Books Featuring Mental Health – Top 5 Wednesday

Unfortunately I don’t read that many mental health books. Usually because they tend to be contemporaries which I just don’t read that much of. So I really don’t have lesser known books on this list. These are in no particular order.

Sadie by Courtney Summers


Sadie has a stutter. While stuttering does not in most cases have a psychological cause, there is a subset of stuttering called psychogenic stuttering which usually occurs as a result of trauma. It’s not explicitly said in the book whether that is the case with Sadie, but I think it is. It might not have been the author’s intention. But whether or not her stutter is psychogenic, I’ve read a book with stuttering represented and it definitely has an impact on Sadie’s mental state and image of herself and of those around her. So I think it falls in the ballpark and I just wanted to promote this book because I think it’s great.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Both Feyre and Rhys suffer from PTSD. I’ve talked about this book so much. You probably all know about it.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Ty is autistic and I think he does also seem to have some OCD and anxiety disorder. He’s probably one of my favourite characters in the series. I seriously need to read the last book in the series. But my heart isn’t ready. 😥

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

turtles all the way down

I haven’t yet read this book, but I know the main character has OCD and I know John Green also has OCD, so I’m confident that this is accurate rep for the disorder. And I’ve heard a lot of good things about it as well, so I’m comfortable recommending it as a mental health featuring book.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

lightning thief percy jackson

All the demigods have ADHD. And it’s a great series.


8 thoughts on “Books Featuring Mental Health – Top 5 Wednesday

  1. I’m currently reading The Infernal Devices series, but can’t wait to get started on The Dark Artifices when I’ve finished them. I also enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, though it’s a while since I read them!

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    1. I think The Infernal Devices is still my favourite onsite Cassandra Clare series. I think The Dark Artifices are probably better written books and definitely more complex. But I just have a soft spot for TDI ❤ So I hope you enjoy!

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    1. Yeah, it’s something we take for granted isn’t it. Being able to just open our mouths and speak what’s in our mind. I was really marked by Sadie and her internal monologue regarding her stutter. I found it both eye opening and relatable because having struggled with anxiety and depression, I know the frustration of struggling with something that is so easy for other people.

      And yes! The Dark Artifices do have mental health rep. There’s also a character who suffers from some kind of schizophrenia-like condition. I actually forgot to mention that in the post because he’s a minor character. I’m not sure what his condition is, within the narrative, I think there are magical components to it. But it seems schizophrenia-like to me. And I believe there’s also a character with PTSD.


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