Four Weeks of 40: 40 Books on Productivity, Writing, Creativity...

Given that I always have a book or two or seven on the go, is it any surprise that I'd kick off my Four Weeks of 40 with a list of favourite books?


It's by no means a "top 40" list, I could never rank all that I've read. But these are the first ones that came to mind as I typed, and the ones that jumped out as I scanned my bookshelves, so that's saying something!

I've loosely grouped them into six categories: Biz & Productivity (1-11), Creativity (12-15), Writing & Presentations (16-24), Art & Inspiration (25-33), Hearth & Home (34-36), and the catch-all, Other (37-40).

Here goes, grouped, but not ranked...

  1. Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions, Eric Maisel
  2. The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms, Danielle LaPorte
  3. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica
  4. Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love, Barbara Winter
  5. Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams, Barbara Sher
  6. Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life, David Allen
  7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  8. Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It, Henriette Anne Klauser
  9. Overcoming Underearning: A Five-Step Plan to a Richer Life, Barbara Stanny
  10. Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design, Laurence G. Boldt
  11. To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love: The Spiritual Dimension of Entrepreneuring, Marsha Sinetar
  12. The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron
  13. Kick-Ass Creativity: An Energy Makeover for Artists, Explorers, and Creative Professionals, Mary Beth Maziarz
  14. Coaching the Artist Within: Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach, Eric Maisel
  15. Walking in this World: The Practical Art of Creativity, Julia Cameron
  16. If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland
  17. Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice, Laraine Herring
  18. Thinking on Paper, V.A. Howard and J.H. Barton
  19. slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations, Nancy Duarte
  20. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, Nancy Duarte
  21. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, Garr Reynolds
  22. Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem from the Inside Out, Ralph Fletcher
  23. A Writer's Paris, Eric Maisel
  24. The Art of the Book Proposal, Eric Maisel
  25. Henri Matisse (Taschen Basic Art Series), Gilles Neret
  26. Klee, text by Will Grohmann (I bought this used, apparently it's a 1967 edition)
  27. Frida Kahlo: Face to Face, Judy Chicago and Frances Borzello
  28. Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists, Lark Books
  29. Taking Flight: Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, Kelly Rae Roberts
  30. Color Mixing Recipes, William F Powell
  31. Painting Abstracts: Ideas, Projects and Techniques, Rolina van Vliet
  32. The Art of Abstract Painting: A Guide to Creativity and Free Expression, Rolina van Vliet
  33. Finding Your Visual Voice: A Painter's Guide to Developing an Artistic Style, Dakota Mitchell with Lee Haroun
  34. Shelter for the Spirit: Create Your Own Haven in a Hectic World, Victoria Moran
  35. Sacred Space: Clearing and Enhancing the Energy of Your Home, Denise Linn
  36. Create the Space You Deserve: An Artistic Journey to Expressing Yourself Through Your Home, Jill Butler
  37. Embracing Uncertainty: Breakthrough Methods for Achieving Peace of Mind When Facing the Unknown, Susan Jeffers
  38. Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence, Vicki Robin
  39. The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine
  40. The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran

There are so many others, it was hard to whittle it down to 40! And once I get my latest Amazon order in the mail, I'll have each and every one of them on my bookshelf.

I couldn't help but notice that I didn't include any fiction; I guess I'm mostly a non-fiction kind of a gal.

Till the next list...