Top 5 Wednesday: Books on Mental Health/Illness

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group at

  1. The Fault in Our Stars
  2. The Yellow Wall-Paper
  3. Extraordinary Means
  4. Wintergirls
  5. Belzhar


  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green explores Hazel Lancaster’s life living with cancer and forming bonds that can so quickly be severed. It was the first book I read where I related to someone with illness. The characters were made real for me and that made the difference.
  2. The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman expresses the struggle of a woman forced into country rest, not doing anything, and how she eventually descends into madness. This book is short but truly highlights how the mind can bend and shape to destroy from within.
  3. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider shows Lane’s experience waiting at a tuberculosis sanatorium and how meeting Sadie changes the way he lives. This book was a great look at how not to waste the time we are given. It reminded me what I take for granted and how to live in the present.
  4. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson focuses on the power anorexia can have over main character Lia and how it takes its toll. This was the first story I read about eating disorders and it really stuck with me. It’s haunting and beautiful.
  5. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer tells the story of Jam Gallahue, the loss of her boyfriend, and her life at a therapeutic boarding school. It hits home just how important it is to deal with our problems and the process in which different people handle different situations.

All five of these books do a tremendous job of delving into mental health and illness, creating stories that connect with readers to help them understand lives similar to their own or entirely different. Each book is a point in which we can better understand the world we live in and how we talk about illness and mental health in everyday life.

Have you read any of these books? What are your Top 5 Books on Mental Health/Illness?

Let me know in the comments and check back next week for Top 5 Title Fonts on Covers!


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