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Over the past couple years, I’ve really gotten back into reading. When I was in elementary school, I was the girl who would always get in trouble for reading under my desk during class and who loved the bus rides because it was extra time to have my nose buried in a book. As I got older though, I stopped prioritizing it and school and life got in the way.
Now that I’ve been out of college for a few years, though, I’ve had time to get back to my old hobby and I read like crazy. The only thing that has changed is my taste in books – I used to read all fiction and fantasy when I was a kid, but now I love non-fiction and memoirs (don’t worry, I still read some page-turning fiction every now and then).
Normally, I read at least one book a month and listen to another on audiobook, which allows me to zip through them pretty fast. This year it seems like I’ve had a theme of reading books that have really impacted me, especially on a creative, self-improvement level, so I wanted to share some of my favorites with these 5 books every creative should read!
This book is all about finding the work you were meant to do, as in a job that will fulfill you on every level. I loved the concept of joy-money-flow: you should have joy in your work, it should provide you with the money that you need/want, and you should periodically enter a flow state when you’re working. It definitely had me thinking about many different aspects of my life and work and whether these needs are being met.
I listened to this one on audiobook and it’s actually read by Anna Kendrick herself. So far I’ve only listened to it once, but it’s honestly a book I could listen to again and again and again. She outlines the path that took her to her current career and fame, which is extremely inspiring, but the best part of the book is the funny, practical, and relatable life advice thrown in along the way. This was one of the best books I have read all year.
I think I’ve mentioned this one before, but I really like this book and I think I might read it again soon. It answers the question of how we change our habits, and gives lots of actual instructions and advice on how to do just that. I’ve used many of her tips to help myself to get up and take my dog for a walk in the morning, go to bed at the same time every night, and establish a work routine, all of which have made my life better.
This book helped me feel more understood – and understand myself better – than any other book ever has. For a lot of my life I refused to admit I was an introvert. I thought there was something inherently wrong with that personality type, and I often forced myself into situations where I felt uncomfortable and anxious to prove I was extroverted and good with people. Quiet explains introverts so well, explores our strengths, and validates us as important people with different talents and ways of being. A lot of creatives and bloggers I know are also introverts, but this would be a good read for anyone.
I actually haven’t made it all the way through this one yet, but I love it so much within the first few chapters that I have to include it. I’ve listened to Brené’s famous TED talk on vulnerability multiple times, and her book is like a longer, more detailed version of that, which is amazing. Vulnerability is something I have always struggled (and continue to struggle) with, but learning to accept it and see it as a strength has already started helping me connect more in both my personal and creative life.
Have you read any of these books? What would you add to the list?