Mood Boosting Books


Pick up a pick – me – up at your local library! These are the words on a leaflet given out by The Reading Agency this autumn. (

And it certainly sounds like a good way to take our imaginations for a spin during the cold winter months. Selecting two of the books on the list whisked me off to the continent for a while.

“The Enchanted April” by Elizabeth Von Arnim is a wonderful feel good book and a light funny read. The story of a holiday in Italy in the spring, it’s a great escape.

I also enjoyed “Miss Garnet’s Angel” by Salley Vickers, which is set in Venice. It’s an interesting book and shows just how much we humans can change when taken away from our everyday routines.

Other suggested titles include:

Bee Journal by Sean Borodale.

Dart by Alice Oswald.

Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy by Neil Astley.

The Help by Karen Stockett.

A Sea Change by Veronica Henry.

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen.

Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro.

Turned Out Nice Again by Richard Mabey.

and yet another goody that I absolutely loved…. “A Redbird Christmas” by Fannie Flagg, a book that cannot fail to lift you up!

As everyone’s reading tastes are different, if you have a book that you feel particularly enthusiastic about, you are invited to share it with others by e mailing

Simply include, the title, author and a short comment, alternatively tweet your recommendation using #moodboosting.

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