Autumn Mood Boosting

Fed up with the autumn weather?  Caldicot and Abergavenny Libraries now have a collection of books to boost your mood!

Research has shown that reading can help to reduce stress; even reading for six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds.  Reading was also found to work faster than other methods of stress busting, such as listening to music or going for a walk.  The research was carried out by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex.

The mood-boosting collection is a promotion from the Reading Agency and features novels, non-fiction and poetry titles recommended by readers and reading groups. Take a look at the Reading Agency’s guide to the books in the collection and use our library catalogue to request one of the titles online.

One of the titles I can thoroughly recommend:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Even if you have already seen the film, it is well worth reading the book it was based on.  The film portrays the humour very well and only takes some slight liberties with the story line but it doesn’t quite capture the tension that makes your heart beat a little faster towards the end of the story.   As the book is over 400 pages there is obviously more in the book anyway – more to enjoy and more to savour as this is a fantastic novel.

The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi and starts in 1962, the story unfolding through the voices of the three main characters.  Young white Miss Skeeter is home from college and anxious to make her mark as a writer.  Aibileen is her best friend’s black maid and has already raised sixteen white babies.   And finally there is Minnie, a black maid whose tendency to speak her own mind can land her in all sorts of trouble.  Despite the great danger they face they start recording what it is really like, including the good and the frankly terrible, to be a black maid to a white family.


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