2015 is halfway over! I can hardly believe it myself. Time is literally flying! One of my personal goals for this year was to read more books. These past few weekends I’ve had time to lay out by the pool and catch up on some highly recommended books worth reading.
4 Books I’m Currently Reading
1. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon proves that there’s nothing new under the sun. Sometimes I admire creative projects and think “I wish I thought of that”. This inspirational guide to creativity in a digital space encourages readers not to steal but remix things they are drawn to by making it their own. While reading this I was reminded of a time when I typed a ridiculously long rant on Facebook when I found out someone was copying my blog posts. Now instead of getting upset I’m learning the importance of embracing influence.
2. Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!) by George Lois. I have so many pages folded in this little book it’s ridiculous! As the title suggests this book is nothing but amazing advice from a creative, advertising guru. For some strange reason his life outlook and lessons shared in the book reminds me of how Kanye West probably thinks (Take that how you want). Good or bad, this man has convinced me that I can succeed as a cultural provocateur. This is book worth re-visiting often because the advice is just that good! Everyone should read this book at least once.
3. Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human by Judah Smith. The Christian faith is all I know and believe. I saw someone reading this and the title caught my attention immediately. I saved it in my phone and ordered it 3 days later. What I love about this book is the authors’ witty, straight to the point way of encouraging readers how to rest in the finished works of Jesus. This book is another resource that allow me to further my understanding of who Jesus is and how I can adapt his character in my everyday life.
4. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht. The PR power house behind Donna Karen New York was one of the first fashion brands I followed on twitter back in 2011. Known as DKNY PR Girl, her daily tweets marked with #ShowRequests leading up to New York Fashion Week were hilarious. I’m half way finished and this book is packed with personal gems, social media secrets, and tons of career advice for building your personal brand and creating a strong sense of self.