Are you reading enough books?
Lovely thought by Philip Hensher in the Independent newspaper recently. The UK government is aiming to get school kids to read 50 books a year. It is also, you may recall, asking people to eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day to promote a healthy body. So why not merge the two ideas and extend to adults?
If a doctor is faced with a patient that’s depressed or aimless, why not ask “Are you reading enough good books?” and then recommend a reading list. 12 books a year might be a good start for a healthy mind. What should be on the book list I wonder?
Public libraries, are you reading this? Why are you not promoting the mental health benefits of good reading and why do you not tap in to the popular obsession with lists and produce individual lists of books for local readers (not 100 books to read before you die but 100 books to prevent you from dying!).
My list of 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction tittles is posted in comments. Feel free to add your own suggestions (almost impossible, I know).