Heyy! It’s Day 11 of #blogtober and today’s post is to join the conversations on World Mental Health Day (it was yesterday).
Mental health is something that often tends to get ignored. But thanks to the various campaigns that have given a voice to this issue, we’re also celebrating mental health in a way I like the most. Talking about mental health, here are some books that highlight and represent mental illnesses and mental health in a new light.
Top 6 fiction books for mental health/ illness
1.Holding up the Universe – Jennifer Niven
Holding up the Universe is the story of Libby, who was once ‘America’s Fattest Teen’ and Jack, who cannot remember faces. These two land up in a situation that leads to community service and counseling. But as they spend time together, they find out a friend in each other and a support both were looking for!
I bawled my eyes during this one, so you better be prepared. It’s beautiful, emotional, and so relatable.
2. Looking for Alaska – John Green
After Turtles All the Way Down, Looking for Alaska is my second favorite by John Green. The story traces the uneventful and dull life of Miles Halter as he enters new school. He makes new friends and meets Alaska Young, and life is never the same. She’s funny, self destructive, sexy while he’s simple and naïve! Read how this friendship is all heart and so is the book.
3. Made You Up – Francesca Zappia
Made You Up is a beautiful story of Alex, for whom schizophrenia becomes an everyday struggle. She’s determined to give her mental illness a tough fight as she enters high school. But how do you differentiate between reality and illusion, when your mind doesn’t support what you see.
4. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
A heart-wrenching love story about a boy who’s fascinated by death and a girl who learns to live from this boy, All the Bright Places has all the feels. It’s Eleanor & Park meets The Fault in Our Stars.
Loved the writing style and how tragedy is woven with threads of hope and love. And yes, be ready for a lot of introspection after reading this one. Makes for a great summer/ beach vacay read.
5. Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
Keeping aside the controversy about the book and its authenticity, I really liked Sybil. It’s a true story of a young girl, Sybil Dorsett who is possessed with 16 alter egos. It’s raw and unfiltered. And to read about each character was fascinating and creepy at the same time.
6. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
If you’re in the mood of an enjoyable and light hearted read, Finding Audrey is perfect. Our main character Audrey has acute anxiety, cannot step out of the house and struggles through everyday life situations. Enter Linus, her brother’s best friend and that’s when some sanity and romance also makes way into Audrey’s life.
Some reviews say that the anxiety rep wasn’t on point. I agree, but it was dealt in a light hearted way.
Some other recommendations
Apart from these some other books about similar contexts that I’ve loved are –
- The Woman in the Window – AJ Finn
- Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
- When We Collided – Emery Lord
- Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
- 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher
- My Heart and Other Black Holes – Jasmine Warga
If you think you’re alone, that’s not true. There’s always a friend you can talk to. And if you think even that’s difficult, make friends with books and you’ll seldom be disappointed.
Let me know if you’ve read any of these or have any other book recommendations for mental health. And come back tomorrow for #blogtober Day 12. See you…