Lately I've been inspired by books that aim to teach me something, whether it's how to create the perfect cup of coffee or how to take stunning photos with my camera. I've always believed you never truly stop learning and that you can always learn something new about a craft you think you've mastered. This fall, I've added some non-fiction books to my new collection of guilty pleasures.
stuart codling LAMBORGHINI SUPERCARS 50 YEARS
I've dreamed about owning a Lamborghini ever since I was a kid, so when Motorbooks offered to send over this gorgeous opus to the iconic Italian sportscar brand, I didn't hesitate to accept. Filled with jaw-dropping, beautiful photos of some of the world's sexiest supercars, this coffee table book is a great accessory to any modern living room. The book is more than just eye-candy for the aficionado of elegant tomes, it also serves as a visual history of the brand's fifty year evolution.
meili cady SMOKE
For readers like me who devoured the true crime novel The Bling Ring and are looking for the next salacious story, Smoke by Meili Cady will not disappoint. Meili's memoir follows her move from small-town Washington to Los Angeles where she befriends what she believes to be a wealthy heiress of the Paris Hilton variety. The shady socialite helps Meili when she's down on her luck by offering her a job as a "personal assistant," not knowing that her job duties would include engaging in illegal activities. Soon enough, Meili starts smuggling marijuana across the country and enjoying the glamorous life she always dreamed of having before eventually getting arrested. This quick read is highly entertaining and full of moments where I found myself literally shaking my head in disbelief.
adam turnbull NOTED: A JOURNAL TO EXPLORE
HOW WE SHAPE, CREATE, AND DEVELOP IDEAS
For those who have hit a creative block, staring at a pristine blank white page of a journal can be terrifying. However, creators like myself can find comfort in the cyanotype pages of Adam Turnbull's Noted. This journal is filled with everyday ephemera and purposeful prompts that help artists ideate freely. I love some of the inspirational idioms in this paperback and I think this would make a great gift for any creative type.
henry carroll READ THIS IF YOU WANT
TO TAKE GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS
I found this gem at the charming Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, but you may recognize this black book on the shelves of your local Urban Outfitters. This handy guidebook gives aspiring photographers tips and tricks on how to create photographs with specific desired effects in mind. I love how Henry Carroll uses work from master photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Fay Godwin, and Martin Parr, to illustrate different techniques. Even if you just want to take your Instagram to the next level, you've got to pick this book up.
stephenie meyer LIFE & DEATH: TWILIGHT REIMAGINED
The often polarizing Twilight Saga has a new installment commemorating the first novel's tenth anniversary. As an unashamed fan, I was excited to learn that Stephenie Meyer released new material this year in the form of Life & Death: Twilight Reimagined. Essentially, Life & Death is the retelling of Twilight, but with gender-swapped characters (meaning Bella is now a boy named Beau and Edward is now a woman named Edythe). The switch adds a satisfying twist to a young adult classic that might attract new readers and surprise longtime fans.
joseph & diana shafer HOW TO MAKE REALLY GOOD COFFEE
Leave it to my friend Corey to find the cutest things possible on Etsy, including this illustrated pocketbook on how to make coffee. I adore the little hand-drawn illustrations of coffee preparation methods paired with simple instructions. The booklet's portable size makes it ideal to travel with so you'll always know how to make great coffee no matter what device is available for you to use.