Ignite Your Imagination: 12 Books on Creativity to Read Now

The journey to adulthood is said to be one of self-discovery – a fulfilling time of epiphanies, understanding, and exploration of the deepest parts of the mind. Theoretically, creativity should be at an all-time high in this phase of life, growing exponentially with the growth of the individual. However, though this may be the case for some, it is certainly not the case for all.

Many people experience a creativity drought as they get older. Monotony at work and at home tend to go hand in hand with being an adult, and can lead to uniformity in all aspects of life. So, how does one break free of this tiresome routine? How do you get out of the repetitive rut, and bring some childlike innovation back into your daily regimen?

A good book can do the trick. To get started, take a look at this Creativity Sampler, and read through this list of whimsical books, designed to spark creativity in each and every reader, and bring imagination back to life.

  • The cover of the book Mindset


    The New Psychology of Success

    Dr. Carol S. Dweck, a world-renowned Stanford University psychologist, explores the influential power of mindset on all areas of life. Dweck demonstrates how believing in our talents and skills can dramatically increase our success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every facet of human endeavor.

  • The cover of the book Start Where You Are

    Start Where You Are

    A Journal for Self-Exploration

    This interactive journal is filled with inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries. Open-ended questions and prompts are scattered throughout the pages to help readers foster their creativity, mindfulness, and drive. Indeed, if we learn to know ourselves and our dreams, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve what we set out to do.

  • The cover of the book Rising Strong

    Rising Strong

    How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    Social scientist Brené Brown has uncovered a profound truth: Being vulnerable is a key way to improve your life, as it leads to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. We’re bound to stumble and fall, but Brown argues that it’s the rise from falling that’s most important. Getting back up is the test of true strength.

  • The cover of the book Wreck This Journal: Now in Color

    Wreck This Journal: Now in Color

    In this all-new edition of Wreck This Journal, you’ll find prompts for painting, shredding, transforming, and unleashing your creativity. Now in color, this journal allows you to get extra creative: mixing colors to make mud, letting chance dictate your color choice, weaving with brightly colored strips of paper, and more.

  • The cover of the book Big Magic

    Big Magic

    Creative Living Beyond Fear

    In this instant New York Times bestseller, Elizabeth Gilbert discusses how to achieve spiritual balance in our creativity by altering our mindset and our habits. Whatever our end goal may be, we must find new ways to approach challenges in our work and in our dreams, by infusing each day with more mindfulness and passion.

  • The cover of the book Books for Living

    Books for Living

    Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life

    With each chapter, Schwalbe takes readers on a journey through books that span centuries and genres. He focuses on the way these books can shape our lives by helping us live each day to the fullest, and helping us understand ourselves and the world we live in. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a must-have for everyone who loves books and reading.

  • The cover of the book You Are the Universe

    You Are the Universe

    Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

    In this New York Times bestseller, Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most mind-blowing questions about what our role is in today’s world. Chopra and Kafatos tell us that we’ve reached a turning point where humans are now the center of the universe, and we, as individuals, are co-creators of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. We have the ability to accept this universal change, and possess the power to adjust with it.

  • The cover of the book Designing Your Life

    Designing Your Life

    How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

    A number one New York Times bestseller, this book demonstrates how to design a life that is both meaningful and satisfying, regardless of who or where we are, what we do, or how old we are. This type of thinking can take your career and your life to new heights, leading to fulfillment, joy, creation, and advanced productivity.

  • The cover of the book Happier at Home

    Happier at Home

    Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in EverydayLife

    Readers are sure to be moved by each chapter in this blend of memoir, science, philosophy, and experimentation. Rubin’s enthusiasm for spreading happiness into every facet of life is contagious, and this time around, she’s placing a focus on finding bliss and pleasure in the home.

  • The cover of the book Pick Me Up

    Pick Me Up

    A Pep Talk for Now and Later

    This interactive book is designed to be opened up to any page to encourage users to always add a personal touch – if they land on the same page more than once, they can review, reflect, and revise their previous response. This journal is for anyone who loves to accumulate ideas and thoughts, record feelings, and capture the small, meaningful moments of everyday life.

  • The cover of the book The Spark and the Grind

    The Spark and the Grind

    Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity

    This book is the ultimate guide to maintaining a constant creative force in your life, and producing your most innovative work. Wahl offers insights on how to reach high levels of productivity, and provides not only his perspective, but the wisdom of other artists, philosophers, scientists, and business visionaries throughout history.

  • The cover of the book You're Weird

    You're Weird

    A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who's Uniquely Awesome

    Ever feel like a real misfit? If the answer is yes, then this fun, eccentric journal is for you. The pages are filled with engaging activities that celebrate all the delightful things that make each of us a little weird, and make us stand out. Lists, writing prompts, and other activities are perfect for creative weirdos everywhere.