What Is A Book That Has Changed Your Life?

I asked this question yesterday on Twitter. OMG so many answers and so many books I want to read right now. What is yours? Add yours in a comment below?

Grid Poems

Grid Poems Vol. I is a collection of 45 illustrated poems on hope, loss, and expectation. Beautiful!

How to design for print, work with printers & control costs

Graphic designer Marina Poropat Joyce wrote Designing for Print after advising and teaching designers, print buyers, students and business owners for almost 20 years. It includes cost comparisons for different printing methods, decision trees that answer questions, an extensive glossary, helpful checklists, a comprehensive section on printing and the environment and tips to help you work with printers.

Let’s make this book happen.

Forwards Always

Forwards Always is a collection of poems to be read aloud. According to the author the book is a toy, a script, a game and a puzzle. And the poems are activated through performance and play. How you choose to make sense of them is up to you and your audience. Apparently there is a good one about melons.

Made me smile.

A Digital Archive of Soviet Children’s Books


Playing Soviet” is an interactive database of children’s book illustrations drawing from little-known and rarely-seen Soviet children’s books from the Cotsen Collection at Princeton’s Firestone Library.

(via Open Culture)

Alphabetizing Books

In case you ever wondered what the fastest way is to alphabetize your bookshelf. Now you know.

The School of Life: Sex

From the School of Life Product Book Description:

“Despite a veneer of openness, sex remains an extraordinarily complicated business, hard to discuss and surrounded by shame and unspoken desires.This book provides a relief from the loneliness and confusion, explaining how sex truly operates and what it aims at. The book demonstrates that, far from thinking about sex too much, we haven’t begun to think about it as deeply as we should.”

There are so many more The School of Life books that I’d love to read.

Emotions

Yesterday I posted on Instagram about the book “How Emotions Are Made” and multiple commenters said I should listen to this episode of Invisibilia. They were right. So good.

The Single Greatest Truth

This made me chuckle.

Deep Work

“The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
– Cal Newport

From the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, via this post.

On Being Nice

A new book from The School Of Life on the neglected art of being nice.

A Job To Love

I consider helping my kids understand themselves, so they will head into the direction of a career that will fulfill them, the biggest task of my life. Thanks to the newest book by School of Life I now have back up help: A Job To Love is designed to help us better understand ourselves and locate a job that is right for us.

At this point I might as well just give The School of Life my credit card info and have them send me everything they put out. Absolutely love what they do!

Be A Full Person

“Never apologize for working. You love what you do, and loving what you do is a great gift to give to your child.” – Marlene Sanders

From the book Dear Ijeawele, or aA Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

(via Youngna)

How To Open A New Book

How To Open A New Book: “Never force the back: if it does not readily yield, it is too tightly or strongly lined! It needs gentle treatment, much the same as a machine needs lubricating.”

(via)

Bored Bookstore Employees

This is what happens when bookstore employees get bored. Made me smile.

Lunch Box Book

Your friends might think you love to read but nope, you just like to eat! This Lunch Box Book made me laugh.

Marriage

“Marriage: a hopeful, generous, infinitely kind gamble taken by two people who don’t know yet who they are or who the other might be, binding themselves to a future they cannot conceive and have carefully omitted to investigate.”

The Course of Love, by Alain de Botton

David Bowie’s 75 Favorite Books

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David Bowie would have been 70 today. I am glad Brain Pickings reminds us of her post from 2013 with 75 of his favorite books.

Let there be Spaces in Your Togetherness

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

– Kahlil Gibran

The Difficult Balance of Intimacy and Independence: Beloved Philosopher and Poet Kahlil Gibran on the Secret to a Loving and Lasting Relationship

Bill Gates’ Favorite Books of 2016

Bill Gates shares his book recommendations for 2016. The list includes “String Theory” by David Foster Wallace, “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight, “The Gene” by Siddhartha Mukherjee, “The Myth of the Strong Leader” by Archie Brown, and “The Grid” by Gretchen Bakke.

NPR’s Book Concierge

NPR's book concierge

The NPR Book Concierge let’s you filter and search over 300 titles that the NPR staff and critics loved this year.

How to Keep a Commonplace Book With Evernote

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Paul Jun explains how he uses Evernote to keep track of all the books he’s read and the things he’s learned by keeping a Commonplace Book.

Mini Lumio Book Lamp

Mini Lumio Book Lamp

One of the most magical objects I own: The Lumio Book Lamp.

Dead Bookstore

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Designer Ben Pieratt creates collages out of old deconstructed books. Series 1 is now available and made of 12 found works spanning the last 65 years.