The 2012 Book List

UPDATE: August 21, 2012

I've read 18 books which means I'm on track to reach my 25 30 book reading goal. I'm reading 4 books and there are 150 books on my to-read shelf at Goodreads. I'm really pushing myself this year to read more. I read in really small increments - 20 min here and there.

The big news is that I've joined Audible and the kids and I cannot believe we haven't tried this sooner. I actually thought that I would be bored listening to a book in the car. Turns out - depends on the book! I are listening to Grisham's Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer narrated by Richard Thomas {in the car} and I'm listening to Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential narrated by the author {while I'm in the car solo, not kid friendly}. Totally enjoying both books. That's why I've upped my goal to 30!

♥ Indicates books I've especially enjoyed... there's a list of books I recommend in Art Journalng 101 as well.


The 2012 List of Possibilities, no particular order.

Stats: My reading goal for 2012 is 25 books. In 2011 I read 18 books. In 2010 I read 31 books. There are 147 books on my TO READ shelf at Goodreads. This time last year, there were 130. Disclaimer: Books will be added + deleted. Past lists: 2009 List + 2010 List + 2011 List

Art + Creativity

The Journal Junkies Workshop, Scott, Modler {read Jan 2012} ♥
Rethinking Acrylic, Brady  {read March 2012}
Painting Abstracts: Ideas, Projects + Techniques, van Vliet
And the Story Is Happening, Sabrina Ward Harrison
The True and the Questions, Sabrina Ward Harrison {read June 2012}
Brave on the Rocks, Sabrina Ward Harrison
Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, Ackerman
Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art, Diane V. Maurer-Mathison
Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking, Berry {read Feb 2012} ♥
Artist's Journal Workshop, Johnson
Color: A Natural History of the Palette, Finlay
You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, Harmon {read Aug 2012}
Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists, Freeman-Zachary {read Jan 2012} ♥
On Writing, King {read June 2012} ♥
The Art of Fiction, Rand {read April 2012}
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook, Potter {Read April 2012} {my 10 yr old liked this as well}
Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art, Hinchcliff {read April 2012} ♥
How to Be an Explorer of the World, Smith {read March 2012} ♥


Case Histories, Atkinson {read Jan 2012} ♥
One Good Turn, Atkinson {read Jul 2012}
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Atkinson 
Not the End of the World, Atkinson {reading}
Started Early, Took My Dog, Atkinson {read June 2012} ♥
The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Chabon
Red Square, Smith {read March 2012}
Havana Bay, Smith
Amsterdam, McEwan
The Art of Travel, de Botton
Gift from the Sea, Lindbergh
A Wrinkle in Time, L'Engle
The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel, Fforde
The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster {read Jan 2012} my 12 yr old liked this too

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, Grisham {audiobook, finished August 2012} the kids enjoyed this too

Other Non-Fiction

Caesar's Way, Milan {read June 2012}
Kitchen Confidential, Bourdain {audiobook, finished August 2012}

Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners, Pickert {reading now}

A Short List of Creative Books I Recommend

Art + Creativity

The Creative License AND An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory ♥
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison ♥
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 ♥
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists, Sonheim 

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 ♥