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If you are feeling stressed, depressed or just want a bit of a pick-me-up, boost your mood with a recommended read.

Catch Mood-boosting Books in local libraries, colleges, hospitals and workplaces around the country. If you would like to promote Mood-boosting Books where you work, get hold of our lovely goodies.

Reading groups around the country are recommending and reviewing Mood-boosting Books to other readers – from novels to non-fiction, and from poetry to graphic novels – and we will be adding new titles for you to read and comment on.

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Love Lane Readers Group help boost our mood

1 July 2013 / Case studies / Impact / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

As part of National Reading Groups Day 2013 we're highlighting some of the best work carried out by reading groups. Here, Love Lane Readers Group, HMP Wakefield, tell us about being part of our Mood Boosting Books selection panel: Love Lane Readers Group has been going for six years and for the last four has been facilitated by Library Assistant, Dawn Gilkes. Attendance varies but generally the group has between six and ten members, all men, who read and discuss a broad range of titles. The group tend to favour non-fiction but have also enjoyed classics such as Bleak House, To… more

Recommend books for a new Macmillan Mood-boosting Books list

9 September 2014 / Mood Boosting Books / News / 0 comments

We're working with Macmillan Cancer Support to create a new national list of Reading Well Mood-boosting Books. The books will be promoted in Macmillan cancer information points and libraries around the country. We'd like to invite people who have been affected by cancer to recommend their favourite mood-boosting books. The books don't have to be specifically about cancer, but… more

Moving up the Hill of Happiness

4 June 2013 / Case studies / Impact / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

Alison Dunne, the Book Doctor at Leicester Libraries, tells us about the Hill of Happiness social read group: The Hill of Happiness Social Read group first started at New Parks Library as an Everybody's Reading Storycafe. It is based on principles of bibliotherapy - or the 'reading cure' - the proposition that reading can heal and has been funded partly by… more

Find a Mood-boosting Book on National Stress Awareness Day

7 November 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

7 November is the 14th National Stress Awareness Day. The day is held annually to celebrate helping people to beat stress. Reading has been shown to help to reduce stress levels* so why not try a mood-boosting book? Find yourself a mood-boosting read Libraries around the country are promoting Mood-boosting Books. There is a main list of recommended reads, as well as… more

Brand new themed Chatterpack: Funny Books

31 October 2012 / Chatterbooks / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

Each month we are going to produce Chatterpacks, activities and ideas to keep your Chatterbooks children's reading group fresh and exciting. This month our Chatterpack is called Funny Books. It has a bumper list of the latest funny fiction plus lots of ideas for activities and discussion in your Chatterbooks children's reading groups. We all know laughter is one of the… more

Recommend your Mood-boosting reads on World Mental Health Day

8 October 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. It is a perfect opportunity to raise public awareness about mental health issues. Get involved Find yourself a mood-boosting read Libraries around the country are promoting Mood-boosting Books. There is a main list of recommended reads, as well as… more

Celebrating Older People's Day

1 October 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

The 1st of October is International Day of Older Persons and the UK's Older People's Day. The day is celebrated annually to recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives. You can see what is going on around the country on Twitter by using #olderpeoplesday. Do also let us know what you are doing… more

Mood-boosting Books readings at Torbay Hospital

21 August 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / Running reading group events / Tips / 0 comments

In July 2012, the Trust Library hosted a pilot Mood-boosting Book event for staff at Torbay Hospital. Taking time out to relax and listen During two lunchtimes in mid-July, the Trust Library invited colleagues to take twenty minutes out to relax and listen to readings of pages chosen from some favourite books and ones less well known, including: Cider with Rosie, The… more

Promoting wellbeing at Southend Library

7 July 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / Running reading group events / Tips / 0 comments

Southend Libraries have been telling us about the mood-boosting events they've been running to promote the many health benefits of books and reading: Promoting good mental health To tie in with World Book Night 2012, Southend Library in partnership with The Reading Agency and Rethink Mental Illness, held a free drop-in event. Visitors had the opportunity to find out more about a… more

Get your Mood-boosting Books goodies

19 June 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

We are offering a selection of attractive Mood-boosting Books materials. You can read all about Mood-boosting Books, see what's been happening around the country and get more recommendations on our Mood-boosting Books page. The Mood-boosting Books core packs 10 x A4 posters 5 x A3 headers 100 x A5 (4pp) leaflets (of the original list chosen by eight reading groups) Cost: £10 per… more

Boost your mood in Carers' Week

18 June 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / News / 0 comments

18 - 24 June is Carers Week, which recognises and celebrates the contribution made by unpaid carers to the people they care for and their communities. New research shows that 87 per cent of carers felt that caring for a family member or friend had a negative impact on their mental health. As reading, or belonging to a reading group, can… more

Mood-boosting reads chosen by young people

1 June 2012 / General / Mood Boosting Books / News / 0 comments

Young people in reading groups around the country have read and selected these mood-boosting books. Why not try one? Libraries, other organisations and groups can buy copies of these booklists in packs of 100 to use and distribute. If you would like to buy printed copies, see the bottom of this article. • Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari … more

Mood-boosting reads chosen by older people

25 May 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / News / 0 comments

Readers around the country have read and selected these mood-boosting books. Why not try one? Or, if you have read one of them, login and leave your comments. Libraries, other organisations and groups can buy copies of these booklists in packs of 100 - so if you would like to buy printed copies see the bottom of this article. •… more

Calling reading groups for carers

17 February 2012 / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

Are you in a reading group or book club for carers, or do you run one? If so, we would love to involve you in recommending some 'mood-boosting' books. A mood-boosting books should: Focus on mood-boosting reading material with the potential to lift spirits and promote well-being. Provide positive role models and/or thematic content inspiring characters and uplifting storylines with mood-boosting… more

How to feel good - Make Friends with a Book

3 February 2012 / Case studies / Impact / Mood Boosting Books / 0 comments

Make Friends with a Book is the name of two fantastic reading groups, taking place in libraries in Sandwell on a weekly basis one in Smethwick Library and one in Bleakhouse Library . Unlike regular reading groups, the focus is on well being and mental health promotion and it is clear that the groups offer invaluable support to members. 'Make Friends… more

Mood Boosting Books and STOP! launched

24 January 2012 / General / Mood Boosting Books / News / 0 comments

We had a great night at Canada Water Library when we launched the Mood Boosting Books promotion and Stop What You're Doing and Read This! A capacity audience came out on a wintry night in London town to talk about the importance of reading with Mark Haddon Michael Rosen and Miranda McKearney and Debbie Hicks from The Reading Agency. What… more