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Revealed! The Happiness Project Book Club Picks for December

This is a book that I love, but freely admit may not be for everyone.

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, I’ve started a book club (of sorts). Each month, I suggest:

  • 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. This is a book that I love, but freely admit may not be for everyone.

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.

I’ll post these recommendations here, or to make sure you don’t miss them, sign up for the monthly Book Club newsletter.

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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: Carl Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections. Buy from WORD; BN.com; Amazon.

An outstanding children’s book: Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising. Buy from WORD; BN.com; Amazon.

An eccentric pick: Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language. Buy from WORD; BN.com Amazon.

If you read last month’s recommendations, what did you think? Did you enjoy the choices? Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Enright’s The Saturdays, and Warhol’s The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.

Happy reading!

Also ...

  • Blatant self-promotion: If you're looking for yet another good book, may I suggest Happier at Home? An instant New York Times bestseller, and although I love all my books equally, my sister the sage says it's my best book.

Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project, a book and a blog about her adventures learning to be happier.

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