2014 Book List {Draft}

The 2014 List of Possibilities, no particular order.

Stats: {See my 2013 stats at Goodreads}. In 2013 I read 37 books. 2012: 36 books. 2011: 18 books. 2010: 31 books. There are 142 books on my TO READ shelf at Goodreads. This time last year, there were 131. Disclaimer: Books will be added + deleted. I update this list throughout the year. As you can see, this is an annual tradition at Daisy Yellow. I am posting this list again mid-2014 with updates.

Past lists: 2009 List + 2010 List + 2011 List + 2012 List + 2013 List

Background: This semi-annual post documents my reading progress. I look back at the books I've read, books I want to read, and update my stats. I love reading books but unless I constantly remind myself, I get busy doing other things and forget to read. It's getting to be more of a habit, which is good. In late 2012 I joined Audible and listen to books in the car; because I'm in the car too much! I'm really into scandi murder-mysteries these days.

Arty books I'm planning to read in the next few months include One Watercolor a Day, Printing on Fabric: Techniques with Screens, Stencils, Inks, and Dyes , Map Art Lab: 52 Exciting Art Explorations in Mapmaking, Imagination, and Travel (Lab Series) and The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired. As you might have noticed, these weren't on my list of books-to-read {below} when I posted this on January 3rd. A healthy addiction?

I've already read Keri Smith's How to Be an Explorer of the World; it's so yummy that I purchased a copy for a future gift-giving opportunity. My younger daughter and I are reading Illustration School: Let's Draw Happy People.

a different kind of book, an altered book called The Noticing Journal

Books to Read {or Re-Read} in 2014

Art + Creativity

How to Make a Journal of Your Life, Price
Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art, New
Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, Ackerman
Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art, Maurer-Mathison
Artist's Journal Workshop, Johnson
Color: A Natural History of the Palette, Finlay
The Art of Urban Sketching, Campanario
Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms, Golden
Raw Art Journaling, McDonald
Rule-Breaking Quilts, Schmidt
Collage, Colour and Texture in Painting, Bernard, Capon


Sense and Sensibility, Austen
all books i've not yet read by Karin Fossum {read several, 2014}
Purity of Vengeance, Adler-Olsen {read January 2014}
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Chabon

A Short List of Wonderful Creative Books
{♥ = extra super duper amazingly special}

Art + Creativity

The Creative License and An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison {a journal} 
1,000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol 
Kaleidoscope: Ideas & Projects to Spark Your Creativity, Simanaitis
Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists, Dunn 
Journal Spilling, Trout ♥
An Illustrated Life (Artist Journals + Sketchbooks), Gregory
The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers
Color Mixing Bible, Sidaway
Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, Hinchcliff
How to Be an Explorer of the World, Smith
Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking, Berry
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists, Sonheim 
The Journal Junkies Workshop, Scott, Modler
Artist's Journal Workshop, Johnson ♥

Writing + Prompts

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Lamott
4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises, Kiteley
The Right to Write, Cameron
On Writing, King