Gretchen Rubin

Revealed! Happiness Project Book Club Picks for January. Happy Reading.

Revealed! Happiness Project Book Club Picks for January. Happy Reading.

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

  • One outstanding book about happiness.
  • One outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature. I have a crazy passion for kidlit.
  • One eccentric pick. This is a book that I love, but freely admit may not be for everyone.

I’ll post these recommendations here, or to make sure you don’t miss them, sign up for the monthly Book Club newsletter.

Shop at the wonderful Brooklyn indie WORD,, Amazon (I’m an affiliate of all three), or your favorite local bookstore. Or visit the library! Drumroll…

An outstanding book about happiness: Elizabeth von Arnim's The Enchanted April.  Buy from WORD;; Amazon.

An outstanding children’s book: Edward Eager's Half MagicBuy from WORD;; Amazon.

An eccentric pick: Elias Canetti's Crowds and Power. Buy from WORD; Amazon.

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. So I won’t describe these books, but I love all the books I recommend; I’ve read them at least twice if not many times; and they’re widely loved.

If you read last month’s recommendations…what did you think? Did you enjoy the choices? Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections; Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising; Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language. All so good! (I think.) Add your comments here.

Happy reading!

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