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    Monday
    Feb082010

    Books to Read in 2010 (Draft)

    "Why isn't my life like a situation comedy?
    Why don't I have a bunch of friends with nothing better to do
    but drop by and instigate wacky adventures?
    Why aren't my conversations peppered with spontaneous witticisms?
    Why don't my friends demonstrate heartfelt concern
    for my well being when I have problems? ...
    I gotta get my life some writers."
    ~ Calvin & Hobbes, Watterson

    The 2010 List of Contenders first draft, no particular order. There are 87 books in my to-read "shelf" at Goodreads. DISCLAIMER: Books will be added to this list. Books will be deleted. I won't get to all of them. It is theoretically possible that I will finish this list by 2012. But then again perhaps not. Do not stand up while the ride is in process. 

    Non-Fiction

    Bird by Bird, Lamott {july 2010}
    Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists, Sonheim {sept 2010}
    4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises, Kiteley {april 2010}
    Bright-Sided, Ehrenreich {aug 2010}
    The Photographer's Eye, Freeman {spring 2010}
    Art Journals + Creative Healing, Soneff {aug 2010}
    The Artist's Way, Cameron
    An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks... Gregory
    Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain
    Brave on the Rocks, Harrison
    Letters of Ayn Rand, Rand
    Understanding Exposure, Peterson
    Learning to See Creatively, Peterson

    Fiction

    The Third Option, Flynn {spring 2010}
    The Help, Stockett {spring 2010}
    The Accidental, Smith
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier + Clay, Chabon
    The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Chabon

    A Short List of Books I've Enjoyed, Non-Fiction

    The Creative License, Gregory
    Spilling Open, Harrison
    Finding Your Own North Star, Beck
    1,000 Artist Journal Pages: Personal Pages and Inspirations, Sokol
    Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art, Carle
    The Decorated Page AND The Decorated Journal, Diehn
    The Right to Write, Cameron
    Bird by Bird, Lamott
    The Improvisational Cook, Schneider
    A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Wizenberg (Orangette)
    Kaleidoscope: Ideas And Projects to Spark Your Creativity, Simanaitis

    More...

    Questions...

    1. What is on your reading list for 2010?  {see above}
    2. Do you keep track of the books you read? {yes, on goodreads}
    3. How many books (fiction + non-fiction) do you read each year?  {20}
    4. Has the number of books per year increased or decreased over the last 5 years? {lower, doing more art and surfing too much means less focus on books (sad face)}
    5. Do you read more than one book at once? {a stack on my nightstand, on the breakfast table, in the office, new ones started on vacation, ad infinitim}
    6. Do you read more fiction or non-fiction? {in the past few years, more non-fiction, mostly about art, writing, photography, but fiction remains extremely important to me}

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    Reader Comments (9)

    I used to read loads of books - reading, reading, reading. Then I was waylaid by blogs - still reading, but not the same.
    Haven't made a list, but I intend to start reading books regularly again. I think I'm going to dive into your non-fiction selections, they sound very interesting :-)

    02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

    We have a lot of the same books on our lists! :-)

    As for fiction, I always recommend House of Leaves if you haven't already read it. It's completely unlike anything else I've ever read.

    02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

    The Artist's Way is very good. It started me back on a new leg of my creative journey maybe 10 years ago. How time flies.
    I have a question for you and cannot find an email address so I will post it here. I want to start doing some light weight watercolors to use as backgrounds in photoshop. i have some paints and i have brushes, but what kind of paper would you recommend.

    Sue

    02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    *Sam, I'm with you on wanting to read more. I used to read constantly! I so enjoy it.

    *Vanessa, Super thanks for your book suggestion, I'll go take a look!

    *Sue, I've skimmed through the Artist's Way but I really want to READ it thoughtfully. I'll update the art materials post with suggested paper!

    FYI, my email addy: tammy *dot* daisyyellow*at* gmail *dot* com

    ~ Tammy

    02.8.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

    I keep coming back to the Artists Way as well as her book, Walking in this World. It's interesting to see Julia's growth in her thinking from at bit of over reliance on "new age" thinking to a more grounded theology.

    02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

    What fun your blog is, now I have a whole list of books to check out on these cold Pennsylvania winter days! Bright smiles to you!

    02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    You never disappoint!!! I've been waiting to see your book list! Looks absolutely
    delicious! I will be jotting down titles next! Have you thought about posting your list
    to your "Art Materials" place? Then you can always update on the fly? Just a thought :D

    02.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    # What is on your reading list for 2010? Bwa ha ha! Too many to list here! I read a lot of fantasy (for work and pleasure), but I'm also reading more non-fiction related to education, child development, creativity, science, some theology and some American history. Ambitious, I know!

    # Do you keep track of the books you read? I did religiously from when I was about 10 to 18 years old. I got out of the habit but started keeping track the last three years or so.

    # How many books (fiction + non-fiction) do you read each year? I read 64 titles last year. That seems about average for me.

    # Has the number of books per year increased or decreased over the last 5 years? Hard to tell since I haven't been tracking for so long. Reading books competes with all the stuff I do on my computer--social networking, blogging, writing, reading content online.

    # Do you read more than one book at once? I have two going right now, and planning to add a third and fourth soon. I like to have one fiction and one non-fiction, plus one that is truly massive (like David Copperfield or a 1000-page biography).

    # Do you read more fiction or non-fiction? More fiction, hands down!

    I read Tharp's The Creative Habit last year and loved it! I'm going to do a reread of it this year and blog about it. I have a love-hate relationship with The Artist's Way. Yet another book I need to read from an older-me perspective.

    02.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterRabia

    This is a great list, great idea! I may respond on my own blog (with the proper linkage here of course!).

    I'm a big fan of The Artist's Way series of books, and Sabrina Ward Harrison's work never fails to inspire.

    I devoured The Help last summer in a day!

    For your art book list, may I recommend the journal series by Anne Truitt? I think they are titled Daybook, Turn, and Prospect respectively.

    Happy reading!

    :)

    02.10.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeannine

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