Creative Living Bookshelf: Episode 12

We creatives just love reading, don’t we? I find I’m always adding wonderful books to my creative living bookshelf! In this episode, I share 6 great creative finds rich with inspiration, authenticity and courage with topics ranging from magic to drawing, from memoir to colouring. I’ve shared links below (don’t look if you want to be surprised when you watch the show!)

Here are the books currently on my Creative Living Bookshelf

  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (Find on,
  • Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution by Brené Brown (Find on,
  • The Drawing Club of Improbable Dreams: How to Create a Club for Art by Cat Bennett (Find on,
  • Making Art a Practice: 30 Ways to Paint a Pipe {How to Be the Artist You Are} by Cat Bennett (Find on,
  • The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr (Find on,
  • Rêves: 100 Coloriages pour S’Endormir by collectif (Find on,

What are you reading?

Do you have a great creative living books to recommend?


  1. cathym30 says:

    I have also recently read and am rereading Big Magic and Rising Strong. The messages in both books speak to my desire to live a whole-hearted creative life. Thanks for sharing your inner critic thoughts re the idea of working in an adult colouring book. I have had similar thoughts when I have looked at them re this is not art or this will not move my skills further. Maybe I will reconsider and give it a go. Thanks Jamie. Always enjoy your enthusiasm and willingness to share.

    • Let me know how it goes with the colouring book! I’ve found myself enjoying it completely – and continue to be fascinated by all that it brings up for me. For example, where else do I tell myself I have to do it 100% all myself or I’m not really doing it? Hmm….

      Here’s to our whole-hearted creative lives!

  2. I just got around to ‘Steal Like An Artist’ by Austin Kleon . For as simplistic as the book looks, I found some good stuff in there! Like: “Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use-do the work you want to see done.”

  3. Pamela says:

    I can join the group that’s read Big Magic and Rising Strong. There’s something about the way Elizabeth Gilbert writes that makes it easy to read and keep reading. I like her sense of humor, too. Her explanation of how ideas travel and if you don’t do them, then they may move on to someone else who will, was motivating.
    I so look forward to hearing about the books you are reading, Jamie!

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