Book Review – Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Review
By: Nicole Howard

My Mini Summary: When you think being a creative person is no longer worth it when you’re frustrated with what you once loved to do. Read Big Magic to help you find your way.

Title: Big Magic
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Pages: 288
Publisher: Riverhead Books

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talks about being creative and a writer have always been my go to when I want to doubt my goal of becoming an author. I also saw Elizabeth Gilbert speak during Oprah’s Life You Want Tour in Washington, DC. While reading Big Magic, I felt like I could hear her voice. It was as if I was having lunch with a  writer friend. For those who are advanced in their “creative” careers, I’m not sure if they will see anything new or inspiring. For me, I had a few ah-ha moments

Check out Elizabeth Gilbert on the NEW Season of Super Soul

Fear is boring! What an easy way to remember to be fearless. A reminder that when you live in fear you miss out on experiences that can teach you something new. Gilbert points out why we are fearful and how to get over those feelings. Another big point was to be curious this is where the magic happens. The best part about this book is the honesty. Gilbert doesn’t make her story of being a best-selling author as something of mere magic but continuing to do what she loves daily. To sit down and write even when there isn’t exactly something to say. To pursue the small questions that may lead to the big magic moments like how she came to writing the Signature of All Things. For me this is an exchange of letters to a writing friend to say keep going, don’t quit now, if it’s what you love, love it back.

For more check out her podcast Magic Lessons.

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From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

BEST Used Bookstore Find – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!


I have always loved books and reading you could blame growing up in a family full of educators OR blame growing up as an only child. I still remember my mother knocking on the door to make sure I was okay. Why? I was reading the Harry Potter series all day! Fast forward…Soon I will be going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. Bringing a book to life through film is one thing but being able to walk through a theme park is going to be so much fun. In preparation for this trip, I watched Harry Potter movies including Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story. Searching for the movies is when I saw the title: Philosopher’s Stone and again in the movie about her life.

Today I decided to check out a used bookstore, Carpe LibrumI stood in the Young Adult section for what seemed like forever. I kept looking not exactly sure what I was looking for and then I saw IT! I couldn’t believe it. The first book J.K. Rowling published before it reached the U.S. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I just finished reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and I am pretty sure this moment was brought to me by magic. I look up to J.K. Rowling because her story tells me I too can be an author. Here are all the books I bought. See more book photography on my Instagram page.


Sidebar: The illustrated version was also released today!

Question for the bookworms!

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Do you color?

I’m working on finding ways to relax before I sleep. This coloring book keeps me inspired and helps me relax. There is a stress relief activity movement in the book world. Have you seen the coloring book section at Barnes and Noble? Do you color?

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