Favorite new book + another “happy” giveaway

November 29, 2012

Looking for the perfect book for your good friend? Or, a unique hostess gift for that holiday party you’re attending?

You can cross that item off your list because I’ve got the answer: Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin.

You all know how much I loved her first book, the break out hit “The Happiness Project”. I was totally surprised, then, when I liked her new book even more. That so rarely happens, right?

But I did. I think that’s because her books, and Happier at Home especially, are so darn applicable. They’re chock full of things you can do now to improve your home or mood in minutes. Every time I’d read a chapter, I’d walk away thinking “why didn’t I think of that?” or “I’m going to try that.”

And how I love Gretchen’s writing style. She’s so approachable. Nothing preachy here. Just an account of different strategies she’s tried to improve her level of happiness. She’s someone I feel I know and a total Penelope. When I read her books or her blog, I like to imagine if we met in person we might be friends.

So, there you go: my one gift recommendation for the women in your life who you adore this holiday season. I promise it’ll make them happy.

And, because I know you want to WIN A COPY FOR YOURSELF, Gretchen has graciously offered not one, but TWO copies to the winning Penelopes.

Just comment below with “I love Gretchen Rubin!” and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll select two random winners by Thursday, December 6th at 4pm PST.

UPDATE: And the winners are...ShannonS and MB. I have emailed both the lucky people directly so I can get them their books. Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win, I still highly recommend you get the book. Totally worth the (small) price, and a great gift, too.

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{ 106 comments… read them below or add one }

Olivia Sedlock December 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

I LOVE Gretchen Rubin!!

renee December 6, 2012 at 11:26 am


Courtney December 31, 2012 at 5:57 am


Alyssa Holbrook December 31, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I love Gretchen Rubin!

Jennifer March 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Gonna have to read this! Need all the help I can get:)

Niclaire April 24, 2013 at 1:05 am

I am a big fan of GRETCHEN RUBIN!

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