Some of you might have aspirations for the new year in addition to losing those last 10 pounds or saving a few extra bucks. If you’re thirsting for a complete lifestyle change — to be more creative, productive, or just be happier — your answer lies between the pages of a good book. Whether it’s a biography, self-help, or a fictional story, books can transport you to a different world, allowing you to see from someone else’s perspective and help open your mind to new ideas. If you’re feeling uninspired lately, challenge yourself and read an eye-opening, mind-bending, heart-wrenching book. Here’s a few books to read for a more creative 2016.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun, and Be Your Own Person
Written by Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind awesome series like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, shares how saying “yes” changed her life.
This New York Times bestseller, written by Elizabeth Gilbert, has been dubbed a must-read for anyone trying to live a more creative life.
The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
Chris Bailey explains how he spent a year experimenting ways to be as productive as possible.
Book of Questions
While this may be a book of poems, Pablo Neruda’s writings are filled with unanswerable questions that will get you thinking.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Written by Adam Grant, this book discusses the idea of becoming original and the pros and cons that come with choosing originality.
You can expect more than a few laughs from Tina Fey’s description of her life growing up, but there are a lot of great lessons to be learned that will change your outlook on life, too.
The Kama Sutra
This book written by Vātsyāyana will not only make you more creative in the bedroom, it will inspire you to indulge in all of life’s pleasures.
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and this graphic novel by Alison Bechdel is no exception. It depicts the life of Bechdel growing up as a closeted homosexual and her father, who is also a closeted homosexual.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Artist Austin Kleon shares the groundbreaking secret that nothing is original and true creativity comes from collecting and remixing ideas.
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, & Sharpen Your Creative Mind
With the help of more than 20 successful creatives, Jocelyn Glei gives you advice on how to stay on track in this 24/7 workplace world.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
If you haven’t already read this one, you need to read it. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg examines why leadership roles aren’t being filled by women and how women can reach their full potential.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Junot Díaz tells the story of a young Dominican immigrant named Oscar who dreams of becoming a writer and finding love. This story will open your heart to human perseverance and emotion.
Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity
Josh Linker gives readers a five-part process that will change the way you create new ideas and influence others to create.
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Brothers David Kelley and Tom Kelley prove that everyone is creative, it’s just a matter of tapping into that potential. They identify the strategies that allow for a more productive and innovative life.
There Are No Children Here
Journalist Alex Kotlowitz tells the story of two young boys living in a public housing complex in one of the most impoverished cities in America. This novel will give you perspective on the drastic changes in the quality of life that occur just states away.
Rhonda Byrne teaches readers how to use “The Secret” in every aspect of their life in order to achieve health, wealth, and happiness.