Gretchen Rubin

Revealed! Book Club Choices for October.

Revealed! Book Club Choices for October.

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

An outstanding book about happiness or habits:

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

Buy from WORD; BN.com; Amazon.

An outstanding children’s book:

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Buy from WORD; BN.com; Amazon.

An eccentric pick:

Open by Andre Agassi

Buy from WORD; BN.com; 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.

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? Organizing from the Inside Out; Ballet Shoes; Cloud Atlas.

Also, in book-related news, I can't help mentioning that Better Than Before, my book about how we change our habits, is now available for pre-order. If you're inclined to buy it, I'd really appreciate it if you'd pre-order.

Pre-orders build support for a book, by creating buzz among booksellers, the media, and the publisher. Pre-orders really matterBuy from your favorite indie (Rainy Day Books is my fabulous hometown indie), tell your library you'd like to read it, or go here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, iBooks.

End of commercial. Happy October, and happy reading.

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