Books to beat the blues

Yes, we love a bit of alliteration here at the blog.

Welcome to Blue Monday – that’s if you believe the formula that comes up with the third Monday in January as the most depressing day of the year. It’s based on things like weather, debt, time since Christmas, failure to carry out New Year Resolutions. Cheery.

But now for the good news: yesterday’s Independent on Sunday offered a list of books to keep the winter blues at bay. They asked Peter Florence, Director of the Hay Festival, and this is what he came up with:

1) Orhan Pamuk: My Name is Red

2) Zadie Smith: White Teeth

3) Hanif Kureishi: The Black Album

4) Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham

5) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus

6) Georges Simenon Yellow Dog

7) Jeanette Winterson Oranges are Not the Only Fruit

8) Sebastian Faulks Charlotte Gray

9) G K Chesterton The Complete Father Brown Stories

10) Rose Tremain The Colour

What do you think, dear reader? Do these sound like books to cheer you up or is it more a case of reading about someone having a more miserable time than you? What’s your book to beat the blues?


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