Book Haul – Something Different

I’ve never done these before but I’ve put myself on a make up buying ban, and as I’ve just been using the same make up all week, I thought I’d show off a different kind of haul!

I Am Here Now: A creative mindfulness guide and journal by The Mindfulness Project

mindfulness projectDescribed as an “interactive guide that teaches mindfulness through creative challenges”, the I am here now book is part teacher, part journal, part sketchbook.

I’ve been trying out the practice of mindfulness in various forms for a while now, and as a design teacher I thought it might be useful to bring mindfulness and creativity together.

I do suffer from anxiety (although I’m a lot better at controlling it these days) so with any luck, I am here now will go some way to helping me to be a happier ‘me’!

If you’d like more details, or you want to grab your own, it’s available on Amazon (affiliate link).

Calm: Calm the mind. Change the world by Michael Acton Smith

mindfulness calm michael acton smithStaying on the theme of mindfulness, I picked up Calm too. I saw it in my Twitter feed and yes, the cover did catch my eye.

I’d read good things about it and thought I’d give it a go.

According to its product description, “Calm combines extracts from fascinating neurological research with wisdom from history’s great thinkers and the real-life experiences of individuals across the globe. It demystifies mindfulness and shows you the many simple ways to be mindful while carrying on with your life. It is also a beautifully crafted object, filled with artwork and artistry, that will change your perspective by showing you the pleasures of the world anew.”

Those are pretty big claims so let’s hope it lives up to them! It’s a beautifully designed book and I’ve been flicking through, and it certainly looks the part.

If you’d like more details, or you want to grab your own, it’s available on Amazon (affiliate link).

The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

drawing bookThis is a different book entirely, but it’s come highly recommended. I’ve been wanting to improve my drawing for a while but I think I need to go back to basics, so that’s where this book comes in.

Described as “the world’s most widely used drawing instruction book”, I was looking at it in the library and I thought I’d buy my own copy.

I’ll no doubt get halfway through, realise I’ll never be any good and give up! Still, I won’t know if I don’t try. Again it fits in with the whole “teaching design” thing – I normally do all of my work digitally so I wanted to get back into drawing by hand. I’ve not done that since I did my A Level in art back in 2001!

If you’d like more details, or you want to grab your own, it’s available on Amazon (affiliate link).

So those are the books that arrived today – I’ll be sure to pop back with an update in a few weeks as to how I’m doing!

What are you reading at the moment?

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