In honour of Nanowrimo, I thought it would be fun to share a few books that feature creativity! Here are some inspiring and insightful reads for you:
Enchantment of Ravens– there were a lot of things I appreciated about this book, but one of my favourites was how it handled “craft”. It actually managed to make mortality special in a way that was completely unique. I appreciated this charming refrain more even than the actual magic!
My Name is Asher Lev– while I admit I disliked the main character for sacrificing everything- including his family- for his art, I do think it’s great that it explored this theme in such a deep way. Potok’s beautiful writing doesn’t hurt either.
Eliza and her Monsters– there’s lots to write home about with this contemporary- the friendships, the way it explores family and how it tackles mental health topics. But most of all, I love how it gives a modern twist on the topic of creativity. The protagonist is the creator of a popular webcomic- looking at all different sides of the topic, from internet culture to the pressure of success to the challenges of finding an ending. Even better, it does all of this in a creative way, bringing the story to life with fun illustrations.
Angel’s Game– while Shadow of the Wind is a book about reading, its sequel explores the topic of writing. In his haunting way, Zafon doesn’t try to glamorise the process, showing all its gritty frustrations and realities and struggles. You won’t just be enraptured by the setting, you will fall into the very atmosphere of the writer’s world.
Little Women– everyone and their mother knows (and loves) this classic. And one of the many, many reasons it’s so loved is for Jo- who is an inspiration to all young, budding writers. As much about her failures as her successes, Alcott shows us why we can’t be stuck in our ways as creatives and how we have to learn to adapt.
I Capture the Castle– writing is a theme in this book in more ways than one. We see creativity in this book from multiple perspectives- the book is replete with creative types. Trying to achieve dreams is written into the very spine of the book, beginning with an artists exile and ending with the possibility of revival.
Daisy Jones and the Six– in this realistic story, you really get the vibe of the rock ’n roll movement. It’s a snapshot of a moment in time; it’s a real mood. I got so much out of the way this book describes creativity. And, with the fantastic narration in the audio version, I felt like I was listening in as an honorary band member – not just a groupie.
With the Fire on High– this is the kind of unusual take on creativity we don’t often get to taste. With its creative culinary skills, this book shows us how creativity can take you beyond your circumstances and how a dash of spice can brighten up your life. An absolutely delectable read.
Big Magic- as a bonus, I thought I’d mention a charming non fic that will give you a little push to be creative, if you need it.
So, have you read any of these? Were you inspired by them? Do you plan to? And what are your favourite books about creativity? Let me know in the comments!