The Happiness Project

I found my next book!



I’ve only read the introductory chapter so far, but it already has me super excited for this book.

Have any of you heard of it?  Read it?

I’ll be reading it over the Holiday season and you all can definitely expect a review/possible ‘nother giveaway :).

While we’re all in the gift giving spirit, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads of the past few year.  Inspirational, motivation, just-for-fun…it’s all fair game 🙂

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My Favorite Reads of 2013

  • Born to Run:  Christopher McDougall
  • Run Like a Girl:  Mina Samuels
  • Mile Markers: Kristin Armstrong
  • Divergence Trilogy: Vironica Roth
  • Hunger Games Trilogy: Suzanne Collins
  • Something Borrowed Series: Emily Griffith
  • The Art of Racing In The Rain: Garth Stein

What are some of YOUR favorite 2013 reads?

45 thoughts on “The Happiness Project

  1. I’ve heard great things about The Happiness Project and need to check it out…looking forward to your review! You’ve got some great ones on this list and I’ll have to add some of the ones I haven’t read yet to my 2014 list. I didn’t expect to like the Hunger Games at all when I heard the premise, then proceeded to read all three to them in a few days, haha. Can’t wait to see the second movie!

  2. Picked it up in an airport bookstore, what, two years ago? A light read, thought-provoking, some good action-oriented prompts yet not too much in the way of earth-shattering concepts. IMHO, more of the same that so many advocate in mainstream literary works. Still, a worthwhile perspective. 🙂

  3. I liked the Happiness Project; I found her relatable, amusing, and the tips she gives concrete. If you’ve done any work around happiness, you won’t find it revolutionary, but it’s got some great reminders. Also, if you liked Racing in the Rain, you should check out the Story of Edgar Sawtelle, which is in my top five books of all time. This year, I also liked “Where’d you go Bernadette?” and “The Night Circus,” and probably five million other books but I’ll just leave a few. 😉

  4. It looks really interesting- I’m looking forward to your review!
    My fave reads of 2013 are The Detective’s Daughter, Doctor Sleep and also the Divergence trilogy! 😀

  5. I have that book on my Kindle but haven’t started it yet, let me know what you think! I LOVED a book called Where’d You Go Bernadette and am currently reading The Spellman Files though I think it’s due back at the library last week…

  6. I am a huge book worm and this book looks awesome! I have loved the Elizabeth Smart book this year and I found an author, Mary Kay Andrews, who I love! These are not running books but I still love them! I have read Once a Runner and just could not get into either! He has a sequel have you read that book?

  7. I just finished recently, “Second Wind….One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents” By Cami Ostman. Hugely inspiring!! I’m going to have to check out this, “Racing in the Rain!”

  8. I really enjoyed that book. It really was inspiring. As for the books I read this year – it was the year of reading for me 🙂 I read 53 books and my favorites include:
    – The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    – The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    – The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    – Bringining Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
    – Mirror Mirror Off the Wall by Kjerstin Gruys
    – Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkell
    – Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein (at times this one was really left-sided but I enjoyed the overall takeaway)
    – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
    – Real Marriage by Mark & Grace Driscoll

  9. I read the Happiness Project and really loved! My favorite quote was: “The days are long, but the years are short.” So well put! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  10. Love this book. It’s a great read with ideas that will change your life or at least your outlook on life. I think we are the same person! I’ve read half of those books you listed all in 2013 and enjoyed them. Enjoy the book!

  11. Thanks for sharing your list of books! It has been forever since I have sat down with a good book, some of these sound interesting!

  12. I bought happiness project a few weeks ago! Haven’t had a chance to start it yet, but I will now! Also, I still have your copy of born to run and need to start that as well! I need a beach vacation to get some of this reading done! 😉

  13. I haven’t read ANY of those, I need to step up my game! I have a rule that I can’t read during the semester though so I won’t get too distracted. Some of my favorites I did read though were Loving Frank, The Fault in Our Stars, Sarah’s Key, and The Book Thief. There are others but I can’t remember right now!

  14. I think I read “Born to Run” last year and I LOVED it.

    Books this year? Hmmm:
    Hunger Games Trilogy
    Me Before You (SUCH a good book, seriously)
    The Language of Flowers
    From Notting Hill with Love… Actually
    Wedding Night
    Life of Pi
    And so many more that I can’t even remember right now.

  15. I read Born to Run a few years ago. But I just finished the Divergent Trilogy! I’m super excited for the movie! I just might say I like the trilogy better than the hunger games!! They rest of the books on your list I haven’t read yet…I’ll get to them. I read A LOT!

  16. The Happiness Project is on my nightstand and is next on the list after I finish the last three Game of Thrones book.
    -Game of Thrones (book 1) was great! My first fantasy novel, but I think I loved it because I am a huge fan of the show.
    -Gone Girl was definitely up there.
    -The Hunger Games (book 1 was the best, thought the second was decent and by the third I was really sick of Katniss).

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