My challenge: to read one book per month

October 2, 2014

Last year I decided to start a challenge: to read one book per month – I’ve been very diligent about it and since I had to endure two consecutive winters I had plenty of time to spend indoors. Here is a quick review of the 14 I’ve had the delight to read so far: including one written by my dear friends Adam & Toby!

August 2013: Vogue On Coco Chanel by Bronwyn Cosgrave (2012)
I am a fan of Chanel’s aesthetics and reading this beautiful bio sparked on me a great admiration for such an amazing lady,  a trailblazer, a game changer and the design genius behind the brand.

September 2013: Bossypants by Tina Fey (2011)
The funny and flashy orange cover screamed at me from a bookstore in LAX before boarding a 14-hour flight back to Australia and so happy I got it. Tina Fey is hilarious and my favorite comedian right now.

October 2013: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (2010)
If you limit your job search to your city, you won’t aim to be part of the best company out there. I love this book because it mirrors my work dynamic with Bluewire Media, the company I firmly saw as The Best out there and worked for 5 years both remotely and at the Brisbane office.

November 2013: Etiquette by Emily Post (1922)
When you find yourself being the new girl in one of the biggest countries in the world and with plenty of new friends yet to meet, let’s be honest, remembering to be polite and saying “please” and “thank you” will definitely make a difference in the outcome. “Good manners are the glue of society”.

December 2013: Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss (2006)
Literally, changed my life.

January 2014: Steve Jobs by Karen Blumenthal (2012)
I read this during a small, winter break in Mexico and felt so inspired again about design and the importance of caring for the small details.

February 2014: The Book of Secrets by Osho (1998)
This was supposed to be a light read during my trip to see my sister on the peaceful coast of La Paz, Mexico. Turned out to be an enlightening read that accompanied a fantastic trip.

March 2014: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (2013)
I believe this is my favorite book EVER. Entertaining, well written and I even wrote a blog post.

April 2014: Designing for Emotion by Aarron Walter (2011)
Everyone is moved by emotion – and design can help make simple or challenging tasks be more enjoyable. A simple, brief, inspirational read.

May 2014: Let’s explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (2013)
Honestly, most of the time while reading it I was thinking: “Really Mr. Sedaris?”. But once I finished it, I decided I liked it because whenever I remember a random story from the book, I giggle.

June 2014: Light Years by James Salter (1975)
What a touching, beautiful novel. I cried a couple of times and made me want to live on a big house by the Hudson river on New York.

July 2014: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (2013)
Things need to change, things are already changing in the face of business and this is a great book for everyone and specially company leaders to be aware on how to adapt and make the most of the next generation of highly-educated women who will choose to stay in the workforce to bring their unique value all the way up to leading roles.

August 2014: Rob Delaney – Mother. Wife. Sister. Human by Rob Delaney (2013)
One of the funniest people in twitter wrote a book. And he is funny. Sometimes it feels like his jokes are 140 character restricted. But good, really good. Easy laughs.

September 2014: Web Marketing that Works by Adam Franklin and Toby Jenkins (2014)
Not everyday you read a book written by your friends and I loved it! It impressed me not only because its a super useful guidebook for anyone interested in making the most of their web strategy, but also because of how simple, clear and well written it is.

I love hearing and reading Adam & Toby’s stories and you guys would love it too! I have seen in person how passionate they are about their craft, how they actively search for new ways to improve the industry, to make things better and how they sincerely care about their client’s goals.

As a designer, I’ve learned heaps from them about giving the best value in whatever you do and I guess that’s exactly what clients, readers and industry peers all love about them: you can genuinely trust them and learn from their experience in the marketing trenches if you are looking to improve continuously. High fives boys!

Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them. And I loved being a small part of this amazing team during such a fruitful period.

Its spring now in Australia, and with warm weather I expect to slow down on my reading habits and spend most of my free time outdoors, but do you have a favorite book you would like to recommend?

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