Mental Health TBR

     Hey-o! I is back and today is May 27 which means that Mental Health Awareness Month is coming to an end. This month we talked about how reading has become a competition and how it affects us (here) and we talked about my experience with anxiety and what I do to deal with (here). Since today the last Sunday of the month I decided that I should *cerrar con broche de oro and write one last post relating to mental health. This is might be my last post related to mental health for this month, but it won’t be my last. Mental health is something that has so much stigma and it should be talked about.  Today I am going to be talking (writing?) about some books that are on my TBR that are related to mental health.

I do have to say that I tried to put my reasons in writing of why I want to read them but it was hard for me and I do not want to offend anyone or anything like that. I want to read these books because I want to read more and support more books with these topics and my curiosity is based on wanting to learn more from the point of view of someone who deals with these. I want to learn how they live and feel because I know the stigma can mess with the way people treat you and I don’t want to fall for it.

 

23341894.jpgEvery Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Synopsis:

“If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.”

     When I read that this book dealt with obsessive intrusive thoughts I was sold. I deal with obsessive intrusive thoughts—I’m not sure what’s the official name/word for it but yeah. So basically I get these weird and sometimes horrible thoughts and I can’t stop thinking about it. For example, I might get this feeling like I’m going to cut my eye, or I should cut my eye, with the razor I’m using to shave my legs. I know it’s not going to happen, I won’t let it happen but these thoughts keep circling my brain and it’s so hard to let them go which makes me start obsessing with trying to ignore them and that just makes it worse. When I heard this book deals with something similar I was sold. It’s nice to know it’s a normal thing. Honestly I didn’t have to read the synopsis because I was already sold on it but it does sound like a good book so that’s a bonus.

 

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Synopsis: 

“Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.”

I was sold on this book as soon as hallucination and visual hallucinations were mentioned. We need more books about these topics and I am interested in seeing how’s life for a person that deals with schizophrenia. I want a book to shed me some light so I can be a little more informed on the subject in a way that is not purely scientific or straight out of a brochure.

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Synopsis:

“At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?””

Norah, the main character, has agoraphobia and OCD which limits her life to the same four walls. This is another topic I really want to learn about. It’s hard for me to imagine how it must be to feel like you can’t leave the house and it’s nice to read something that might give me a hint of how it is.

25014114.jpgHistory is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Synopsis:

“When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.”

It’s a book about dealing with grief and the effect it has on people with OCD plus it’s an Adam Silvera book, enough is said. But seriously I heard fantastic things about this book and it sounds fantastic. Also, I heard is queer af ❤

Talking about Adam Silvera I also want to read:

19542841.jpgMore Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

Synopsis: 

“Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.

As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is”

This is another Adam queer book that deals with depression, but also deals with the acceptance of sexual orientation and again it’s an Adam Silvera book so I can’t wait.

23361172.jpgPaperweight by Meg Haston

Synopsis:

“Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.”

As you can tell by the synopsis this book deals with depression, suicidal thoughts and eating disorder. Those are heavy topics I am curious how they will be presented. As someone that has gone through the first two, I want to see if the portray will be accurate.

Talking about eating disorders I also want to read

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Hope and Other Luxuries: A Mother’s Life with a Daughter’s Anorexia by Clare B. Dunkle

Synopsis:

“Clare Dunkle seemed to have an ideal life—two beautiful, high-achieving teenage daughters, a loving husband, and a satisfying and successful career as a children’s book novelist. But it’s when you let down your guard that the ax falls. Just after one daughter successfully conquered her depression, another daughter developed a life-threatening eating disorder.”

This a memoir which is something I normally don’t read but since I saw it on Kindle deals I’ve been itching to get it and read it. As this is nonfiction and the experience of a mother I can tell it will show you just how can ugly it can get. This is another topic I am interested in because in a very messed up way when I was younger, like 13 to 14, and had no idea how bad these were I wanted it because everyone had put so much pressure on me for being fat that I was desperate to lose weight. Thank God it never stuck because eating disorders are not a pretty thing or the right solutions to lose weight. I feel terrible for ever thinking that it would be the answer to my prayers. I hope I did not offend anyone with this confession, but I like being real on this blog.

28575699.jpgA Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom 

Synopsis:

“For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst—that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?”

Now this book I am really interested in reading. As you can read this deals with a person who has bipolar disorder and I am a person who’s bipolar—not everyone is okay with calling them bipolar instead of saying they have bipolar disorder, but I honestly don’t mind at all. Being bipolar is something hard to portray and I am curious how well they can portray something that is so hard to describe and that there’s so much stigma around.

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Well, those are some books related to mental health that are on my TBR. I really need to get the one I don’t have. I wish I had more time to read because I don’t seem to ever catch up on my TBR like I’m not even 10% done. Help! What are some mental health related books on your TBR and which ones are your favorites? Recommend me some.

Happy Reads

* Spanish saying which literally means “closing with a golden brooch” the English equivalent is “to close with a flourish” or “to close on a high note”

 

 

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