If you're looking for something different to read and don't know where to start, there are loads of resources available to help you find the right book.
You can find books, read and post reviews and make reservations with our
If you’d like to talk to other readers, join a reading group. Meetings usually take place in a
local library, with members choosing a different book each month to read and discuss.
Time to Read
Time to Read is a unique partnership of north west library authorities, working together to promote reading. The Time to Read website is a great place to find out about local authors, recommendations of what to read next and to discover news about local book-related events and activities.
Find a book by picking elements of the story, if you want something serious but easy to read with an unpredictable plot, or maybe a book that's long, intense with a scary theme:
The BBC broadcast many programmes about books - from stories read out loud to reviews and discussions. Most are available to listen to online.
Podcasts about books
You can download a variety of podcasts that discuss and review books, including:
Book reviews and articles
Reviews and articles are published by national newspapers to give you a taste of new and exciting literature being released.
Forums are communities where you can interact with other users and share thoughts, stories and recommendations. There are loads of forums about reading and books including:
Reading Well Books on Prescription
Reading Well Books on Prescription provides self-help reading for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders. The books have been recommended by experts. They've been tried and tested and found to be useful by others.
Books can be recommended by GPs or other health professionals. They're available from
libraries across the borough and can be borrowed free of charge.
Reading Well Mood-boosting Books
The Reading Well Mood-boosting Books scheme is a national promotion of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry selected by readers.
Research shows that reading improves mental wellbeing, and reduces stress levels by 67% (Mindlab International, 2009) and that reading also reduces the risk of dementia by 35% (New England Journal of Medicine).
2015 Mood-boosting Books list
In collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support, a new list of
20 mood-boosting books, chosen by people diagnosed with cancer, is now available. Most of the books are not specifically about cancer but have been recommended as titles that people found uplifting during or after treatment. Titles include The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
2013 Mood-boosting Books list
Readers and reading groups around the country recommended
20 new mood-boosting books for 2013 including Miss Garnet's Angel by Salley Vickers and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend.In 2013, Macmillan Cancer Support helped people with experience of cancer to create a further list of
2012 Mood-boosting Books list
In 2012 readers and reading groups selected a main list of
27 mood-boosting books and there were also lists of titles recommended by
young people and