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Katie’s #CBR4 Review #48: Breakthrough Creativity by Lynne Levesque

Title: Breakthrough Creatvitiy: Achieving Top Performance Using the Eight Creative Talents
Author: Lynne Levesque
Source: library
Fun Fact: The author has a PhD in creativity.
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: Helpful, practical, optimistic guide with something for anyone who wants to be more creative.

There’s just something about lists of “the top 10 ways to…” or “the seven easy habits for…” that seems a little bit gimmicky to me. For that reason, I had much lower expectations of this book than of the more academic creativity book I reviewed earlier this week. Boy were my expectations backwards. The other book was interesting, but I was sorely disappointed by it’s lack of useful advice. By contrast, this book was nothing but useful advice.

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Katie’s #CBR4 Review #46: Smart World by Richard Ogle

Title: Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity and the New Science of Ideas
Author: Richard Ogle
Source: library
Fun Fact: Barbie was based on a doll of the main character in a smutty german cartoon which sold mainly in smoke shops.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review Summary: Very abstract, academic approach to the topic of creativity with a  few thought provoking insights but little practical advice.

Have you ever wished you were more creative? I certainly have and not just because it would be awesome if I could draw. As a grad student, one of the most challenging aspects of research is being able to come up with creative new ways to solve problem. As in many fields, that makes creativity not just a hobby, but a career promoting skill. This book is a synthesis of the latest research related to creativity, particularly major breakthroughs and works of artistic genius.

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Mrs Smith Reads #CBR4 Review #2, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, by Ken Robinson, Ph.D. with Lou Aronica


As self-help books go, The Element was reasonably pleasant. Sir Ken Robinson is pretty well-known on the circuit and has spoken at the TED Conference twice. He’s got a lot of good things to say about finding one’s creativity and thus one’s passion and he can be pretty funny too. All that being said, by the time I’d gotten to the third chapter, I’d pretty much figured out what he was getting at, and the rest of the book was just boringly repetitive.

But, This. This is awesome.

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson, Ph.D. with Lou Aronica

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