Book Club Choices for June 2014

Books piled on shelves

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 Amazon (I’m an affiliate), or your favorite local bookstore. Or visit the library! Drumroll…

An outstanding book about happiness or, more specifically, habits:

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Buy from Amazon.

An outstanding children’s book:

 Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp

Buy from Amazon.

An eccentric pick:

The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman

Buy from 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? Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography; Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s Understood Betsy; and Wayne Koestenbaum’s Jackie Under My Skin. All so good.

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