Make Reading a Habit with Gretchen Rubin’s Reading List

The inimitable Gretchen Rubin was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. And did she ever become one, authoring several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project, and Happier at Home.

Also an avid reader, Rubin curates all her favorite books in a monthly ebook club as well as in subject-specific lists on her blog. Here are some of her favorites.

Emotional Agility

In this groundbreaking work, Susan David found that no matter how intelligent or creative people are — or what type of personality they have — their success will ultimately be determined by how they navigate their thoughts, feelings, and self-talk. 

You Had Me at Woof

Julie Klam was thirty and wondering if she would ever meet the man she could spend the rest of her life with. Then she met the irresistible Otto, her first in a long line of Boston terriers, and fell instantly in love. The hilarious and poignant You Had Me at Woof traces Klam’s journey of discovering life’s most important lessons via her relationships with her canine companions.

Here is New York

In the summer of 1948, E.B. White wrote a remarkably perceptive, funny, and nostalgic essay that takes the reader on a stroll around Manhattan. Decades letter, it remains the quintessential love letter to the city, written by one of America’s foremost literary figures.

Julie & Julia

Julie Powell was nearing thirty and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job when she set out to reclaim her life by cooking, in the span of a single year, every one of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Not only did she find a newfound respect for cooking, but she also found a new life lived with gusto.

Click here for more of Gretchen Rubin’s favorite books. You’ll be happy you did.


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