Gretchen Rubin
Book Recommendations

  • Manhattan Beach

    Manhattan Beach

    Manhattan Beach

    Jennifer Egan
    3.62 (79,388)

    Anna kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit dexter styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. she is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men.‎years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. anna works at the brooklyn naval yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. she becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and

    Gretchen Rubin

    I read the whole book. From the time that I left to the time that I landed, I think I only had a few chapters left

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  • The Midnight Fox

    The Midnight Fox

    The Midnight Fox

    Betsy Byars
    3.75 (1,103)

    Tom dislikes spending the summer on his aunt's farm until he discovers a black fox in the forest and tracks her to her den.

    Gretchen Rubin

    That’s a middle grade book, but it is a masterpiece that anybody, male or female, adult or child, it’s just a perfect book.

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  • Memories, Dreams, Reflections

    Memories, Dreams, Reflections

    Memories, Dreams, Reflections

    Aniela Jaffé,C. G. Jung
    4.06 (33,849)

    In the spring of 1957, when he was eighty-one years old, c. g. jung undertook the telling of his life story. at regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend aniela jaffé, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. on occasion, he was moved to write entire chapters of the book in his own hand, and he continued to work on the final stages of the manuscript until shortly before his death on june 6, 1961.

    Gretchen Rubin

    A book that I love that I have read so many times is Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung.

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  • Samuel Johnson
    Gretchen Rubin

    Samuel Johnson essays I read and reread, a lot. I love Samuel Johnson.

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  • Black Swan Green

    Black Swan Green

    Black Swan Green

    David Mitchell
    Fiction
    3.94 (41,680)

    From award-winning writer david mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new.black swan green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old jason taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest worcestershire in a dying cold war england, 1982. but the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. a world of kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys’ games on a frozen lake; of “nightcreeping” through

    Gretchen Rubin

    A young adult book

     — Source

  • Holes

    Holes

    Holes

    Louis Sachar
    Juvenile Fiction
    3.98 (1,069,813)

    Stanley yelnats is under a curse. a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of yelnats. now stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, camp green lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. there is no lake at camp green lake. but there are an awful lot of holes.it doesn’t take long for stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at camp green lake. the

    Gretchen Rubin

    Funny

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  • Science and Sanity

    Science and Sanity

    Science and Sanity

    Alfred Korzybski
    Adventure stories
    4.39 (353)

    Gretchen Rubin

    rereading it now

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  • Tales of Magic Boxed Set

    Tales of Magic Boxed Set

    Tales of Magic Boxed Set

    Edward Eager
    Juvenile Fiction
    4.42 (118)

    Just in time for the holiday season, four classic edward eager tales of magic in one affordable package.ever since half magic first hit bookshelves in 1954, edward eager's tales of magic have been favorites with readers of all ages. now his four most popular stories--half magic, knight's castle, magic by the lake, and the time garden--are available in one handsome package. perfect for gift-giving or for introducing eager new readers to a whole world of wit and magic, these four books should brighten every child's library!

    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

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  • The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    J. D. Salinger
    Fiction
    3.81 (3,040,146)

    The hero-narrator of the catcher in the rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native new yorker named holden caulfield. through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in pennsylvania and goes underground in new york city for three days. the boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. perhaps the safest thing we can say about holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly

    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

     — Source

  • Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

    Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

    Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

    Peter Cameron
    Fiction
    3.68 (14,077)

    It’s time for eighteen-year-old james sveck to begin his freshman year at brown. instead, he’s surfing the real estate listings, searching for a sanctuary—a nice farmhouse in kansas, perhaps. although james lives in twenty-first-century manhattan, he’s more at home in the faraway worlds of eric rohmer or anthony trollope—or his favorite writer, the obscure and tragic denton welch. james’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his willfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his teutonically cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, d-list celebrity grandmother. compounding matters is james’s growing infatuation with

    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

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  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    J. M. Barrie
    4.03 (316,244)

    Peter pan by j. m. barrie peter pan, the mischievous boy who refuses to grow up, lands in the darling's proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. he befriends wendy, john and michael and teaches them to fly (with a little help from fairy dust). he and tinker bell whisk them off to never-land where they encounter the red indians, the little lost boys, pirates and the dastardly captain hook.

    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

     — Source

  • Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Bronte,Michael Mason
    4.14 (1,811,795)

    Orphaned as a child, jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. her courage is tested once again when she arrives at thornfield hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud edward rochester to care for his ward adèle. jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. she falls in love. hard. but there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding thornfield hall. is rochester hiding from jane? will jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

    Gretchen Rubin

    Recommended on Tim Ferriss' podcast

     — Source