Waterstones in Piccadilly has got to be one of my favourite places on the whole planet. I’m not what you might call an avid adventurer.
It is just so nice though. It’s huge and airy with high ceilings and a pervading smell of fresh coffee wafting down from the Costa concession on the balcony overlooking the gift shop. And every time I go in there I stumble on something great. This time it was three things.
Playing To The Gallery
is a short book by my favourite artist of all time, the undeniably genius transvestite potter (yes really) Grayson Perry. It’s a non-fiction book about whether joe public can persuaded to like contemporary art, and whether that even matters. Sounds kind of meh I know (I’ll be the first to say that I like pretty paintings a lot more than indecipherable wacked out ‘high art’), but as soon as I flicked open the cover and glimpsed a chapter entitled ‘Democracy has bad taste’ I was like yup, this is one for me. There is nothing I love more than dissecting social trends and human behaviour. I think this is gonna be a winner.
Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs
is a short, illustrated instruction manual which teaches you camera basics. Recently I’ve realised that I’ve hit a bit of a ceiling in improving my photography skills, due to have next to no knowledge of how to actually use my camera. I recommend this book if you want the kind of basic step-by-step explanation of camera functions that more advanced camera blogs and books don’t tend to give. Awesome blog photos, here I come.
is a book about mental illness. Specifically the mental illness suffered by Jenny Lawson, known to many as The Bloggess. I’m wasn’t a reader of Jenny’s blog before I picked up this book, but I’m a bit of a non-fiction junky, and after reading the first page of this hilarious memoir I knew it was a must-buy. I find the more I read the better I write, so I’m hoping this might help me add a few more laughs to my posts as well as being a great bedtime read.
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