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Nina Cosford is one of my personal “artist” hero’s, so it is a no brainer that I would include her newest book on this current Book Binge.

My Name is Girl: An Illustrated Guide to the Female Mind by Nina Cosford

Nina Cosford, a delightfully British artist that specializes in cute illustrations ranging from Coco Chanel to Buckingham Palace to Jane Austen (and her super amazing illustrations of scenes from HBO’s Girls), recently released this ode to women, our emotions, our strengths and even our weaknesses.

Written in a satirical tone but holding true to reality, this read will make you laugh out loud while simultaneously making you realize that we really aren’t all that different from one another.

The only downside to this book is that it only comes in print format, so you’ll have to wait on Snail Mail, but I promise you will love it! Get your copy of My Name is Girl  here. 

Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

This is my first, middle, and last favorite book of the entire year so far, and while I think that the title is slightly misleading (causing some to resist picking it up due to political overload), the content is spectacular.

This inspiring read, written by former Hilary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, is far from political, but instead is a deep study of the current female predicament, how we got where we are after years of being on the “rise”, and what we are doing wrong if we really want to conquer the world.

Palmieri is exactly the right person to write this book as she has been fortunate enough to have watched, learned from, and examined some of the most influential women our nation has ever seen, giving her a hard edge when it comes to moving the gender forward.

Forget everything you know about how to work, live, and experience life as a woman and give this thought process a shot. Get your Copy here.

 

The Woman in the Window

I. Loved. This. Book. One of the two fictional books on this list, it is a must read if you are totally into thrillers and mysteries.

Set in NYC, this Hitchcock-esque novel nestled in Upper Manhattan follows the story of an alcohol addicted Psychologist who suffers from agoraphobia after a tragic event in her life.  The tale quickly goes from a sad story about a desperate woman to a stunning, hard to put down read about the mysteries surrounding her past, her present, and her new NYC neighbors.

Want something with a little edge that will keep you on your seat without keeping you awake from fear? This book is for you. Get your copy here. 

How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything so They Can Achieve Anything

I’ll bet you never thought that doing everything would keep you from achieving greatness. Ok, fine. As a whole, we as women are most definitely “getting things done”, but are we really doing the things that mean the most to us, our loved ones, our clients, or our associates? The answer is more than likely no.

This book discusses the freedom that comes with prioritizing your to do list so that you are spending your time cultivating things that matter, and that you enjoy. It teaches you how to decide what is actually important in your personal and work life, and how to say no to the RIGHT things while accomplishing more in the areas that you DO deem important.

This book is super funny and entertaining, written by a self proclaimed procrastinator and constantly “late-on-deadlines” author with the desire to change her negative ways and grow her success. It is also full of lessons on falling down and getting back up, never quitting on yourself, and trusting your intuition. Get your copy here.

The Interestings

The second of our two fictional Friday Reads is one of my all time faves, The Interestings.

This elegantly written book features the tale of 6 friends who meet at an Art Summer Camp they attend as teenagers, and the evolution of their lasting friendship throughout their college and adult years in NYC. This book, full of good friendship vibes as well as some tragic circumstances, will make you remember why you love your own tribe so very much, and how they have changed your life for the better.

Ready for an emotional but thoughtfully told story this Friday evening? Check out The Interestings here. You won’t be sorry!

How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir

I always WANT to include this book on my Book Binge lists, but in the past have been a bit nervous about pulling the trigger. This book is the ultimate guide on how to completely f**k up your life, career, and relationships while progressively spiraling down the rabbit hole of drugs and alcohol. All topics that can definitely be a bit of a downer.

With that being said, it is also the ultimate guide on getting it together, learning acceptance, and having your own back. It is also the story of women at work and in life, and how they do their best to support and elevate other women, even when it seems nearly impossible.

I love this book because of it’s intense honesty and devil may care attitude, and also for its energetic tone and bare naked reality. This book, written by Cat Marnell, former beauty editor at Lucky Magazine and writer at XO Jane, is for the fashion lover, the struggling career woman, the party hard city girl, and every woman in between. Learn more about Cat and get your copy here.

 

In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector

This is a must read for any artist, calligrapher, or hand letterer who loves to create their projects on REAL paper with REAL pens and pencils, but also needs to vectorize their work at some point, either for sale as prints or for graphic design work.

In Progress takes you on an encouraging, inspiring journey through artist and designer Jessica Hische’s sketchbook from the beginning of projects all the way through the end. Educational and easy to follow, Hische will guide you through her process of creation and how she transfers her work to computer vector format. Need a tutorial like this? Get your copy of In Progress here. 

 

Everyday Watercolor: Learn to Paint Watercolor in 30 Days

I feel like this beauty makes my read list almost every time that I write one, but trust me, it’s for a reason! I love Jenna Rainey and obviously think she is a wonderful creative boss in her own right. I also love the structured, easy to follow watercolor plan that allows you to learn to paint like a pro.

Rainey splits the book up into daily projects that will further your knowledge of how watercolor techniques work, but you also provides detailed instruction on how to hold/use your tools and how to manipulate your water and paint for amazing results.

When I first began reading this book, I was already a pretty experienced watercolor artist; however, the excellent tips, tricks, and instruction definitely gave me a new perspective on the craft and a lot of new skills that have elevated my work.

Get your Copy of Everyday Watercolor here.

Looking for more great books? Find another amazing Book Binge here. Love Nina Cosford and want to see more of her beautiful creations? Find it right here.

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Friday, April 6th, 2018

NINA COSFORD & MORE – WEEKEND BOOK BINGE

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  1. Bry Jaimea

    June 19th, 2018 at 9:12 am

    This sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe xx

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