The Book List #29

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice by Todd Henry
year: 2011 | pages: 240 | rating: 3/5

I read this book a couple of weeks ago and somehow forgot to add it to the book list.

Todd Henry specialises in "business creativity," which is more for office workers and "non-traditional" creative roles such as artists, illustrators, photographers, and designer-makers. It's a lot more formal and directed more towards people who struggle with creativity in a business environment. The Accidental Creative focuses on goal setting, relationship building, and structuring your day for an efficient, productive routine. As someone who is well aware of her creativity, this book didn't quite ignite my interest as much as it could for someone who struggles, in their current job role, to perceive themselves as a creative person.

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry
year: 2013 | pages: 240 | rating: 3/5

Again, this book focuses more on businesses and job roles that are not traditionally perceived as creative. It's also more concerned with exploring the procrastination that prevents people from being creative, and how creativity can stagnate due to certain circumstances and habits. Todd Henry offers a three-part process for breaking through these barriers and being a more productive creative. There were some fantastic ways of perceiving creativity and "creative types," which I found incredibly interesting, however, just like The Accidental Creative, Die Empty is geared more towards floundering time-wasters than established creatives.

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America's Coldest Cases by Deborah Halber
year: 2014 | pages: 285 | rating: 3/5

The Skeleton Crew explores how ordinary citizens investigate missing persons and try to match them with unidentified remains. Amateur sleuths take to the internet to solve cold cases via facial reconstructions and fragmented clues. The concept for this book is a lot more compelling than the outcome; there is a lot of jumping around between stories and very little factual information. The characters were interesting and some cases intriguing but Deborah Halber's writing style is a little boring, which is a shame because the idea behind the book is fascinating.

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