April 28

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books That Feature Mental Illness

April 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.). I’ve recently been touched by books that deal with mental illness and I am going to feature some of those books here today. Click on the book title to get more info on that book.


All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – If you haven’t heard me rave about this book yet, just know it’s one of my all time favorite books for the awareness it brings to mental illness.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – I’m almost done with this one, and I have been so overwhelmed by the emotions this one makes you feel!

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – This particular book addresses the PTSD that many soldiers suffer from when returning home from war.

Tighter by Adele Griffin – I can’t say much about this one without giving anything away, but this is an excellent book!


I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb – A book that addresses one brother’s struggle to live with his twin brother who suffers from schizophrenia.

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur – Another look at PTSD, this time following a school shooting.

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – A difficult but very powerful read about a mother coming to terms with the fact that her son killed multiple people in a school shooting.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – Another thriller from the dark mind of Gillian Flynn in which the main character struggles with cutting.

Room by Emma Donoghue – Oh so many levels of mental illness in this one. An interesting read.

Primal Fear by William Diehl – I don’t want to give any spoilers away on this one, but if you like a good thriller with discussions of mental illness, you can’t miss this one.

What books do you recommend that address the issue of mental illness?

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