Since my post titled Being Me, I'm trying to take things slower and be more honest to myself. Listening out for the inner voice which I now believe keeps us in check. As part of this reassessment on my well-being I have found time to stop and read not one, but two books! Big deal you say? Well, I haven't given myself time to do so in years. I couldn't even tell you what the last book I finished was. Sure there are half read, quarter read or less read books but to actually finished a book this past week felt amazing. Granted the books read were not heavy-weight novels but whos counting words?!
The first book, Made by Hand - Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World, by Mark Frauenfelder (cofounder of BoingBoing.net and editor of Make magazine) was given to me around this time last year with the good intention of reading and reviewing it. One year on and I can finally say, having now read this book its an entertaining read of Mark's own search to become a DIY-er. Through trials, failures and successes he builds chicken coops, cigar box guitars, becomes a bee keeper and even relocates his family to the Cook Islands in search of a simpler, slower life.
The second book, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield was one I came across online ( I can't remember where) and it sounded like a book I could do with reading. It could be described as a self-help book but like Esquire's review on the books cover I think it's "a kick in the ass" for a distracted creative mind.
What have you been reading lately?