Books I Want To Read Because Of Instagram

Books I Want To Read Because Of Instagram

A new year tends to mean a newer resolution of how many books to read. Your ‘To-Read’ pile is coming into your peripheral vision more and more and you can’t ignore it. Even if you try to switch online, everyone is sharing what their #currentreads are. Instagram has become the place to discover when a debut author is releasing a new book, abstract cover art and a new work to keep up with.

Here’s all the things I’ve got saved on my Instagram to read (which you also find on our new Goodreads!)

You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano 

A collection of essays how iterative the identity of the “girl” is. In films, stories, through the “the progressive 70s, through the backlash 80s, the triumphalist 90s and the pornified ‘bro culture’ of the early twenty-first century”. Chocano looks at the different ‘types’ of woman and what this means in different era’s of society.

You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages // Carina Chocano 〰 “We don’t live in an equitable society, we just pretend we do and are punished when we suggest otherwise.” 〰 “Sometimes, it seems like popular media exists primarily to set impossible standards and then to shame people who don’t try their hardest to meet them. It is, after all, the greatest myth-making machine the world has ever known. And the purpose of myth, as Roland Barthes pointed out, is to turn culture into nature. You can’t argue with nature. Everybody submits.” 〰 These two quotes pretty much sum it up. I was so enthralled by this book. Weaving memoir-like snippets with film critique and social commentary, Chocano has created a book that is a treat to read. If all my reads of 2018 are like this one, I’ll be satisfied.

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The Art of Frugal Hedonism: A Guide to Spending Less While Enjoying Everything More by Annie Raser-Rowland 

One of the most common problems we all have has to do with money yet the topic is still a taboo subject. Rowland discusses how to still lead a rather hedonistic lifestyle on a few pennies. Perfect for those living their best champagne and red bottom life on an overdraft. (I kid, I think?).

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What Everyone Should Know About Transcendental Meditation by Gordon R. Lewis

First of all. Look at that cover art work. LOOK AT IT. I must say the seventies font caught my eye and to be honest, as it’s on my ‘To-Read’ pile I don’t know too much about “transcendental meditation”. Sometimes, it’s best to be surprised.

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

How many times in the past few years have you heard someone say although we have phones and every gadget possible for the moment, we don’t know how to be in the moment nor connected? Well Salzberg discusses mindful connection. How to be more present yadi yadi yada… except it’s not all speech and no meaning; especially as I’m thinking about four different things, writing this and trying to hold a conversation right now. I have a feeling this book will be super helpful so I don’t have to swipe for love.


The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience by Jules Evans

Similar to The French Art of Letting Go (which I’m also reading), I’ve never delved into the self-help genre which I thought should change if I want to learn more about letting loose and not worrying so much about the finer details. I may even be growing as a person.

A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa by Alexis Okeowo

This is on the list because frankly, I don’t know about enough this topic. Who are these extraordinary people?

More and more books are discovering forgotten women and voices. I repeat, it’s about time.

Chroma: A Book of Colour by Derek Jarman 

There needs to be more books by LGBTQ+ authors in my life. Like pronto please. I discovered Jarman after attending the exhibition in National Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery “Coming Out” on LGBTQ+ art as well as being recommended by many friends. A book on the association of colours from the medieval times to now through philosophy, alchemy, religion, science and culture seems like the right kind of rainbow I want to be following.

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