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“What are the best books About And For Creativity?” We looked at 211 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 22 titles, all on 3 or more “Best Creativity” book lists are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 175+ books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 22 Creativity Books



22 .) Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (And Reward) of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Positive Writer
  • ChaseJarvis

What is your art really about? Where is it going? What stands in the way of getting it there? These are questions that matter, questions that recur at each stage of artistic development – and they are the source for this volume of wonderfully incisive commentary.

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21 .) Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Multipotens
  • Positive Writer

Packed with the signature can-do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration. For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can’t seem to find time in the day, Gregory offers 5– to 10–minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule—whether on a plane, in a meeting, or at the breakfast table—along with practical instruction on techniques and materials, plus strategies for making work that’s exciting, unintimidating, and fulfilling. Filled with Gregory’s encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.

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20 .) Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How To Unleash Your Creative Potential by George Lois

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Canva
  • Multipotens

Organised into inspirational, bite-sized pointers, each page offers fresh insight into the sources of success, from identifying your heroes to identifying yourself. The ideas, images and illustrations presented in this book are fresh, witty and in-your-face. Whether it’s communicating your point in nanosecond, creating an explosive portfolio or making your presence felt, no one is better placed than George Lois to teach you the process of creativity.

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19 .) Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffpost
  • Canva
  • Multipotens

A guide to self-promotion explains how to become more known by letting other artists glean inspiration from one’s original work, sharing illustrations, quotes and stories that demonstrate key strategies in generosity-based self-promotion.

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18 .) The Little Spark — 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity by Carrie Bloomston

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • Huffpost
  • Positive Writer

You were born with a creative spark inside. Do you look at yourself now and wonder if the spark has gone out? Ignite that inner fire with the 30 engaging exercises, fun activities, inspirational images, and motivating ideas in this book. Learn what your Little Spark of creative passion looks like, how to capture it, and how to make room for it in your life. Read the book cover-to-cover and use it as a month-long creative roadmap, or just dip into the exercises as your time and inclination allow. Either way, you will change your life.

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17 .) Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canva
  • James Clear
  • Multipotens
  • Positive Writer

Kafka is one of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

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16 .) Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Lists It Appears On:

  • AdAge
  • BuzzFeed
  • Canva
  • Goodreads

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

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15 .) Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

Lists It Appears On:

  • Shout Me Loud
  • Goodreads
  • James Clear
  • Multipotens

When Hugh MacLeod was a struggling young copywriter living in a YMCA, he started to doodle on the backs of business cards while sitting at a bar. Those cartoons eventually led to a popular blog-gapingvoid.com-and a reputation for pithy insight and humor, in both words and pictures. MacLeod has opinions on everything from marketing to the meaning of life, but one of his main subjects is creativity. How do new ideas emerge in a cynical, risk-averse world? Where does inspiration come from? What does it take to make a living as a creative person? Ignore Everybody expands on MacLeod’s sharpest insights, wittiest cartoons, and most useful advice.

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14 .) It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

Lists It Appears On:

  • AdAge
  • BuzzFeed
  • Shout Me Loud
  • Multipotens

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be is a handbook of how to succeed in the world – a pocket ‘bible’ for the talented and timid to make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible. The world’s top advertising guru, Paul Arden, offers up his wisdom on issues as diverse as problem solving, responding to a brief, communicating, playing your cards right, making mistakes and creativity, all notions that can be applied to aspects of modern life. This book provides a unique insight into the world of advertising and is a quirky compilation of quotes, facts, pictures, wit and wisdom, packed into easy-to-digest, bite-sized spreads. If you want to succeed in life or business, this is a must!

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13 .) Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Canva
  • Positive Writer
  • Goodreads

“Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office?

The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.”

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12 .) On Writing by Stephen King

Lists It Appears On:

  • AdAge
  • BuzzFeed
  • Product Hunt
  • Goodreads

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

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11 .) Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Positive Writer
  • Canva
  • Multipotens

With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft

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10 .) Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision & Reality by Scott Belsky

Lists It Appears On:

  • Hat Rabbits
  • Inc
  • Canva
  • Positive Writer
  • Goodreads

“According to productivity expert Scott Belsky, no one is born with the ability to drive creative projects to completion. Execution is a skill that must be developed by building your organizational habits and harnessing the support of your colleagues.

As the founder and CEO of Behance, a company on a mission to empower and organize the creative world, Belsky has studied the habits of especially productive individuals and teams across industries. Now he has compiled the principles and techniques they share, and presents a systematic approach to creative organization and productivity.”

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9 .) Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • AdAge
  • Goodreads
  • Multipotens
  • Positive Writer
  • Shout Me Loud

Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output?

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8 .) Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Canva
  • Positive Writer
  • Shout Me Loud
  • CNBC
  • Goodreads

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.

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7 .) Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffpost
  • Nicola Newman
  • Product Hunt
  • Goodreads
  • Positive Writer
  • Signature
  • CNBC

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

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6 .) The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Goodreads
  • Nicola Newman
  • Positive Writer
  • Product Hunt
  • Shout Me Loud
  • Multipotens

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published twenty five years ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

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5 .) The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Canva
  • ChaseJarvis
  • Positive Writer
  • Goodreads
  • James Clear
  • Multipotens

One of the world?s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin? Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents?at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside The Artist?s Way and Bird by Bird.All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.

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4 .) Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Inc
  • Positive Writer
  • Product Hunt
  • Shout Me Loud
  • Canva
  • Goodreads
  • Multipotens

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world’s top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

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3 .) Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Canva
  • Inc
  • Shout Me Loud
  • Multipotens
  • ChaseJarvis
  • Goodreads
  • Positive Writer
  • Signature

“Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”

For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, WALL-E, and Inside Out, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyousness of the storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is. Here, in this book, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar so widely admired—and so profitable.”

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2 .) Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Product Hunt
  • Shout Me Loud
  • Canva
  • ChaseJarvis
  • CNBC
  • Goodreads
  • Multipotens
  • Positive Writer

“You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.”

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1 .) The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • Canva
  • Positive Writer
  • Product Hunt
  • Shout Me Loud
  • ChaseJarvis
  • Goodreads
  • Multipotens
  • James Clear

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

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The 175+ Additional Best Books To Inspire Creativity



 

#BookAuthorLists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Ech)
23A Technique For Producing IdeasJames Webb YoungHat Rabbits
Goodreads
24A Whole New MindDaniel PinkInc
Multipotens
25Applied ImaginationAlex F. OsbornHat Rabbits
Goodreads
26Bird by BirdAnne Lamott
Product Hunt
BuzzFeed
27Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and CreativityDavid LynchBuzzFeed
Multipotens
28Creativity On Demand: How to Ignite and Sustain the Fire of GeniusMichael J. Gelb
Positive Writer
Canva
29Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and InventionMihaly CsikszentmihalyiInc
Goodreads
30Disciplined Dreaming A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough CreativityJosh Linkner
Positive Writer
Canva
31Drawing on the Right Side of the BrainBetty EdwardsBuzzFeed
Multipotens
32How to Get IdeasJack Foster
Positive Writer
Canva
33My Stroke of InsightJill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
Positive Writer
BuzzFeed
34Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with GraceGordon MackenzieBuzzFeed
Multipotens
35Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the WorldAdam GrantInc
Positive Writer
36StoryRobert McKeeAdAge
Canva
37The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s NoticeTodd HenryInc
Goodreads
38The Art of WorkJeff Goins
Positive Writer
Inc
39The Book of DoingAllison ArdenAdAge
Canva
40
The Copywriters Bible–How 32 of the World’s Best Advertising Writers Write their Copy
Canva
AdAge
41The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think DifferentlySunni Brown
Positive Writer
Canva
42The Elements of StyleWilliam Strunk, Jr. and E. B. WhiteBuzzFeed
Canva
43The Opposable Mind: Winning Through Integrative ThinkingRoger MartinAdAge
Canva
44Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking TechniquesMichael Michalko
Positive Writer
Goodreads
45Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of InnovationSteven JohnsonCanva
Multipotens
46Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater CreativityKeith SawyerInc
Canva
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Ech)
4733 Artists in 3 ActsSarah ThorntonSignature
48A Kick in the Seat of the Pants: using your explorer, artist, judge, & warrior to be more creativeRoger Von OechGoodreads
49A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More CreativeRoger Von OechGoodreads
50About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five InterviewsSamuel R. DelanySignature
51Air GuitarDavid HickeyBuzzFeed
52Are the Androids Dreaming Yet? Amazing Brain. Human Communication, Creativity and Free Will.James TaggGoodreads
53Awakening Genius in the ClassroomThomas ArmstrongGoodreads
54
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
CNBC
55Big Questions in Creativity 2014Mary Kay Culpepper & Cynthia BurnettCanva
56Biomimicry; innovation inspired by natureJanine BenyusHat Rabbits
57BossypantsTina FeyBuzzFeed
58Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires InnovationTim BrownCanva
59Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full PotentialAmber RaeGoodreads
60Collabetition: 3 Principles For The Creative Person In All Of UsTaiGoodreads
61Collective GeniusLinda Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and Kent LinebackInc
62Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s RoadPatrick RossCanva
63Conscious Creativity; Mindfulness Meditations (Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Book #7)Nataša Nuit PantovićGoodreads
64Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents (Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training, #5)Nataša Nuit PantovićGoodreads
65ContagiousJonah BergerBuzzFeed
66Control Switch On: The Untold Story Of The Most Powerful Man In The World-Ryan Moran-Who Shaped The Planet For PeaceIra TellerGoodreads
67Conversations with WilderAdAge
68Cracking CreativityMichael MichalkoHat Rabbits
69Creative AdvertisingMario PrickenGoodreads
70Creative Cognition: Theory, Research, and ApplicationsRonald A. Finke, Thomas B. Ward, and Steven M. Smith
Psychology Today
71Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your LifeShakti GawainGoodreads
72Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to ThriveOtto KroegerGoodreads
73Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist’s Personality, and Career from America’s Foremost Creativity CoachEric MaiselGoodreads
74Creativity in Product InnovationJacob Goldenberg and David Mazursky
Psychology Today
75Creativity Is ForeverGary A. DavisGoodreads
76Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and LeadDr. Brené Brown
ChaseJarvis
77Daydreams at Work: Wake Up Your Creative PowersAmy FriesGoodreads
78Design a Better BusinessPatrick Van Der Pijl, Justin Lokitz and Lisa Kay Solomon
Small Business Trends
79Design Thinking (Basic Design #8)Gavin AmbroseGoodreads
80Designed LeadershipMoura Quayle
In The Books
81Discovering and Recovering Your Creative SelfJulia CameronGoodreads
82Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get StuckJon Acuff
Positive Writer
83Draw to WinDan Roam
Small Business Trends
84Drive: The Surprising Truth of What Motivates UsCNBC
85Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within, Book & CDKenny WernerGoodreads
86Ender’s GameAdAge
87Everyday Smart: 30 Ways To Spark Your Inner GeniusEric MaiselGoodreads
88Everyone’s An Artist (or At Least They Should Be)Ron Tite, Scott Kavanagh and Christopher Novais
Small Business Trends
89Exploring the Nature of CreativityJon Michael FoxGoodreads
90Fearless CreatingEric MaiselGoodreads
91Finish This BookCNBC
92Free Play: Improvisation in Life and ArtStephen NachmanovitchGoodreads
93GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ (The Underground Knowledge Series #1)James MorcanGoodreads
94
Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, Your Business, and Maybe Even the World -Warren Berger
Canva
95Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout SuccessSean Ellis & Morgan Brown
In The Books
96Hammer Head: The Making of a CarpenterNina MacLaughlinSignature
97Handbook of CreativityRobert J. SternbergGoodreads
98Hello World: Where Design Meets LifeAlice RawsthornCanva
99Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great AdsLuke SullivanGoodreads
100How to Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your SoulAdrian ShaughnessyCanva
101How to Set Up Photography Lighting for a Home StudioAmber RichardsGoodreads
102How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every DayMichael J. GelbGoodreads
103How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern WorldSteven JohnsonCanva
104Hunch: Turn Your Everyday Insights Into The Next Big ThingBernadette Jiwa
In The Books
105Ideas Like Shoes Take You PlacesDebra LangleyGoodreads
106In The Blink Of An EyeWalter MurchBuzzFeed
107Increasing Intuitional Intelligence: How the Awareness of Instinctual Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and LongevityMartha Char LoveGoodreads
108Inspiration SandwichSARK
Nicola Newman
109Intellectual PropertyAlexandre MontaguGoodreads
110Jack’s NotebookGregg FraleyCanva
111Jamming: Art and Discipline of Corporate Creativity, TheJohn J. KaoGoodreads
112Just KidsPatti SmithBuzzFeed
113Keep Your Lights On!Yoris SebastianCanva
114Leading On The Creative Edge: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through The Power Of Creative Problem SolvingRoger L. FirestienGoodreads
115Letters to a Young PoetRainer Maria RilkeBuzzFeed
116Liminal ThinkingDave Gray
Small Business Trends
117Little BetsPeter SimsInc
118Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small DiscoveriesPeter SimsMultipotens
119Live From New YorkAdAge
120Make Your Creative Dreams RealSARK
Nicola Newman
121Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business With ImpactJocelyn K. GleiGoodreads
122Mapping Innovation: A Playbook for Navigating a Disruptive AgeGreg Satell
In The Books
123Mastering Creative Anxiety: 24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians, and Actors from America’s Foremost Creativity CoachEric MaiselGoodreads
124Mastering the Dynamics of InnovationJames M. Utterback
Psychology Today
125Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career (The 99U Book Series)Jocelyn K. GleiGoodreads
126MessyTim Hartford
Small Business Trends
127Mindful Being (Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training, #4)Nataša Nuit PantovićGoodreads
128Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot: Unleashing Your Brain’s PotentialRichard RestakGoodreads
129Negotiating with the DeadMargaret AtwoodGoodreads
130O’s Little Book of HappinessHuffpost
131Oh, the Thinks You Can ThinkAdAge
132Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be CreativeKen RobinsonGoodreads
133Outsmart the Unexpected: Grow Your Creativity the Edge-Of-Your-Seat WayRegina PacelliGoodreads
134Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk For Now & LaterAdam J. KurtzSignature
135PlayStuart Brown
Shout Me Loud
136Powers of TwoJoshua Wolf ShenkInc
137Predictably IrrationalDan ArielyBuzzFeed
138Save The CatBlake SnyderBuzzFeed
139Scribbling in the SandMichael CardGoodreads
140
Self-Employed: 50 Signs That You Might Be An Entrepreneur
CNBC
141Serious CreativityEdward de BonoHat Rabbits
142Simply BrilliantBernhard Schroeder
Small Business Trends
143Six Thinking HatsEdward de BonoGoodreads
144Sketching User ExperiencesAdAge
145Slouching Towards BethlehemJoan DidionBuzzFeed
146So You Want to Vlog?: How to start from scratch, find your voice & share your storiesAndrea ValeriaGoodreads
147Source Book for Creative Problem Solving : A Fifty Year Digest of Proven Innovation ProcessesSidney J. ParnesGoodreads
148
Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration
CNBC
149Start with WhySimon SinekBuzzFeed
150
Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
CNBC
151Steve JobsWalter IsaacsonBuzzFeed
152Stimulated!: Habits to Spark Your Creative Genius at WorkAndrew Pek & Jeannine McGladeCanva
153Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own WayRick CarsonGoodreads
154The Act of CreationArthur Koestler
Psychology Today
155The Art of InnovationTom KelleyHat Rabbits
156The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design FirmTom KelleyGoodreads
157The Art of OpportunityDr. Marc Sniukas, Matt Morasky and Parker Lee
Small Business Trends
158The Artist’s Date BookJulia CameronGoodreads
159The Artist’s RuleChristine Valters
Nicola Newman
160The Audacity to be a Writer: 50 Inspiring Articles on Writing that could Change your lifeMultiple Authors
Positive Writer
161The Cheat CodeBrian Wong
Small Business Trends
162
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
AdAge
163The Creative Mind: Myths and MechanismsMargaret A. Boden
Psychology Today
164The Creative SpiritDaniel GolemanGoodreads
165The Creativity Book: A Year’s Worth of Inspiration and GuidanceEric MaiselGoodreads
166The Designing for Growth Field BookJeanne Liedtka, Tim Ogilvie and Rachel Brozenske
Small Business Trends
167The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo EmersonRalph Waldo Emerson
Positive Writer
168The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the ModernWorldLewis HydeSignature
169The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You AreBrene Brown
Positive Writer
170The Good Creative: 18 ways to make better artPaul JarvisGoodreads
171The ImmoralistAndré GideBuzzFeed
172The Innovative Leader: How to Inspire your Team and Drive CreativityPaul SloaneGoodreads
173The Laws of SimplicityJohn MaedaCanva
174The Medici EffectFrans JohanssonHat Rabbits
175The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Untapped PotentialTony BuzanGoodreads
176The Myths of CreativityDavid BurkusInc
177The New Drawing on the Right Side of the BrainBetty EdwardsCanva
178The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhoneBrian Merchant
In The Books
179The Paris Review Interviews, Volume 1Signature
180The Path of Least ResistanceRobert
Nicola Newman
181The Power of HabitCharles DuhiggBuzzFeed
182The Power of Positive DevianceRichard Pascale & Jerry en Monique SterninHat Rabbits
183
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement
AdAge
184The Soul of Creativity: Insights Into the Creative ProcessTona Pearce MyersGoodreads
185The Ten Faces of Innovation: Strategies for Heightened CreativityTom KelleyGoodreads
186The Tenacity of the CockroachAdAge
187The Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative HeartJulia CameronGoodreads
188The World Beyond Your Head: On Being AnIndividual in an Age of DistractionMatthew B. CrawfordSignature
189The Writer’s ArtJames J. KilpatrickGoodreads
190The Writing LifeAnnie DillardBuzzFeed
191The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic LifeJohn Daido LooriGoodreads
192Things I have learned in my life so farStefan SagmeisterCanva
193Think!: Before It’s Too LateEdward de Bono
Psychology Today
194
Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind
CNBC
195Trust the ProcessShaun McNiff
Nicola Newman
196Turning ProSteven Pressfield
Positive Writer
197Uncommon GeniusDenise ShekerjianGoodreads
198Understanding ComicsScott McCloudBuzzFeed
199UnmistakableSrinivas RaoInc
200Weird Ideas that WorkRobert I. SuttonHat Rabbits
201Well of CreativityJulia CameronGoodreads
202What It IsLynda BarryBuzzFeed
203Whole Lotta Creativity Going On: 60 Fun and Unusual Exercises to Awaken and Strengthen Your CreativityRegina PacelliGoodreads
204Why Didn’t I Think of That?: A Guide to Better Ideas and Decision Making: A FableRoger FiresteinGoodreads
205Wired to CreateScott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn GregoireInc
206Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to CreatingImaginative FictionJeff VanderMeerSignature
207Work for Money, Design for Love: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Starting and Running a Successful Design Business (Voices That Matter)David AireyCanva
208Writer’s Doubt: The #1 Enemy of Writing (And What You Can Do About It)Bryan Hutchinson
Positive Writer
209Writing Flash Fiction: How to Write Very Short Stories and Get Them PublishedCarly BergGoodreads
210You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome LifeJen Sincero
Positive Writer
211Your Creative MindScott Cochrane
Small Business Trends


19 Best Books For Creativity Sources/Lists



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AdAge WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK ON CREATIVITY YOU’VE EVER READ?
BuzzFeed 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading
Canva 40 Books To Unlock Your Creativity And Get You Started On Your Life’s Best Work
ChaseJarvis 6 BOOKS GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU MORE CREATIVE
CNBC 10 life-hacking books that will power your way to more creativity
Goodreads Books on Creativity
Hat Rabbits Top 10 boeken over creativiteit & innovatie
Huffpost The Best Books for Inspiring Your Creative Journey
In The Books The Best Innovation & Creativity Books of 2017
Inc 15 Best Books on Coming Up With Genius Ideas
James Clear Best Creativity Books
Multipotens 20 Best Creativity Books (To Help You Generate Useful Ideas)
Nicola Newman 7 of the Best Life-Changing Creativity Books
Positive Writer 31 OF THE BEST BOOKS ON CREATIVITY: EVER!
Product Hunt These 7 Books Are Necessary Reading for All Creatives
Psychology Today The Six Best Books on Creativity and Innovation
Shout Me Loud 10 Must Read Books to Inspire Creativity in You
Signature Let It Flow: 10 of the Best Books on Creativity
Small Business Trends 10 Books on Creativity to Spark Your Inner Genius