Have I mentioned that The Happiness Project is now out in paperback? Yes, it's true! Buy now, don't delay!
You may be thinking, "Well, Gretchen, you say your book is good, but why should I believe you?" Consider: The Happiness Project is a #1 New York Times bestseller, is being translated into more than thirty-one languages, and was even a question on the quiz show Jeopardy! (Which was quite surreal, I must admit.)
If you read the blog, you may be thinking, "Well, I don't want to be rude, but I can read your stuff here for free, so why should I buy the book? Paperback or not? Now or ever?" Good questions. Consider these reasons...
1. One friend who has read both said she thought the blog was process, the book was conclusion. The ideas in the book are presented in a more distilled, thoughtful way, and the book framework allows me to tell longer stories and explain more complicated ideas. I’m able to show how different ideas fit together, which can be tough to do in one blog post. The book goes deeper. Most people who read both the book and the blog say that they like the book better.
2. On the blog, I write about whatever subject interests me that day, so it skips from topic to topic. The book is organized by subject matter: Energy, Parenthood, Work, Marriage, Play, Spirituality, Mindfulness, etc. If you’re interested in particular subjects, you can focus there.
3. If you’ve been enjoying the blog, and you’d like to share it with a friend, you can give the book as a gift. You can’t give the experience of reading a blog as a gift, but you can give a book. (If you'd like a free, personalized bookplate for your gift, or for yourself, request it here or email me at gretchenrubin1 at gretchenrubin dot com. Or if you're an audiobook listener or e-book reader, request the signature card. They're free; ask for as many as you like; I'll mail anywhere; just include your mailing address.)
4. In a book, you can more easily underline and take notes. You can do this electronically, but many people still find it easier to do with old-fashioned pen and paper.
5. I’m more forthcoming in my book. I call my family members by their true names. I talk about juicy episodes that I’ve never mentioned on my blog. I reveal a very major fact about my life that I’ve never discussed on my blog.
6. A book group needs a book to discuss, and many book groups prefer to pick paperbacks. If you'd like the one-page discussion guide for your book group, or the one-page discussion guide for spirituality book groups, Bible study groups, and the like, email me at gretchenrubin1 at gretchenrubin dot com.
7. Many of my readers have written that they want to buy the book to show their support -- a “thank you” for everything I’ve done for free. Which I very much appreciate.
The enthusiasm of blog readers has made such a difference to the success of The Happiness Project. I so appreciate the support of readers here.
So ends the blatant self-promotion. Thank you!