In an effort to read more often, I’ve set aside certain books to reads in certain places. When I have downtime at work, I have a work-related book; at home, I usually keep a hardcover, paperback and something working on my Kindle; and in the car, I have a few audiobooks on deck. It helps me to always have something ready to open, and since I’m a part of the Parnassus First Editions list, I receive a new hardcover book every month (and not only support a local business, but also an independent bookseller!).
With that in mind, I’ve been going over my favorite books in the creative space – that pertain, in any way, to the way I work. Plus, these are books you’re likely to get away reading while you’re at work because, you know, professional development.
The holy grail: Tom Kelley, Creative Confidence; Scott Belsky, Making Ideas Happen; Stephen King, On Writing; Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc.; Mary Karr, The Art of Memoir; Steven Pressfield, The War of Art.
Good Reads: Edwidge Danticat, Create Dangerously; Jessica Hische, In Progress; Bobette Buster, Do/Story: How to Tell Your Story so the World Listens; Martina Flor, The Golden Secrets of Lettering; Jocelyn K. Glei, Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind.
In the Queue: Jocelyn K. Glei, Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done; D&AD, The Copy Book; Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit; Manjula Martin (ed), Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living; Sidney Lumet, Making Movies; Jon Acuff, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck.
What are your favorite business/creative books?