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#CTFirstFridayBookclub. A Bookclub for Creative Businessy Types. Join us?



I read a LOT of creative and business blogs. Most days see me start my day with a cup of coffee and my Flipboard app, reading blog posts and getting inspired for the workday ahead.

However… as much as I adore blogs, I realised I was really not reading anywhere near as many BOOKS as I would like to. The beauty of a book is that it takes you on a much deeper journey into a specific topic. It tends to suck you in, challenge you, make you question your life and business (if it’s a good book…) and many a book has been transformational in my life.

My solution? I figured the best thing to do would be to create something that would not only ensure that I read more books, but that would hopefully help YOU to do the same!


Welcome to the #CTFirstFridayBookclub.


The #CTFirstFridayBookclub is a community of makers, artists, designers… basically, creatives of all stripes who are also interested in learning about how to harness our creativity to build a thriving business.


Each month, we read a creative/business book, and discuss it over on the club Facebook group. Or on twitter or instagram using the #CTFirstFridayBookclub hashtag!

On the First Friday of the month, I’ll announce the transition to the new book we are reading. During the subsequent month, you can share your thoughts, favourite quotes, questions, arguments, tangents etc. prompted by the book we are all reading in the group, at whatever time suits you.

Half-way through the month I’ll make a brief annoucement as to the title of the NEXT book we’ll be reading. This is to give you time to order a copy/get it from your library so that you have it when we transition over to it on the next First Friday. I am planning on sticking to traditionally published books for now, so that they come in hardcopy and ebook formats, and if you’re lucky, they might be available for free from your library/a friend.

Sound good? 

Head on over here to join us! It’s completely free and open to anyone with the right mindset.

Oh, and that logo up above? Please feel free to use it on your blog or anywhere else to tell folks about the club 🙂


So, in the normal scheme of things I’ll announce the next month’s book 1/2 way through the current month… but since we’ve only got a week ’till the First Friday in July, I thought I’d get in now.

I’ve decided to kick things off with Bernadette Jiwa’s great book – The Fortune Cookie Principle. Bernadette is the mind behind the awesome marketing blog The Story of Telling. She’s also a bit of an apprentice of Seth Godin, so if you like his style, chances are you’ll groove to Bernadette’s song, too.

{This book is available in ebook and print formats.}




Again, you are always MORE than welcome to take the monthly book image and share it on your own social channels.

I can’t wait to get started! How about you?



Van Den has written 319 posts in this blog.

Jess Van Den is the editor of Create & Thrive, and has been a full-time creative entrepreneur since 2010. She makes eco-conscious, contemporary, handmade sterling silver jewellery under the Epheriell label, and blogs about her jewellery and other beautiful things at You can catch her on twitter @JessVanDen.

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