Revealed! Book Club Choices for September 2015. Such Good Books.

Pardon this moment of book self-promotion: For many people — at least in this part of the world — September marks a time of new beginnings. In my book, Happier at Home, I write about how I did a project from September through May, to make my home a happier place. If you, too, feel like September is the other January, you might like the book. What a joy it was to write! Learn more about the book here.

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest:

· one outstanding book about happiness or habits

· one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit

· one eccentric pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone

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The Diary of Anne Frank

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An outstanding children’s book:

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell — Note: This book is definitely young-adult, not for children.

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An eccentric pick:

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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Some readers have said that they wished that I’d describe and make the case for my book choices, instead of just providing links. I’ve noticed that many times, when someone describes a book to me, I want to read it less. And often, weirdly, the better a book is, the worse it sounds.

Nevertheless, because so many readers have requested it, I’ve decided to give a bit more context for these choices in the book-club newsletter. So if you’d like to know more about why I made these selections, check there. To get that free monthly book-club newsletter, and to make sure you don’ t miss any recommendations, sign up here.

In any event, I assure you that, for all the books I choose, I love them; I’ve read them at least twice if not many times; and they’re widely admired.

If you read last month’s recommendatioms…what did you think?

  • johanna knaus

    Just a suggestion to fellow bloggers . Please support your local bookseller when ordering books. The taxes will stay in your own area to support great causes. (mine supports my county library, a new swim center, etc) and you will help a local bookseller stay in business. My local bookseller is very efficient, and helps me with other great books, new and used. thank you

    • Gillian

      Excellent suggestion, Johanna!!! We should all do as much as possible to support our local businesses – they make invaluable contributions to the communities in which they operate. And small booksellers especially need our support.

  • michaelmelcher

    I loved “A Tale for the Time Being.” Great pick, Gretchen!!!!

  • Che

    The Diary of Anne Frank – what an inspiring book! Will try to read A Tale for the Time Being!

  • DCB

    Have you ever read, “Carry On, Mr. Bowditch”? This book changed my life after I read it in my mid 40’s. I also developed a passion for Latin because of it. So inspiring!