#Reading in March

#Reading in March

I am in India until the 12th of April, so I am not going to promise that I’ll publish frequently until then. Who knows. Maybe I’ll get to write a lot and I get some wifi from hotels. But anyway, I am more consistent on Twitter and Instagram. Here are the links if you want to follow me:

Twitter: @nurcosta

Instagram: @nuriacosta

Take care & happy reading!



Careers for music lovers Bureau of Labor Statistics | I found this article interesting because a reader of my blog, Arturo, shared his experience through this comment. He was concerned on whether he should study music at a University or not. I asked a teacher from my university (ESADE) to answer his question, because he is a musician and has much more to offer than I do.

Math = Love | I know I am cheating here because I am not sharing a specific article, but a whole website instead. But the whole blog is SO good. For kids who have to learn math and need to be more visual in order to learn how math works. Because, anyway, who said teaching maths the scholar way is the only and right way?

How Do You Know if a Film is Going to Be a Hit? Just Take a Look at the Stock Market No Film School Very interesting post about the filmmaking industry. It correlates both the stock market and the film industry. What do you think about it?

Fiona Apple’s Moving Letter To Fans About Her Ailing Dog, Janet Paul Myers Wants to Show You One Cool Thing Today | This is a moving story about the songwriter Fiona Apple. She treats her “fanbase” like her friends. Well, like it’s suppose to be. That’s why I like her so much. And as a songwriter, she knows how to write.

12 Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking The Mind Unleashed | Not much to explain. We all know by know that school kills creativity. This is a nice reminder of what we have been missing so far in a list form. And I love lists.

This Obsessive Compulsive Artist Is Cleaning Up Every Mess We Create WittyFeed | A friend of mine who has OCD sent me this link, though he is not into that level. He says he only does that in his mind. But I saw him carefully displaying coins on a bar table once. So I don’t know if I should trust him. Anyway, by seeing the picture of the books ordered as a rainbow, I thought maybe I had OCD as well for my books: I rearrange them constantly by color. I never get tired of doing that. It’s even therapeutic to me. In an attempt to look cool I told him I may have OCD. But he said I am just a hipster in need of attention. I agree.



Just Kids by Patti Smith | Best autobiography I read during all my life (yet). Not that I read that many, but I assure you Patti Smith is not just an amazing writer, but a great human being as well. It’s a fascinating read where you just can’t put the book down because every sentence is so poetic.

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin | I talked about this book in this post (though it’s in Spanish). You can also check Gretchen’s blog where she writes a lot about her new book and about the Four Tendencies. Check it out. What Tendency are you?

Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by the 99U book series A cool compilation of successful people’s habits. It’s nice to get to see the patterns that people follow in order to get things done. Also, you can use it as a reference guide to check out new people’s blogs.

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler | An extremely funny book. I even played with the idea of becoming a screenwriter for comedy sketches myself. Or create funnier videos for my youtube channel. Anyway, this book also teaches you the importance of keeping good relationships. Or finding the great partner to work with. Like Amy and Tina Fey. They are the best comedian couple around. Instead of leaning back against each other’s success, they extremely support and love each other. That’s a life lesson that not everyone learns.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue | I couldn’t love this book more. There are excellent lines in almost every page. The writing is scintillating. I mean, reading a book in a 5-year-old perspective sounds boring. At least it did to me. Reading about a mother and a child being kept in a Room? Not a very attractive topic. Of course, the one who convinced me was Penelope Trunk, after she said she had loved this book during the Write About Your Life course. So I had to get it (fangirling). And yes, it is really good. I’m glad I read it. It’s very quick to read. But hey, I am not responsible of any emotional damage this may have on you. Because it’s deeply poignant. Enjoy.

Anything You Want by Derek Sivers | A very short motivational book about how to create a successful business linked with your passion. Derek created CD Baby, the first company company that started selling CD’s online. He said this great line a TED talk: “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.”

The Pleasure of the Text by Roland Barthes Must read book for every writer. It’s about the pleasure that the reader feels while reading in parallel with the pleasure that the writer experiences while writing. One can learn a lot about writing after reading this masterpiece.

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Something Permanent by Cytnhia Rylant | Best association of poems and photography I have read & seen so far. Very elegant and decadent. I love the images from the American Great Depression combined with Cynthia’s poetry. Each poem adds an incredible attitude to the pictures. When you thought it couldn’t get better, you turn the page. If you love poetry, buy it.