Viewpoints: What books do you turn to when you’re feeling down?

Books are the new best medicine – at least, according to a recent article in The Independent. The article talks about a recent push for “Book Prescriptions” – in other words, directing people to mood-boosting books when they struggle with pain, anxiety or depression. 

The Reading Agency has promoted 27 books as mood boosters, and there's an online reading group for these books. 

A London-based author is also implementing “Bibliotherapy.” As one Huffington Post article notes, the idea of using books for mental health is nothing new. 

If you were to make a list of your mood boosting books, what would be on it? What books do you turn to when you're feeling low? How has literature helped you in hard times?

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2 Responses to “Viewpoints: What books do you turn to when you’re feeling down?”

  1. Kris Katarian

    Losing myself in good mystery/fiction works for me. I have a long list of favorite authors, and even the act of wandering around the library looking for one of them lifts my spirits.

  2. Kelsey Gillespy

    I pretty much love anything and everything with a strong female heroine. Pride and Prejudice has always been on the tops of my list, but my guilty pleasure is The Hunger Games trilogy. I’ve read those books several times and even given them to friends and family so they could join in on the fun. I also love Christian works like “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers, “The Shack” by William Paul Young, and “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller. Anything by Holley Gerth is also a great choice for women who want to be inspired.


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