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Saturday, April 2, 2022

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The Letter from Briarton Park, Sarah Ladd

This was a sweet novel that I finished reading about a week ago or so. I didn't have too many expectations going in and at first, I was honestly wondering why I had requested it -- I have this stupid idea that I'm somehow 'over' this type of novels due to my age. 

But this one was a nice surprise after all. I liked the warm tone of voice of the author, I very much enjoyed the female heroine, and also how she interacted with the people around her. 

I found her story to be relatively sad, but I will admit that every now and then, I would be a little annoyed by the fact that she put so much accent on her breeding and family and how unlucky she was because she didn't know her parents up to a point in her life. 

The sweet love story that blooms in this book was super enjoyable! The male character is pretty much everything you might ever want in a man. He is dependable, loyal, trustworthy, and he cares for his family, and overall he's just a good guy that wants to help Cassandra as much as possible. 

There was another male character that I didn't like at all, which made me think that the author did an excellent job of making him detestable, especially after the second half of the book.  

What I liked about it

The story in itself was interesting and I liked that the pace wasn't slow at all. There were things happening in every chapter, whether because we got to meet new characters (or some that we had heard about but whose actions we didn't previously know).

I'd say that this book is very easy to read, but the pace and the background might make it time-consuming, to some extent. 

I think I read it in a bit over a week, which might be a lot for me, at least since the beginning of the year. 

Perhaps the thing that I liked the most was Cassandra's character. She was a really down-to-earth woman that didn't want to focus on her emotions or frivolous things that might have interested other females of her time -- such as making an advantageous marriage as soon as possible. 

The overall decency of most of the characters in this book was surprising to me. I thought that Cassandra's friend would have some ulterior motive for befriending her, but that was not true in the end. 

Furthermore, I truly enjoyed the description of the views on life and society that most people had in those times -- especially since many were prejudiced against individuals that weren't in the same class as they themselves were. 

I realize this is perhaps a dated topic, but I think that reading historical novels, even historical romance, can help us better understand how people thought at a specific time. So, I think that The Letter from Briarton Park is a winner in this respect. 

And finally, what I really liked about this book was the lack of 'steam'. In the past years, I've realized that authors that focus on the intense and often times insane and instantaneous chemistry between two characters somewhat can't focus on the rest of the story, so that was not an issue I had to handle with this one. 

What I didn't like about it

I think I would have liked a faster pace, although it was moderate. 

This book left me a little frustrated at times even though the conflicts I read about resolved in the end. But the prejudice that some of the characters had against others was very challenging for me to handle -- although I understand that that's how things were back then. 

All in all, I think that this is a sweet and clean historical romance (although I wouldn't consider it 'romance' in the traditional sense of the word) that would make the perfect read for teenage girls, for example. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for giving me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Monday, February 28, 2022

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I'll Be Seeing You, Robin Lee Hatcher (Review)


Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this novel! 

Yet another 5-star read from this amazing publishing house. I honestly wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did and the reason for that is that it started a little weird. I'll first include the blurb that can be found anywhere on the Internet so that you know what it's about and then I'll express my opinion on the characters, story, and other things that I liked (or disliked) about it.

Generations of secrets unfold as a young college student learns the truth about her great-grandmother’s World War II heartbreak and love. For fans of Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury.

Brianna Hastings’s life seems dull and full of disappointment until a handsome young man visits her church. She’s instantly smitten by the charming Greg, who leads an exciting, independent life—the kind of life she longs for. But when a college history assignment forces Brianna to interview her great-grandmother about life during World War II, she can’t believe it when Daisy presses her with questions about Greg’s character. “What sort of man is he? Who is he at his core?”

What could her great-grandmother possibly know about love at first sight?

The questions take both women back to Boise, Idaho, in the early 1940s, when war emphasized how fragile life could be. Daisy and her older sister pine for the same handsome bomber pilot—until one night of terrible judgment reveals their true characters and drives them apart. Trying to protect the people she loves the most, Daisy condemns herself to live a lie.

In the years that follow, as Daisy grapples with the consequences, she receives unexpected grace from a man she’s known her whole life but never looked at twice. Could what she learned about love save Brianna from heartache three generations later?

Now that I got that out of the way, let me just say that I'm not a huge fan of this 'recounting' and going back and forth through time (not in a time-travel-y way) trope and that I was pleasantly surprised by this book!  


I've been avoiding WW2 stories in the past couple of years and that's because I had a period a while ago where I read so much about it (both fiction and non-fiction) that I kind of... got over it. Obviously, it's a world event that's important and everyone should get as informed about it as possible, but after reading so much WW2 fiction, you do risk reaching a point where all of it seems the same. 

First of all, although it's clear that the author did a lot of research about WW2 especially in terms of how Americans went into the war and handled everything military-wise, I have to note that this book is not heavy in historical information.

This makes it very easy to digest. If it were packed in heavy history, perhaps reading it would have taken me more time or perhaps I would have found it heavier also in a sentimental way. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, but I did like the 'past' more than I did the 'present', and that's because I found it very difficult to relate to Brianna. 

This is a Christian novel, so it was clean. No steam was involved, so I recommend it to anyone and everyone. 


Daisy and Todd were my top favorite characters of all, which means that most of my favorite parts and story moments were in the past, where I got to see everything about Brianna's grandmother.

I'm not going to give any spoilers, but Daisy does a lot of growing and basically becomes an adult toward the end of her story as a young adult. She also realizes that judging people based on their appearance or charm is incorrect and that they might be completely different than what they seem to be. 

I did not like Daisy's sister, Lillian, just like I wasn't crazy about Brianna. 

What I liked about it

The story itself, the setting, and the way the characters (or most of them, anyway) behaved (in a very natural way) are my favorite things about this book. 

I could go into some more detail but I really am afraid that I might go into spoiler territory. 

What I would also like to add, though, is that the author has an amazing way of telling us how the characters are without telling us how they are. What I mean by this is that she lets their actions speak more about them rather than being didactic and clearly specifying their personality features. 

For some of them, for example, she describes the experiences they've gone through so that we ourselves can draw the conclusion of how they might have influenced them. I really enjoyed that. 

The reason I don't like Colleen Hoover's writing, for instance, a very well-known romance author (and one that I personally do not appreciate) is that she is extremely didactic to the point of being ridiculous or boring. 

That's not the case for this book!

What I didn't like about it

The only thing that I didn't really like about this novel was Brianna. Unfortunately, I could tell pretty early that I wasn't going to be a fan of her's, and the reason for that is that not only does she resemble Lillian's temperament, being overwhelmed by her parents and bored of living at home and wanting adventure to the point that she might risk place herself in potential danger... but she's also very weird as a character.

I don't think she was actually fleshed out like a 'real person' and the point of characters in books is that they have to be more or less realistic so that we fall into the author's trap and get drawn in by the story. 

Brianna was more like an imitation of a girl rather than a girl, and I realize that this is a fictional character I'm writing about... but there was always something a little off about her. 

Whenever I got back to the 1940s, I could tell that the narrator re-became comfortable and could describe everything about those characters much easier and better. 

(You might also like: Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson - Review)

Perhaps this is the reason I liked the past more than the present. Plus, even though both of the main female characters are part of Christian communities, I suppose I appreciated Daisy's younger version because back in the time, people used to be even more traditional/conservative and I have to say that that's how I am these days. 

All in all, it was a great story and the way it was written made it thoroughly enjoyable. I'd also like to note that I was relieved when we stopped getting Brandan's point of view, too, because I was getting a little too confused with so many characters and so many time shifts. 

Rating? 5/5 even with the things that I didn't like. I loved Daisy and Todd's story way too much to give this book a 4-star rating. 

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

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Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson (Review)

I’ve had a really great reading year up until now (having read 17 books by now - it’s February 12th as I am writing this).

I even tried reading the first chapter of three books to pick one or two tops out of them, but my choices were Remainder by Thomas McCarthy, The Couple at the Table by Sophie Hannah, and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.

One evening, I tried reading Ugly Love and it seemed quite interesting at first. But when I got to the moment (and I don’t think this is a spoiler since every romance reader wants the two main protagonists to end up together) where our girl feels attracted to Miles, a guy who not only grabbed her by the ankle the evening prior, but also tried to forcefully enter her and her brother’s apartment… I said that I am done.

I hate this trope of turning bad guys into good guys. Since when are women supposed to fall in love with their abusers (or even find them attractive)? Hello?

So that evening I was considering not reading anything more at all because I obviously DNF-ed Ugly Love (and at this point I don’t think I’m ever going to read anything by Colleen Hoover again).

But since I’m aggressively getting back into reading, I had asked for a couple of books on NetGalley and had the amazing surprise of having my request approved by Thomas Nelson for this novel – Meet Me in the Margins, by Melissa Ferguson.

I finished it last night and I have to say…

Well! Now that is a great book and a great romance novel!

I’m not going to give any spoilers, but I will note here some of the things that I absolutely adored about this book. It actually had me squeaking out of excitement and joy a couple of times, which never happens to me.

Quick summary

Savannah Cade is an assistant editor at Pennington, a publishing house that mostly deals with non-fiction. She has written a romance novel and is looking to send it to an editor, but in a series of (mildly unfortunate and very, very funny) events, she ends up hiding it in a secret place in her work building.

When she comes back to retrieve it, she notices that a small part of the manuscript was edited by a mystery editor, who added comments to the margins of the pages… Who is the mystery editor and why are they helping her?

So, my favorite things about Meet Me in the Margins were the following:
  • The absence of steamy scenes

I read enough steamy scenes to last me a lifetime and I read so many books where they appear time and again that I now consider them an author’s cheap way of getting out of creating a unique story with unique characters.

I don’t have anything against sexual tension but when it’s too much and when it’s too straightforward, I feel like that’s pretty much everything the story is about.

And any author worth their salt should be aware of how much extra steaminess can ruin a story!

Fortunately, that is not something I had to deal with in this book. After I started reading it, I did a little research on Thomas Nelson and found out that they mostly publish Christian books (I’m a devout Catholic myself) and if that’s so, I guess I now am a Christian romance book reader.

Melissa Ferguson had an amazing way of getting the two main characters together without getting them together, if you know what I mean.

We get to learn their quirks and their personalities even before the idea of them being a couple appears in our minds.

There’s no actual slow burn in this case, at least not in my opinion, and that’s because there are some other things that are important in this book - Savannah herself, her relationship with her family and friends, what she wants to do as a career (working on her manuscript), how she interacts with people at work (wink wink), and so on.

And we get so wrapped up in all of this that there is no need for any type of sexual tension whatsoever. This novel is clean and beautiful and I feel that steamy scenes would have ruined the charm, at least for me.

So, I really loved it!

  • The incredible banter

There are a lot of funny scenes in this book and once again, I can’t give too much detail here.

I like how the characters interact with one another and I love Savannah’s clumsiness and spontaneity and the way that she can’t sometimes shut up even when she’s spilling the beans on her co-workers.

She is quite refreshing, but there are plenty of other funny characters here. Her best friend, her best friend’s hobbies (and what Savannah does to help her with that), and Sav’s boss who’s a mix of ultimate seriousness and charming personality (the second being available for times outside of work hours).

The only people that I do not find funny in this book are Savannah’s family members, but you know how it is. There needs to be a way to balance things out by adding some less charming and hilarious characters.

So yeah, the banter in this book is absolutely amazing!

Perhaps it vibed with my sense of humor and that’s why I liked it so much or maybe it’s just good humor in general. Either way, it’s one of the things that make this book great!

  • The realistic characters

These people (I already see them as people, not characters) behave like normal individuals.

They have their hardships, their frustrations, their routines, and they’re also ordinary in the way they struggle with their work, deadlines, conferences, and whatever else they have to do.

They aren’t perfect in any way, so the reader automatically resonates with and can identify with them.

Besides one particular character who strives for perfection, everybody is flawed here. I love that about them.

  • The grumpy/sunshine trope (but in a different way)

We’re not talking about a grumpy/sunshine trope where the male character is just grumpy without any specific reason.

He is supposed to be like that because that’s literally his job.

I don’t like those books where there’s this stupid and unexplained tension between the two main characters where one is behaving really bad and the other is almost being abused by the first.

That is not the case here.

Even Savannah has her bad days and can’t keep up being positive when she sees how things are going around her, when she knows that there are risks to what she is doing, and when everything in her future depends on an email.

I’m sure the male character is much more complex than what we see in the book, but that’s the catch – we know that he has a great personality and that there’s more to him than what we see, even though we don’t get his POV.

He’s not just being grumpy for the sake of being grumpy. He’s authentic and attentive and he wants to make a difference in his professional and personal life. This guy is great! Sure he’s supposed to be serious, but he’s not a bad guy who turns into a good one (a trope I personally hate and that I’ve seen in so many books).

  • The story itself

The good thing is that I went into this book not really knowing too much about the story.

As per the blurb on NetGalley, Meet Me in the Margins is about a girl, Savannah, who has been working on her romance novel for a while and who has to send her manuscript to an editor she met at a conference in a limited amount of time.

I didn’t even get any info on whether there’s a love story or not… but I did look at the cover and there were two people holding books there! So that seemed promising…

First of all, I loved the pacing of this book. It was a very quick read for me because I got so curious and wanted to find out what happened in the next, and then in the next chapter, that I ended up reading until 1:30am.


The fact that it takes place in Nashville is something I also loved because I don’t really get the chance to read a lot of books set in the South of the United States.

I think what I loved the most about this story was not just the romance and the actual plot, but also the fact that Savannah discovers herself throughout it.

She realizes that she’s the most important person in her life or at least the one that will always be with her for the time she’s alive. So she starts trusting herself!

I also loved the story because it is so hopeful, besides being really funny and charming. It makes you feel that even if you are not okay, nobody is – everyone’s faking it. But what this story does is tell you that you have to put yourself and your strongest desires first, at least sometimes.

  • The setting

I don’t think I had ever read a novel where the action took place in a publishing house before.

And although Pennington is a fairly small publishing house, it is one nonetheless.

Besides the editors, I didn’t know what jobs people had in this type of office, so I was curious to find out everything about pretty much all the characters I encountered.

Besides that, the actual editing work that takes place in this book was so incredibly interesting! It was fascinating what some people (I don’t want to give spoilers here!) had to say about possible or impossible situations in Savannah’s novel.

There’s this moment when even Savannah herself, who doesn’t take criticism very well, even when it’s constructive criticism, realizes how cringey a moment in her book is. And I loved that. That made everything a lot more realistic.

I do believe this is going to be the best romance book I’ll read this year and I don’t say that lightly, because I know there are many other amazing titles being released this year.
I thoroughly recommend checking it out when it’s published – Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Ferguson.

I’ll definitely be reading everything that this author publishes in the future and I will clearly be getting the physical copy of this book!

My favorite quote:

Life is (...) about making a bath and spending so much time reading in it the water gets all cold and my fingers go pruny. Yes, there should be fundraisers and shoebox drives and hard work, too, but it’s all about slowing down. Truly being present.

It’s about appreciating the miraculous gift that is existence. It’s about loving on others as much as you can. And yes, it’s also about appreciating what organically makes you happy and where reasonable, finding it.

*Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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9 Perfect Gifts for Austen Fans

Great gifts for fans of Jane Austen's writing

For those of you who can't have enough of Pride and Prejudice and any other novels written by Jane Austen, we have compiled a short list of several gifts you'd like to receive. Wink Wink - maybe suggest them to your friends and family so they know what they can get for you when your birthday or Christmas comes around?

If that's what you are doing, which is to say that you're on the hunt of the perfect gift for an Austen fan, perhaps you should consider having a look at the next items. I know I have enjoyed them and would love to get my hands on them! There's a bit of Elizabeth and a bit of Darcy in all of us, after all.

Marrying Mr. Darcy Board Game

If you really love Pride and Prejudice, you're going to love this game! Players have to go through two stages to finish the game. The first, as you might have guessed, is the courship stage, and the second is the proposal stage. In short, it's a simple card game that won't raise any difficulties to anyone, nor will it bore the life out of those who dislike playing board games, in general.

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

There are two ways of going about if you want to give a nice present to someone who loves Austen's writing. In many cases, even hardcore Austen fans haven't had the opportunity to read absolutely all of her novels. So giving them a collection such as this one is a good idea. Plus, if the person you intend to surprise owns an e-book reader, you might want to know that the collection is available for free in the Kindle Store. Most Austen's novels aren't protected by any copyright anymore, having been published so long ago.

Socksmith Women's Jane Austen Socks

I think I've mentioned another pair of literary socks in one of my older posts, from last year or so. The design of those made me burst out laughing as they actually featured about a dozen miniature Edgar Allan Poe head figures. These socks are a bit more classic, as is pretty much anything related to Austen, right? They're made from cotton, nylon, and spandex, which means that they're going to last for a decent amount of time. Besides, they're available in two colors -- steel blue and lavender -- so you can choose the one you like most. The best thing about socks is that you can get enough of them!

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild Austen Coffee Mug

This microwave and dishwasher-safe mug is, without a doubt, a great gift to give to someone who likes Austen quotes and wants to have them close all of the time. The 14 oz capacity is great for someone who drinks tea or coffee. We suggest offering this type of present to a person who spends a lot of time in front of the computer or at the office. Perhaps these Austen quotes might be able to improve their mood once in a while.

Out of Print Pride and Prejudice Pouch

The coolest thing about this pouch is that it actually looks like a small handbag. It's sizeable enough to be used for storing and carrying various essentials such as a smartphone, a lipstick, house and car keys, and anything else that one might need when one's out and about. It features a typical zipper enclosure, so there's no point wasting time trying to open and close it up. Besides, it is made in the United States.

Pride and Prejudice Book Scarf

There's really not that much to say about this product, and that's because it's a scarf on which some of the most memorable Austen quotes from her best-known novel have been printed. Thanks to its color and design, it goes well with any attire. Every scarf is gift wrapped and comes in a zipper pouch that can be reused. Most of those who have purchased it seem to be pleased with its quality and the fact that it's made from a soft jersey fabric. By the way, this one's crafted in the U.S., too, in Los Angeles, to be more specific.

Classic Coloring Jane Austen

It's no wonder coloring books have become so popular in recent years. After all, the activity has a beneficial effect on anyone's stress levels. Through the pages of this book, you'll get to experience a bit of the age that Austen used to live in. There are fifty-five removable coloring plates within the covers of the book, and they can be used with watercolors, markers, as well as colored pencils. They'll hold quite well, based on what some of those who have bought this item have to say about it.

Tea with Jane Austen: Recipes inspired by her novels and letters

You know how the British love their tea? Well, back in Austen's day, they used to love it even more. While these days it actually means dipping a teabag into hot water, they used to make a grand ceremony out of it every day at about 5 in the afternoon. Aside from the actual tea, they got to enjoy cakes and pastries, so it was more of a #drunch. And then they ate their dinner, too. Amazing. Well, if you've ever wanted to make any of the tea recipes showcased in Austen's novel, here's your chance. With this book, you can. It comes with a good deal of original recipes ranging from plum cake to good old gingerbread.

Jane Austen Books Coaster Set

I've decided to end this selection with a coaster set because these designs are those of Austen's most famous book covers. Besides, these coasters have a permanent matte finish, so they will withstand the test of time even if you clean them by hand and using a mild detergent. You do have to be a bit careful if you want to extend their life, though. Some of the customers describe them as soft and earthy while others say that they were bothered by the strong rubber smell when they took them out of the box for the first time. Fortunately, the scent disappears over time.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

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Famous Music Inspired by Books

Famous Music Inspired by Books

Tao Te Ching

In the song “The Inner Light” by the Beatles, George Harrison was inspired by the writings of Lao Tzu and took the lines “Without going out of my door, I can know the ways of Heaven” and wrote the song. The song includes sounds and lyrics inspired by the far east.


The song “The Small Print” by Muse takes the point of view of the devil from Goethe’s Faust. The original title of the song was “Action Faust,” and in the song, the Devil is referred to as “the priest God never paid.” We listen to the tale of the exchange for a soul manipulated by the Devil.

The Lord of the Rings

Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On” is one of my absolute favorite songs, with direct references to the book throughout the song. The band has a few Tolkien references, but this song even includes the lines, “t’was in the darkest depths of Mordor” and “But Gollum and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her.” An amazing band with a love for an amazing author!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

In the song “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, the references to the book are clear. The song includes the “hookah smoking caterpillar” and the red queen who’s “off with her head.” Lead singer Grace Slick says the song is about her observation that parents tell their children not to take psychedelic drugs, yet read them stories obviously influenced by drugs. Remember the dormouse that says “Feed your head.”


David Bowie had planned to write a musical in the 70’s based off 1984 by George Orwell, but Orwell’s wife did not want that. But he did wind up writing a few songs inspired by the book, but the one influenced by the book most was the song with the same title. It’s believed the lyrics represent the main character of the book, Winston Smith, being questioned by the antagonist, O’Brien.

One Hundred Years of Solitude

The song by Radiohead called “Banana Co.” is about the book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and discusses the unfair treatment of the people and land in the town of Macondo by a banana plantation. The revolt by the workers is directly reflected in the lines “Everything’s burning down, We got to put it out somehow.”

The Grapes of Wrath

Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Ghost of Tom Joad” is a modern-day look at the novel by John Steinbeck, talking about the sorrows of Americans down on their luck. The song even includes some paraphrased lines from a famous speech made by Tom Joad, “Where there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air, Look for me mom I’ll be there.”


The book, “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” by Patrick Suskind talks about a man born without odor, and his endeavor to find the perfect scent by murdering and preserving the scents of numerous women. This story has influenced heaps and heaps of songs, but the most famous one is “Scentless Apprentice” by Nirvana. A line is directly referencing the book and the main character, Grenouille says “His smell smelled like no other.”

If you love music as much as I personally do, you’ll be just as excited to give a try to these books! I’m always interested in what gets people inspired, and with these books, you can see what has appealed to some of our best musicians!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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5 More Books to Spike Your Creativity

5 More Books to Spike Your Creativity

Creativity Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

This book by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Studios is a book for anyone who strives for originality. In it, he says the book is “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.” It is a book designed more for managers to help their teams strive for creative and new ideas, but it holds great ideas to spark your creativity, as well. The book also talks about Pixar’s rise, and how they started from humble beginnings. It’s a great book to get inspiration and ideas to tap into your creative side!

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

Austin Kleon says that you don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. This book has illustrations, examples, and exercises to put you directly in touch with your artistic and creative side. This book is filled with new ideas about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas and remix and re-imagine to discover your path. “Steal like an artist” just means that nothing is completely original. “All creative work builds on what came before.” One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Remember: even the Beatles started as a cover band.”

The Little Spark - 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity

This great book by Carrie Bloomston has some great ways to ignite your inner fire with engaging exercises, activities, images, and ideas! In it, you will find how to find your creative “Little Spark” and capture it. You can use this book as a spare-time reader, read it cover to cover, or even as a 30-day creative map! You can even use the book as a guide for creative activities, just to get those “sparks” going to a full fire of creativity! It’s filled with all sorts of nuggets of spark-fuel, so read it and go out and create!

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

This book by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire is based on Kaufman’s groundbreaking research and Gregoire’s famous article in the Huffington Post. It takes a glimpse into the “messy minds” of highly creative people. The book shows how embracing our own contradictions (mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play), we can tap into our deepest creativity! With insights from Picasso, Proust, David Foster Wallace, Thomas Edison, John Lennon, and more, this book is a must-read!

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Sometimes, we all assume that creativity and invention are only in the “creative type” domain, but that is incorrect! Each and every one of us has that creativity inside, and Tom Kelley and David Kelley show us how in this book. The founder and partner brothers talk about how to unleash the creativity that lies within all of us that is just waiting to be tapped! If you struggle with creativity and innovation, this may be just the book you need to read.

In case you need more inspiration, be sure to check out the first post we wrote on this topic, about the first 5 titles that can assist you in growing your creativity: 5 Books to Spike Your Creativity.

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