Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happier At Home

Earlier this year, I read The Happiness Project, and I absolutely loved it.  I am such a big fan that I subscribed to Gretchen Rubin's Facebook page and her newsletter.  So when she announced that she was releasing a follow up called Happier at Home, I was all over it.  I might have even marked the release date on my calendar (in a completely non-obsessive way, of course).  

If you enjoyed the first book, you will find that this one is written in the same vein.  One day, author Gretchen Rubin realized that she was feeling homesick in her own home.  She did some soul searching and came up with 9 months worth of resolutions that were geared towards making her home a safe place full of comfort and warmth.  She spent the school year tackling topics such as family, interior design, and possessions.  One chapter she tackled that hit especially close to home for me involved wanting to appreciate the now.  To be present and savor every minute, because one day today will be the good old days.  I often find myself thinking about this very thing, so I really appreciated her resolutions around this.  

Although I did really enjoy this book, it didn't quite capture the magic of the first for me.  I would give it a solid 4 our of 5 stars, and definitely recommend it to anyone who was a fan of the first book.  However, if you only read one of them, the first is definitely the way to go.

Next up, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  I wanted a nice quick read before I tackle Gone Girl.


Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

I loved The Happiness Project and decided to order a few copies for friends of mine (hello, Christmas!). I am actually not that happy in my home. So do you think this book would help me to get more organized and get to things I successfully avoided so far?!

Would be great to hear your thoughts on that!

Great topic!


rooth said...

Thanks for the review. I didn't read The Happiness Project but that might be appropriate considering the slump I'm in. Let me know what you think of Gone Girl when you've read it

Heather said...

I haven't read The Happiness Project or this follow-up book yet, but thanks for the review. I may check them out!

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

thanks for the review. i love to read and so will take a look at this! x

Anonymous said...

I read the Happiness Project after you blogged about it and I really liked it. I haven't read the second one yet... It kind of sounds like it would be the same with a slightly different focus from the first one.

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