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.


"This Close To Okay" by Leesa Cross-Smith

Get the tissues, because this Roxane Gay-approved book will take you through the ringer. One rainy October night, recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home from work when she spots a man standing at the edge of a bridge. She immediately pulls over, jumps out of the car, and convinces the man to join her for a cup of coffee instead. When she gets him to come home to her sunny Kentucky home, he finally tells her his name: Emmett. But she doesn't share her real profession with him, not then and not over the course of the emotionally fraught weekend they spend together as she tries to make sure he’s safe.

Emmett isn't the only one who needs healing. Tallie’s suffering from heartbreak and feeling unmoored in her own life too, and it isn’t until they grow closer and her walls start to disintegrate that Tallie and Emmett both realize just how much they need each other. Alternating between Tallie and Emmett’s perspectives as they face the hard truths they’re holding inside, this is an emotional, uplifting tale of hope, chosen family, and the healing power of human connection, especially at the moments when we’re most determined to be alone.


Order This Close To Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith on Amazon or Bookshop — or pick it up at your local library — and read along with us in February!

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"This Close to Okay" by Leesa Cross-Smith


Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker and the author of Every Kiss A War, Whiskey & Ribbons, So We Can Glow and This Close To Okay. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two teenagers.


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