Inspiration

I. Love. To. Read.

And have done since I was a young teen. I remember working my way through some series or other when I should have been studying for exams. I always claim that my reading helped me to do well in my English Lit papers!

Postdoctoral pleasures

After I finished my doctorate, I read novels voraciously, as I hadn’t had time to read for pleasure for 4 years because the thought of reading, even for pleasure made me crazy. Since then I have been happily working my way through piles of novels on my Kindle (a recent purchase) and magazines.

Now, I love nothing more than retreating to a cosy bed with my two cats to read a selection of magazines on my phone, mostly on photography, interspersed with a spot of home and garden decor …

Although I am trying to save money and stop buying magazines, I have bought annual subscriptions to my favourite ones (that’s cheaper right?) in digital format. I’m not a fan of piles of old magazines, so digital is a good option for me. One thing I like about reading magazines is that you can dip in and out of them without losing the plot. One thing I had to work out how to do, was how to tear out a page or picture that I want to keep. I realised that is what bookmarks and screen captures are for!

“Your mind is your library of what you read.”
(Lailah Gifty Akita)

Does that mean that my mind is a library of photography and lifestyle magazines? Perhaps, but I don’t mind, as I am happy to be making space in my ‘library’ for genres other than academic journals and conference papers! Often my reading inspires me to do something creative but sadly I don’t always carry it through.  Aaah, all I need is some time to do it all …

What I’ve read recently
Debbie's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

Print or digital?

I love the smell and feel of real books and I love to add sticky notes and underline passages in my favourite colour pens until my books become “well-loved”…  But that happens less with fiction books, which I do read on my Kindle, especially when I am travelling.

For me, both work well, and I don’t need to stress about making an either-or choice. It is possible to have the best of both worlds!

Inspirational books

Obviously, I still continue to read for my academic work, but now thank goodness, I can also do more reading for pleasure and for inspiration. And I’ve re-discovered so many books that went untouched during the studying years.

My most loved books are in print form, dog-eared, scribbled in, full of sticky notes and, can usually be found stacked in a messy pile next to my bed. These are the ones that give me inspiration. The ones that fill my empty tank and replenish my soul. The ones that give me food for thought.

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Finding inspiration in the pages of a book

I often refer to other authors and books in my blog posts. These are the ones that I have referenced to date, with my most recent favourites at the top of the list! No doubt I will get around to sharing why they are inspirational at some point in the future.

  1. Brené Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  2. Scott M. Peck: The Road Less Travelled
  3. Shona Rhimes: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  4. Anne Wilson Schaef: Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much – Revised edition
  5. Julia Cameron: The Artists Way
  6. Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
  7. Saran Ban Breathnach: Simple Abundance
  8. Saran Ban Breathnach: Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self
  9. Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine: Backwards in High Heels – The Impossible Art of Being Female
  10. Elizabeth Gilbert: Eat Pray Love
  11. Ann Wilson: The Wealth Chef: Recipes to Make Your Money Work Hard, So You Don’t Have To
  12. Sarah McDonald: Holy Cow An Indian Adventure
  13. Doreen Virtue: Daily Guidance from your Angels
  14. Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project
  15. Gretchen Rubin: Happier at Home
  16. Gretchen Rubin: Better than Before

Posts about inspiration

Occasionally, I write about being inspired and where I find inspiration. I constantly wonder where it comes from and why.

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