Guys. I had such high hopes for reading in November. I did finish three and I’m close to finishing another one, but that just didn’t reach my expectations. Anyways, the good news is I really liked two of the three that I finished.
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads average rating: 3.53 stars
I mentioned in a previous post that I am currently loving all things Gretchen Rubin. Books, podcasts, social media feeds, blog. I’m a little obsessed. I first read The Happiness Project at the beginning of last year. I loved it and found myself wanting to highlight and underline so many things, but I couldn’t because it was a library book. So, this year I bought my own copy and did just that. My copy is now full of my markings and I love it.
One of the things that makes this book interesting is that the author explicitly states that she was in no way depressed or even unhappy when she started her year long happiness project. She simply wanted to see if she could find ways to make herself even happier than she already was. She made a plan to focus on a different topic each month of the year. For example in March she tackled aiming higher at work and in July she focused on money. Each month she would pick resolutions that matched her focus while continuing to try to uphold the resolutions from the previous month. She did tons of research on happiness and then would apply things to her own life to test if they worked or not. She found many things that worked and some that didn’t. She also mentions that everyone’s happiness project would be different and that some things that didn’t work for her might work for other people. So while everything she tried in her happiness project in the book didn’t apply to me, there are many things I would try.
At the end of the book, she has her Happiness Project Manifesto which is basically a list of the lessons she learned during this process. A couple of my favorites are “What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you, and vice versa.” and “You manage what you measure.” There is so much great information in this book and the way it is written makes it enjoyable to read! I have purchased two of her other books, Happier at Home and Better than Before, and hope to read them this month. (Maybe. Don’t hold me to that. There are so many books, but so little time.)
- Find the Good by Heather Lende
My rating: 4 stars
Goodreads average reating: 3.80 stars
I did a full review about this book as part of the #collaboreads link up, so go there to see what I thought.
- The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve.
My rating: 1 star
Goodreads average rating: 3.47 stars
This one was very disappointing to me and I don’t know if I’ll try another book by this author or not. But I’m learning towards no. The book was broken into three sections. It followed two people back in time to the three different periods of their lives in which they met. In the first section, they are middle-aged. In the second section, they are in their twenties. And in the last section, they are teenagers.
I couldn’t relate to the book at all, wasn’t a fan of the content, didn’t really like the way it was written, and I don’t like giving spoilers, but the ending wasn’t good either. So, I obviously will not be recommending this one.
Also, one of my dogs chewed up part of this book. So, apparently he didn’t like it either.
Let me know if you have read any of these and what you thought!