Welcome to GH Book Club — your destination for ☀️one feel-good book☀️ every month!

The year 2020 wasn't easy — and for most, it meant far more time spent at home without many of the people and pastimes that comfort us (spending time with family and friends, traveling and even physically participating in the communities we love). The pandemic also put more pressure than ever on our favorite hobbies to "perform" (read: bring us joy) — and truthfully, crafting the ultimate sourdough starter can only do so much for your mind, body and soul.

So if you're on the hunt for a new way to spend your time 2021 that doesn't involve doomscrolling, we're here to suggest reigniting your passion for reading by joining our brand-new book club. The twist? We'll be focusing solely on reads that will make you feel great, delivering a dose of positivity each month with an uplifting page-turner that will engage your mind and make you smile. At the end of the year, our hope is that your bookshelf will be filled to the brim with thought-provoking, inspiring fiction and non-fiction picks from both well-known and emerging authors — and that you discover a rekindled (or newfound) reading habit that will help you cultivate a sunnier outlook on life, and may even improve your memory and longevity.

How to join: Sign up for Good Housekeeping's newsletter to get a monthly reminder when a new book has been chosen. Then, buy the book. Finally, share this page with your friends so you can enjoy the book together. Don't forget to check back here the first week of every month to learn about our favorite new read and share what you loved about this month's book in the comments!

With every book hand-picked by Good Housekeeping editors, we want these reads improve your life and enrich your day-to-day routine, whether through uplifting stories and inspiring character journeys, peeks into lived experiences or ideas that challenge the status quo and offer new perspectives.

PICK OF THE MONTH:

"The Book of Moods" by Lauren Martin

This time of year, many of us redouble our efforts to get a handle on what Lauren Martin calls “moods” — emotional inundations and overreactions to the daily struggles of merely being human. Pretty much all of us occasionally get irritable when our boss delivers negative feedback, develop an acute case of FOMO when we see our friends hanging out without us, feel down about what we see in the mirror or drive home fuming after challenging visits with family members. Over the course of five years, Martin gathered the expert advice of psychologists, medical doctors and even Buddhist monks to figure out what causes those mercurial shifts in our internal weather and how we can clear the clouds.

BUY THE BOOK:

Order The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin on Amazon or Bookshop — or pick it up at your local library — and read along with us in January!

The Book of Moods: How I Turned My Worst Emotions Into My Best Life
Grand Central Publishing amazon.com
$27.00
$23.54 (13% off)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Martin is a writer and the founder of Words of Women — an online and physical community dedicated to the growth and development of women. By providing entertaining, enlightening and supportive content related to the female condition, it has transformed the feeds and lives of its 300,000 women followers across Instagram, Facebook and newsletter subscribers.