I will confess, I love buying books, just for them to sit on my shelf and collect dust. Obviously, my intention is always to read them but you know, life gets involved and there they stay, neatly stacked until my weekly clean when I wipe them down.
I love a variety of books, especially ones with illustrations. My creative mind tends to wonder if words are too many and too small.
On Lockdown we have the best opportunity to open up that book or many books that we’ve been meaning to read, so why not stop staring at your phone screen and get to it.
These are a few of the books I have been reading on Lockdown. Each one has very different intentions and awakens a different part of me.
This is my book of psalms. It is the one book that I keep on my bedside table and never really collects dust. Reading this has allowed me to strengthen my faith and release a lot of my anxiety. It’s really helped me learn that I am only human and do not need to take the whole world onto my shoulders.
This is my Italian phrase book which I purchased a while after starting to learn to speak Italian. I spotted it in the hands of a street hawker selling secondhand books and I really love the size and simplicity of it. I still do hope to travel to Italy one day.
Steal like an Artist is a book that sparks my creativity and motivates my confidence to be the artist I wish to be. It’s a fun read and make many great points. I picked it up at a yard sale for just R30 and I love it.
The notorious “self help book” we all have one or more, we all wish to help ourselves and why the fuck not do that right here right now! This book does require me to focus and take notes but it is written in a lighthearted, yet super straight way which has been really motivational.
Milk and Honey is a poetry book which goes through the phases of hurting, loving, breaking and healing. It is powerful and emotional word journey plus the illustrations are super minimalistic – my favorite.
This book is not just factual but it’s funny too, I love reading it over and over and over again because it makes me laugh and every time I do I learn more about space and I love Space!
Which ever book of yours you choose to read do so in your space of comfort and calm. Set the mood and the vibe and really indulge in the moment.
Tips & Recommendations
1. Don’t think, just open that book.
2. Have a cup of tea or coffee while reading
3. Get fresh air while reading in the morning
4. Get cozy if you’re reading at night.
5. Post-lockdown – purchase your books secondhand and donate ones you’ve already read or won’t read again.