Health Information Week – Mood Boosting Books

There is strong evidence that self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, sometimes on its own or with other forms of treatment.

In a report commissioned by GALAXY® chocolate on behalf of the Reading Agency’s Quick Reads initiative, which produces short books by well-known authors for busy people and less confident readers, it is revealed that regular reading has the unique ability to empower us to embark on positive journeys in life, connect us with others and make us feel happier in our own skin.

The Reading Agency have lists of books recommended for their mood boosting effect, and last year’s list, chosen by readers groups can be found in full here, http://reading-well.org.uk/books/mood-boosting-books/chosen-by-reading-groups-2016

Here are some of their recommendations and ours from our catalogue:-

HIWF ReadersThe readers of Broken Wheel recommend by Katarina Bivald

Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it’s time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody. Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop. With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel’s first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky but then again, so is Sara.

HIWF DannyGoing to sea in a sieve: the autobiography by Danny Baker

Danny Baker was born in Deptford, South East London in June 1957, and from an early age was involved in magazine journalism, with the founding of fanzine ‘Sniffin’ Glue’, alongside friend Mark Perry. This is a biography of his life and career in television and radio.

HIWF FrankThe extraordinary life of Frank Derrick, age 81 by Bob Jim

Frank Derrick is 81 … and he’s just been run over by a milk float. It was tough enough to fill the hours of the day when he was active, but now he’s broken his arm and fractured his foot, it looks set to be a very long few weeks ahead. He watches DVDs, spends his money frivolously at the local charity shop and desperately tries to avoid the cold callers knocking on his door. Emailing his daughter in America on the library computer and visiting his friend Smelly John used to be the highlights of his week. Now he can’t even do that. Then a breath of fresh air comes into his life in the form of Kelly Christmas, home help. With her little blue car and appalling parking, her cheerful resilience and ability to laugh at his jokes, Kelly changes Frank’s life.

HIWF WonderWonder by R. J. Palacio

 ‘Wonder’ is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world.

HIWF HumansThe humans by Matt Haig

Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he’s a dog. Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder?

HIWF RosieThe Rosie project by Graeme Simsion

Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it’s not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

 

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Bill Gates’ favourite romcom novel

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Bill and Melinda Gates loved The Rosie Project the debut novel by Graeme Simsion (and the sequel) saying it was ‘laugh out loud funny and profound’

A romantic comedy featuring professor of genetics Don Tillman (39, tall, intelligent and employed: “Logically I should be attractive to a wide range of women”), has undiagnosed Asperger’s and the author explores how a grown autistic man might approach a romantic relationship.

Don has two friends – his colleague at a Melbourne university, Gene, and his psychologist wife, Claudia, who try to help Don find love but “unfortunately their approach was based on the traditional dating paradigm, which I had previously abandoned on the basis that the probability of success did not justify the effort and negative experiences”.

To choose a suitable wife, Don designs a detailed questionnaire that filters out unpromising candidates: women who are unpunctual, overweight, vegetarian; who drink or smoke or have STDs. 

Then he meets Rosie, who fails on almost every scoreThe Rosie Effect: Don Tillman No. 2  andit looks like there is no chance of love blossoming. When Rosie enlists Don’s genetic expertise to help find her natural father, otherwise known as The Father Project, the two are thrown into an entertaining series of comic set pieces and occasionally life-threatening situations.

 

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With the Wife Project complete, Don settles into a new job and married life in New York. But it’s not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it’s time to embark on a new project. As he tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style gets him into trouble. To make matters worse, he has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly the best model for marital happiness