What’s your bibliotherapy? Share the books that make you happy…

Peanuts Schulz cartoon Happiness is having your own library card

I recently read an interesting article in The New Yorker which asked whether reading books can make us happier.

It also gives a fascinating insight into bibliotherapy and bibliotherapists (this profession wasn’t an option on the Career’s Service computer questionnaire we did at high school in the 90s. I feel cheated!).

Bibliotherapists prescribe reading to improve their patients’ mental health.

I’ve been thinking about this and I wanted to do a quick post to ask you: what books make you happy? Is there a book or an author you go to for cheering up? Even if it’s just to read a chapter or a few pages?

One of my choices would be any of the Jeeves and Wooster stories by P.J. Wodehouse.

Wodehouse Jeeves and Wooster book collection bookshelf

My rather colourful collection of Jeeves and Wooster books!

Brilliantly clever and very silly at the same time, Bertie Wooster’s daft antics and the genius solutions from his butler, Jeeves, always make me smile. Wodehouse’s writing is so wonderful: light and glittering but the same time so witty and intelligent.

Share the joy in the comments below! What books do you prescribe yourself when you’re feeling down? What never fails to cheer you up?

 Claire Huston / Art and Soul

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