A month or two ago I stumbled across an Instagram photo of a gorgeous book called 'Big Magic' by Elizabeth Gilbert. They say never to judge a book by its cover, but I totally did, because it's beautiful. 
I searched for it on Amazon later that day and was drawn in by all the positive reviews. Now, this isn't the kind of book I often pick up (I'm usually a novel-only girl) but I was intrigued.
Before I took the plunge and purchased it, I talked about it with a few people, asking them if they heard about it. A friend at work bought it after I told her about it. I read the first chapter and Waterstones. I put it in my Amazon basket about twelve times. Then I finally bought it. 
I had never read any of Gilbert's other books, but I thought I'd give this one a go.
It was great having a friend read it at the same time, too - it has led to many enthusiastic chats in the office (and consequently not a lot of working being done...)

Here's the description I found on Amazon

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now, this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be.By sharing stories from her own life, as well as those from her friends and the people that have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity, tackle what we most love and face down what we most fear.Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work, embark on a long-held dream, or simply to make your everyday life more vivid and rewarding, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with wonder and unexpected joys.
The thing I love most about this book (aside from the gorgeous cover) is the conversational tone in which its written. It doesn't come across as a dry 'self-help' or 'how-to' manual, rather it is engaging, charming, and full of witty anecdotes that drew me in right away. 
It's not a difficult read, but I know that if I were to pick it up again (very likely) I would get something more out of it. 

Big Magic reaffirmed some of the things I have been discovering about life and about myself lately, and it encouraged me to keep moving forward in those things. 
I stumbled across the book at the right time - instead of agonizing over each chapter and stressing about whether I am doing this whole 'creative living' thing 'right' (which I think I would have done this time last year) I was able to agree enthusiastically with some parts, raise my eyebrows in others, and ultimately come away from it feeling encouraged and inspired. 

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who's looking for some encouragement in their journey of creativity, or for anyone who just wants a light-hearted and inspiring read.

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