Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugarFrom the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and City of Girls: 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...

Details Big Magic

TitleBig Magic
Release DateSep 22nd, 2015
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Language, Writing, Audiobook

Reviews Big Magic

  • Ariel
    I appreciate and respect Elizabeth Gilbert's attempt to inspire creativity, and can fully see why people could love this and take a lot away from it.. but there were too many fundamental things that I disagreed with/thought were done poorly for me.1) Creativity as a type of religion: I don't know if "religion" is the right word here, but Gilbert's spiritualization of creativity is saturated in this book. She talks about our need to think of creat...
  • Lorilin
    Talk about receiving the right message at the right time. Wow. Big Magic is one of the most honest discussions about the creative process that I’ve ever read. Gilbert strikes a playful and conversational tone, but make no mistake, this is all straight talk. Her no BS attitude helps do away with the unrealistic expectations and unnecessary melodrama attached to the concept of “creative living” (like how she so expertly pish poshes the tormen...
  • Darth J
    Preach, Vain, SnoreYou know, I didn't enter into this as a "hate-read", despite being such a cynic. I don't like to waste my time and money on things just to have something to snark at (I can already hear the snickering in the audience as I write that). You see, with any of these advice books I actually want to learn something useful; that's the whole reason why I would pick it up in the first place. Despite being utterly let down Preach, Vain,...
  • Chris Blocker
    Is it mere coincidence that BIG is synonymous with FAT and that MAGIC is one of those oblique words difficult to put your finger on, like CHANCE? Because I think that's a better title for this book: Fat Chance. That's the message here: you're gonna fail, you big loser! Where's the big magic in that?I get it, some artists are confused about the outcomes or reasons for pursuing creative ventures. It's true, most of us are going to fail and fail aga...
  • Diane
    Thank you, Elizabeth Gilbert, for writing this much-needed book on creativity. It was practical, helpful, comforting and inspiring. I know it will be a book I recommend over and over again to writer and artist friends, and anyone else who wants to live a more creative life.I've been struggling for a week over this review, and I'm still a bit overwhelmed. Sometimes books are so powerful that trying to cobble together a few paragraphs about them se...
  • Debbie
    Favorite Book of the YearWhere to start? This book knocked my socks off. Which is pretty strange given that I’ve always been a die-hard cynic (with really tight socks). I’ve always rolled my eyes at spirituality and snidely called it woo woo (now I murmur woo woo with affection). And self-help? Please! I don’t need some pompous asshole telling me how to live right, okay? And I wasn’t a fan of Eat, Pray, Love. What a lot of strikes against...
  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
    The message is...."we are all inherently creative". Elizabeth Gilbert says..."Be an artist. Create for the sake of creating". "Because creative living is where the Big Magic will always be". And we paid money for this enlightening information. It's kinda funny to me... how such an average book, by an average writer, ( acknowledges herself that her ideas won't resonate with everyone), is such a huge success ---and by that I mean 'money-in-the-bank...
  • Nat
    “I don’t know what I think until I write about it.”― Joan DidionI was in need of a Nonfiction read to compel me from the start when I came upon Big Magic. Elizabeth Gilbert starts off this very book by writing about a reclusive poet she’s passionate about (“I loved him dearly from a respectful distance”), and I became swept up in the accessible, talkative writing tone. It's the classic case of 'I should’ve been bored me but in...
  • da AL
    This & 'The Signature of All Things' are my fave Gilbert books. As the audiobook reader in addition to writer, she does an incredible job of sounding polished, relaxed, & truly encouraging. Read or listen to the end for the 2 best of all her great annecdotes.
  • Cole
    I underlined something on nearly every page, and my margin notes look like this:YES YES YES YES YES YES.I haven't loved everything Gilbert has ever written, but this is one of those books that came into my life at the perfect moment. I say this often (usually about every book I read and enjoy), but I want everyone I love to read this book.
  • Rebecca
    With her new book, Gilbert sets herself up as a layman’s creativity guru much like Anne Lamott does with Bird by Bird or Stephen King with On Writing. This is based on Gilbert’s TED talks, and it reads very much like a self-help pep talk, with short chapters, lots of anecdotes, and buzz words to latch onto.Here’s a taste of some of Gilbert’s main ideas:• Forget about entitlement; “You do not need anybody’s permission to live a cre...
  • Iris P
    Ok so with a little more than 16 hours to end the year, my mind has been officially blown away by Ms.Elizabeth Gilbert, wow! I am the more surprised because I utterly and unequivocally loathe the "self-help" book category. But what a rewarding reading experience to close what was already a fantastic year in books for me!Listening to Gilbert's narrate Big Magic: Creative Living Bey Ok so with a little more than 16 hours to end the year, my mind ...
  • Debbie
    Wow! I loved this book, and think it's one of the most important I've ever read. I'm one of those who thought I missed the creative gene. That people were just born creative... not true! Gilbert explains how curiosity leads to ideas, and when ideas are paid attention to, true magic can happen. She says, " The idea will organize coincidences and portents to tumble across your path, to keep your interest keen... everything you see and touch and do ...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    I know this has mixed reviews but I didn't mind it! It's not my new bible or anything but it was definitely a kick to the booty to get going on all the story ideas I have. This touches on important topics about staying humble as an author, writing for the right reasons, persevering, and forming ideas. Although this applies to all creativity, I felt especially attached to this as a writer because she is also a writer.A debated topic in this book i...
  • Warda
    This was a highly enjoyable audiobook to listen to. Creativity has recently become something that really matters to me. I used to thrive on it and I had a certain belief about it. That creativity can only thrive when you feel something. But the truth is if you were to wait for a feeling, your creativity becomes stagnant and it has become stagnant for me. Now I know it to be a muscle that has to be exercised and that creativity isn’t as serious ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I have enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talks on creativity, more than her books, so I was happy to see her write a book on the topic she seems to think about a lot. Within this book itself she admits that she is writing it in order to explore what she thinks about creativity. The book seems to be similar to one of those gift books you get when you graduate with highscho...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video featuring this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.
  • Julie Christine
    There could not have been a better time to read Big Magic than in the fraught and anxious, giddy and surreal days before launching my first novel. Gilbert's words soothed and grounded me, took me out of the uncomfortable, jangly headspace of self-promotion and back into the embrace of what it means to be a creative person, why I set forth on this path in the first place. Fear is boring. Yes. This. I spent forty-one years (okay, maybe thirty-five;...
  • Katie
    Although I didn't connect with everything in this book, overall I found it really inspiring and enjoyed it greatly!
  • R.K. Gold
    3.5 but rounded up to 4If you’re looking a how to book this isn’t for you. If you’re questioning your creativity or looking for a one way dialogue to reinvigorate your purpose this short work will do you wonders.I appreciate the idea of creativity as a living entity and it’s our responsibility to accept and reject it.Though short, by the end I was ready for it to end. It did get repetitive at times but ultimately I’m glad I read it.
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    I had high hopes for Big Magic and during the first thirty pages or so, I thought those expectations would be met but unfortunately, as I read on, it just wasn't for me. I didn't personally agree with some of the ideas this book portrayed and Elizabeth Gilbert's voice and ideas just ended up not really resonating with me. I wasn't a fan of the constant name dropping and her idea that art isn't important, necessary or life saving. For example, she...
  • Dannii Elle
    I think I just found my bible.
  • Marina
    I decided not to finish this book at about 50% mostly because the level of bullshit reached astronomic proportions; the final straw was Gilbert saying the writing and art are the most useless jobs in the world and hold no merit compared to jobs that actually benefit society. ... and she isn't joking or being ironic. This is a New York Times best selling-author telling me that writing is useless, thankless job. I wonder if she laughed as she typed...
  • Erin
    I won this as an ARC in a goodreads giveaway and I appreciate the opportunity to read it in advance of release. However, sad to say, it's very disappointing, and I loved "Eat, Pray, Love." This book is pretty bad. Two stars is generous. It's just very cheesy from the beginning. There is no real science or logic to the book. It's just Gilbert's ramblings, page after page, ad nauseam, about creativity. The book is really just her writing history, h...
  • Kenny
    “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearAm a better writer for having listened to this? No. Am I a better ARTIST for having listened to this? HELL YES!If you are involved in the arts 🎭 in any way, you must read this book. If you want to live a more adventurous life, you must “The universe buries strange jewels deep...
  • Inge
    Words will probably never be able to describe the beauty that is Big Magic. People have fawned over it high and low, but it’s one of those things you just need to experience for yourself. Whether you’re a writer, a painter, a quilter, a pottery-maker, a dancer, a singer, a circus artist, or anything else that could be considered even remotely creative, you need to pick up this book. You need to read it carefully, slowly, fully, and let it see...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    I think I'm in love with Elizabeth Gilbert.
  • Faroukh Naseem
    Please get ready for a lot of name dropping and "I believe's..."“Because the truth is, I believe that creativity is a force of enchantment—not entirely human in its origins.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic#theguywiththebookreview presents: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.This is a self-help/motivation book and EG makes sure you know it is, on every single page.She makes sure she tells you exactly how she 'Humbly disagrees' with an opini...
  • VictoriaNickers
    Basically all the good advise you have ever heard on becoming a productive creative person all in one book. A creative living guide to life by following your happiness. This is definitely a self-help book. It was written for perfectionists and anxiety driven people (like me) and a reality check for everyone else on how to accomplish anything and everything in life. Yes, there is no earth shattering advise in this book. It is mostly common sense. ...
  • Yodamom
    DNF @ 61%I tried, for 61% I tried. I found a couple quotes from other people that I highlighted but that was it. I never highlighted anything the author wrote. I had to ask myself why am I reading a book where the authors advice is not connecting with me ? Why wasn't it working, several reasons. One was the qualifications of the author, two was the lack of any real actions.The author, I did not know who she was when I purchased this book, I had n...