Hi, I'm Bijal Shah, a book curator and bibliotherapist, a freelance journalist, an author and a poet.
A big hello and welcome! Here's a little bit about me.
After a decade-plus career in investment banking, I was really keen to pursue my passion for literature, writing and psychology having successfully published a non-fiction book titled "The Happiness Mindset". The book's received more than 50 reviews on Amazon with a 5 star rating. I wrote the book post-completion of a diploma in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy, a skillset that complements my passion for carefully curating apt books for others. Book curation and bibliotherapy was inevitable. I now help clients find the perfect books for personal interest and mental well-being. My book recommendations have featured in the Guardian, Marie Claire, NBC News, Asian Voice and various other publications. I've also written short literary guides along with confessional and contemporary poetry.
I’m a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and the American Library Association. I've also completed a post-graduate professional accountancy qualification and Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Warwick, after attending Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls. I'm a mum of two and we currently reside in Hampstead, London.
A Novel Literary Advice Service
As a little girl, I loved receiving book recommendations from trusted friends and family. Finding the next great read became an addictive habit to mitigate those post-book blues. I loved helping others find new books too and my passion for reading, writing reviews and literature in general inspired me to launch Book Therapy - a novel literary advice service that helps match people to books based on their individual needs, interests and reading habits.
Book Curation and Personalised Book Prescriptions
Helping others discover wonderful new books (and old) meant understanding their current needs. The books prescribed could be for a specific predicament they find themselves in (for example, struggling with bereavement, friendship breakups, ticking biological clock, fatherhood, redundancy, regret etc) or they could be a travel prescription for a holiday read (check out our book prescription for New York for example).
The personalised book prescriptions have been very popular. These are prepared in the form of detailed, recommended reading lists that comprise a minimum of seven to ten books. In order to provide my clients with an exclusive and dedicated service, I only offer 5 book prescriptions daily where 5 clients receive a comprehensive book prescription each. You can purchase one at the following link: personalised book prescriptions. You can also gift these for a loved one.
Want to sample a book prescription before you buy?
Then check out the free list of book prescriptions titled A - Z of Book Prescriptions These cover a variety of genres ranging from literary fiction, historical fiction, romance, classics, thrillers, non-fiction, self-development, spiritual, food, dance, the arts, culture, society, parenting, biographies and memoir, essays, true crime, audiobooks, photography etc. They also cover different life situations (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. Feel free to subscribe to the blog too.
Bijal (Book Therapist)
PS Audible is one of our sponsors. Being a mother, I mostly listen to audiobooks - it's the easiest way to keep up-to-date on all my reading. Audible have an amazing 30-day free trial where you get two free audiobooks. You can cancel anytime if it's not for you. If it is it's £7.99 (UK) or $14.95 (US) monthly which includes one free audiobook every month.