"Discover the life-changing magic of books. Books, stories, literature connect us to others. They help us connect the dots in our own stories and ultimately hold mirrors up so that we can truly see ourselves and be understood."
I'm Bijal Shah, a Book Therapist. I am also a writer, a poet, a publisher and a voracious reader. I have spent half my life in libraries and bookstores. What I am about to offer you is unique and intended to save you time and money so that you can focus on what you love most: reading.
I create personalised reading lists or book prescriptions that are tailored to you - your personality, your interests, your needs and circumstances and your habits. It is all about you. Time is precious. We all want to spend our time reading books that are relevant to us, that we will enjoy and that will benefit us.
Each book prescription includes a minimum of 7 - 10 book recommendations with full reviews of the book and how they might help you.
From a young age, books were my saviour, soothing my soul during difficult transitions, family conflicts, moving countries, childhood anxieties, teenage angst, complicated relationships and navigating the competitive world of work. They have given me so much and I want to give back and find the right book apt for a specific moment in your life when you need it the most.
It is easier for me to match you to a book than for you to spend your valuable time trawling the internet, bookstores or libraries to discover books that you will love. Time is money and I want to help you protect both.
What makes me qualified to prescribe books? Surely I need to earn your trust first - I totally agree. If you are curious, you can find out a little bit more about me here and my qualifications. I also give out most of my best content and writing free which you can check out here on the blog or the free A-Z Book Prescriptions for Adults and Children. Feel free to also check out my paid, published work: 15-minute non-fiction reads, literary guides and literary travel guides.
Lastly I love a challenge, so please send me your most perplexing book dilemmas — I can’t wait to dive in and find the perfect book(s) for you.
Your time is precious and I want to help protect it.
Prioritised reading saves you time and money so that you only focus your reading on books that will be helpful and beneficial to you.
Personalised to suit your needs.
I ask a few simple questions to find out about your current situation, needs, objectives, interests as well as reading habits. I use this information to prepare a highly tailored and personalised reading list of book recommendations that can include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and philosophy depending on your requirements. These can be classics or modern literature, best-sellers or little-known but powerful books, authored by a diverse set of writers.
Guaranteed to receive your book prescription within 48 hours of purchase.
I will email you a list within 48 hours of purchase or it's free. If you are simply looking for your next holiday read or something specific to read, these thoughtfully curated book recommendations are sure to inspire, empower and entertain.
Don't forget to check out my free book recommendations titled the A - Z of Book Prescriptions (both fiction and non-fiction) which suggest books based on your existing life situation (e.g. anxiety, job change, relationship heartache) as well as interests (e.g memoir, historical fiction, non-fiction etc). There's also a children's reading list: Children's A - Z of Book Prescriptions. Also feel free to check out the blog for more literary goodies.