Thursday: Real Life Reading
The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, 2009
This month, among other things, I resolved to finally start writing articles on Medium. I know…. Not the most earth-shattering news is it… but for me it’s a semi-big deal because I am setting myself the challenge of writing 6 days a week, and actually doing it.
Again.. nothing earth-shaking in this except when you are the person saying you’ll do it and then you realise… holy moly… what the heck did I just commit myself to?
It’s Thursday and I fondly remember Thursday as being the day when, in 3rd grade, I got to go to the reading class… IN THE SIXTH GRADER’S ROOM!
I was always so excited to do this because they were reading books I really liked and because in true 1960’s style, there was a “reading corner” and I could sit on the carpet squares surrounded by big pillows, reading quietly for 45 minutes. It was heaven.
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
– James Baldwin
Why am I telling you all this?
Because I’ve decided to make Thursdays, my “book report” days on Medium. Yup! You heard me right, every Thursday I’ll be adding a review of a book I’ve read and hoping that you all will jump in and contribute your own thoughts and ideas and opinions (hint… especially if they contradict my own!)
Book Report #1
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. 2009
It may have been written almost a decade ago but this book, which I finally pulled from my office shelf on Monday, is still a timely read for anyone looking for ideas about kick-starting positive change in their own life.
What I loved about this book is that it is buoyant. Rubin gives an account of her year working to become happier and her observations of her experiment are interesting and yielded some practical examples of things that I would be willing to try in my own life.
It’s set up by months, with her topics for each month laid out in the way recipes are often laid out. It makes it easy to browse the book for quick ideas for myself and I liked that.
Rubin also writes a conversational narrative about her experience doing each months’ projects. She touches on the research that helped her form the topics and then leads us into a friendly description of how it went, what she observed and what she learned over the course of each month.
I felt myself being drawn into the reading the way I might be drawn into a “beach read”, it’s light and fun even when she is describing the recognition of her own self-proclaimed failings.