Festive Reading Material
Argggh what are you doing posting a gift guide a few days before Christmas, Kristabel? Well my angle is that books are the perfect last-minute option for others or necessary for yourself over the festive period.
Not only are they looking pretty present-worthy these days (Instagram has apparently revolutionised cover aesthetics), but we’re also in a time where there’s so much relevant non-fiction. You can figure out what makes you tick or how to become a better person before trying to convert anyone who’ll listen.
On a personal level, I’ve been trying to switch off more this year and I could really relate to this article about forgetting how to read. Usually I’ll intend to curl up with a book, get distracted by something on my phone end up watching YouTube for 40 minutes.
I’ve also realised that audiobooks don’t work for me (I need printed words godammit) and I’m trying to limit ebooks for something tangible that I can really focus on.
I’ve listed a few options geared towards those who are still figuring things out or others who just want something pretty to look at on their shelves (I’m not judging). Also, Becoming by Michelle Obama is on the way!
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Self-Improvement Is The New Self-Help
So this category is one that I’m a full-paid up member of. I’ve gone from reading ‘Chicken Soup For The Soul’ in the 90s to learning how to deal with burnout and social perfectionism. These would all be great for freelancers or full-timers who just want to understand the system and get that pay rise. I believe in you.
I’ve bought The Multi-Hyphen Method for my brother as he’s recently graduated and wants to carve out a career as a fashion stylist but is also desperate to move out of home. Hopefully this will give him the tools to create a career that works for him.
Creative Coffee Table Tomes
A coffee-table-book-personality-test definitely needs to be a thing. This selection represents the things I’d like to do more of in 2019, namely visiting Frida Kahlo’s home in Mexico City, getting back into drawing and consuming more doughnuts. I also got to meet the lovely Jeanne Damas a little while ago and I’m determined to use her book to inform my next Parisian itinerary.
Facts Are Facts
I’m all about my practical books these days and these examples should probably be recommended reading in schools. There’s ‘Money’, which covers the financial basics and all the things I’m in denial about (*coughs* pensions). Then Period, an illustrated guide to all things menstruation that I could have done with during the awkward teenage years.
Slay In Your Lane is so useful for putting the black British female experience into context and I’m curious to read Afua Hirsh’s perspective in Brit(ish). I’ll probably do a proper post featuring books that focus on racial identity once Emma Dabiri’s ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ is released (plus I’ll probably have it on hand during those awkward, braid-touching scenarios).
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas (or few days off if you don’t celebrate it) and I’ll let you know what I managed to read in the New Year!