Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest:
— one outstanding book about happiness or habits or human nature
— 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
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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.
Now, for the three book-club choices. Drumroll…
A book about happiness, good habits, or human nature:
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
This is an absolutely fascinating book about persuasion — how do we persuade other people, and what do they do to persuade us? It’s written in an accessible, interesting way, and is one of the rare books that truly transformed my way of seeing the world around me.
An outstanding children’s book:
Flower by Elizabeth Craft and Shea Olsen
Of course I can’t resist recommending the excellent young-adult novel by my sister. The tag line is “She had a plan, then she met him.” There’s romance, temptation, secrets, family drama, best friends, college applications, extravagant gestures, celebrity...delicious. If you enjoy listening to Elizabeth on the Happier podcast, you might get a kick out of reading her book.
An eccentric pick:
Another Part of the Wood: A Self-Portrait by Kenneth Clark
I love memoirs, and I loved reading this self-portrait of Kenneth Clark, the museum director, art historian, and presenter of the blockbuster TV series Civilisation. I especially love reading memoirs by people who describe why they love their work so much.
Remember, if you want to see what I read each week, I post a photo of my pile of completed books on my Facebook Page every Sunday night, #GretchenRubinReads.
I continue to read book after book on the subject of color — it’s odd to find myself fascinated by this highly specialized topic. It’s definitely contributing to my desire to collect giant sets of colored pens and colored markers — which I can now use in the coloring book I created! The Happiness Project Mini-Posters: A Coloring Book with 20 Hand-lettered Quotes to Pull Out and Frame hit the shelves this week. It shot to #1 in Adult Coloring Books (a surprisingly large category) which made me very happy.