Here is a list of some of the books that have inspired me over the years. I'll be sure to update it as and when I read new ones. My bookcase is quite full of inspirational art books too, I'll add those soon too!
Drawn to Life Vol. 1 by Walt Stanchfield (also available on kindle)
I'm about halfway through this brilliant gesture drawing book and it's influenced me so much already. It's all about the feeling and the feeling the pose as you draw, creating a story, a snippet of time telling something truly wonderful. If you want to learn about posing and/or drawing for any type of human art form, animation/fashion design etc, then this is the book for you! It's full of inspirational quotes and get's the fire in your belly burning.
Directing the Story by Francis Glebas (also available on kindle)
Illusion of Life
The Weatherly Guide To Drawing Animals - Joe Weatherly
This book is dedicated to animal construction, but how you can learn from it and apply it to your own style of working. To break the rules, you first need to know them, and this book has them! Your one stop shop for animal anatomy.
Character Animation Crash Course – Eric Goldberg
Figure Motion Eadweard Muybridge (also available on kindle)
in Motion Eadweard Muybridge (also available on kindle)
Animators Survival Kit – Richard Williams (also available as a DVD and iPad app too!)
The Definitive Book of Body Language (also available as an audiobook)
Impro (also available on kindle)
Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (also available on kindle)
Acting for Animators – Ed Hooks (also available on kindle)
Figure in Motion
Great for life drawing reference for those days when you might not be able to make a class!
Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company (also available as an audiobook)
A nice insight into the story of how Steve Jobs, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter and Pixar came about.
Infinity and Beyond!: The story of Pixar Animation Studios