2015 Book List

The 2015 List of Possibilities
Updated November 2015

Stats: So far in 2015 I've read 19 books. My goal is 36, so I really need to push to get a decent count for the year! If you are new to Daisy Yellow, this blog post is an annual tradition. I update it once or twice each year and it serves as a status report, holds me accountable in my quest to read more! The list is not static. Books on my to-read list are added and deleted on a whim. I also don't hesitate to stop reading a boring book.

In 2014: 34 books. 2013: 37. 2012: 36. 2011: 20. 2010: 30.There are 166 books on my TO READ shelf at Goodreads plus 5 I'm currently reading. I always have a bunch of books going at once. This time last year, there were 142.

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I read books and listen to books. It's about 50:50 at this point.

My favorite "listens" this year were Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale" and Gillian Flynn's "Dark Places" {I didn't care for Gone Girl, by the way}. To be a good listen, I've got to find both the story and the voice narration engaging, which can be tricky! My least favorite "listens" were "What Alice Forgot" and "Girl on a Train."

My favorite "reads" the past few years were basically anything Nordic Noir. Authors like Karin Fossum, Arnaldur Indriðason, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Jo Nesbø {although I only like the Harry Hole series, not the others}. These are very moody Nordic Noir police procedurals... murder-mysteries definitely not for the faint of heart. But very slow paced and methodical, located in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, etc. And I finally bought The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, something I've been wanting to read for years.

If you are into art journaling, don't miss Dawn DeVries Sokol's A World of Artist Journal Pages with 1000+ art journal pages to savor.

My favorite creative book in the past year was "The Art of Urban Sketching" by Gabriel Campanerio. Good motivation for drawing'out in the world' and in your travels.

Creative Books that I Recommend ♥︎

General Creativity
How to Be an Explorer of the World, Smith {love this as a gift for creative teens}

Mixed Media Art Journaling: Inspiration
A World of Artist Journal Pages, Sokol
1,000 Artist Journal Pages, Sokol
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself, Harrison {try the library for this one}

Mixed Media Art Journaling: Instruction & Reference
Journal Spilling, Trout
The Journal Junkies Workshop, Scott, Modler
The Art Journal Workshop, Bunkers
Map Art Lab, Berry
Color Mixing Bible, Sidaway

Collage
Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, Hinchcliff
The Collage Workbook, Plowman

Watercolor
One Watercolor a Day, Lawlor

Drawing/Journaling/Illustration
The Creative License and An Illustrated Life and Everyday Matters, Gregory
An Illustrated Life (Artist Journals + Sketchbooks), Gregory
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists, Sonheim
Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists, Dunn
Personal Geographies, Berry

Typography
Playing with Type, McCormick

Writing
On Writing, King
4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises, Kiteley
Spilling Ink, A Young Writer's Handbook, Potter {great gift for tween/ pre-teen writers}

Non-Fiction Books on my "To Read" List for 2016

How to Make a Journal of Your Life, Price
Color: A Natural History of the Palette, Finlay
The Happiness Project, Rubin
One Artist Journal, Avineri

Two (2) tips for reading more fiction books.

1. Goodreads. I set a goal each year - around 36 books - and keep track. I've been tracking books read since1995 when a friend at work who told me that she read more by keeping a list on on a spreadsheet. My daughters and I are avid Goodreads members! They write book quizzes and hang out in the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings forums and post reviews of all of the books they read.

2. Audio books. I am in the car so much! So I started listening to audio books {mostly crime novels} mid-2012 via Audible {follow link for free trial which includes 2 free books}. I plug in my phone and push play and off I go. I also listen to audio books when I am drawing or working on art journal pages. In 2014, I listened to 19 books. I've been a member of Audible for over three years.