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  • gretchenrubin 23:57:28 on 2017/03/03 Permalink
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    Revealed! Three Great Books for March: Siblings, Great Reading, and High Fantasy (with Honey). 

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    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 IndieBound, BN.com, or Amazon (I’m an affiliate), or your favorite local bookstore. Or my favorite, visit the library!

    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.

    Bonus book this month: with Shea Olsen, my sister Elizabeth Craft has a new young-adult novel, Flower. The tag line? “She had a plan, then she met him.” Romance, temptation, secrets, college applications, celebrity...Check it out.

    Now, for the three book-club choices. Drumroll…

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

    The Pecking Order: A Bold New Look at How Family and Society Determine Who We Are by Dalton Conley

    This book asks a fascinating question: if we believe that adult development is largely shaped by genetics and nurture, how do we account for the wide disparities in the fates of siblings? This book tries to identify the different factors that influence how people’s lives unfold.

    Buy from IndieBound; BN.com; Amazon.

    An outstanding children’s book:

    Chalice by Robin McKinley

    How I love the work of Robin McKinley! I keep hoping that this book will turn out to have been the first in a trilogy. I want to read more and more about this unusual world, with its powers and offices, awakened lands, and mesmerizing characters. Plus its celebration of bees and honey; I’ve always felt great symbolic power in bees and honey.

    Buy from IndieBound; BN.com; Amazon.

    An eccentric pick:

    Ten Years in the Tub by Nick Hornby

    Because you’re reading this post, you probably love to read. And if you love to read, you’ll love Ten Years in the Tub. Hornby is known as a novelist (About a Boy; High Fidelity, etc.), and he also writes very idiosyncratic short essays about books. They’re called “reviews,” but they aren’t the usual kind of review. Hilarious, thought-provoking, original — I added a lot of great books to my library list after reading this book. Absolutely charming. Note: there have been shorter collections published, such as the one pictured in the image above. The complete set has been collected in Ten Years in the Tub.

    Buy from IndieBound; BN.com; Amazon.

    If you want to make sure you never miss a month’s selections, sign up here for the book club newsletter.

    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 buy 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 hits the shelves in a few weeks.

    What book are you most excited to read?

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  • feedwordpress 17:19:13 on 2016/09/07 Permalink
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    Podcast 81: Introduce a Specific Conversation Topic, Park in a Far Spot, and Is It OK to Ignore the Olympics? 

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    Happier Podcast #81

    It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.

    Update: In episode 76 , our listener Sarah asked for suggestions for wedding readings. We got so many great suggestions! As promised, I’ve create a PDF with some of the most outstanding choices. Email me if you’d like a copy — just write “wedding readings” in the subject line. As Kristen mentioned, in this episode of “A Little Happier,” I recorded the very short story that was one of my wedding readings.

    And if you live near Seattle, please come to our live event! We’ll be recording an episode of the podcast live on stage at Seattle’s Town Hall on October 13, 7:30. Tickets are $25. More info and buy tickets here. Please come, bring your friends.

    Try This at Home: Give people something specific to talk about. I mentioned my mother’s game (though it’s not really a game) of TableTopics Family: Questions to Start Great Conversations.1pix

    OliveandCocoaKimonoHere’s the photo of the surprise gift that I sent to Elizabeth from OliveandCocoa.com/happier.

    Happiness Hack from Stacy: Go ahead and park at the far end of the parking lot. It means more exercise, and less annoyance, because you’re not circling around the parking lot looking for a spot close to the door.

    Better Than Before Habit Strategy: the Strategy of Clarity.

    Listener Question: Rochelle asks, “I find it hardest to reach out to the people closest to me. For these people, a casual check-in won’t do.”

    Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth ignored the Olympics.

    Gretchen’s Gold Star: Elizabeth gets a gold star for making the effort to make a quick trip to Kansas City, and my father gets a gold star for his observation “When it comes to family visits, frequency is more important than length.”

    Remember,  I’m doing weekly live videos on my Facebook Page about the podcast. To join the conversation, check the schedule. 

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    The post Podcast 81: Introduce a Specific Conversation Topic, Park in a Far Spot, and Is It OK to Ignore the Olympics? appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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