Meet the Online Therapist That Prescribes Books

Books as Therapy website suggests books to help you face all sorts of challenges – from love and work to politics and free time.

Oct 22, 2014
Special Collections: READING FOR THE SOUL
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A stack of classic books (Shutterstock)

Ever get the feeling that the perfect book for you is out there somewhere, but you just can't find it? Books as Therapy was created for that exact purpose – to link stellar literature with the souls who need it most.
Founded on a strong belief in the therapeutic power of reading, the website aims to put users in touch with books that will be helpful when facing specific challenges. Broken down into six categories – anxiety, work, self, love, politics and free time – the beautifully-designed website prompts users to pick a phrase that applies to them, and then suggests a "therapeutic" book. For example, a selection of "I just want to be happy" under the category "free time" leads to the book recommendation of "How Proust Can Change Your Life" by Alain de Botton, and "idealism" under "politics" leads to "Civilization and its Discontents" by Sigmund Freud.
The site is the brainchild of Jack Fuller, a writer and faculty member at the School of Life – which was also responsible for this thought-provoking video on literature.
Now who's into curling up with a good book?

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