Staff Mood Boosting Recommendations

The 20th January is Blue Monday – supposedly the day of the year when the most people feel depressed! To support and cheer people who may be feeling a bit down we are having a campaign to create a Mood-boosting Top Twenty list of books chosen by the people of Brighton & Hove, we will then promote them in libraries.

To get things started Library staff have come up with some recommendations for you, which we will be posting between now and the end of January.

Today’s Mood Boosting Book recommendation is from Norah..

Name and role: Norah Carr

Libraries Children’s Development Officer

What makes you happy?

Running in the Downs or by the sea. Lying on the beach on a hot day and swimming in the sea. Family get-togethers, cava and food!

What do you recommend and why?

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Passed on by a friend when I had nothing to read, I didn’t think I would like it as it looked and sounded a bit ‘naff’, but hey was I wrong! I devoured it, I laughed, cried and was uplifted!

An easy read about a man who sets out to post a letter and ends up walking 600 miles , we follow Harold on his physical. emotional and spiritual journey. Give it a try!

Do you have a mood boosting book you would like to recommend?


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Tweet @BHLibraries using the hashtag #BHhappybooks

E-mail us at with BHhappy books in the subject line


Or fill in one of the mood-boosting postcards at Jubilee Library or your local Mind shop by 30th January.

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