Working on an exciting new fine art portrait inspired by one of my favorite books...Ikigai @ikigaibook. I have plans for the beautiful fabric and flowers in this photo. Thank you @joann_stores for always having the perfect fabrics. Can’t wait to share the portrait with you all soon. In the meantime, buy this book, read this book. It’s life changing in the best way. Happy weekend to you all. 🌿🌿🌿 #ikigai#ikigaibook#books#inspiredbybooks#inspiration#fineart#fineartportraits#beautifulbooks
‘The little island seemed to float on the dark lake-waters. Trees grew on it, and a little hill rose in the middle of it. It was a mysterious island, lonely and beautiful. All the children stood and gazed at it, loving it and longing to go to it. It looked so secret - almost magic. “Well,” said Jack at last. “What do you think? Shall we run away, and live on the secret island?” “Yes!” whispered all the children. “Let’s!’ - The Secret Island, Enid Blyton • • Anyone else obsessed with collecting books from their childhood? I have a slightly obsessive emotional connection to any and all Enid Blyton and will rush to grab any I can at any second hand store I can get to. What type of books do you collect?
“In a sense life in the high-rise has begun to resemble the world outside - there were the same ruthlessness and aggression concealed within a set of polite conventions.” - The High-Rise, J.G. Ballard • • It’s fascinating to think that books like The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985. And yet - the television adaption and continued re-reads of the novel predict a world that could be on our doorstep within a few years. High-Rise by J.G Ballard felt the same. I picked up the book about a month before the movie came out - I can admit that I was intrigued by the movie trailer - and was amazed to realise that it was published in 1975. The theme and story of human corruption and social standings within the novel felt increasingly relevant with the world that we find ourselves in. Are there certain books that you believe will always hold a mirror to the modern world?
‘I went to sit in the bus station and think this over. I ate another apple pie and ice cream; that’s practically all I ate all the way across the country, I knew it was nutritious and it was delicious, of course.’ - On the Road, Jack Kerouac • • This pie may not capture the real spirit of On the Road properly - I think it would be less pie offered over a white picket fence and instead hurried slices in between hitchhiking and chain smoking. New recipe up on the blog!
Do you ever resonate with a piece of writing to the extent of going back and rereading paragraphs obsessively because you’re so happy that someone else has expressed how you’re feeling? Amy Jones, the author of The To Do List and Other Debacles, managed to capture every piece of dreaded anxiety I think I’ve experienced over the years. From not feeling good enough at work or with friends, to mentally debating the merits of purchasing fruit over pastries for breakfast. I can not recommend this book enough, to just know that what goes on in my head has happened to someone else is a beautiful thing to read.
This is exactly the kind of thing that I wish all of my favorite authors would do for all of my favorite books! This is a complete guide to all the fun background information, research, and inspiration that went into creating The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. This series is so full of incredible detail and has one of the most amazing fantasy worlds ever—I especially love fantasy worlds that overlap with our own—that one couldn’t possibly see all of it through the books alone and this guide opens the door even wider to that world. 📚🌻 The book opens with synopses of the three books of the trilogy so if you haven’t finished reading them yet and are afraid of spoilers, beware! The first section I turned to, of course, was the section on the Literature referenced in the books, especially all the Renaissance authors and all the old manuscripts that Harkness in many cases had up close experience with both at Yale and Oxford and other libraries around the world. Just my kind of reading list! 📚🌻 There is much more to this book though including a complete breakdown of the world and creatures of the books, lots of personal anecdotes of Harkness’s related to her process and experience as a historian having access to all the amazing library and research facilities around the world, a facsimile of Diana’s copybook from the story, recipes, wine lists, music lists, and even a couple outtakes from her early drafts of each book! 📚🌻 I checked this book out from the library in an effort to slow down on my accumulation of books until after we move and I actually have more room to properly set up a library, but I think I may have to have a copy of this for my own sooner rather than later… we’ll see! 📚🌻 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #stopandsmellthebooks
‘I thought that it was more likely the opposite. I must have shut grief out. Found it in books. Cried over fiction instead of the truth. The truth was unconfined, unadorned. There was no poetic language to it, no yellow butterflies, no epic floods. There wasn't a town trapped underwater or generations of men with the same name destined to make the same mistakes. The truth was vast enough to drown in.’ - We Are Okay, Nina LaCour • • I’ve made it a point to get up early in the morning so I can settle in at a cafe near work and spend at least an hour reading before I start. I made the mistake of beginning We Are Okay this past week before work. This book destroyed me, I ended up spending the day at my desk with hastily wiped up tear tracks down my cheeks and swollen eyes. There are sometimes books, even YA that manage to creep deep within you and set something off. What stories have affected you?