"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." Bijal Shah, Book Therapy
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Hi! I'm Bijal, a book curator and bibliotherapist. I'm also a freelance journalist, a writer, a poet, a counsellor, a publisher and a voracious reader. I've spent half my life in libraries and bookstores. My book recommendations have featured in the Guardian, Marie Claire, NBC News, Asian Voice and various other publications. My personalised reading service is unique and intended to save you time and money so that you can focus on what you love most: reading.
Time's precious - on average we may only read 2000 books in our lifetime and for some people it might be a fraction of that. Should we then focus on reading books that will help us, entertain us or benefit us in some way? Should we be more mindful and strategic about what we read?
My service focuses on creating a truly personalised book prescription (detailed, tailored book recommendations) for my clients based on questions that explore your interests, needs and circumstances and your reading habits. Each book prescription includes a minimum of 7 - 10 book recommendations with details of the book and how they might help you.
This is a prescription-only service without books. If you would like the books too you can always opt for the personalised book boxes. Each book box comes with 3 hand-picked books and a gift card. Both the book prescriptions and book boxes can be gifted and make great gifts for any book lover. Here's a sample book prescription:
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.
Trawling the internet, bookstores or libraries to discover books that you may or may not enjoy can be time-consuming and fails to consider all the possible books with a given genre or category. A considered and customised book prescription or book box is likely to be more effective and beneficial. Watch a client testimonial below.
I also offer bibliotherapy sessions for individual and couples and have published 15-minute non-fiction reads, literary guides and literary travel guides.
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.