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.


8 thoughts on “Reading List (Suggestions)

  1. By the way, “wabi sabi” is supposedly difficult to translate, but I think I know what it really means: “generates great deal of verbiage”. One websearch and my chair was blown over backwards.

  2. A Whack on the Side of the Head, How you can be more creative by Robert von Oech, 1990 It actually inspired me to submit a poem I wrote some time ago to a magazine. I think I’ll get his next one, A Kick in the Seat of the Pants. They are light reading but serious content.
    Appreciative Management and Leadership,Shrivastva and Cooperrider 1999 a scholarly tome on a perspective and attitude that’s gaining credence.
    Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold a classic I’m glad I didn’t miss.
    Lean In, Women, Work and the Will to Win, by Sheryl Sandberg new this year and from a younger point of view (I’m 69).
    and the jokes in the Readers Digest

  3. Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker
    The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
    Why Marx was Right by Terry Eagleton
    Emergence by Steven Johnson
    SAE and the Evolved Packet Core by Magnus Olsson, et al

    I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been reading several books at once; isn’t that what everybody does?

Join the conversation

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.