Posts tagged Books
Finding More Time To Read

After university I found it very hard to pick up a book and turn the pages, the excess of researching and creating essays was overall just a bit much for my puny brain. The intense academia stunted my creativity for a while and stopped an essential part of my inspiration coming through. It’s an incredibly mindful activity that can allow you to not only escape for a little while but on occasion provide you with the connections you need in other aspect of you life, for me my book choices often spark some lightbulb moments that influence my creativity and ideas. Since then I’ve become much happier to turn the pages but it took time, so I thought I’d share a couple of ways I slowly found my way back to (almost) devouring books once again.

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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.

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Current Brilliant Book Reads On Creativity

Me and reading have had an odd relationship for a couple of years ever since finishing my creative degree but currently we’re in a good place with more time purposefully put aside to turn those pages. As a reader I’ve always been a reader who has several books on the go and at the moment I’m on a quest to educate myself on the subject of ‘creativity‘ not only to support the thinking behind this site further plus continue my own well-being journey. Here’s my current reading list.

Do you have any recommendations ??

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Book Choices To Help With Your Latest Creative Idea

I am very mindful of the fact that a lot of my life is spent with either a phone in my hand or gazing at a screen so when starting a new project sometimes it’s good to leaf through actual pages to gain fresh inspiration. You don’t have to read 100’s of books (as that can be overwhelming) but few key choices can really inform your work. Here are the picks I read before the completion of my rebrand project but more than that they’ve become some of my absolute favourites that can be found on my shelves - so much so that I’ve read them multiple times - what are your most inspirational reads?

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The Book Tag

My younger self would be so upset with me, despite my undying love of reading and the feel of a book I never really got back to into reading after university (taking in all those expansive, in depth articles and books hurt my brain). I made the excuse that I never had the time and now use the excuse that every spare moment is spent blogging but that isn't the whole truth, one of my goals for the year was to read more and by hook or by crook I will get back on the reading train.

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The Magazines I Love

I mostly go for magazines that include glorious photographs in a variety of styles to help with inspiration and they make the reading easier to digest. Being a photography graduate and trying to get back into creating my own works, magazine are a good way to find inspiration to help idea light bulbs appear.

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The Comfort Reads

Reading a book for pleasure is something that I love and have done since I was young but despite my best intentions what with having to write and read (ridiculously pretentious) essays for my university course, I find it hard to pick up a book and physically read. So here are a few books I adore.

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