It’s true, I did. I was at the beach for the first week of the month so I got to lose myself in a few really good novels and I emerged from those novels (and that week) feeling both restored and a bit hungover from all those words. And most of the rest of my reading month was spent with books about art, design, and the creative process. Winners, all of them!
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
There isn’t much I can say about this novel that hasn’t already been said. It’s brilliant and clever and I loved every word of it.
All New People, Anne Lamott
I just couldn’t shake these characters. I felt like I was surrounded by them the whole time I was reading this novel, which made me wish even more that this book was longer, so those thoroughly beloved, absorbing characters could stick around just a bit longer.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson (audio)
Funny and clever and heartwarming.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
There I was, in an airport, facing a 5-hour flight with nothing to read and a fairly scant airport news stand that had maybe 12 novels on it. Turns out this is the perfect book for in-flight reading: light, funny, and completely absorbing.
Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton (illustrations)
Cat owners/lovers, take note: you will love this book. You won’t be able to help yourself. It’s a really sweet story and the illustrations are delightful.
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, David Bayles and Ted Orland (audio)
Another book about the creative process and probably one of my favourites of the lot. Lately I’ve been loving listening to non-fiction when I drive (it’s sort of like really good radio/a podcast) but with this one I found myself wishing I could mark an excerpt or scribble something in the margin. There was so much here that I wanted to make note of and revisit.
How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer, Debbie Millman (audio)
Interviews with all the great names in graphic design — Sagmeister! Beirut! Glaser! Scher! Vignelli! A total treat.