- The Art of Non-Conformity - Fantastic blog I just discovered on living outside the box.
- The Happiness Project - Gretchen Rubin's exploration into what makes her happy
- Piano Kat's Meow - A pianist's pledge to learn a song a day for a year and discover something about her artistry and herself through the process
- The Bright Side - A 31 year old woman tries to look on the bright side through her fight with breast cancer
The Artist's Way
The book that made me into a writer. Can't recommend it highly enough, regardless of whether you are an "Artist" or just someone looking to bring some creativity into your life.
The Playwright's Guidebook
The book my playwriting teacher uses, which has greatly shaped my playwriting. The author of this book is now also going to be my playwriting teacher!
Broadway's Fabulous Fifties
A collection of talks by some of the lions of Broadway's hay-day: Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, Moss Hart. If you want to know what makes great theater, read this!
Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Much more than a book on how to improvise, Keith Johnstone breaks down what makes good story-telling. Incredibly valuable for writers as well as actors, and also non-theater folks looking for insights into how human thinking works.
The Poisonwood Bible
Quite simply my favorite book of all time. I believe this will go down in the annals of literary greatness.