Revealed! Book Club Choices for February. Happy Reading!

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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A book about happiness, good habits, or human nature:

Here Is New York by E. B. White

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An outstanding children’s book:

Baby Island  by Carol Ryrie Brink

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An eccentric pick:

Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf

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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 recommendations…what did you think?

  • Sarah

    Ohmygosh! Baby Island??? I read this back in grammar (showing my age) school and ordered it for my 8yo DD just last year. LOVE this book! Hope many others do, too.

    • Sarah

      My name is Sarah as well—I read this book many times as a kid and was disappointed to learn my mom gave away our copy when she was decluttering! I’ll have to order it for MY 8 yr old daughter! 🙂 I remember the twins–Elisha and Elijah—teething on hardtack—the memories!

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  • Jamie

    Love Orlando! What a weird and wonderful book. It has left me with this wonderful image of ice skating on the Rhine that pops into my head at random times and brings me a little happiness boost.

  • ChrisD

    I have to say I couldn’t really get my head round the stream of consciousness narrative in Orlando. I read it because I had seen and liked the Tilda Swinton film (at that time the posters were all around where I lived, and I quite liked them too), but I didn’t really enjoy the book. Also I quite liked the way the film carried on up to our present, beyond Virginia Woolf’s present. So if you’re not enjoying the first few chapters you should probably drop it.

  • fakenewspapers

    What an awesome collection! Just what we need to feel empowered not only on the month of love, but on days where we feel like we’re hopeless. Truly inspiring. Many thanks!