Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A Call for Bibliotherapy Recommendations: What books have helped you?

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Dear Lovely Readers, both new and old,

I'm currently revising my "A-Z Bibliotherapy Recommendations" page by creating new sections and adding new books. I think it will prove useful (both for myself and others!) to have everything in one place and organised in an easy-access way.

I've been sorting through my multiple bookshelves (and various escapee books) to do this, although I'd like to enlist your help too.

If you have any recommendations of books that have helped you in the past, or know of books that may help others, I'd love to hear from you in the comments box. I'm currently using the following categories, although you can certainly suggest your own:

  • Accepting yourself
  • Anxiety
  • Challenging childhoods
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Exclusion
  • Fear of death
  • Heartbreak and questions of the heart
  • Home sickness
  • Illness
  • Knowing yourself
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss
  • Need for inspiration
  • Need for solitude
  • PTSD
  • Perfectionism
  • Persevering through hardship
  • Search for beauty and meaning
  • Understanding suicide
  • Unrequited love
If you can come up with any books to add these categories, or a new one of your choosing, I will make sure to link the recommendation to your blog (if you have one). It will be even better if you have written a post on the book you mention, although this isn't essential.

The book can be fiction or non-fiction, or even a children's book. If the book contains a valuable message, something that people can relate to, or is simply written beautifully, it's perfect.

I look forward to hearing from you!



Brian Joseph said...

Wow, this is a great idea Lucy. Of course it seems like a big mental task.

I will start with a few recommendations:

Search for beauty and meaning OR Inspiration - Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse

Inspiration - A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens.

And at the risk of being a little too off the wall:

Accepting Loss : Gilgamesh - One of humanity's first literary attempt at the subject.

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks Brian, they're great suggestions! I'll be sure to add them all to the list with a link to your blog. I love that you've mentioned Gilgamesh - I never would have thought to add that.

Also, I've been meaning to read Siddhartha for so long. It sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.

All the best,

Rivorniel Tinubelin said...

For me Life After Life by Kate Atkinson would follow to the category of "Fear of Death". Very interesting that you are making such a list! I'd probably be able to come up with a few more books after having thought about it for a bit.

melissa vizcarra said...

Great idea Lucy!

I would definitely recommend:

Inspiration/Illness: The Secret Garden - Frances Hogdson Burnett
Accepting yourself/Loss: Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Need for inspiration: A room of one's own - Virginia Woolf
Search for beauty and meaning: Momo - Michael Ende

I wrote a review of The Secret Garden (which you kindly commented):

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks for your comment and the great recommendations! They're all added to the list. I've also linked back to your blog and The Secret Garden post. I hope you're well.

Elena said...

I'm an overworrier at her best. I can picture the worst scenario for any situation when I'm happy, just imagine how it goes when I'm a little moody! Also, I tend to think a lot about the negtive things rather than the positive ones. One of the books that helped to relax a bit was Howards End by E.M Forster. The book has a character with whom I pretty much identified and who suffered the same "problems" I do, but just imagine, a century ago!

You can find the quotes here in case you're interested. They do not contain spoilers, but I'm not sure if you'd like to read them before actually reading the book, so completely up to you!

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks, Elena! I tend to be a worrier too, although I'm nowhere near as bad as I used to be.

I like how you've recommended Howards End. I've never read it, but I recently studied On Beauty by Zadie Smith which is largely based on it. In addition to what you've said about the novel, this is a reason why I really should give it a go this summer! It does sound good

Thanks for linking those quotes - I'll be sure to bookmark your post and come back to it if I decide to read Howards End. I'll also link to your blog in the bibliotherapy list :)

All the best.

bellezza said...

What a great idea, and something I'll have to ponder to come up with more titles. But the first one that comes to mind is Madeleine L'Engle's The Love Letters which healed my first deeply broken heart. Also, I found her book A Wrinkle In Time to define love for me; both books have a lot to do with unconditional love.

tolstoytherapy said...

Thanks for the comment! I've never read either of the books you've mentioned, but I'm so glad you've mentioned them. I haven't read a good love story for a while.

I'd definitely like to read them, and they'll both be added to the list :) Best wishes, Lucy.

tolstoytherapy said...

Thank you! I read Life After Life over Easter and really enjoyed it - I'll definitely add it to the list. I also look forward to any other books you may come up with :) Best wishes.