National Read a Book Day.

When was the last time you took some time out and curled up with a good book? It’s National Read a Book Day and we want to encourage you to pick up a book and take a mental getaway to refresh your mind. These books may be diverse in topic, but they have all sparked some creativity, inspired us or made us think a little differently.

Black Box Thinking – Matthew Syed

Give this book a go if you’re looking for a new, positive outlook on life. Black Box Thinkers take ownership of their mistakes and interrogate them as a strategy for success. Pick up this book and learn from your mistakes, rather than hiding from them.

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days – Jake Knapp with John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz

Probably one of THE top books for any creative agency. The framework was first created at Google Ventures and they’ve created a unique system to rapidly prototype ideas and solve tough business problems.

Traction: Get a Grip in Your Business – Gino Wickman

Using a set of tried and tested tools, Traction is all about strengthening the six key components of your business. It allows the leadership team within a business to have much more focus, more growth, and more enjoyment.

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind – Jocelyn K. Glei

Struggle to make it through your to do list every day no matter how hard you work? This book should be at the top of your list! Manage Your Day-to-Day will teach you how to wisely use your time to produce the best work.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

Needing some female empowerment? This is the book for you! Lean in has become a cultural phenomenon, sparking many debates on women and leadership. This book covers Sandberg’s experience of working in some of the most successful businesses and discusses how women can help themselves and what changes they can make to positively impact their lives.

#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso  

Seen as the millennial alternative to Lean In, this real-life rags-to-riches tale has created a new movement for women ‘redefining success on their own terms’. #GIRLBOSS is an inspiring, straight talking guide that shows that achievement comes from following your instinct and working hard. It’s honest, slightly strange at times and has some questionable advice, but this will book will motivate you to take control of your career and your future.

Paula: My Story So Far – Paula Radcliffe

A remarkable insight to the highs and lows of British athlete Paula Radcliffe. An inspirational story that will motivate you to push for your dreams and never give up. If someone says it can’t be done, go out and prove them wrong!

Know Your Onions: Graphic Design – Drew de Soto

Learn ‘how to think like a creative, act like a business man and design like a god’. A great read for any designer, providing great hints and tips on how to be more creative and work more efficiently.

The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary – Simon Winchester

A fascinating story about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary and a volunteer who was imprisoned for murder and spent his jail time working on the English language. Intriguing and uplifting, this true story provides a tale that is hard to believe.

The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde

This fiction/fantasy/sci-fi/crime thriller takes place in an alternative world where time can be warped, dodo’s still exist and people can go ‘into’ books. Jane Eyre has been kidnapped, and a literary detective must rescue Jane before the book gets irredeemably changed.

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