· 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--an excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone
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An outstanding book about happiness:
--Baumeister and Tierney, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.
An outstanding young-adult book:
--Peter Cameron's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You.
An eccentric pick:
--Lytton Strachey's Queen Victoria.
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? Roenneberg's Internal Time; Pope's The Sherwood Ring; and LeBlanc's Random Family.
So, so, so good.