Sometimes a book, or even just a line, chapter or passage within a book can stick with us long after we’ve read its final page. We asked some of our favorite community members to tell us about a book that’s had a meaningful impact on them.

Eden Blackburn | Freelance Graphic Designer

I have been reading ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert and have been reflecting on all the ‘in between moments’ that she reminds creatives to hold on to. You don’t just leap from big moment to big moment — holding yourself together through all the phases of creation is where the real work lies! There have been so many in between moments of being a creative freelancers the last five years. Read more>>

Ruben Moreno | Actor/Producer/entrepreneur/Profesional Muay Thai Trainer

The Alchemist! It’s inspiring, spiritual, it teaches you a lot about life! I couldn’t stop reading it once I read the 1st page. Read more>>

Carmen Uriarte | Artist

The book, “The Substance of Style” by Virginia Postrel describes the changes in the standards of art and aesthetics. Moving from the classic argument of design vs color to modern clarity to a current trend toward redefining arts as those that value form, function and feelings. My practice evolved from formal and decorative to process oriented and collaborative, like my mural projects. When I learned to engrave calligraphy on glass for promotional live events, I found I really enjoyed the #customandpersonal aspect of working directly with a client. Read more>>

Anthony Roman | Writer and Actor

The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey was the literally the last thing I read before I decided to end my career as an architect to find my own path in the creative world. I started reading it when I was incredibly dissatisfied with my life and didn’t know what to do, thinking it would be a step by step guide to solving all my problems. But as I read it, it simply clarified the murky waters I had been floating in for most of my life. Read more>>

Josh Sullivan | Guitarist in Year of October

One of my all time favorite books is “On Writing” by Stephen King. In that book he goes into his process of writing and gives a lot of backstory on his own life. Stephen King is my all-time favorite author and this book was like finding the holy grail. After reading his book I began emphasizing finishing things that I was working on. He talks specifically about writing in the book but his own teachings apply to so many other areas of life. Read more>>