May is Mental Health Awareness Month in North America, and the KWL team has put together this list of eighteen books – nine non-fiction, nine fiction, a mix of backlist favourites and new releases! These titles feature the authors themselves and/or their main characters alike being frank in their writing about lived experiences regarding mental health and wellness. Start a new TBR pile with one or more of these titles this month, or grab a copy of each and begin reading today.

Non-fiction and Memoir

  1. I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom
  2. Hunger by Roxane Gay
  3. I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi
  4. Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson
  5. Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li
  6. Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  7. Speak by Tunde Oyeneyin
  8. Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate
  9. Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson


  1. Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin
  2. Dad Jokes & Pine Cones by C.J. Banks
  3. Suture by Nic Brewer
  4. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
  5. Heartbreak Symphony by Laekan Zea Kemp
  6. Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram
  7. The Unstoppable Wasp: Built on Hope by Sam Maggs
  8. Vanishing Monuments by John Elizabeth Stinzi
  9. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
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