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Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self 
by Manoush Zomorodi

Bored and Brilliant inspires readers to develop a more mindful relationship with technology, especially smartphones, and challenges us to find out what happens when we let ourselves be “bored” rather than engaging in constant digital distractions. Based on a series of challenges on author Manoush Zomorodi’s podcast, Note to Self, the book guides readers through experiments designed to help us reassess our technology habits, find time to unplug, and stimulate our creative minds.

"Bored and Brilliant is about living smarter and better within a digital world."

Find and Bored and Brilliant on the WCCLS Library Catalog

Book cover for Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi


Free copies of Bored and Brilliant will be available at our Giveaway Celebration on June 29 at both Hillsboro Public Libraries (while supplies last). We encourage readers to share copies with friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Extra books, e-books, and downloadable audiobooks will be available for checkout from the library catalog in September and October.


Throughout October 2019, attend the many free programs exploring the themes of the book, share your thoughts in a book group discussion, join in the Bored and Brilliant challenges online and in the Library, participate in the community art project, and more!

About Hillsboro Reads

The goal of Hillsboro Reads is to foster a sense of community, celebrate reading for pleasure, and promote intergenerational discussion and connection.

Featured Events

Featured Events

A portrait photo of Amber Case

Keynote Address: Cyborg Anthropology & Calm Technology

Saturday October 5, 2 pm
Brookwood Library

Join us for the 2019 Hillsboro Reads keynote address by Amber Case, an internationally recognized design advocate, speaker, author, and now researcher at the Institute for the Future. Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. Case spent two years as a fellow at MIT’s Center for Civic Media and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and her TED Talk “We Are All Cyborgs Now,” has received over 1.5 million views.


Two friends dine at a sidewalk cafe in an urban setting looking at empty hands that hold invisible cell phones

Featured Exhibition

Featured Exhibition: Removed by Eric Pickersgill

October 1 through October 31

Brookwood Art Gallery


Community Cell Phone Art Project

October 1 through October 31

Get creative with your phone! Submit a photo, drawing, or other two dimensional art created entirely on your phone for a special exhibition at the Brookwood Art Gallery. Check back here or at Hillsboro Libraries in July for details and submission guidelines.


Thanks to our sponsors:

  • Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library
  • The Library Foundation of Hillsboro
  • The Hillsboro Downtown Partnership
  • Hangin' Custom Picture Framing

Hillsboro Reads Event Calendar