Revealed! Book Club Choices for October. Such Great Books.

Pardon this moment of book self-promotion: Did I happen to mention that I can now reveal the jacket of the paperback for Better Than Before? Oh right, maybe I did. Anyway, here it is again!

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

Shop at IndieBound,, or Amazon (I’m an affiliate), or your favorite local bookstore. Or visit the library! Drumroll…

A book about happiness, good habits, or human nature

Pack of Two: the Intricate Bonds Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp (I’ve been obsessively reading dog books lately, and this book discusses the connection between dogs, happiness, and habits–and much more)

Buy from IndieBound;; Amazon.

An outstanding children’s book:

Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Buy from IndieBound;; Amazon.

An eccentric pick:

J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys: the Real Story Behind Peter Pan by Andrew Birkin

Buy from IndieBound;; Amazon.

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 recommendations…what did you think?

  • Darlene

    As I was signing off Facebook, I noticed today is the feast day for St. Therese of Lisieux and immediately thought of you. Hope you had a good day.

  • Natalie

    I’m glad for the reminder you’ve given a few times “if you don’t like it, don’t tell me” (in your case about covers of your books) because sometimes there will be something the person can’t change but I want to point it out anyway as a fault. It can be quite hard not to! Even though it can do no good, only hurt. My mother used to do it to me. I remember one horrible occasion when she gave me a lift somewhere and as I got out of the car she said “that dress doesn’t really suit you.” Mum!! Why tell me now, when we’re here and I can’t do anything about it! There are certain things I try not to inherit from my mother, but it takes major effort.

  • s_ifat

    A great dog AND habit book by Karen Pryor- Don’t shoot the dog.
    not just for dogs

  • Loved your books! They have inspired me to start
    a “happy habit” for each week. Just wanted to say thank you! Happy weekend!

  • Darlene

    Sorry if this isn’t the correct place to make this comment (I’m somewhat new to your site), but I was thrilled to see you will be featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday program! Do you know the air date? You must feel flattered to be included in the group of “top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders” of our time. I’ve read several of your books and find your logical approach to life/living helps me to better define and articulate my own opinions.

    • gretchenrubin

      Thanks! It airs November 8. It was very exciting to do it, as you can imagine!

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