Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Books featuring Mental Health
1. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
I adore all of Melinda Salisbury's work but State of Sorrow is perhaps one of my favourites. Despite being a fantasy there is very little action and sword fighting. Instead, it focuses on political manoeuvring and highlights the effects of grief. The entire Kingdom has been in a state of perpetual mourning since the death of the Prince.
I will admit I can't recall whether it is specifically stated that Kaz suffers from PTSD but I got the feeling that was the reason behind his aversion to any skin on skin contact. He was a crook, technically a villain but was the character you wanted to succeed...even if you were wanting him to succeed in committing a crime.
Fangirl remains incredibly close to my heart. It demonstrates the power stories have to bring people together but also how creating something can become a burden. It also has possibly one of the best representations of anxiety and social anxiety I've ever read. It'll be one I read again and again.
Similarly to Fangirl, Eliza and Her Monsters has a really accurate representation of anxiety. Hence why it's so close to my heart. I adore how Eliza is presented and her love for her own comic series. Again it just shows how powerful fandoms can be.