creative summer reading list

Remember getting that note at the end of the school year with a list of all the books you were meant to read before September?

 

That question is either making you:

a. cringe

or

b. smile with excitement

 

I fit into the “b” category. I loved the adventure of going to the library and asking if they had the copies I needed. Maybe I didn’t love all the books, but the ones I did love rocked my world.

 

Now it's time to relive that moment - try not to cringe ;)

Here are the top 3 non-fiction books currently on my shelf this summer.

In my opinion they are essential for the livelihood of your creative process.

You don’t have to write reports on them, but I would love to know what you think. AND I would love to hear the top picks from your library, so share your faves in the comment box below.

 

Quick disclaimer: This list is only a fraction of the books I've read, loved, and have on my bookshelf. They are ones that have most recently affected me and my creative process, which is why I'm sharing them now.

 

Ready?

 

Here you go!

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1. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

This book popped up so many times on my Amazon “recommended” picks, but I finally decided to buy it after physically picking it up in a bookstore and reading all most the whole thing standing right there. It’s short, sweet, and has great visuals. The kind of book you always want around when you need a quick creative pick-me-up.

favorite excerpt: the diagram on page 83, “The Life of a Project”

 

2. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Another one that I kept hearing about from various sources, but then finally dug in when it was gifted to me by my coach Joanna. Now I know why so many people recommend it. It’s great for transitional moments in your life and creative process and will help you to get out of your own way and really hone in on your genius.

favorite excerpt: the “Four Hidden Barriers” to your success, starting on page 43

 

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3. WomanCode by Alisa Vitti

You might have heard me talk about this before - but the concepts in this book changed my life by helping me create a foundation of health and awareness of my female body, crucial to my creative process. I’ve known and worked with Alisa personally for 7 years and can attest to the fact that every woman and man should have a copy to read, reference, and share with daughters/sisters/girlfriends - especially if you’re on a creative path!

favorite excerpt: “The Truth About Birth Control” on page 82

important: Buy this book in-store rather than just order it online!

 

I'd love to know what you think and what else you'd add to the list, so please share below!

booking it,

jess

P.S. I need major help in the fiction department - My favorite novel is Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, but it's been awhile since I've picked it up or anything else that's fiction. Suggestions?