Book Blogger Hop: Literary Counsellor

Q: What is your opinion of bibliotherapy? Do you think this is a useful way of dealing with psychological issues? If you’ve used it yourself, or know someone who has, what book(s) would you recommend? (submitted by Maria @Β A Night’s Dream of Books)

A: It’s funny that someone asked this, because it’s the reason for my blog name. Years ago there was a book in my store called The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You byΒ Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin. It was full of bibliotherapy suggestions and I found it fascinating. It was so interesting that I decided to start a blog with similar posts, but after trying to come up with some bibliotherapy suggestions it became clear that I was not widely-read enough.

While I think that reading can be therapeutic, I don’t think that you can prescribe a book like medicine and expect it to work. Everyone takes away something different from a book because we all have different experiences. I don’t think it’s fair to assume that a book will mean the same thing to every person that reads it.

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer that runs from Friday to Thursday. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possible become a new follower.  The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


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