Today I couldn’t be happier to welcome Inge to the blog to offer some mental health reading recommendations (some of which are my favorite and I’m so glad are listed here). Inge has been involved with Shattering Stigmas for years and while she’s not hosting this year, I’m so glad she’s involved in some way. It wouldn’t be the same event without her beautiful spirit as a part of it. You can find Inge on Twitter or her blog, ofwonderland.com.
First of all, I want to say a quick thank you to Taylor and the other hosts for continuing our Shattering Stigmas legacy. I was a host for the first three editions, and it’s been wonderful, and I couldn’t have asked for better people to take over the torch. I’m really looking forward to reading everyone’s stories. ♥
For last year’s edition, I wrote a post about some of my favourite mental health reads. This year, I thought I’d do a post on books I still want to read. I could make this very very long indeed, so for brevity’s sake, I’ve limited myself to five books I already own but haven’t read yet.
Paula Stokes is a really popular Young Adult author, so naturally I’ve read exactly one book of hers and I didn’t really like it. But I’m really curious about Girl Against the Universe, because I hear it talks about how important therapy can be in one’s recovery, and this is such an important narrative that needs to be discussed more. I love therapy-positive and medication-positive books, let’s have more of them, please!
If I Was Your Girl is a book I have had on my Kindle foreeeheeheheeever. It sounds like quite a heavy and intense book but also it is intersectional! The main character is trans and that needs more attention. Because I love mental health books, but they often exclude a lot of narratives, like POC with mental health and/or LGBTQIAP+ with mental health.
Probably the book I am most excited to read. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Radio Silence, and I’ve been meaning to read Alice Oseman’s work for ages. Also I think there is an asexual character in this so bring that the fuck on.
I probably wouldn’t have given Eleanor Oliphant a second glance if it weren’t for the hype because I don’t really read adult fiction, so thank you, fellow readers and bloggers! Now I am Very Excited. I see that a movie is being made about this, which is interesting, too! A friend of mine recently gave me this book, so I’ll be reading it very soon indeed.
How It Feels to Fly seems to have mixed reviews, but I read the blurb and bought the book right away. I have anxiety and depression, so I often pick up books with those disorders because it makes me feel like I’m not alone. Also, it sounds like the main character has some type of body dysmorphia or eating disorder? In any case, I’m expecting to feel a lot of things.
So there we are, five mental health books I’m excited to read! Have you read any of these? Which books are on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!
Interested in more Shattering Stigmas posts? Check out this post that Ben, one of our amazing co-hosts, put together listing every single Shattering Stigmas guest post and giveaway so you don’t miss a thing!