May’s Reads

Another monthly round up of a selection of my reads. I have completely forgotten to take pictures this month, which isn’t very helpful!

IMG_4923Lisa Congden swimming

I loved this book, Lisa’s passion for swimming sings out from the pages, her illustrations are gorgeous and really bring the stories to life. Lisa’s infographics were informative and a joy to look at. I am really excited to see Lisa give the keynote speech at Blogtacular in June!

LondonTown, Susannah Conway

I’m a massive fan of Susannah’s work, and this photography book is beautifully composed and laid out. I lived and worked in London in my twenties and this brought back fond memories, as well as seeing the changes that have occurred since I left! I stayed in Euston recently for a project and I loved heading out away from the main road and seeing what was about. This book reminded me that is the way to see London and encouraged me to head up to explore and not to just head into meetings.

Wildwood. A journey through trees. Roger Deakin

I have had this book for a while, mainly because so many of the nature books I read point back to it – Robert Macfarlane (a particular favourite) especially. The book is odd and slightly disconcerting, I think because to me the book feels like it has been written in a completely different world to the one which I inhabit, which I think it is. His description and detail of various trees and countrysides is astonishing. I think this is one to revisit a few more times before I really sink into it and learn to appreciate it fully.

Slow things, The Emma Press.

This is a short collection of poems from the Emma Press, the compilation mixes styles, but all are loosely based around the theme of slowness, slowing down and not rushing around. Some thing we all need and of course poetry is an excellent way to do this.

The crossroads of should and must. Find and follow your passion – Ellie Luna.

I wasn’t overly impressed by this one, although it did make me realise that I am on the right track with my work and where I want to be heading. If you want to read this type of book I highly recommend Ken Robinson’s Finding your element.  I love his work and think this is an excellent example of the genre, probably because it is the least fluffy and with the most amount of work. It amuses me that I read this book a long time ago and identified what I am doing now – or at least working towards doing.

Enough – Patrick Rhone

Another ‘meh’. Nothing I haven’t read in a billion places already – about cutting out extraneous things in your life to focus on what will truly make you happy. Being content with enough and not buying things to make you happy.

The magician’s assistant – Ann Patchett.

This is not a fantasy book, in a swords and sorcery type of way, but a beautiful book on loss and the complexity of family lives, while remaining engaging and not depressing! . I loved this book and managed to savour it, rather than devouring it all in one go. It is similar in style, although not in topic, to the rest of her work, a small, dense time period, detailed descriptions and beautiful language. I find myself engrossed in her work and wanting to spend time, alone and undistracted with her words. I highly recommend it.

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