Good Book Catalogue is a catalogue of books deemed to be good.

The incomparable bell hooks once said “reading will lift you up out of the world that other people are apposing on you.” Reading elevates our spirits and eleviates our loneliness, with each book providing a new perspective on our diverse, perverse and fascinating world. Good Book Catalogue is above all an ode to the love of reading. It equally acts as one small step to repaying friends, strangers and serendipity alike for all of the book recommendations over the years.


    Good Book Catalogue is curated by the design practice Doing Me Doing You. Well-written words and storytelling are central tenets to Emma’s creative output.

    In 2017, Creative Director Emma set a book target for the course of the year, sparking a yearly habit of reading her fair share of books. In 2020 Good Book Catalogue was born, to share those reads. Not strictly ‘great’ reads, rather cataloguing many damn good books.
There are a handful of design books, a few fantasy and sci-fi tales, some classic fiction reads and a whole lot of non-fiction ranging in subject from history and sociology, to philosophy and physics.

1. The Years by Annie Ernaux
2. All About Love by bell hooks
3. Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke
4. Too Much and Not The Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
6. To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
7. The Story of Art Without Men by Katy Hessel
8. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
9. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
10. The Odyssey by Homer

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To discuss collaborations, partnerships, reads, recommendations, design or the like, please reach out to Doing Me Doing You, a purposefully small creative practice working between Australia’s Rainbow Beach and London.


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We work and live in Rainbow Beach, Australia, on the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi people. We pay our respects to their ancestors and elders—past, present and future—and value the role of storytelling in their culture, which is amongst the oldest living cultures in the world.