Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


The 7 Basic Plots of Stories — Do You Have a Favorite?

October 9th, 2015

Episode 142 of 540 episodes

One of my favorite things in the world is Slightly Foxed: the Real Reader’s Quarterly. It’s a quarterly magazine, published in London, that features short essays written by people about books they love. Often these books are out of print, and often they’re eccentric choices — but I’ve found so many great books from Slightly Foxed. (The name “Slightly Foxed” refers to a term used to describe the age-related spots and browning that appears on old paper.) If you’re a serious reader, it’s great to have a reliable source of recommendations, especially for books that were published years ago. It’s easy to find about what’s being published now, but what about a great book that came out forty years ago? That’s one of the reasons I started my own book club — there are so many books that I love, and I wanted a way to share those suggestions with other people looking for great reading ideas. (Want to join my book club? Each month I suggest one great book about happiness or habits; one great work of children’s literature; and one eccentric pick. Sign up here. We have about 60,000 members.) In the Winter 2014 ...

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