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creativity – books giveaway

May 30, 2013

Hello my friends.

A lot of you will know that i have a monthly series called the creative process here on the blog. I’ve always been fascinated by creativity and it’s process. I thought it’s time to have another giveaway and since i’m an eternal student, i tend to encourage reading and love for people to be inspired by books.

I looked through my shelves and picked out books that have helped shape my thoughts and ideas around creativity. Some you might know or own, others could be new to you. Have a look through and see what takes yor fancy. Some are real classics and would be found in any respectable home library. In the spirit of ‘our times’ please feel free to ask for e-books should the chosen titles be available in that format.

These are the rules: One winner will receive 3 books of their choice. Please leave a comment and tell me which 3 books you would like. If you wish you can also say why you’ve chosen those 3 titles. The giveaway will stay open until thursday 13th June 2013 at 6pm GMT. The winner will be chosen by


Books from the top:

1.   steal like an artist – austin kleon
2.   lateral thinking – edward de bono
3.   the back of the napkin – dan roam
4.   how to have kick-ass ideas – chris barea-brown
5.   serious creativity – edward de bono
6.   the tipping point– malcolm gladwell
7.   blink – malcolm gladwell
8.   made to stick – chip and dan heath
9.   unleashing the ideavirus– seth godin
10. ignore everybody – hugh macleod
11. how to think like leonardo da vinci michael gelb
12. the creative habit – twyla tharp
13. the artist’s way – julia cameron
14. thinkertoys – michalko
15. think like a genius– todd siler
16. a whole new mind – daniel h. pink
17. here comes everybody – andy boynton, bill fischer
18. make the impossible possible – bill strickland

I hope that you find something of interest to you. I’d love to know which titles appeal:-)

Happy weekend. It feels rather like autumn here in london so, no doubt, i’ll be snuggling up with some books and magazines and eating yummy food!

We have a winner. Thank you to all who entered!

winning number

Congratulations to Nicola of teaandgee. Your chosen books will be with you in a couple of weeks.

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  • Reply Elisa May 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway!

    After attending The Hive, I find myself suddenly in a sort of frozen state. Perhaps from too many unrealized ideas, I now feel like my mind is a complete blank.

    So this is the best timing possible for works that not only inspire but teach how to channel our creativity.

    My picks:
    – The Creative Habit
    – Ignore everybody
    – Steal like an artist

    Thanks for the chance to enter!

  • Reply Elena + deco May 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Another good idea. If I don’t win I will definitely buy a few of these titles!
    This is my choice:
    -Ignore everybody
    -How to have kick ass-ideas
    -The creative habit
    Thank you. Good luck to everyone.

  • Reply Monika@secretgardenhome May 31, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Hi Tina,

    I love giveways!

    If I was lucky enough to win, my selection would be:
    Steal like an artist – Austin Kleon
    Unleashing the ideavirus– Seth Godin
    The artist’s way – Julia Cameron

    Thank you and have a nice weekend.


  • Reply Lena May 31, 2013 at 10:13 am

    What a fabulous giveaway!

    Okay, I know exactly what I need:

    – Steal like an artist (because it’s a great title that makes me want to read it right away)

    – Ignore everybody (because it’s a great title, too AND because I know that I pay too much attention to other people’s thoughts or the thoughts I think they might have. I definitely need some ignoring tips and tools)

    – the artist’s way. If I don’t win it, I’ll buy it. You talk about it, Chi talks about it and now Dietlind Wolf told us it has been one of her bibles for 11 years now. 3 great women, one book. Who wouldn’t want this one?

    Thank you, Merci, Danke and have a wonderful weekend!


  • Reply Parisbreakfast May 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

    What a great pile of books!
    Have you looked at this website, Brain pickings?
    She’s also into terrific creativity sources you might enjoy.
    Cheers Carolg

  • Reply Anya Jensen May 31, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Hi Tina, thanks for a great giveaway: I always wish I had more time to read, and if I won any of these amazing titles I will make sure I do take time:
    My selection if picked :
    Steal like an artist > because it caught my eye, and I’d like to know more (and how to:)
    The artist’s way > because I think i am a kinda artist, and it is the book to have so yes please:)
    Make the impossible possible > because it is one of my mantras – from this Audrey Hepburn quote: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’
    Fingers XXX – would be awesome to win.
    Happy weekend love, hope the sun comes out to play, sending some from here >today it is almost mediterranean + 23 degrees. Bliss.

  • Reply Helene June 3, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Tina,

    My choice would read like this:
    Make the impossible possible by having kick ass ideas and ignore everybody!


  • Reply Deepa June 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Great giveaway and great timing too… I was just about to start plotting my return to creative life now that Tala is developing more of a routine. My picks are:
    The Artist’s Way
    The Creative Habit
    How to Have Kick-ass Ideas

  • Reply Doris June 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Cool – I love a freebie giveaway and books too! Thanks Tina, here are my picks..

    3. the back of the napkin – dan roam – just sounds so intriguing
    13. the artist’s way – julia cameron – because Chi raves about this one
    18. make the impossible possible – bill strickland – something I need right now 😉

    Thanks Lovely.. xD

  • Reply noreen June 4, 2013 at 1:11 am

    hooray for reading!! our students are having a 1,000 page challenge this summer, and i’m tagging along. so – i would like: your three favorites! whichever ones you found most useful. creativity can be applied in most jobs, including teaching.

    happy summer reading!

  • Reply Catherine June 4, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Hi Tina,

    What a generous and wonderful giveaway! I think I’d like The Artists Way, How To Have Kick Ass Ideas and The Creative Habit. Thank you!

  • Reply Nicola June 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Goodness me Tina – and this is just the tip of the iceberg of what you’ve read??

    I’ve read (and go back to) nos.2, 6 and 13 so they’re out.

    I used to receive a regular e-mail from no.9 so he’s out (recommended by the guy who started etsy who I met at Drink, Shop, Do)

    So I would go for nos. 1, 10 and 12, particularly as she’s a dancer xx

  • Reply Holly June 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    These book giveaways are such a beautiful idea 🙂

    My choices would be:
    – Make The Impossible Possible
    – Ignore Everybody
    – The Artist’s Way

    I chose the first two because I like the titles and I don’t know anything about these books. I chose the last because this book has been recommended by so many people, especially in the last few months.

    Thanks TIna! And good luck to all!!


  • Reply craftygreenpoet June 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    What a brilliant giveaway! I would choose:

    Serious Creativity
    How to think like Michelangelo

    all because I’m really interested in the thought processes attached to creativity

  • Reply Emily June 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    What a fabulous giveaway and brilliant selection of books. I love inspiring books too.

    I would choose:

    Make the Impossible Possible
    Here Comes Everybody
    The Creative Habit

    (PS I photographed Edward De Bono’s 70th birthday party!)

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey June 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Scream out loud… had posted a comment and then closed the page. Flip sake. Anyway… trying again 😉

    I did struggle with this as I’m always a little uncertain whenever it comes to creativity books. So I’ve opted for three titles that appear to be fun, engaging & inviting. They are:

    Steal Like An Artist
    Ignore everybody

    Thanks for the generous giveaway Tina 🙂 xx

  • Reply Anna June 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    This is such a splendid idea! So my choice would

    ‘The back of the Napkin’ as I’m constantly writing and doodling on napkins.
    ‘Ignore Everybody’ because I’m totally up for doing my own thing not matter what.
    ‘Make the impossible Possible’ as I have big dreams!

    Thank yooouuu! x

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