As someone who identifies as a scanner, I’m drawn to reading lots of books about a fairly wide range of subjects. I’ve put together this page to collect together some of the books I’m currently reading or have read in the last few years that I have liked and have been particularly useful to my thinking on various subjects. The page will be updated regularly. I read a lot and have read quite a few clangers – anything that I don’t like, or don’t find helpful doesn’t make the cut.
Community and personal connections
The Art of Asking: How I learned to stop worrying and let people help. By Amanda Palmer.
Loneliness: Human nature and the need for social connection. By John Cacioppo and William Patrick
Let’s pretend this never happened: (A mostly true memoir). By Jenny Lawson.
Furiously happy. By Jenny Lawson.
Silence and solitude
The Book of Silence. By Sara Maitland.
Lonely: Learning to live with solitude. By Emily White.
Storytelling and creativity
Gossip from the forest. By Sara Maitland.
Flow: The psychology of happiness. By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
On not being able to paint. By Marion Milner.
Verbatim: Contemporary Documentary Theatre: Techniques in Contemporary Documentary Theatre. By David Hare, Robin Soans, and Richard Norton-Taylor.
Ways of being and working
Thrive: The third metric to redefining success and creating a happier life. By Arrianna Huffington.
What the **** is Normal? By Francesca Martinez
How to be Idle By Tom Hodgkinson
How to be Free By Tome Hodgkinson
Thinking about small business and a creative career
Art, Inc.: The essential guide for building your career as an Artist. By Lisa Congdon
Body of work: Finding the thread that ties your story together. By Pamela Slim.
Business for Bohemians By Tom Hodgkinson
Understanding money and the world of finance
Swimming with sharks: My journey into the world of bankers. By Joris Luyendijk.
If you like what is happening on the blog and want to pick up any of the reading here, I’ve embedded a series of links to the amazon pages for these books. All the links here are Amazon Affiliate links, which means I would receive a tiny amount of money for every book bought through these particular links.