Print Is Not Dying
'A room without books is like a body without a soul.'
There's a common misconception that 'print is dying'. Since the rise of social media sites, many critics are saying that magazines and books are a dying breed. And why wouldn't they? With the recent news that magazine InStyle will be closing its print doors and producing digital content only, the outlook for print is pretty dim.
However, I beg to differ. Similar to the record player and the film camera, I believe that print is only going to become stronger.
As a society, we are constantly controlled by the technology around us. Even now, I am sat writing this on my laptop with Spotify in the background and my phone constantly vibrating. And all I can think about is how much I just want to switch off. We are becoming overpowered by our technology, becoming puppets to them, and this can only get worse.
That's why I believe people will retreat and find sanctuary in books and magazines. Like the 'vintageness' of a record player, they will seek out the familiarity of turning the pages of a good book.
Since starting a 9-6 job that revolved around my laptop and my phone and spending around an hour commuting there and back, I'm seriously starting to appreciate a good book.
Or a magazine for that matter. When I get home from a long day of working and commuting, there's nothing I want to do more than cosy up with a cup of tea, my Yuyu (see this post) and some reading material.
I've recently raced through a number of books that have been too good to put down and I wanted to share them with you.
I can't lie, I'm no book reviewer but I suppose that's what makes this better? From one normal book lover to another.
The Girls - Emma Cline
The book that got me back into reading. Seriously, if you haven't picked up a book in a while then I suggest reading this.
This is the most gripping book I've ever read and you won't want to put it down for a second. The story unfolds from the moment you read the first sentence and you keep on reading for the facts. There are hints here and there of the conclusion which makes you even more addicted to this ferocious novel surrounding the world of a teenage girl who found herself in a deadly cult.
Who should read: People who haven't read for a while and love a thriller
Bloom - Estee Lalonde
The first blogger book I've ever purchased. I've been a huge fan of Estee Lalonde since the very beginning. I just think she stays so true to herself even as she grows bigger and bigger.
This book is beautifully structured inside and out. Every single word is written from the heart and gives you a real insight into her life. If you're looking for a lighthearted book to read about things you can actually relate to then pick up Bloom.
Who should read: Those looking for something light-hearted, relatable.
Valley Of The Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
The classic. I've wanted to read this book since I was around 10 and it didn't fail to please. I've never considered myself a feminist but I came out after reading this book thinking 'I hate men'.
It really shows how 1) men can treat women and 2) how fame can distort reality so much. This is a classic book for a reason, as it can still be applied today.
Who should read: Feminists and those who like to read about fame & glamour
The magazine. If you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen my post dedicated to this magazine and completely singing it's praises.
I picked up this magazine in Stockholm purely based on the minimalistic design of the front cover. There were no glossy pages, no big cover star, just paper and illustration.
It was a surprise to see that this magazine actually comes from Manchester (woo the North) and is focused around mental health, with each issue being dedicated to magnifying issues that can cause or contribute to mental health.
For example, Issue 3 is all about work and its contributions to these issues. Whether that be looking for work, being stuck in a job you hate or a world without work.
Who should read: People who want a number of short stories that are thought provoking and discuss mental illness