The Book List #26

The Book List #26

Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite by Paul Arden
year: 2006 | pages: 144 | rating: 2/5

Paul Arden aims to provide off-beat advice on being a creative, however, there were a lot of points in this book that had me shaking my head in disagreement. Arden suggests "at twenty-eight it is a bit late to find out you are in the wrong job" and don't go to university because "for all your education, you will still be the office junior." Arden goes to to state he "feels sorry for these people" who go to university, and ends up coming across as rather ignorant and patronising rather than helpful. But there are plenty of points Arden raises that I do agree with, wholeheartedly; he suggests we need to take charge, give ourselves goals, push ourselves, and seek criticism not approval. Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite is an OK read but there are better books I would recommend reading instead.

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
year: 2013 | pages: 288 | rating: 3/5

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential within Us All is more for those who feel uncreative yet wish to tap into their creative potential; Tom Kelley and David Kelley discuss the idea that creativity lies within each and every one of us, rather than being something you are born with. The authors provide principles and strategies, alongside drawing on lessons learned from their work at IDEO, that help draw out the creativity within us.

The Book List #26

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
year: 2014 | pages: 224 | rating: 4/5

I adore Austin Kleon's books for their simplicity and ability to punch you right in the feels when it comes to discussing creativity. While Steal Like an Artist deals more with being creative and making things, Show Your Work! is all about sharing what you have created. Kleon tells us to be "open, generous, brave, and productive" and encourages us to make use of our creative allies and the networks we form.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
year: 2014 | pages: 254 | rating: 4/5

Very obviously not a festive read in the slightest yet I chose to read Smoke Gets in Your Eyes over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. An incredibly interesting book that takes the reader behind the scenes of the job of a mortician. Although I found Caitlin Doughty's personal story interesting and I enjoyed the flow of the book very much, at times I did wish she discussed more of the history of the industry and cultural rituals. While Doughty discussed them briefly, when relevant, it was always only ever a glance over the topics; I wanted more. If you're faint of heart, squeamish, or horrified by the thought of the processes of death - don't read this book. If, like me, you're morbidly fascinated by this topic (pun intended), go ahead and read Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, you won't be disappointed.

344 Questions by Stefan G. Bucher
year: 2011 | pages: 139 | rating: 2/5

Nothing life changing is within the pages of this book, however, if you're in the midst of creative quicksand, these questions might help pull you out. 344 Questions is a book full of questions to ask yourself about your life, your career, your goals and aspirations, and prompt you to make decisions on how you're going to achieve them. Colourful, imaginative, enlightening (maybe) and designed to get you to think creatively.

Big Questions from Little People: And Simple Answers from Great Minds by Gemma Elwin Harris
year: 2012 | pages: 336 | rating: 3/5

Cute, informative, and written perfectly; a book adults can enjoy but clearly written with children firmly in mind. Some interesting questions answered by some amazing people (hello, David Attenborough) I really enjoyed reading this book on my journey home from a Christmas with the family. The book is light, entertaining, informative, and a little bit fluffy around the edges.

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