Inspirational Reading

At Christmas my Aunt asked my brothers and I what has been inspiring us lately. I didn't have a good answer then, but it should have been "Reading"! In response, check out what's inspiring me lately...

I believe that life is a constant cycle of evolution. Therefore, I choose to always have an open mind, try new things, and embrace change. Through all these things I can grow as a human being and work daily on bettering myself. One thing that I have learned about myself is that I am a realist. I see and take things as they are and with the information I have currently. I don't like to speculate, gossip, or play pretend.

One way that I can see my realist view manifest in daily life, is through my book, movie, and television choices. I love to watch documentaries, political dramas, portrayals of real life adventure (with one exception.... Star Wars!!! I love to journey to the galaxy far far away).

When it comes to reading, I love memoirs or books that are a mix of part memoir, part new-age "self help". Which really is a book that can be described as "here are some stories from my life and the things I have learned from these experiences." I am fascinated by all that humans can achieve in a lifetime. Reading these books, written by my idols, adds an extra voice in the back of my head or an extra advice session with a "friend" to my daily life. These books have inspired me to keep creating, travel, and get what I want out of my life.

Above is a photo of the books I am currently reading or have read recently. Some highlights include:

 

Always Pack A Party Dress, by Amanda Brooks 

A fashion director, who began her story as a Photo Assistant to Patrick Demarchelier, tells tales from her career in NYC.

The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan

A collection of coming-of-age essays and short stories from a young writer who was taken from the world too soon.

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

My current read was much anticipated as Eat, Pray, Love tops my favorite book list. Gilbert examines creativity on a macro and micro scale. Cover, and quote on back of book, on right.

M Train, by Patti Smith (a second memoir, following the popular Just Kids)

Patti recounts her journeys that are almost otherworldly as seen through her eyes, and gives us a glimpse at the daily notions of an artist.

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Some books that I would love to add to my collection, as soon as I finish all that are on my shelf currently...

Hold Still, by Sally Mann

Hold Still, by Sally Mann

Collected Lyrics, by Patti Smith

Collected Lyrics, by Patti Smith

A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit

A Field Guide to Getting Lost, by Rebecca Solnit

 

Maybe you will pick up one of these books on your next trip to a book store, or Amazon.com. And feel free to leave me a comment if you have any book recommendations for me!