I’ve become a pretty avid reader in the last six months. I’ll always be a firm believer in reading because I know that it makes me a stronger designer. My mind automatically tries to draw parallels between the story and things in my life, regardless of the subject-even if I’m reading a short story about a crack addict in Harlem. It might be the egoist tendencies to relate everything to me, but it certainly makes for interesting patterns when I do recognize them, and they’re always inspirational when I discover them.
I feel like I’ve come across several books I’ll be going back to for years to come, they’ve really affected me in the best way a book can. I’m going to highlight two:
My Mistresses Sparrow is Dead edited by Jefferey Eugenides. (also a stunning cover)
An anthology of love stories and not the kind of Jane Austen “live happily ever after” love story or chick lit, but a really nice array of short stories, men and women can both enjoy. He captures Love in every way it’s experienced, within families, between a husband and wife, ancient love in old couples, love full of emotional baggage, unconditional love, love that brings bliss and also the well known kind of love that throws you to the deepest depths of pain. It spans from old Russia to modern day, and I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone. Another plus is, all purchases also help to support 826, a fantastic non profit that helps kids develop their writing skills.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I was going through a kind of rough spot at work, and this was particularly thought provoking for me. It helped me take a good hard look at what I have been doing and what I want to be doing. A rigorous read, this is definitely no beach book.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, I guess you have to have a connection to motorcycles or a sense of hands-on tinkering in order for this to resonate. I don’t have either, so I quickly lost interest within the first 50 pages.
Freedom Song, absolutely loved the first short story, really didn’t like the second, thus never made it to the third.