Favorite Self Growth Books

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Discovering Your Soul Signature

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction

God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours

Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

The Rumi Daybook

The Secret

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

You Can Heal Your Life

Ten Great Books on Creative Work

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Being a “creative person” is not easy. With all the passion, excitement and ambition you could have for your creative career/hobby, it brings along quite a few challenges. When I started Visual Communication in 2013, I was confused. I still remember the day I was questioning myself; why was I not super motivated to do my best work even though I was so passionate about it. I still got into mental blocks, often lacked motivation and was sometimes desperate for inspiration.

So I made a conscious effort to research and understand how to overcome creative blocks, maintain motivation and find inspiration. I wish I knew back then what I do today, but I’m still ever so grateful for the whole process. I thought I’d share some of the best books that have helped me understand creativity more in depth. The first ebook is the best place to get started. It’s a free 36 page eBook and I think the author has done a great job introducing some of the most essential concepts a creative person needs to learn. Needless to say, each and every book listed below is a gem.

1. Mastering Creativity
2. Big Magic
3. The War of Art
4. The Creative Habit
5. Creative Confidence
6. Show Your Work
7. Steal Like an Artist
8. Daily Rituals
9. Script magic
10. Very Good Lives

Click on the titles for a summary, reviews and ratings on Goodreads.

Books I’ve read in 2015

My reading challenge this year is to complete 15 books. I’ve chosen to downsize the goal this year because I want to read self growth books and skip fiction this year. In general, I’m pretty happy with the books I’ve read this year.

  1. Detail In Typography
  2. 7:46pm
  3. God Never Blinks
  4. Steal Like an Artist
  5. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
  6. The Power of Less
  7. Creative Visualization
  8. Think and Grow Rich
  9. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
  10. Eat That Frog
  11. 1001 Ways to Empowerment
  12. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
  13. The 5 Love Languages

Ten favorite books of 2014

This is a quick list of the books I enjoyed most in 2014. I linked to each book’s page on Goodreads in case you’re interested in checking them out.

1. Animal Farm
2. Show Your Work
3. Type Matters
4. The Book Thief
5. Divergent Trilogy
6. We Were Liars
7. The Willpower Instinct
8. حبيبتي بكماء
9. Gone girl
10. Discovering Your Soul Signature