mental health book bingo – recommended reads

So now that we’ve announced the squares, you must be looking for books to fulfil them!  Last year’s post can be found here. There are at least three recommendations for every bingo square. I have tried my best not to repeat any of the recommendations from last time to create a whole new recommendation list. The things I do for y’all!

(A note: I have not read all of these books. If any of them contain harmful content, please comment to let me know, and I will find a book to replace it.)

Eating disorder rep (own voices)

Loud in the House of Myself | What I Lost | Falling Into Place

LGBT+ MC with MI

We Are the Ants | They Both Die at the End | Not Otherwise Specified

Group read

To be announced!

Agoraphobia rep (own voices)

 The Space Between| Underwater | Love and Other Alien Experiences

Green cover

The Lost & Found | The Boyfriend List | Finding Audrey

Poetry with MI themes

The Sun and Her Flowers | Madness | She Must Be Mad

2018 release

Everything Here is Beautiful | First We Make the Beast Beautiful | The Astonishing Colour of After

Depression rep (own voices)

Nice Try, Jane Sinner | Untouchable | The Recovery Letters

Muslim MC with MI

Haldol and Hyacinths | How to Be a Muslim | Soft on Soft 

Personality disorder rep (own voices)

Girl, Interrupted | Walk A Mile | Girl In Need of a Tourniquet

OCD rep (own voices)

Turtles All the Way Down | Obsessed | Girl Against the Universe

Indie/self-published story with MI themes

Chameleon Moon | The Dizziness of Freedom | Depression in a Digital Age

Free square

Hold Still | Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across | Girl in Pieces

Title with letters MHB

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B | My Heart and Other Black Holes | The Beauty that Remains

Graphic novel

Lighter Than My Shadow | Hyperbole and a Half | Heartstopper

YA w/MI themes

Starfish | Whisper to Me | Unbroken

MC with physical and mental disability

Not A Sound | Lucky Few | Trigger

Nonfiction w/MI themes

Geek Magnifique | May the Thoughts be With You | The Time in Between

PTSD rep (own voices)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer | Timekeeper | All Fall Down

Bipolar disorder rep (own voices)

Bleeding VioletWishful Drinking | Fast Girl

POC MC with MI

Darius the Great is Not Okay | Sounds Like Summer | Tiny Pretty Things

Anxiety rep (own voices)

The 10 PM Question | A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares | Analee, In Real Life

Science fiction/fantasy with MI representation

For a Muse of Fire | The Rest of Us Just Live Here | Stay Crazy

Schizophrenia rep (own voices)

A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise | The Place Between Breaths | Made You Up

Middle grade w/MI themes

The Nest | Some Kind of Happiness | The Goldfish Boy

If you need more recommendations, please don’t hesitate to comment or DM me/the bingo team on Twitter!


6 thoughts on “mental health book bingo – recommended reads

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    YES! I knew this was here somewhere. You can ignore my previous comment if you haven’t already responded to it. XD

    I am so embarrassed to say I’ve only read 3 of the books on this list: Hyperbole and a Half, Starfish, and They Both Die in the End. But I’m also excited by that discrepancy! This means there are soooo many great books waiting for me to read.

    Have you read any of these? I’m just curious if you know whether there is appropriate representation in these books. As someone who wants to learn more, I don’t want to fill my head with misrepresentative ideas. I know I am in an impressionable place in my development!


    1. whatthelog says:

      No worries!
      I’m afraid to say that I haven’t read a lot of them – I really do need to diversify my own mental health reading! However I loved Challenger Deep, Soft on Soft and The Space In Between. I’m currently in the middle of She Must Be Mad and it is excellent so far too!

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      1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        There are so many amazing books out there, it’s hard to read them all. But I feel like mental health books don’t have a ton of visibility for some reason. I love that you do this so I can grow my TBR in a meaningful way. Good luck with your own bingo!


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