April Top 13: Our Favorite Reads

April 13, 2020 | By Noise 13

April 23 is World Book Day and since we are all at home surrounded by our treasured book collections, we figured we’d share some of our favorites with you.


Take advantage of down time by doing some mental spring cleaning. Daniel J. Levitin’s The Organized Mind will help you tidy up a cluttered noggin.


Escape into the bizarre, magical world of Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore where cats talk and fish fall from the sky.


Dash across Earth in 2144 with an anti-patent drug pirate and the new-born military grade bot hot on her tail, in Autonomous by Annalee Newitz.


Get lost in an epic tale of music, poverty, magic and power in the action packed novel The Name of Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.


Staying grounded can feel impossible right now. Fear, by the Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, can help you connect to the present moment, and return home to yourself when everything feels uncertain.


Dive into mushroom lore with Lawrence Millman’s Fungipedia. Perfect for the budding mycologist and lovers of downright beautiful books alike.


Brush up on your art history while sipping themed cocktails with The Art of The Cocktail by Salvatore Calabrese.


Bring a massive splash of color to your day with Todd Oldham’s Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life. It’s a stunning monograph of an artist whose minimalist approach to illustration has had tremendous influence on designers and artists.


Steep yourself in the work of singer/songwriter legend John Prine, who passed away last week. Beyond Words tells the stories behind his fifty years of music, and will make you laugh and cry.


Lighten up the walls with Ladies Of Letterpress and it’s 80+ removable posters.


Keep your kids entertained with interactive books from Hervé Tullet. A personal favorite is Press Here, but the whole collection is fantastic.


Hit the clubs virtually by reading the most detailed, insider account about the rise of the New York Club Kids culture by Waltpaper.


Fill your free time by reading a book about how us designers don’t read. Designers Don’t Read is a collection of essays targeted towards graphic designers compiled by Austin Howe.