June 27, 2017

A Call to Creativity • Big Magic

Big Magic is a non-fiction book by author Elizabeth Gilbert that centers around one thing: creativity. It is Gilbert's belief that all people have creativity within them, and that it is possible to tap into and embrace that creativity in whatever form of expression it might take - anything from dancing to art, from building things to writing. She goes on to share her thoughts on different aspects of living a life with creativity, which form the five sections of this book. Filled with anecdotes, whimsical notions and simple yet inspiring thoughts, Big Magic is a great encouragement to any reader looking to get more in touch with their creative side.

The reason I had picked up Big Magic was two-fold: 1) I really liked Eat, Pray, Love back in the day and 2) I'm always seeking advice about creativity. I did feel like the book had a muddled structure and took on an odd, imperious tone at times; it also happened to be a book not specifically geared towards writing.

Despite those things, I found Big Magic enjoyable. I wasn't expecting to find so much of what Gilbert talks about resonant with my own experience and thoughts on creativity and my creative process. I was shocked to hear her state things that I had felt in my gut but never known how to say, and surprised when she would insert challenging/encouraging statements now and again that had my heart and my mind sitting up to take notice. Her discussion of creativity with its main tenets, her perspective on ideas, the positivity with which she generally describes the creative process - all these things were really appealing. It was, all in all, a very quick read that provided a jolt to my creative heart, and I'm truly glad I finally took the plunge and read it.

Publisher: Riverhead Books | Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Source: Hardcover purchased from Book Outlet

This was my fourth read for The Picky Pledge Reading Challenge! Even though I fell a wee bit behind schedule in the past couple of months, I'm pleased we were able to catch up properly for June (and do an entire week of posts, starting today). I obviously loved this book, which makes me really happy! Anyway, apart from reading one TBR book (at least) a month and reviewing it, Hannah & I are also answering questions related to the month's category.

1) How long has this book been on your TBR? I checked the order history on Book Outlet, and it looks like I bought it in April 2016. So, I've basically had it on my TBR for a year.

2) Do you remember how much you paid for this book? Since this was off Book Outlet, and since I could look it up in my order history, I can tell you that I got this one for $10.

3) If you bought this book secondhand, will you keep it or replace it? I'll be keeping the copy I read, as it's in pretty great condition and I already marked it up with page tabs to keep track of the quotes and anecdotes I particularly enjoyed (and will refer to in the future).


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