Today I’m sharing Three Recommendations for #marchmeetthemaker. All month I've been taking part in an Instagram challenge so you can get to know my business (and me!). It's been organised by Joanne Hawker - you can see more about it if you click here. Basically, every day in March there is a prompt to share on Instagram so people can learn more about the person behind the small business they follow. You can click here to visit my Instagram to see my previous posts. I know I've recommended books and podcasts on here before but I wanted to share more as today is a prompt that I am REALLY looking forward to catching up on. I LOVE reading and I LOVE podcasts. I find it much esier to read on paper than on screen, hence why there are LOADS of book recommendations and fewer blog recommendations. But for today's Instagram prompt I decided to post it on MY blog...
I know I've mentioned my non-fiction reading challenge for this year (at least one book a month, alongside reading fiction). And I regularly listen to podcasts while I work. I am obsessed with productivity and trying to be the best "me" I can be - working smarter, not harder. And finding great tools to help me do that. I do also love escaping into a world of fiction reading for a day. I've recently learned something about myself. I can spend a day reading a book and I won't feel guilty whereas if I spend a day watching Netflix I feel guilty. I don't know why that is - but I'm happy to encourage myself to read more, as it makes me feel good and I can really switch off. I love books so much that when I was in uni, as part of an art project I got people I didn't know (along with a few I did know) to send me photographs of their book shelves and I drew them. It really fed the nosy side of me as well, they say you can tell a lot about a person from their book shelves (and who doesn't love a good "shelfie"?)
Usually the Three Good Things blog posts are about just that - three good things. I can't narrow this down so I'm going to do a bit of a different one today.
Three books about "active" living / pursuits.
- Eat, Sleep, Cycle by Anna Hughes
- Leap In by Alexandra Heminsley
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Three books about adventure.
- Microadventures by Alastair Humphreys
- Extreme Sleeps AND Wild Nights both by Phoebe Smith
- Free Country by George Mahood
Three books that have taught me important things.
- Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
- Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
- The Essential Guide to Business for Artists & Designers by Alison Branagan
Three fiction books I've read recently.
- The First Bad Man by Miranda July
- Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne
- The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (currently reading)
Three blogs to go and read right now.
- Keep It SimpElle by Elle Linton
- A Pretty Place To Play by Bethan Taylor
- My Morning Routine by Michael Xander and Benjamin Spall
Three podcasts I listen to regularly.
- The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss
- Beyond the To Do List by Erik Fisher
- Small And Mighty by Sam Burgess
I like to buy books from independent bookshops and charity shops where possible. If you’re looking to buy books online both indiebound.org and hive.co.uk are great options otherwise just hit the streets in search of your local book shop.
What are three books you have read and enjoyed recently? What podcasts do you listen to? PLEASE share with me - I'm always eager to add more to my list!