As social media grows and proves to become indispensable both personally and career-wise, the more we yearn (whether consciously or subconsciously) for some me-time that doesn’t involve blue light technology.
Thankfully, someone, somewhere has noticed this, and in recent months there have been a fair few writers, journalists and creatives out there with large online followings publishing books that take their digital content one step further.
Here are some recently released books that I’m learning a lot from and loving right now.
Social Media is Ruining Your Life | Katherine Ormerod
I recommend this book to absolutely everyone; this book is the epitome of what we need to read in a digital-obsessed society. Not only does Katherine discuss almost every element of the industry and its effects on our wellbeing (good and bad), she also includes regular tips on what we can do to create a better relationship with social media as individuals.
I was lucky enough to be at the launch of the book itself in London the night before it was released, where Katherine discussed all things social media with online content creator Lizzy Hadfield (whose style and content I just adore, by the way!) and literary agent Abigail Bergstrom. It was here that I met (and instantly clicked with) the lovely Rhiannon, whose brand new blog and Instagram you should definitely check out! Katherine and Lizzy actually thought that we’d gone along to the event together because we just *get* each other, which is so rare with a total stranger – I’m super glad we met, Rhiannon!
The Discomfort Zone | Farrah Storr
This is the second book by Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine Farrah Storr, thanks to whom Tess Holliday got the cover girl status she deserves and disrupted the endless rows of magazines sporting the one-size-fits-all-but-that-size-must-be-zero front page.
The Discomfort Zone is a guide on ‘how to get what you want by living fearlessly’, combining information, advice, and anecdotes, Farrah’s writing both educates and empowers.
If you’re keen to stop spending time with people you don’t want to spend time with or doing things you don’t want to be doing, this book is an essential.
Warning: Farrah’s writing will have you laughing out loud.
In Paris | Jeanne Damas + Lauren Bastide
What a thoroughly gorgeous book. Jeanne and Lauren interview twenty women on their lifestyle as a Parisian women living in the city of light itself. Setting out to prove that there is not just one type of Parisienne, In Paris gives us a glimpse into the homes, careers, thoughts and lifestyles of real-life Parisiennes aged fourteen to seventy.
Whether she’s an artist or an activist living in a stunning apartment or quaint studio, each lets us in to her life for a couple of pages, sharing with us her favourite museums, bookstores, patisseries and more.
Mad About the House | Kate Watson-Smyth
Kate Watson-Smyth – AKA the Queen of Interior Styling – has made every step of styling a new apartment a whole lot easier for me than it would have been otherwise.
At the heart of Mad About the House is the prioritisation of making your house your home.Whether its planning the practicality of a room layout or deciding which accent colours you won’t get bored of, Kate’s book – aptly named after her award winning blog – is a staple.
Filled with advice on how to make the most of every space and creating surroundings that inspire you, this is a book I find myself continuously referring back to.