Mood-boosting recommendations for carers
6 June 2012 / 0 Comments
Readers and reading groups around the country have been recommending their mood-boosting books for carers - here are the books they chose.
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. You can add your suggestions in the comment box or email firstname.lastname@example.org your mood-boosting book titles and a short comment about why you'd recommend it to other readers and carers.
Mood-boosting reads for carers
● Alive and Kicking by Andy Legg
'This is a positive story of triumph over adversity'
● The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
● The Child that Books Built by Francis Spufford
● Kung Fu Trip by Benjamin Zephaniah
'Things that happened in the story lightened your mood and made you smile, and he accomplished what he set out to do.'
● The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
'It took me away from this mundane life to a beautiful house, a magical garden and a hundred year old mystery.'
● A Little Aloud edited by Angela Macmillan
● Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
'It would cheer you up... Something that everyone should read'
● Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff
● Southend Memories by Dee Gordon
'It is a very nostalgic book... I loved looking back at Southend's past.'
● Where Did It All Go Right? by Andrew Collins
Recommending a mood-boosting book
A mood-boosting book 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 potential, particularly for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems linked to stress, anxiety and depression.
● Concentrate on creative reading material - fiction, poetry and personal testimony. Inspiring and uplifting non-fiction content may also be included.
● Exclude self-help/cognitive behaviour therapy reading.
● Include some material suitable for less confident readers.
Post your mood-boosting recommendations below, or email them to us or if you're on Twitter use the hashtag #moodboosting