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

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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

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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

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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

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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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