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Mood Enhancing Books

Inspired by the Guardian article ‘Fiction Prescription: why libraries make you happy’ by bibliotherapists Ella
Berthoud and Susan Elderkin list, during the University Mental Health Awaraness Day, we asked people for suggestions of books they may have read that have helped in some way to boost/improve/enhance their mood. Here's the list so far:

Book Title Author
Oh, the Places You'll Go! Dr Seuss
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
Collected Poems 1945-1990 R. S. Thomas
Haunted House Jan Pienkowski
Perfume Patrick Süskind
Bridget Jones’s Diary Helen Fielding
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Sue Townsend
Compassionate Mind Paul Gilbert
Matilda Rosie Dane
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
Fifty Shades of Grey E. L. James
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared Jonas Jonasson
Last Christmas Julia William
Rapture Carol Ann Duffy
Enduring Love Ian McEwan
The Fault in Our Stars John Green
The Queen's Gambit Walter Tevis
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling
Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world Prof Mark Williams, Dr Danny Penman
Divine Beauty John O'Donohue
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust
The Devil Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If you have a book that has boosted your mood and you wish to add it to the list, email in to and we'll add it to the list.

The University of Warwick is not endorsing the content of any books.