The last days of summer are dwindling which means crisp nights, pumpkin patches, and brightly colored leaves are just around the corner. It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a blanket and big cup of tea (or glass of wine) and tuck into a good book.

You owe it to yourself.

Creative Collective members were asked which books have had the biggest impact on them as of late, and they returned with some delightfully diverse book ideas for you to add to your to-be-read list.

Happy reading!

Advencher Co.How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier


Eat Drink Northshore, Miranda’s Hearth, Cojuelos’ ProductionsBecoming by Michelle Obama


SewBaloo The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


The Hobbit is a book I read every year. The adventure, the friendship, and the magic are all aspects that really appeal to me. Sometimes you need to get the heck out of your comfort zone and have an adventure.

Lauren, Sewbaloo

The Mindful CreativeStealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal


The Sweet TruckTeam of Teams by Gen. Stanley McChrystal


Corsara ArtistsThe Politics of Piracy – Crime and Civil Disobedience in Colonial America by Douglas R. Burgess. Jr.

I’m a big fan of Pirate history thus if you ever ask what I’m reading it’s likely Pirate related.

Mario, Corsara Artists

LeeAnn RubinThe Goldfinch By Donna Tartt

Incredible writing. Her character description is unparalleled.

LeeAnn Rubin

Bent Water Brewing CompanyTasting Beer by Randy Mosher


Coastal Design Studio – The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

It was one of those books I loved so much that I reread about 4 times. It taught me how to turn away from self-limiting beliefs that rob me of joy. You can do anything.

Cara, Coastal Design Studio

Flourish Artistic ServiesThe Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

For me, this book helped me form a mindset that I can start a business that allows me to fulfill all of my passions, gives me room to still draw as much as I need, and connect to people who want my art and want to benefit from creativity.

Hailey, Flourish Artistic Services

Alice’s TableYou Are a Badass by Jen Sincero


Rusty & Ingrid – Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson


OlioThe Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


Jenny PivorOutliers, the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell



Blue Horizon BenefitsThe Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells


Arts After HoursFeel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Dr. Susan Jeffers

The idea that you can handle anything that comes at you, regardless of the outcome of your decision, is a powerful sentiment that has helped me through a lot of uncertainty in both my personal and professional life.

At Arts After Hours, I am constantly making decisions that will affect a large group of people or sometimes, my entire community in downtown Lynn. This book really gave me the confidence to make those choices knowing that I will definitely make mistakes, but that I can handle anything that comes my way.

Samantha, Arts After Hours

EverbrightlyDisrupt-her by Miki Agrawal


SaVor Designs – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Books that move me tend to stay with me forever.

Stephanie, Savor Designs

North Shore Pride
The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry


Salem StyleBig Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I have to say that Elizabeth Gilbert made me motivated to just keep creating. It was like her words were EXACTLY what I was needing.

Juls, Salem Style

Coons Cards & Gift ShopThe Sophia Code by Kaia Ra


GrimdropsCan’t Hurt Me by David Goggins


Modern Millie – Iris Apfel, Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel

She always gives me the boost that I may need to continue the search. I consider our inventory to be curated, like works of art. There is thought put into every piece and what purpose it serves. Iris just simply is that way, every day, without skipping a beat.

Christine, Modern Millie

Historic SalemHistory: A Very Short Introduction by John H. Arnold

I love the Oxford University Press’s series of “Very Short Introductions.” I read the one on history by historian John H. Arnold, who did an amazing job of distilling the whole of the discipline into, well, a very short introduction. One thing he said stuck with me: “History gives us the tools to dissent.”

History may not truly “repeat itself,” but patterns of human behavior certainly do. Understanding what has happened before equips us to prevent the repetition of particularly ugly patterns. Thinking critically about the past can inform the future.

Alyssa, Historic Salem

The Healing Center The Year of Less by Cait Flanders


January Gill O’Neil The Carrying by Ada Limon


FruitationsTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin


Briar Barn InnAll the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


Salem Main StreetsThe Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker


Bonus Picks from Creative Collective: Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too

And What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities-One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time by Dar Williams


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