Book Lists: Master Post
You must know by now that I am a lover of the written word. I find writing stories a beautiful metaphor for therapy, and I believe reading is not only enlightening, but sometimes an excellent escape. These things in mind, I love offering you book lists for every occasion. You’ll find book lists for kids, book lists that are totally adults only, memoirs to help you understand different versions of the human experience, and much, much more. I hope you find what you’re looking for!
To be clear– though they don’t look that way, the headings (i.e. “kids” and “Adults Only”) are all links. I’m still working out the kinks of running a website by myself!
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Links to Book Lists
The books on this list are picture books and easy readers that help children come to terms with difficult things. For example, Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets helps children cope with ADHD. Do You Have a Secret teaches kids the difference between secrets that are okay to keep, and ones they should tell a trusted adult.
I always try to steer clear of self-help books full of psychobabble, but the books on this list are more than just colloquial. Many of them are full of curse words, like F*ck Depression by Robert Duff. Others take on very mature content, such as Moan by Emma Koenig.
I have always been drawn to memoirs written by those who suffer from mental illnesses. While I never expect to fully understand what it’s like to struggle with something like bipolar disorder like Kay Jamison of An Unquiet Mind, reading her book helps. Memoirs bring depth to our impressions of the human experience.
Some of the books on this list make really great statements about mental health, such as Turtles All The Way Down. I’ve added others like White Oleander because I know they bring peace to readers in similar situations. Others are just really great books with relevant commentary on society, like the classic To Kill a Mockingbird.
These books will offer insight into the tumultuous world of early adulthood. As a young adult myself, I have found a lot of value in these, and I think you will, too! Not all of them are general self help like Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown. Others, like Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna will just make you feel like you’re not alone in your struggle to grow up.
Sexuality and relationship are deeply intertwined. Yet, when we learn about sex, we learn about just sex. Not about how it applies to relationships, romantic and platonic. The books on this list will give you a more comprehensive sex ed with books such as The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman and Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel.
This category is for the self-help books that offer wonderful wisdom to almost anyone, but don’t easily fit in any other category. Examples are The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb, or Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.