18 Books For Creatives

August 20, 2014

books for creatives

Go read some books by people who know what they're talking about.

1. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity By Hugh MacLeod
2. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
3. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
4. It's Not How Good You are, it's How Good You Want to be by Paul Arden
5. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
6. Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch
7. On Writing Stephen King
8. Bossypants by Tina Fey
9. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
10. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
11. Just Kids Patti Smith
12. Imagine by Jonah Lehrer
13. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential within Us All by Tom Kelly and David Kelly
14. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
15. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
16. Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei
17. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
18. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

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  1. I really enjoy your book recs. Adding like all of these to my amazon book wishlist.


  2. I haven't read Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi but I still remember a lot of his thesis from studying for my philosophy finals. His interpretation of self-fulfillment is definitely inspiring.

    Elina | Miss Blue Eyes

  3. Great suggestion, may I add "Whatever you do, do the opposite"? I think its pretty wonderful :)

  4. I absolutely loved the Daily Rituals book! I find everyone else's routines so interesting :)

  5. 17. Thinking fast & slow - just finished! very dense book, you need a lot of concentration to absorb all the interesting findings about how our mind works. I started reading it on my way to work but had to stop because I needed a quiet place and more time to focus entirely on the book.

  6. Akvile8/21/2014

    you have so much amazing content

  7. I'm super pleased they come in useful!

  8. I haven't heard/read much of his other work, he's a very interesting man

  9. Ahh, thank you! I will make a note of it :))

  10. I hope you find some useful books!

  11. I liked that one a lot too, but Steal Like an Artist and Ignore Everybody were my favourites.

  12. A lot of these are quite dense.. I prefer the more relaxed, personal books to be honest.

  13. Thank you SO MUCH!

  14. Will definitely check some of these out, very interesting list. Thanks for sharing!


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