1) Out With It by Katherine Preston
I love this book for so many reasons, but the first being because it is relatable. As someone who also grew up feeling quite insecure about my stutter and having so much difficulty overcoming it, reading this book almost feels like my own autobiography. I highly recommend this to anyone who have ever struggled to overcome any physical obstacle regardless if it is a stutter or not!
2) Because of Mr. Terupt by: Rob Buyea
This book just reminds me of the most important part of teaching- having an impact on young people. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to give students the knowledge to succeed, but I also have to ensure that I am a positive influence on them. Mr. Terupt shows that not only can teachers help inside the classroom, but that they can also change students? lives outside the classroom as well.
3) Teaching With Your Mouth Shut by: Donald L. Finkel
Although the title seems like I am trying to not expose my own speaking impediments, that is not the case. This book simply challenges the preconceived notions of how to teach. I love how every chapter is a different lesson and story because it keeps you on your toes! I think that there are many valuable lessons to learn about how one can operate their classroom in this book.
4) Unfiltered: How to Be a Happy as You Look on Social Media by:Jessica Abo
I think that this book is absolutely groundbreaking. Social media, in my opinion, can actually hurt people more than it helps them. It often acts as a facade, which people compare their happiness against. This can be very unhealthy! This book maps out how you can control your life and most importantly your happiness.
5) Girl Interrupted by: Susanna Kaysen
I?m sure all of you can recognize this! If not because of the book itself, perhaps you have seen the film. This story follows a young woman and her experiences in a psychiatric hospital. This book is extremely vivid, and I would recommend it for individuals who are ready for an emotional read.
6) I Hate You–Don?t Leave Me by: Jerold J. Kreisman & Hal Straus
This book is widely recognized as the #1 guide for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In addition to information of BPD, it also discusses the foundation of substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and more. It is full of studies and data that can help patients as well as family and friends of individuals suffering from BDP.
7) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Although this book is geared toward young adults, I think the themes explored are relevant to anyone struggling with any mental illness. It follows the love story between two young individuals who meet while trying to end their lives. Together they face adventure, struggle, and despair. I think it a beautiful story that is appropriate for most mature readers.
8) Working by: Studs Terkel
This book is such a good read. For those who are struggling with work, I would highly recommend Working! It follows the author as he interviews 100 people about their jobs and how it truly fits into their lives.
9) Madness by: Marya Hornbacher
This is one of my favorite memoirs. It is the story of the author as she deals with her bipolar disorder. There is quite sensitive accounts of traumatic stories in this novel, so for those who want to learn her story should be prepared. ?
10) The Quiet Room by: Lori Schiller
This book is another powerful memoir! It follows Schiller?s battle with schizophrenia, and shows that mental disorders do not discriminate based on class. Between her experiences of drugs, suicidal thoughts, and most importantly survival, her story is important and should be shared.