I've been doing some interesting reading lately. Textiles: The Whole Story by Beverly Gordon is a wonderful book, which I would recommend whole-heartedly. The social, cultural, historical and the spiritual aspects of textiles are all covered here. A vast remit, and yet the way she draws themes together is so beautifully done and very accessible. She writes persuasively on the universality of textiles - "to be human is to be involved with cloth."
I've had the Twyla Tharp book for a while now, but am dipping into it again. I'm struggling to reconcile my teaching and project-based workload with time for my own practice. More hours in the day would be the solution, but in reality, acceptance and better planning might be the way to take things forward.
Finally, Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett, which looks at the connections we make when working with materials, the social dimension of making (with a particular emphasis on online communities), and the way that making and sharing increase social, educational and environmental engagement. This is a really optimistic book and and quotes Ivan Illich, "making changes everything". As I'm very much valuing the connections that blogging gives me, it's a timely read.
I'd be interested to know of books that anyone else would like to recommend.