Revealed! Three Terrific Books to Read in April.

For all the books I choose, I love them; I’ve read most of them at least twice if not many times; and they’re widely admired. 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 my favorite, visit the library! In fact, for my second episode of “A Little Happier” — the new 2-minute mini-episodes of my podcast I’m doing each week — I talked about how much I love going to the library. Listen here.


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

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

Buy from IndieBound;; Amazon.


An outstanding children’s book:

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Buy from IndieBound;; Amazon.


An eccentric pick:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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.

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

  • Zil

    Tuck Everlasting is a brand new musical on Broadway, in fact it opens today! You should go see it, Gretchen!

    • gretchenrubin

      Yes, one of the members of KidLit told me about this!

  • Karin Lahres

    Dear Gretchen, I would love to buy “Ten Years of Happiness” but it’s not available via Amazon Germany. I contacted Amazon but there seems to be no possibility to buy it via Germany. So sad! Do you plan to offer it internationally as well?

    • gretchenrubin

      Sorry about that…I’m working on it, to make it available internationally in some countries.

  • Valeria Parejo

    I read Tuck Everlasting last year, and it is a great recommendation. It has a beautiful melancholy feel to it. Seneca is on my TBR pile, as well as American Gods (I discovered Neil Gaiman last year as well, with “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”).

    • gretchenrubin

      I just read THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE a few months ago. So many good books to read!

  • womanmdsguide

    If you love American Gods, read “My Grandmother told me to tell you she’s sorry” by Fredrik Backman. Totally fairy tale in in real life and one of the best books I have ever read!!

  • Jacalyn Resman

    If you are interested in – First Impressions and Misconceptions – May not always be right ,
    You might like the book ‘ Shogun ‘ James Clavell!