top 5 recommendation | 2019 mental health releases

There are a lot of brilliant books coming out in 2019. So, it being the Mental Health Book Bingo, I thought I would do a list of some of my most anticipated mental health releases of 2019!

  1. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante – Marisol is an ‘illegal’ immigrant who comes to the United States, and is given the unique opportunity to stay if she participates in a risky PTSD experiment. (This is a YA fantasy which also has queer representation, out June 11th).
  2. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – by New York Times bestselling psychotherapist, this is a book about a therapist’s own experiences with therapy. (Nonfiction, out April 2nd).
  3. I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi – this is a memoir about Bassey Ikpi’s experiences with Bipolar II and anxiety as a Nigerian-American woman, spoken word artist and mental health advocate. (Nonfiction, out August 6th).
  4. Let’s Call It A Doomsday by Katie Henry – Ellis is terrified about how the how the world is going to end. Hannah believes she knows when it is going to end. They meet at their therapist’s office, which begs the question – how do you prepare for the end of the world when your life is just getting started? (YA novel, out August 6th.)
  5. All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman – three girls strike up a friendship when they all sign up to a suicide website. (YA novel that is ownvoices for Muslim representation, out July 2019).

And another 5 that I am also interested in:

  1. The Scar (memoir)
  2. How to Make Friends With the Dark (YA)
  3. The Weight of Our Sky (YA historical)
  4. You Asked for Perfect (YA)
  5. Destroy All Monsters (YA)

Do you have any 2019 mental health releases that you want to shout about? Let me know!

14 thoughts on “top 5 recommendation | 2019 mental health releases

  1. Bookish Rita says:

    The Weight of the Sky sounds like a really interesting book! The fact that it’s YA and historical fiction and has OCD representation just sold it to me. Plus, I have never read a book set in Malaysia — let alone one set in the 1960s. Just added it to my TBR 😁


  2. christine @ lady gets lit says:

    HOLY CRAP THESE SOUND SO GOOD! I love that there are even this many books being released with mental health rep. I feel like a couple years ago you had to reeeeally search to find good rep. I’m also impressed with the diversity of these picks too. It’s nice to see that there are more than just books about white people being depressed (not that we’re not also depressed, but you know what I mean).

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    1. whatthelog says:

      I know!! I genuinely don’t know how my bank account is going to survive this year!
      And I 1000000% agree. A lot of the mental health memoirs in particular are very white, and I’m glad we’re getting different people’s experiences now.

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  3. Marie says:

    OH thank you so much for sharing this list, I’m always looking forward to more recommendations and more books with mental health rep. ❤ I got lucky enough to read you asked for perfect already and I loved it so, SO much ❤ I hope you will, too! 🙂


  4. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    All The Things We Never Said is the only book on this list I’ve heard of yet. Thanks for all the new recommendations!

    I’ve noticed that most of the mental health recommendations you’ve listed, either on this post or elsewhere, are YA or non-fiction. Is that because these are reading levels/genres you gravitate towards? Are we not seeing mental health in other reading levels?


    1. whatthelog says:

      You’re so welcome!

      I’m not sure! YA and nonfiction are my two most read areas, so I imagine I automatically gravitate towards them. But I do honestly think the reason WHY I gravitate towards them is because they’re two of the areas that explore mental health the most. Nonfiction because of memoirs, and YA because it’s (in my mind) the most boundary-pushing type of fiction. So I guess they go hand in hand?!

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      1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Agreed. YA is definitely the most boundary pushing reading level right now. At least, openly. I think this has to do with the fact that most young adults are active and interested around social issues. And, most memoirs focus around personal issues as well. I think we, as readers, need to try HARDER to find mental health representation outside of YA and Memoir. It’s there. But there is less over it overall. And it’s not as overt.


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