It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it –Oscar Wilde
‘Bone’ is a powerful debut from Nigerian/ Jamaican poet Yrsa Daley-Ward. I read it when going through a darker period in my life which perhaps afforded me a more visceral connection to the words. Nonetheless, I found it to be a superb mixture of poetry and story-telling. I often find myself going back to this book which is testament to what a truly a great read it is. Not to mention the fact that the book cover totally complements my lip colour – added bonus!
What is there to say about the late, great Maya Angelou that has not already been said? An absolute essential in every household, whether you are a regular reader or an infrequent one – her work is second to none. Ms Angelou is undoubtedly one of the literary influences which planted, and watered, the writing seed within me. How can one not be moved by her words? This complete collection of her poetry which include her most famous poems such as ‘Phenomenal Woman’ and ‘Still I Rise’ is a real gem, and I treasure it as part of my hardback collection. Personal faves include ‘Africa’, ‘To A Man’ and ‘Refusal’.
BOOKS ON MY READING LIST
I wrote about this book on a previous post where I discussed creativity at length, the (ever changing) meaning of what it is to be creative and how I keep my own creative juices flowing. I love the way author Rod Judkins has concisely (and creatively :P) presented a thought provoking, visual checklist of useful tips that can be applied to any craft or industry. An inspiring read – and a quick one too, great for those of you who aren’t into convoluted, dense, ‘self help’ texts. Not patronising at all, some of the points may seem obvious, but I think the brilliance of this book and why it works so well is due to its simplicity.
There are so many more books that I could have added to this list, including ‘Daughters of Africa’ by Margaret Busby, ‘Talent is Overrated’ by Geoff Colvin and ‘House of Spirits’ by Isabelle Allende. But I feel some deserve a dedicated post unto themselves. Others can be found via BERRY’S BOOK CLUB. What books have you read that you’d recommend reading this year? Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post or in my current wishlist? Let me know in the comments section below! x