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Have you ever struggled to bring a creative vision to life? Welcome to the club. I’ve yet to meet a single human who hasn’t felt frustrated and overwhelmed by the creative process.

Lucky for us, there are entire books on this topic — books that can help you overcome those all-too-familiar creative obstacles of perfectionism, impostor syndrome, or feeling like you’re not good enough. 

Books have always been and always will be a big part of my life. Everything I’ve done or overcome ties back to something I learned or was able to figure out thanks, in part, to a book. That’s why my team and I have curated a list of our top ten books on creativity for you below. 

As a bonus, we also created a special episode of The Marie Forleo Podcast that we’re calling #ILovedThisBook: Creativity Edition. Think of it as a virtual book club between you, me, Team Forleo, and our community. You’ll hear excerpts from some of our favorite books and stories from our own creative journeys.

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So make yourself a cup of something delicious, put on your cozy pants, and settle in for some good old fashioned book love.

We need artists, entrepreneurs, problem solvers, and writers like you to share your gifts with the world.

If you’re looking for fresh creative inspiration, this episode and the books listed below will help. 

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10 Life-Changing Books to Read On Creativity

Whether you’re stuck in a creative rut or struggling with writer’s block, the books below will inspire you to keep creating. Team Forleo and I have hand-picked these books on creativity to remind you that your voice, perspective, and artistic expression matter — no matter what job you have or season of life you’re in. 

1.The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

If you’ve ever struggled with procrastination, writer’s block or self-doubt — The War of Art is a must-read. It’s one of my all-time favorite books about creativity and Steven Pressfield is truly extraordinary. Any time I’m terrified about a creative project I’m working on, The War of Art reminds me that these feelings are a normal part of the creative process — and then I keep going.

“On my bulletin board, over my desk, I have the last page of The War of Art and I read it every day. When I’m scared to write or express myself or that my work isn’t “worthy” or important — I just read that. It’s part of my work here, too. Our words matter.”
~ Heather F., Customer Happiness

Want more Steven? Watch him on MarieTV: How To Overcome Resistance & Why Talent Doesn’t Matter 

2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If any part of you longs to make and do really cool things in this world — write, paint, cook, dance, sing, speak, produce, code, act, bake, or just bedazzle your toothbrush — read Big Magic.

It’s a treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life, and with Elizabeth Gilbert as your guide, you can’t go wrong.

“I was on the verge of giving up my writing dreams when I read Big Magic. I realized I needed to say to my creativity, “I’ll never force you to support me before you’re ready.” I started approaching my writing with a sense of playfulness, so instead of worrying about what was literary, I just wrote what I enjoyed. Reading Big Magic gave me permission to be patient with myself, which led me to an important realization: People love to praise youth when it comes to talent, particularly in the arts. So-and-so started playing piano at 4, so-and-so started dancing at 3, etc. There’s a market for child actors, models, musicians, and artists. But there’s NO market for child writers. There’s no point in feeling bad about myself for being 29 and not having a book out yet. It’s not too late and the past couple of years I’ve spent writing, I’ve only gotten better, more dedicated, and more joyful in my work.”
~ Mandy S., Customer Happiness

Want more Liz? Watch her incredible interview on MarieTV: What Elizabeth Gilbert Wants You To Know About Big Magic

3. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Want to understand your creativity on a deeper level? The Artist’s Way will guide you through exercises, writing rituals, and self-discovery techniques that will help you become a better artist. Julia Cameron is a master teacher, and reading this book will transform your creative process.

“This book changed me in the sense that it’s helped me, repeatedly, to not feel like a weirdo for being the way I am or living the way I do, and instead it helps me to see the gifts and treasures I carry and how I must nurture them. It’s one of those books that makes you feel truly seen, understood, and supported in a way that you may never have before by anyone in your life. And that is such a gift.” 
~ Julia M., Customer Happiness

4. Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Feel like an oddball? Embrace Your Weird is here for it. Felicia Day is a multi-faceted actress and creative who will challenge you to let go of old insecurities and become the creative force you were always meant to be. No matter what kind of creative outlet you enjoy, Embrace Your Weird will help you tap into creative reservoirs you didn’t know were there, and have fun doing it.

“I love how this book poses shifting your thoughts around anxiety and creativity, which is something I struggle with (“Is this ever going to be good enough??”). I have this quote written down in my notebook – “Next time there’s an anxiety-inducing task at hand, why not visualize doing it in front of someone who’s delighted at everything you do?” Plus I’m also a secret nerd and love Felicia from my Comic Con days … it’s all about being okay with being weird!”
~ Kelsey V., Project Manager

5. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Got a love/hate relationship with writing? Anne Lamott is a bestselling author — but that doesn’t mean that her feelings on writing aren’t complicated.

Bird by Bird is about Anne’s experience as a writer, and how to handle the peaks and valleys that come with it.

“No idea has changed me more than Lamott’s take on “the shitty first draft.” When it comes to most writing, there are no magic formulas. Just helpful exercises and mindset shifts that stick with you enough so that when you sit down to write and you’re staring at the blank screen or blinking cursor, you remember that Anne told you that it was okay to write, “Mr. Poopy Pants” just to get something on the page. I swear, this single technique has helped me write and publish essays, work on my first novel and do my day job, all without the pressure to make things perfect. This book is also funny as hell, which is rare in the world of writing advice.”
~ Marian S., Copywriting

6. Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet are letters for the creative soul. Rilke’s words are mystical and beautiful.

They will leave you marveling over the power of well-crafted, heartfelt words.  

“I read Letters to a Young Poet as a teenager at a tender time after I’d lost my father and was questioning so much about reality. It felt as if Rilke was writing directly to my heart and easing all my worries. I felt recognized and hopeful for future treasures unknown. Those comforting letters told me to keep going, keep creating, and that words have the power to reach through time and transform lives.”
~ Jayasri C., Customer Happiness

7. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Betty Edwards wanted all her students to learn how to draw successfully, and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is one of her educational masterpieces. It’s a drawing book for artists of any experience level. Best of all? It will train your brain to think more creatively. 

“I found it on my grandparents’ bookshelf when I was little, and I think it’s what first implanted the idea that EVERYONE is creative (or at least has the potential to be), and that art isn’t this mysterious rare woo-woo thing that only select people get to participate in. That being an artist is more about learning how to really SEE, and it’s something that everyone can learn and benefit from. I was always really ‘artsy’ but also very analytical and left-brainy, and I feel like that book spoke to my full self in a way that other drawing books never did. ALSO serves as a really great introduction to tons of basic art/design principles like white space, proportion, etc.”
~ Meg L., Design

8. In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Doubt that you have what it takes to bring your creative vision to life? Grace Bonney’s In The Company of Women may be the inspiration you need. You’ll learn about 100 multipassionate women who’ve led interesting lives and careers built on their talent, ambition, and creativity.

“More of a coffee table collection of photos and profiles than a how-to book on creativity, but I often find heaps of inspiration, and bits of myself, reflected in the pages. I LOVE learning about the lifestyles and philosophies of artists –– how they live, work, dress, and share their ideas with the world –– and this book gives me the opportunity to sit down with 100 different women and learn about their creative processes, anytime I need a bit of grounding or an extra boost of encouragement.”
~ Hailey F., Creative Strategist

Watch the incomparable Grace Bonney on MarieTV: Overcoming Fear, Accepting Imperfection, And The Real Deal With Work Life Balance

9. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Remember getting lost in your imagination as a kid? From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler will take you back to those precious moments. It made E.L. Konigsburg a Newbery Medal­–winning author, and for good reason. This book is a classic and will remind you of the pure, childlike joy that comes with creativity. 

“This was one of my very favorite books as a kid, and even now. It impacted me and my life in ways I couldn’t have predicted. I credit it for my single-minded determination to live in NYC, deep love of The Met museum, and obsession with art history mysteries which sparked a quest to see every Vermeer painting (28 and counting!). Claudia’s quixotic nature and her ingenuity taught me that no plan is too outlandish, no dream is too big. But, it’s always important to leave room for the unexpected if you want to experience a life beyond your wildest dreams.” 
~ Louise, Head of Storytelling

10. Bossypants, by Tina Fey

If you want to feel inspired and get a good laugh, look no further than Bossypants by Tina Fey.

It chronicles her life, time on SNL, and what she’s learned from taking creative risks along the way. 

“I read Bossypants while I was in grad school to become a teacher. I wasn’t excited about this career, but was desperate for something that would allow me to be creative. All the women in my life who weren’t stay-at-home-moms were teachers, nurses, doctors or worked at an office job that they didn’t like. I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was and where I fit in. Then I read Tina Fey’s Bossypants and it opened up a whole new world to me. Who was this woman who tells it like it is, has a career built on her creativity, and refuses to put up with people’s bullshit? She’s not trying to be anyone but herself — and she’s wildly successful at it. That book planted a seed. I promised myself that no matter what, I would find a way to be more myself — to write and create, even if it’s just for me.”
~ Laura B., Copywriting

Ultimate Must Read: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

If you haven’t read my instant #1 NYTimes bestselling book yet, what are you waiting for?! Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively, especially in the face of setbacks. Whether you want to leave a dead end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, Everything is Figureoutable will show you how. 

Now, I’d love to hear from you. 

What book has made the biggest impact
on your creative journey and why? 

Tell me in the comments below. 

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Remember, everything you do in life requires creativity, imagination, and determination. You were born to create and contribute. Keep going. 

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  1. Hahaha! I completely agree about the shitty first draft, and love Bird by Bird.
    Sometimes I send snapshots of my x-ed-out and scribbled-over sentences, paragraphs, and entire pages to my writing buddies because I’m weirdly proud. When I figure out what I don’t want to say, I’m so much closer to what I do want to say. I think it’s a huge step forward.
    Plus it’s so much easier to change a paragraph than it is to change your career, your relationship, or even your car tires. It’s kind of an honor that re-writing stuff is the challenge I’m up against every day.
    Half of the books on this list CHANGED MY LIFE! So I’m sure the other half will too. Thank you so much for this!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      I love how you phrase the challenge of re-writing as an honor. What a positive perspective to keep you writing! Keep up those scribbles and revisions. Here’s to getting the words out on paper.

  2. Jo

    The War of Art is my bible, my go to, my everything when it comes to needing inspiration and a good kick in the butt to get going! It never gets old and yet the book itself is rather crumpled, let’s say, well used! Love Steven Pressfield! Thankyou for the reminder 🙂

  3. I don’t have specyfic book that made huge impact on me…
    Well… I started to like reading when I read “W pustyni i w puszczy” (H. Sienkiewicz, “In Desert and Wilderness”). It was something that we read in school, but I read later (sumer holiday) inmy own peace and it ended up being interesting. That was shocking for me.
    It started to change how I looked at books.

    Some years later I foud out that I have imagination and inspired by the words of my teacher (writed on one of my asigments) I started to write my own stories.

  4. Oluwaseun

    All this books are incredible and highly recommend, Thank you for sharing this with us.

  5. Thank you for this list!!! I have many but I will add the others too! I’ve written a book to unlock creativity Give Me Back My Crayons!! Creative cues after each chapter for parents and teachers!!! Check it out !! Luv your Self-care Saturday ~ JoAnn Nocera

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      I love that title, Joann! Congrats on writing a book — we’re sending you big Team Forleo high-fives 🙌

  6. I have to trust the guidance of creative fear, and boy do I have that. The Copy Cure notes sent during B-School were fabulous. I resonated with it all and particularly enjoyed knowing that I too write as if I’m speaking to the reader, like having a conversation. Yet I am so fearful of getting my first book down on paper. I have written articles years ago and the flow was incredible. That is the way I can write. But now I’m scared and procrastinating like hell is knocking on my door. So this must be very right for my soul. I know it is. So I’ll get the shittiest versions out first and see where it leads. I have to sit down and jfdi. Wish me luck.

  7. Thank you for this!!!
    The War of Art is next in my TBR pile after I finish Untamed by Glennon Doyle (which is wiping my feet out from under me every few pages so i’m taking my damn time!!) and I hadn’t heard of Embrace Your Weird but it sounds very much what I need right now as I try to find my voice in these strange times <3

  8. OMG!!!!! Best list evah! Creativity is my business jam and I will be adding this to my feed for sure. 🙂 I have read about half of these. And, seriously, I read From the Mixed Up Files when I was a kid – I’m sure it’s what spurred my fascination with art and museums – and bought it again in college to reread. Now my kids read that one. Definitely adding the books I haven’t read to my list. Also a bibliophile – like, I can’t stop with the books. These are two on my nightstand right now that I’m about to dig into: Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman & Caroline Gregoire (I’m also a neuroscience nerd) and The Wander Society by Keri Smith. I also highly recommend Proposals for the Feminine Economy and The Business Birthing Handbook by Jennifer Armbrust, and Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu to help me remember to make things easy and not try to control everything (I have the version translated by Jonathan Star). Thanks Marie & Team!!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for your recommendations, Gina! We’re so glad you loved this episode — YAY for creativity. It’s like love: the more you create, the more creative you feel ❤️

  9. Brilliant list – and a few I’ll be investing in as I’d not heard of them! EIF, Big Magic, The War of Art & The Artist’s Way are all complete gamechangers that have altered the path of my mind and my work. I’m currently reading ‘Find Your Creative Voice’ by Lisa Congdon and it is sparking so many ideas for different ways of looking at my skillset and style, I’m hopping up and down with excitement about it. I’ve just launched my first children’s book, so am seeking inspiration for how to move forward and develop my work and skillsets (beyond simply: next book), and Lisa’s book is phenomenal in helping me think through this. Need to hunt through the archives but I wonder if you’ve ever interviewed Lisa, Marie? Will have a look! xox

  10. Thanks so much for these! I was just saying last week…I really need some good books, similar to Everything is Figureoutable, Boss Up and the 5 Second Rule. I am looking forward to picking one from this list! Can’t decide between the The War of Art, Big Magic or Bossy Pants, so looks like its 3 new books for me. And In the Company of Women needs to be on my coffee table for my daughters and their friends to read.

  11. Jenna

    Haha, book recs! I just ordered the 5 a.m. Club from the episode of Marie TV with Robin Sharma, and I’m working toward getting up at 5 and practicing his 20/20/20 rule. The part of this podcast that most resonated with me is Louise’s reading of From the Mixed-Up Files about letting what you’ve learned fill you up–otherwise they just become facts rolling around inside. How true! And as a fellow bookworm, I love that it gives permission to rest and absorb the goodies from a read instead of pushing, pushing, pushing for the “next secret”. For a recommendation of fiction, I read Circe by Madeline Miller at the beginning of April and that story is still haunting me, even after reading three other books.

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Hey Jenna, we’re so glad to hear how that passage resonates with you. It certainly lit a spark in me, too. Here’s to feeling all the creativity and sparks inside 💖We hope you love The 5 AM Club, and thanks for the Circe recommendation!

  12. Joy

    Thanks, Marie!!! I’m going to re-read “The War of Art” right now! I NEED this today! Thanks for the inspiration. Always. Continued wellness and safety to you and your team. xoxo

    • Rachel - Team Forleo

      Oooh, beautiful choice, Joy! We’ll never tire of the incredible wisdom Steven Pressfield has to share. Thanks for being here!

  13. David Cobb

    Honestly I haven’t read too many books on Creativity but I just love Marie Forleo book Every thing is Figureoutable! The book has challenged me to Raise my Standards! I had Cancer under 2yrs ago Sometimes I felt still there Mentally when in Reality to my Knowledge I am good for now! The Can’t vs Won’t concept really woke me up to the idea I can be do more and is helping me move pass my mini comfort zone! And fears! I will be reading more of these top ten books! Ty Sooo much! Dave.

    • Rachel - Team Forleo

      Hi Dave! Wow. How inspiring to know how much you’ve gone through — we’re so honored that Marie’s book has been a source of light for you right now. We’ll all be cheering you on over here as you keep pushing forward towards your dreams and goals. Thank you for being here, Dave.

  14. Kay

    Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert! I came across that book when I was at one of the lowest points regarding my creativity. Where I’m originally from, being creative doesn’t pay the bills. The book taught me how to be patient with the process – nothing before its time. Whenever I feel like giving up, I drawback for that book.

  15. Maggie Brennan

    Marie – you must be an incredibly busy woman. When do you find time to read? Seriously, where do you carve time out of your day to read this much? Give us your tips!

  16. Laura

    This is crazy timely. I just downloaded #2 & #3! I’m listening to Big Magic and reading Julia Cameron’s….in fact I just today began my morning pages. Thanks to your work, I downloaded War of Art a couple years ago! Thank you, thank you for the continued inspiration!

    • Rachel - Team Forleo

      That timing, Laura — so meant to be! Enjoy soaking up all the great wisdom they have to share, and thanks for being here 🙂

  17. Matilde van der Zel

    My uncle who is a published writer here in the Netherlands suggested I read “Writing down the bones” by Nathalie Goldberg. It gave me the courage to start writing for fun, creatively. I have been a voracious fiction reader my whole life, but I never thought I could write myself. In this book (and many of Nathalie’s later books) you are shown how nothing can stop you from writing. You can just start at any moment to freely write. So encouraging! Whenever I feel stuck, I pick up my pen and notebook, set my timer for 10 minutes and just write. Go!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Sounds amazing, Matilde! Thank you so much for sharing this writing book with us here 😊 We’re wishing you such happy, continued writing!

  18. Hi Marie. My favorite book is The War of Art by far. Pressfield cuts through the crap and explains why you procrastinate from doing your work. Resistance will kill you and your great plans if you don’t realize what’s going on. Pressfield speaks the truth. By the way, your interview with him was super!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YAS, Mike! We’re so happy to hear Steven’s work and that book have been a powerful motivating force for you. And so glad you enjoyed our interview(s) with him, as well! Be sure to Google “Marie Forleo Steven Pressfield” for more goodness☺️

  19. I loved this podcast so much! About 15 months ago, I listened to Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird on Audible, and it helped me start writing professionally – something I always wanted to do and am now turning into my career day by day. It’s such a good one!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Celeste! We LOVE hearing how that book has supported you in your writing career. Hooray! 🙌🏻

  20. Marisha

    Thank you for this list! I haven’t read many books on creativity, but one of my favorite books (or rather, set of books) is The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. He has such a unique way of looking at things and drawing things out and expressing them- and I tend to absorb the voice and way of thinking of whatever I’m reading, so it helps me look at things differently and my mind to stretch.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for sharing, Marisha – sounds absolutely wonderful! We’re all for looking at things differently and stretching our minds. C.S. Lewis is fantastic!

  21. Kate

    Thanks Marie for another inspiring episode. As an ex-librarian I’ve always loved books. My mother encouraged my sister and I to borrow books from our local library from the time when we were very young. Making more time to read is one of the upsides of this lockdown.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Libraries really are so magical, Kate! And yes – that truly is a special gift of this time 🙏🏻

  22. The one who got my attention is Bossypants
    Thinking about reading it.
    I liked Tina Fey in Megamind 🙂

  23. Loved this episode. It just arrived at the right time. I am experiencing all what you mentioned in the email unworthy, unfocused, flat out exhausted. I am reviewing an article for a scientific journal publication and yes the challenge seems insurmountable. It is just soothing to hear from different people that it is normal. And Yes I am scared to death. Thank you for the invitation to embrace it. One book that really helps me stay grounded while writing is Earth Joy Writing. By Cassie Premo Steel. The connection with the seasons is just timeless and seems to always speak to what I am experiencing in the moment

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Those feelings are completely normal, Sondos, you’re not alone! You can SO do this. We’ll be cheering you on big time over here. And thank you for sharing about Earth Joy Writing with us – sounds like such a beautiful framework! 🙏🏻

  24. Definitely, The Artist´s Way changed my life, my way of looking at things outside myself and it also showed me a way to know myself a bit more. I´m writing down notes of the books you mention, and I´m waiting to read yours. I hope I can handle all of these in English, I guess it would be a double challenge for me (something I love, btw).
    Thank you, Marie, for the big impact you´re spreading with inspiring and sincere words.
    Love from Greece (with Argentinian heart),

  25. Thank you for this list! These 3
    These 3-
    Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott,
    The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron
    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edward
    formed a doorway through which I entered and live out of my creative self. Grateful for books and the people who wrote and live them for showing how to live courageously the creative way. I am truly looking forward to reading Everything is Figureoutable!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      We’re so grateful, too, Nancy! And so happy to hear that these books also impacted you and your creativity deeply. We hope you LOVE Everything is Figureoutable!

  26. Can’t wait to read BossyPants and listen to your new book!

  27. definitely gonna read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield I mean just the title sound’s awesome

  28. TGC

    Love, love, love The War of Art! I would also recommend most of Pressfield’s fiction work.

  29. Marie … Much gratitude for this wonderful list. In my 20s I totally loved Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. More recently I love Bird by Bird for the advice that if you have survived childhood, you have mountains of material to write about. And last year I fell for your book, Everything is Figureoutable, because it made me realise I don’t have to “be just one thing”. It also evoked memories of my childhood with my mother teaching me that “Where there is will there is a way,” and “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Thanks Marie.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you SO much for sharing this, Kathy! How lovely that your mother instilled those powerful mindsets in you at a young age. We love hearing that Everything is Figureoutable was affirming for you, as well! ❤️

  30. Marie,

    What a great article and book suggestion!
    Hope everyone is keeping well and doing great.

    What i found is that CREATIVITY comes when you don’t really push yourself too much.
    For example, when I need to come up with a creative Facebook Ads copy for my customers and I think and think sometimes feel empty and all ideas don’t look that great and exciting…
    Ad You Do need to be CREATIVE creating Adverts…You need to grab attention and stop people scrolling…You need a creative copy, that converts and VISUALS,since its the first part that sticks. and yeee, nobody wants boring stuff. People see thousands of ads every months, so there is a big chance of AD BLINDNESS? visitors ignore and don’t even see banner-like information.

    But here is what i found and helps me massively in any kind of creativity:
    1. I feel creative when everybody sleeps. That pure harmony and silence….love it! Oh no, I am not saying go ahead and do what i do. But sure, somebody can benefit of course.
    2. Curiosity will lead you to creativity. Often are times, when I am getting curious and that leads into creativity…seriously. Human creatives are very curious. Agree. I know…right? 😉
    3. nature, some activity also power me up. try it-guaranteed results.

    By the way, just lately I got so much into creativity. Like never ever before. its probably the lock-down side effect…
    I am a Digital Marketer. But if you do all the time what you do and the virus comes, its osooo hard to concentrate and keep FOCUS. the first few days I was all over the place…only checking in the news every day the first thing i wake up…i ecided to cut the news…I realised that soemtimes less is more…the less i know, the better I fell. News at this point in our lives is only for STRONG people, not for emotional creatures like me…

    so guess what.I lost myself in CREATIVITY. I got so much in t art and design. Literally iI have repainted a few rooms in my house (can’t get more paint….not even online) and have the ideas listed what I am going to do and thinking about more. Interior design took me in so deep.
    Just LOVING IN….
    A little piece of advice.Do something new, something you have never done…TRUST me- you will forget everything in the world. Get lost and ENJOY.

    HAPPY creative days to Marie, Marie TEAM and every one 😉 wink wink

  31. Ema

    Thank you for the must-read list. Just finished, “The 5 Second Rule” and “Can’t Hurt Me”. Cannot wait to read “Everything is Figureoutable” and the other books on this remarkable list!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Ema! Thank you for sharing what you’re reading, as well! We hope you love Everything is Figureoutable and get so much out of all these books 😊 Happy reading!

  32. Rhonda S.

    This list is absolutely amazing! I have to thank you for including my all-time favorite book from my childhood. “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler” is the book that taught me it’s okay to think big, follow your instincts and life doesn’t have to be safe and boring! I must have read my copy dozens of times. Thank you for bringing it to light for people who aren’t aware of its existence.

    As my favorite creativity book as an adult…I would choose “Finding The Bunny: The Secrets of America’s Most Influential and Invisible Art Revealed Through The Struggles of One Woman’s Journey” by Samantha Paris. This book not only gives you a peek into the voice-over industry (which touches each of our lives every day whether we know it or not) it also shows you how Ms. Paris’ career and emotional journey revealed new opportunities for creativity and joy. She truly believes that talent can be taught and if you are willing to put in the work you will succeed at your dreams whatever they are. One of the things that I love so much in her story is her vulnerability and her willingness to show us her humanity. As she says, “We are all perfect in our imperfection”. I highly recommend picking up this book and taking the journey to see where it leads you.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yaas! We’re so glad this list brought you joy, Rhonda! And thank you so much for these suggestions –– we love hearing about everyone’s favorite books. Thanks for shining your light in our world! 🌟 Happy reading!

  33. I would love to read one of these books. I’m interested in “Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day”. Thanks for introducing these interesting books.

  34. Thank you so much for this incredible post! Many books on the list are beloved, life-changing reads – and I’m excited to crack open some new recommendations!

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