Reading List (Suggestions)

You could, of course, go to Goodreads, and ready reviews, but if you are ready for an interesting book to pick up, here are some suggestions:

WabiSabi1. Serena Barton’s Wabi Sabi Art Workshop: Mixed Media Techniques for Embracing Inperfections and Celebrating Happy Accidents. North Light Books, 2013. With a title like that, you can’t go wrong. You know how I love the concept of Wabi Sabi (I’ve written 44 blog posts on wabi sabi) so Barton’s book was a great treat. Barton finds design and beauty in the ordinary. She works with wax (encaustic), tissue paper, specialty papers, creates layers of texture and helps you create freely and deeply. Seth Apter, a contributor to my Inner Hero book, wrote a review of Barton’s book here. And Pam Carriker worked one of the projects on her blog on Tuesday.

Tribes2. Seth Godin, Tribes. Portfolio, 2010 Godin is the master of the compact, to-the-point blog post. Here’s a quote from a post about his disastrous first speaking engagement:

Just about anything worth doing is worth doing better, which means, of course, that (at least at first) there will be failure. That’s not a problem (in the long run), it’s merely a step along the way.

If you’re not willing to get your ‘worst one ever’ out of the way, how will you possibly do better than that?

He writes unselfconsciously about customer service, creativity, and, in this book, the groups we create and lead. He doesn’t tell you how to be a leader, just how some really good leaders (in today’s business world) found their way to leadership. Their secret? Passion. Leaders don’t get elected, they lead because they care deeply and get a few people, then more, to listen. He’s caught some flak because it’s not a how-to book, but how could you write a step-and-step on all leadership? It’s a dense, powerful book that is fascinating to read. Don’t have time? Listen to the audiobook.

Collage-Journeys3. Jane Davies, Collage Journeys: A Practical Guide to Creating Personal Artwork. Watson-Guptill Publications, 2008 Collage is so much more than tearing images out of magazines, and Davies makes you happy to explore the possibilities. The book covers different styles, including painting with paper, making color collage samples. layering with transparent materials, and how to develop a working visual vocabulary.

What are you reading and loving right now?

—Quinn McDonald is reading several books at a time. Again.