There are lots of things I love about England---Jane Austen, London, The Great British Baking Show---but one of the more interesting is the national program of mood-boosting books in England called Reading Well. One in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. The program draws on a huge body of research that reading has a strongly positive effect on mood.
I like the idea of mood-boosting books. Am I certain that there are books that boost my mood? Yes. Am I certain that there are books that boost everyone's mood? I'm not so sure about that.
Nevertheless, when I was given the opportunity to make a list of whatever I want, I decided to share my top ten mood-boosting books.
My Top Ten Mood-Boosting Books
#10 All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
#9 Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico
#8 The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
#7 Life With the Lid Off by Nicola Hodgkinson
#6 A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
#5 Life According to Lubka by Laurie Graham
#4 My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
#3 Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
#2 Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
#1 The Enchanted April by Elisabeth von Arnim
I've assembled a list of mood-boosting books here and I've added a list of The Best Mood-Boosting Books at Goodreads. To start 2020 off right, I've decided to devote January to reading mood-boosting books that I have not yet read. I will read from this list of books that were recommended as mood-boosting books:
Penguin's Poems for Life
Long Lunch: My Stories and I'm Sticking to Them by Simon Hoggart
All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
A Winter Book by Tove Jansson
The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
Bird Cloud: A Memoir by Annie Proulx
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
The Rest of Us Just Live There by Patrick Ness
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
A Breath of French Air by H. E. Bates
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Give me your thoughts.
Have you read any of these?
Are there any you would recommend for me that are not on this list?
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.