The Book Tag
Circa 2016 / 2017 was a good time for tags, whatever genre they’re a great way to write and explore your thoughts, feelings, routines and loves plus lets other in because we all want to share a bit. Books can do it all; be the essential resource, make you fall in love with the stories, take inspiration from and be an escape. They can be an amazing part of our arsenal when it comes to both pushing and supporting our creativity, (it’s no new story but) during university due to reading essays upon essays and even completing a few myself - it sort of all but killed my love of turning a page. Since then it’s taken years to get to a better place with the love of a good book and since my initial Book Tag post things have changed so much and it’s become a very welcome crutch to my inspiration and rest. So let’s rewind and do things a little old school.
Let me know of your current and all time favourite books recommendations ??
Is there a book beside your bed ?
Twyla Tharp - The Creative Habit: Learn It & Use It For Life
The subject of creativity is such a diverse and interesting subject in itself but trying to access and understand our own concept of creativity is also a something to dissect. Over the past year I’ve really been trying to educate myself on the topic but also push my own boundaries and wants. Twyla Tharp is a one of the world’s leading choreographers and a woman passionate about creativity. This is a read that is not only practical with it’s in built tasks but has insights into the process(es) and a bit of tough love. This book is about giving you the tools to actually find the routines you need to get on and do it.
What was your last great read ?
Fiona Humberstone - Brand Brilliance // How To Style Your Brand
The Brand Stylist is a woman who knows what she’s talking about when it comes to creating a brand and those little touches that could make all the difference to not only how you see your creation but how it’s perceived by a potential audience. Both these books bring me immense joy when reading them because not only is it hugely informative but there was also a lot of passion behind the creation of these pages. They are a genuinely great starting point if you’re wanting to establish your design skills and choices (let alone create a brand) plus they are an enjoyable read - it’ll appeal to your creative tendencies.
If you could meet any author dead or alive, who would it be ?
It will always be Terry Pratchett … there is no other
What would you want to know from them ?
It’s nothing groundbreaking but after writing so many books and building a rich and colourful (Disc)world full of great characters, getting his opinion on some things would include …
Which book is your ultimate favourite to read ??
Which book was the favourite to write ??
Who is the favourite character from the Discworld ??
Which character / which book would you wished you’d written ??
What books would we be surprised to find on your book shelf ?
Cookery books in general : Lorraine Pascale - Fast, Fresh & Easy Food
This girl is no chef, I like a lot of food that doesn’t require a lot of effort and a lot of beige. After watching Pascale’s accompanying TV series all those years ago (2011) I fell hard for her easy style, unpretentious and doable recipes, as cooking doesn’t come naturally come to me I need all the help I can get.
How do you organise your shelves ?
A variety of ways
As I live in my bedroom (living with parents is both a blessing and a curse) meaning that my lack of ability to spread can dictate what I need and want on display plus what has to be put away into storage for a bit. At the minute I have 3 categories the Terry Pratchett ‘Discworld’ collection, the ‘creativity‘ selection which has magazines / books / photos / essays and the completely ‘random but love‘ selection which has cookery / shark / romance books. It’s not a pretty aesthetic by any means but 1 day.
Is there a book you’ve always wanted to read ?
These books have had so much positive press - it’s hard not to take notice, these life-affirming these practical books have helped so many folks so 1 day I will pick up her tips for some more positivity and possibly embrace a few ways of developing a change in some attitudes. Part of me is a little nervous.
Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read ?
As far as I’m aware I don’t feel lacking in the book choices I haven’t read, of course there are books that are on my ‘to - do‘ list like Mary Shelley - Frankenstein and Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange but as yet there’s no pressure to catch up or the need to push myself especially as there’s so many choices just waiting on my books shelves.
What are your disappointing reads ?
Alice Seabold - The Lovely Bones (the end part)
Without giving anything away this is a truly brilliant read that centers on a girl who after being murdered watches her friends and family in the aftermath - in a place in between heaven and hell. It’s an amazing look at innocence, brutality, grief and relationships … until the last part. This book was a completely addictive read until it tried to hard to tie things up in a neat bow I even had to stop and re-read the end section because it seemed so jarring and out of context. Otherwise the only reads that come to mind are essays / texts / books that were used during university that were in-depth, lengthy but incredibly dry in terms of tone.
Latest book you put down mid-read ?
In the past couple of years I’ve really stuck to my current needs and interests and just recently I’ve been very much into researching creativity and how it can influence us plus some of the ways to build it into our routines. As yet I haven’t found a book I’ve needed to put down because we totally didn’t agree but I’m also of an age where I’m willing to accept not every writer will fulfill my needs when it comes to the written word so there’s always time.
Some quick fire questions :
#01 || Hardcover or Paperback ? A hardcover feels so much better
#03 || Oldest Read By Publication Date ? At a guess I’d say Dante Alighieri - Divine Comedy
#04 || Buy Or Borrow Books ? I’m a buyer but for environmental & minimalist reasons I should consider borrowing
#05 || Bookmarks Or Dog-Ears ? Bookmarks at all times
#06 || Can You Read Whilst Listening To Music ? It depends, I can zone out if engrossed but mellower tunes are more preferable
#07 || Do You Read A Book In Big Sittings Or In Little Ones Over Several Days ? I used to be a finish a book in a night but now I’m a slow one