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Publisher's Note:

The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change? Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. …

Overall Book Review:

Surely if you are human you have a habit you desire to break. If you are the epitome of perfection and have absolutely no habits you want to break, then I bet you have a habit you’d like to introduce. Habits and being human seem to be two things that are naturally intertwined. You can’t have one without the other. I have lots of habits I would like to break, and a few I would like to form, so this book really piqued my interest.

Gretchen Rubin has written two other books previously–books that I would categorize under “Self-help”. Both are centered on happiness and how to be happier, something that most people probably want. After reading Ms. Rubin’s books I always feel enlightened and energized and ready to put what I have learned to good use. They are inspirational books and almost anyone who reads them will be able to take away at least a nugget of wisdom, but most likely more.

Better Than Before felt especially appropriate to me, as I have been struggling with letting some old habits go. This book gave me a foundation to work with, and I hope to refer back to it in the future to help me gain a sense of structure when I am feeling lost. Gretchen Rubin writes about everything, from what type of a habit maker you are (I found out I am a little bit of an obliger and an upholder) to what has helped her give up or make habits in her life. Even though most Americans associate the New Year with the time to make a resolution, Gretchen encourages her readers to make way for new habits at any time of the year. So no excuses…start reading Better Than Before and prepare to become motivated!

Review of Advance Review Copy

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 1 mild obscenity;1 derogatory name.

Violence/Gore:  A husband is mentioned to have died; crime is mentioned in theory.

Sex/Nudity:  Sex is referred to (it is suggested that a couple wishes to have sex more frequently); an affair is referred to; adults kiss a couple of times.

Mature Subject Matter:

Mention of gambling, using drugs, addiction, and divorce as suggested habits to break.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Drug use is referred to; quitting heroin is referred to; adult smoking is referred to; adults mentioned to drink for pleasure; smoking pot is referred to.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.