This is my first time writing a post for Diversity Spotlight Thursday. I discovered it when I read this post on protagonists with anxiety from Bookishness and Tea.
I have a few posts that come to mind for the future, but reading the one about protagonists with anxiety put me in the mind to write on the same topic.
One of my children suffers from generalised anxiety. When it’s bad, it’s crippling. Our entire family suffered alongside my child, because there are few things more heartbreaking than a terrified, panicked child who is struggling to breathe because they’re sobbing so hard. And it doesn’t always make sense to the outsider. Often my husband and I were in utter bewilderment at what set off a particular episode. Ultimately, it wasn’t rational fear. Thankfully the healthcare system where I live is pretty good, and we were able to get some free care. It’s now something we’re aware of, and take conscious steps to manage.
With Diversity Spotlight Thursday, the idea is to highlight three books with diverse character leads – a book you’ve read, a released book you’d like to read, and a book that hasn’t been released yet. So here are mine…
I know I’ve mentioned this book quite a few time recently, but it’s perfect for this post. Kai Bannon suffers from crippling social anxiety. Just going to the supermarket for groceries leaves him suffering from a panic attack, and if he didn’t need food to survive, he wouldn’t leave his apartment at all. Apart from the kid who lives in the apartment next door, all Kai’s social interactions are online. When he’s online, he can be who he wants, as outgoing as he wants. And Kai can be VERY outgoing. But it’s not really him, right? Just his online persona. When his online life suddenly knocks on his front door, Kai freaks out.
One of the good things about this book (and this series, because we see Kai again later on) is that the authors don’t pretend that love cures everything. Kai doesn’t suddenly start going to parties and living life as if his anxiety never existed. He still battles it. But he slowly starts to take small steps into the outside world and letting the outside world take small steps into his life. But by small, I do mean small. He is by no means cured.
This is a romance, with a happy ending, as with all the books I read. Although it is part of a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. No cliffhanger.
It’s only supposed to be one book for each category, but I have another one, so I figure I might as well share it.
Daisy, the main character in this book by Katie Ruggle, suffers from agoraphobia after an incident in which her mother was killed in front of her. She literally cannot even look through the open front door without passing out, let alone set foot outside her house. But what happens when her house is no longer safe for her?
Again, In Safe Hands is part of a series. I think it’s best read as part of the series, but it could be read as a standalone and it has a happy ending and no cliffhanger.
Here’s a book I’m keen to read:
I actually found this book on the Bookishness and Tea post, and now I’ve downloaded a sample of the ebook from Amazon and I’m looking forward to starting it. Here’s the blurb:
And, I have another for this section too, so I’m rolling with it:
This one features the gaming world, in a sort of similar way to Strong Signal, so I’m keen to read it. Here’s the blurb:
Finding a book that hasn’t been released yet is tough for me. I’ll admit, I struggled with this. I did find one, though.
Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
Clearly I need to do something about keeping up with books that haven’t been released yet! Ha ha! Any pointers in that regard?
Have you read any of these books, or do you have any recommendations featuring protagonists with anxiety? Share them in the comments!