The only thing I enjoy more than devouring a good book is devouring a book that sparks my creativity and provides me a fresh look at the world.
In an effort to help our readers, I wanted to put together a list of the top 20 books that have helped others live a more creative life.
So, I created a one-question survey that asked the question, “What book has helped you be a more creative person?” I sent it out to our listserve of 50K people from all over the world who are enrolled in our Massive Open Online Course on Igniting Your Everyday Creativity. Then, I posted it throughout social media, specifically targeting various creativity groups. I had 386 people respond.
Sorting Through the Nominations
I went through each of the submissions. Some people listed two or three books and I included all of them. I removed all children’s books (they will come in a later post), and books that were on my “help you to understand the field of creativity” blog post. Three people said the Bible was the book that helped them to be a more creative person. Given the magnitude of the Bible, I felt it was inappropriate to include this on the list of “honorable mentions”.
What I Uncovered
Honestly, I was amazed at the results. Not with the top 12, but with the number of books that were cited. I realize this was a small sample size, but it does provide a rich and interesting snapshot. I am going to share what I uncovered.
My Recommendation To You
Spend some time going through the list. If you click on any of the pictures, it will take you to the Amazon page for the book. Look for books that spark something inside of you, and, don’t be afraid to read something outside of your comfort zone. If you do not consider yourself an artist, pick a book that focuses on artistic creativity. Likewise, if you are an artist, you might want to dig deeper into a book that has a focus on innovation. Creativity often happens at the intersection of two disciplines, so you never know what “magic” might occur when you try something new.