A - Z Book Lists for Adults

Ordered in A - Z format, these recommended reading lists, 'what-to-read' digests, literary remedies and literary travel guides (what I fondly term "book prescriptions") have been hand-picked and collated for everything under the sun - whether you're looking for something therapeutic or for personal interest, these book recommendations are here to inspire, uplift and engage.

Reading solo, with a partner or as part of book club? There's something here for everyone. Plus if you need something for kids, don't forget to checkout the Children's A to Z of Book Prescriptions.

You might also find our online course on Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health helpful.

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Decision-making

Death (Coming to terms with)

Depression

Despair

Divorce

Difficult spouse

Dread

 

F

Falling out with a friend

Falling in love

Fatherhood

Fear of death

Fear of flying

Feeling inconsequential

Feeling left out

Feeling like a failure

Feeling like an outsider

Feeling lonely

Finding married life difficult

Finding your job difficult

Financial Woes

 

G

Gambling

Greed

Guilt

 

H

Hopelessness

Hospitalised

Hunger

Hypochondria

 

J

Japanese wisdom

Jealousy

 

K

Kainotophobia (fear of change)

Knitting (Passionate About)

 

L

Leadership

Life Lessons

Losing your job

Losing a family member to a cult

Loneliness

Late-blooming Entrepreneurs

 

M

Made redundant

Meaning of Life (Life Lessons)

Meaningful meetings

Motherhood

Midlife crisis for women

Midlife crisis for men

Menopause

 

N

Napoleon Complex

Narcissism

Nordic Noirs

 

O

Obsession

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 

Overthinking

 

P

Panic attacks

Parenting

Paranoia

Pessimism

Procrastination

Power Struggles

 

Q

Quit smoking

 

R

Racism

Regret

Rekindled Love

Relationship issues

Resentment

Restlessness

 

S

Sadness

Seeking Redemption

Self-abuse

Self-confidence

Self-esteem

Self-love

Separation Anxiety

Shame

Shopaholic

Shy

Sibling rivalry

Silicon Valley travel prescription

Solitude

Stuck in a relationship

Stuck in a rut

Surviving families

 

T

 

U

Unemployed

Unhappy

 

V

Victimised

 

X

Xenophobia

 

Y

Yearning

 

Z

Zelophobia

 

Can't see a specific reading list above? Email us at hello@booktherapy.io and we'll create one for you complimentary within 48 hours.

A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I train mental health professionals, librarians, teachers as well as readers on using bibliotherapy in their own work through our online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course. We also curate reading lists/personalised book prescriptions for clients based on their individual needs. This is our signature personalised reading service.

You can also check out Book Therapy’s other free reading lists and A- Z of book prescriptions (covering both fiction and non-fiction). These 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, crime etc). There’s also a Children’s A — Z of Book Prescriptions. Feel free to check out the blog for more literary gems. There’s also a post on my personal story of how I entered the world of bibliotherapy and book curation.

In this role, I have had the opportunity to publish a book called The Happiness Mindset, and write various literary essays and pieces for newspapers and magazines. I have undertaken bibliotherapy workshops for The United Nations, various libraries in New York and corporate organisations in the UK and US. My book recommendations have featured in the Guardian, Marie Claire, NBC News, Asian Voice, New York Observer, Sydney Telegraph and various other publications. If you are a parent you might enjoy a podcast I’ve recorded with speech and language therapist Sunita Shah on Raising A Reader & Storyteller. And if you’d like to connect, email me at bijal@booktherapy.io or www.booktherapy.io.

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