Porto Coffee Creatives Books List (Updated)

Porto Coffee Creatives Books List (Updated)

This is a continually updated list for the Porto Coffee Creatives Book Club for past and future books.

Next Up - Creative Books by Brazilian and Latin American authors (Jan 2024)

[Photo by Tom Hermans on Unsplash]. Originally published March 2023

Books We've Read

  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Nov 2o23)
  • The Source by Dr Tara Swart (Oct 2023)
  • How To Read A Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry by Edward Hirsch (Aug 2023)
  • Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Jul 2023)
  • The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera (Jun 2023)
  • Rising Strong by Brené Brown (Apr 2023)
  • War of Art by Stephen Pressfield (Mar 2023)
  • The Artist's Way by Juliet Cameron (Jan 2023)

Books On the Future List

  • Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces: A Mixed-Media Portrait Workshop by Jane Davenport (1)
  • Winging It by Emma Isaacs (1)
  • El Libro de Las Emociones by Laura Esquivel (1)
  • On Writing by Stephen King (2) / On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  • The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry (2)
  • Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland (2)
  • Take Six: Six Portuguese Women Writers (Margaret Jull Costa (Editor/Translator) (3)
  • Hello World: Where Design Meets Life – Alice Rawsthorn (3)
  • Literature Class, Berkeley 1980 - Julio Cortazar (4)?
  • The Call of the Tribe by Mario Vargas Llosa, (4, 288 pages)
  • Jugaad Innovation, by Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu (4, 336 pages)
  • The Poetry of Pablo Neruda (4) (or similar in ES/PT/EN)
  • Beginners Guide to Dream Interpretation by Clarissa Pinkola Estes (5)
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (5) / The Opposite of Fate: Memoirs of a Writing Life by Amy Tan (5) / The Many Lives of Mama Love: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing by Lara Love Hardin (5)
  • Nunca Fiques Onde Já Não Estás - Manuel Clemente (6)
  • Why Read the Classics by Italo Calvino (6)
  • A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry by Czesław Miłosz (6)

Maybe Maybe Book List

  • Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (USA)
  • Steal Like an Artist (Trilogy) by Austin Kleon (USA)
  • You Are an Artist by Sara Urist Green (USA)
  • Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp (USA)
  • Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O'Donohue (EUR)
  • Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain by António R. Damásio (EUR)
  • The Polymath by Waqas Ahmed (EUR)
  • Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin (USA)
  • How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy (EUR)
  • The Element / Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Ken Robinson, EUR, 288 pages)
  • Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management by Devdutt Pattanaik (INT, 446 pages)
  • Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono (EUR, 177 pages)
  • Manifest by Roxie Nafousi (EUR, 192 pages)
  • Conscious Creativity: Look, Connect, Create by Philippa Stanton (EUR, 160 pages)
  • Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky (USA, 256 pages)
  • Things I have Learned in my life so far by Stefan Sagmeister (EUR, 248 pages)
  • How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy (EUR, 160 pages)
  • You do You by Danny Gregory (EUR, 262 pages)
  • Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory (EUR, 160 pages)
  • Daring & Disruptive: Unleashing the Entrepreneur by Lisa Messenger (INT, 224 pages)
  • The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz (INT, 168 pages) (or other books)
  • Unstoppable Us, Volume 1: How Humans Took Over the World by Yuval Harari (4, 208 pages)?
  • The Art Spirit by Robert Henri (USA)

Finishing Up

What Books would you read for a creative book club?



Duncan is an aspiring creative nomad, who publishes random lists and tools for roleplaying games. Hobbies include salsa, games, books, podcasts, languages and history.
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