For me, reading has always been fundamental! My mother, an English teacher, never failed to instil to me and my siblings the importance of books and the inspiration and insight that that looking at the world through someone else’s lens offers.
Whether it’s flicking though the pages of a glossy coffee table tome, or delving into an autobiography by the people that inspire me, I love filling up my colour co-ordinated bookshelves with new and exciting reads.
For 2020, I want us all to feel happier, healthier and really focus on making changes for the better, so I have listed my top 5 list of books to read to put a smile on your face this year
Toxic Femininity In The Workplace – Ginny Hogan
Subtitled ‘Office Gender Politics Are A Battlefield’, humourist Ginny Hogan’s book offers a comical take on the role of women in the workplace. With such tough subject matter it’s difficult to think that a book that devotes a whole chapter to ‘The Sexism Conspiracy’ might be funny, but trust me, you’ll laugh out loud picturing yourself putting together the instructions to ‘Make Yourself Physically Resemble Mark Zuckerberg To Get More Venture Capital Funding’, honestly, looking in the mirror and asking yourself ‘ Do I look as disinterested as Mark Zuckerberg does?’ is quite a challenge – remember not to catch your own eye contact while practising, you don’ want to come across too human.
Am I Overthinking This?: Over-answering life's questions in 101 charts – Michelle Rial
Think you didn’t like graphs? Think again! Michelle Riall’s beautifully ink illustrated book of Venn diagrams and bar charts gives you the answers to life’s big questions like ‘how should I end this email?’ in beautiful graphic form. I couldn’t help but feel validated seeing that Deep Existential Crying is virtually and expectation for Leo’s like me.
Just Eat It – Laura Thomas PhD
For the women who wallow in the guilt and shame of having been unable to resist the last doughnut as if we had committed a heinous crime, which in all honesty I think is most of us, Just Eat It, is about letting go of the shame of enjoying food, and rejecting the constant conversation around women’s body image.
Empowering women to take control of their bodies and revel in the joys of food.
In Shadows I Boogie – Harland Miller
A visual treat from start to finish, this monographs cover 20 years of Harland Millers beloved prints. Interspersed with three essays that talk back to Miller’s career and inspiration, you can’t help but smile at the bold use of colour and witticisms of Miller’s work.
The Thank You Project – Cultivating Happiness One Letter At A Time
Written by Nancy Davis Kho, The Thank You Project outlines a framework for you think about and acknowledge the people who have helped you become the person today and express your gratitude for what they have done for you simply by writing a thank you note. Reflecting on the tasks he took upon herself, to express her gratitude to her family, friends, teachers and mentors, Kho explains the profound positivity that this action has had on herself and her loved one – definitely putting this on my to-do list for 2020.