Sorry, I’m Late! Book Club Choices for January. I Forgot!

Photo of a person reading in a bookstore

I’ve never done this before — I forgot to post my book club choices at the first of the month! A thoughtful reader sent me a reminder.

Better late than never, so here you go.

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

A book about happiness, good habits, or human nature:

The Journal of Jules Renard

An outstanding children’s book:

Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

An eccentric pick:

Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

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.

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.



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