Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project
by Gretchen Rubin

Genre: Memoir

Review: A read to start your New Year's Resolutions out right. Rubin combines research from positive psychology, history, philosophy, and many great thinkers to gain insight into happiness. She chooses a focus each month to increase her happiness in areas including energy, eating healthy, parenting, marriage, friendship, money, taking risks, and more. You can learn a lot from her happiness project, from her stumbles to her successes. Also check out her blog--this book had a major snowball effect for Happiness Projects around the world.

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Song to Read By: "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves

My book club's pick for January! Start the new year off with your own set of "ten commandments of happiness!"

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Ten Girls to Watch

Ten Girls to Watch
by Charity Shumway

Genre: Women's fiction

Review: This novel is witty and inspiring, with fun dialogue yet a real message and so timely. Looking for a job and the travails of online dating are something so many twenty-somethings are dealing with right now. However, this novel takes the phase from college girl to woman to the next level, touching on mentoring and how women find their ways and their careers. Dawn tracks down women who won a magazine contest's "Ten Girls to Watch" for the past 50 years and learns much from them. You'll find inspiration too!

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Song to Read By: "Ladies" by Andy Grammer