Places and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone have been on my TBR for more than a year now. The first because of its hype and the second because of my (small and not quite achieved) goal last year to read more non-fiction books. They’re still on my TBR this year and hopefully I’ll get around to them soon!

While I’ve read and LOVED Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe series, I hadn’t realised he had written a book with a deep insight in to mental illness in youth until earlier this month. A quote from Challenger Deep had me adding it to my TBR: “Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug.” With an average rating of 4.14 on GR, I’m interested in giving this one a try.

Finding Audrey and Eliza and Her Monsters were added to my TBR last year after reading some positive reviews of them. Eliza and Her Monsters mostly caught my attention with Eliza’s online life and the difference between that and her ‘real life’.

I’ve had Finding Audrey on my shelf for a while now and I have to admit I have a deep interest in stories that portray characters with agoraphobia and severe social anxiety. That said, accuracy and research is absolutely essential for portraying mental illness and it’s not often carried out effectively for my liking. I’m eager and bit apprehensive to read this book.


19 thoughts on “Top 5 Sat: Books with Mental Illness Rep

    • Thanks Jade! I’ve taken it out from the library a few times now but haven’t been in the right mood to read it. Hopefully third times the charm!! 😀


    • Yes, I think hard-hitting is a perfect way to describe them. I have to be in the right mood to read books with this theme but they tend to be the books I’ll remember in depth for a very long time. I hope you enjoy them too Kaya!

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  1. I was considering checking out Maybe You Should Talk to Someone as well! I keep seeing it on the best seller table! I wanted to talk about all the great books that I had read, especially when I was younger, so I kind of did both and talked about the books that I loved in the intro and the books I wanted to read in the post. Interested to hear about some of your alltime favs with mental illness representation though as well!

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    • Maybe You Should Talk To Someone has also interested me a lot due to the hype of it. I think I’d like to try an audio for it though, I tend to enjoy books with more of a non-fiction vibe that way. I’ve read quite a few from this genre although my favs are mostly in the YA genre – The Sea of Tranquility, I Wish You All the Best, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. I find these have a more simplistic plot line but quite an accurate representation of mental illness rep. I’ll check out your post! 😀


      • I dont read a lot of non fiction, but that one caught my eye. I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned so I will be sure to look them up! I always appreciate accurate representation


  2. Challenger Deep has been on my TBR for a while now and I’ve been really curious to give it a try but I feel like I have to mentally prepare myself for it! I’ve also got All the Bright Places on my shelf and while it does have a lot of positive hype I’ve also heard some pretty intensely negative comments about it that has my curiosity piqued. I hope you enjoy all of these, Jen 🙂

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    • Thanks Dini! You’re definitely right that you have to be in the right mood to read these books. They seem to be quite intense from the reviews I’ve read and I’d have to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate them fully. I hope you enjoy Challenger Deep and All the Bright Places as well!


  3. I watched a video review of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone and it is soaring to the top of my TBR. It looks so good! This was a fantastic topic week and your choices are all on my TBR. Have not often found the greatest mental health rep in books, lists like these are so helpful.

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    • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone has such a great rep and hype I’m eager to give it a try 😄 thanks Kitty Marie! I don’t often read books with mental health rep as they can be hit and miss but these have me looking forward to reading more from the genre!


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