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About the Author

Gretchen Craft Rubin was editor in chief of the Yale Law Journal. She clerked on the Supreme Court under Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and served as counsel to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. An adjunct professor at Yale, she currently lives in Manhattan. (Publisher Provided) Gretchen Rubin started her mostrar mais career in law and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She writes on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature on her daily blog as well as in books. Her books include Happier at Home, The Happiness Project, and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Gretchen Rubin

Forty Ways to Look at JFK (2005) 35 exemplares
Iyilestiren Aliskanliklar (2020) 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



3.5 stars

I love goals. I love making them and tracking them, and I love hearing others' goals and their progress on reaching them. So naturally, I enjoyed Gretchen's project. I appreciated that she included examples of her successes and failures. I liked that she incorporated statistics/studies into her book, but correlated them to her challenges, making them more memorable.

I have to admit, her "Secrets of Adulthood" and "Splendid Truths" were a bit much for me, and she kept repeating them over and over again... After she began including comments from her blog, I also started to tire of that - a few well-placed comments would have been fine, but sometimes she included so many that they went on for pages and simply felt like filler. The book could have easily been reduced by 50-100 pages.

There's nothing new or profound in this book (there usually isn't in this kind of writing) but it was still a fun read.
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RachelRachelRachel | 175 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
This is not a book. This is a series of poor personal rants, or substandard blog posts at best.

The author is extremely lucky to have so many supportive people -judging by what she says in the book- in her life enabling her to publish such shallow, incoherent, and incomplete personal observations that can only apply to her own life, as if they were "revelations" that can be dropped on the masses to enlighten them!

The readers are not as lucky as the author though. How this book got any star ratings, in any factor or criteria a book can be rated in, higher than 2 stars is really beyond my comprehension.

I created a new shelf, "Won't continue reading", because of this book.
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mos3abof | 44 outras críticas | Nov 19, 2023 |
Man, I don't know. You take a quiz of 8 questions and then you're put into 1 of 4 buckets. My bigger issue then the 8 questions is I didn't even agree with some of the answers and just had to pick the closest one.
I don't disagree with the assessment of who I am but, yeah, this is just hard to get on board with.
ankhamun | 16 outras críticas | Nov 2, 2023 |
I've read a bunch of books on habits, and I wasn't expecting to find anything new here. And indeed, there's nothing groundbreaking in this book. But the way Rubin explains how we create habits -- and more importantly, why some habits stick so easily while others don't -- really resonated with me. I appreciated her approach to categorizing different personality types and how she recognizes that what works for one person will not work for someone else. I think that's something many of these types of books tend to overlook, offering instead a prescriptive, "one size fits all" formula that leaves readers frustrated and wondering what's wrong with them.

Rubin allows us to take an individualized approach to habit setting. However, she does give her admittedly biased opinion on what habits are best to set (i.e. low carb eating) and how to go about it (i.e. abstaining). But even if you never intend to give up eating bread or never sipping from a glass of wine again, there's plenty here to appeal to anyone wanting to improve their day-to-day life.
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Elizabeth_Cooper | 44 outras críticas | Oct 27, 2023 |



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