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Books I Might Read in 2011 (Second Draft)

"Rock out like you're the international
skeeball champion of the universe."
~ Anis Mojgani [poetry slam]

Late-2011 Update: 18 books read, 1 in process


The 2011 List of Possibilities second draft, no particular order.

Be sure to take the ANNUAL BOOK QUIZ below!

There are 130 books on my TO READ shelf at Goodreads. This time last year, there were 87. Stats: In 2010 I read 31 books, mostly art + creative, non-fiction. The math tells us that I add more books than I read.

DISCLAIMER: Books will be added. Books will be deleted. It is theoretically possible that I will finish this list by 2012. But perhaps not. Do not stand up while the ride is in process. 2009 List + 2010 List


Understanding Exposure and Learning to See Creatively, Peterson {Feb 2011}
The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers {Aug 2011}
An Illustrated Life (Artist Journals + Sketchbooks), Gregory {March 2011}
True Vision, Ludwig {Oct 2011}
The Artist's Way, Cameron {April 2011}
Finding Flow, Csikszentmihaly {April 2011}
Nickel and Dimed, Ehrenreich {July 2011}
Little Bets, Sims {July 2011}
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, de Botton {July 2011}
Journal Spilling, Trout {July 2011}
Painting Abstracts: Ideas, Projects + Techniques, van Vliet
The True and the Questions and Brave on the Rocks, Harrison
Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, Ackerman
Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art, Diane V. Maurer-Mathison


Hotel World, Smith {March 2011}
The Yiddish Policemen's Union Chabon {March 2011}
Pride + Prejudice , Austen {June 2011}
Bel Canto, Patchett {April 2011}
Gorky Park, Smith {Sept 2011}
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Chabon
Polar Star, Smith {Dec 2011}

A Short List of Creative Books I've Enjoyed + Recommend

Art + Creativity

The Creative License and An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists, Sonheim
Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison
1,000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol
Creative Illustration Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists, Dunn
Journal Spilling, Trout
An Illustrated Life (Artist Journals + Sketchbooks), Gregory
Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art, Carle [great to share w/kids 4+]
The Decorated Page AND The Decorated Journal, Diehn
Print & Stamp Lab by Traci Bunkers
Good Mail Day by Jennie Hinchcliff
Color Mixing Bible, Sidaway

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

Cooking + Life

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, Wizenberg
The Improvisational Cook, Schneider
Finding Your Own North Star, Beck

A Short List of Books I've Enjoyed Recently, Fiction

The Help, Stockett
The Accidental, Smith
Wicked, Maguire
Pride + Prejudice, Austen


Respond in the comments or on your blog, leave a link and I'll link to ya!

  1. What is on your reading list for 2011?  {see above}
  2. What was the best fiction book you read in 2010?  {The Help}
  3. What book was the biggest let down in 2010?  {The Third Option, Vince Flynn - i didn't care for his first book and then i gave the second a chance; the story might be good but the words are bland, the characters are made of cardboard and quite uninteresting}
  4. Do you remember the first short story you wrote as a kid? What was it about? {the earliest i remember was typed on a real typewriter with a ribbon and no correction key; it was about a family whose Collie dog was kidnapped}
  5. Do you keep track of the books you read?  {yes, on goodreads}
  6. How many books are on your TO READ list?  {128}
  7. Where is your favorite reading spot?  {in bed or in a hotel room}
  8. How many books (fiction + non-fiction) did you read in 2010? {31}
  9. Do you read more than one book at once? {yes, several, depending on my mood. usually one fiction and a few non-fiction}
  10. Do you read more fiction or non-fiction? {more non-fiction, but fiction remains extremely important to me, so the tide will likely turn back}


Hannah at A Room Without a Floor, Lisa at Turquoise Lisa, Judy at Knotty Needle, Sara J. Schmidt.

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    However, talking of books, I'm going to leave you with a few other question and answers about books. Over on daisy yellow what is apparently The Annual Book Quiz has been posted! As you know I have a rather ambitious target of books to read so I thought it would be ...
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Reader Comments (10)

Hello, read Inkheart, it's wonderful. Your children might like it as well.And thank you for your most inspiring site, I like it very much.

01.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Very interesting! I've checked out that 1000 Artists Journal Pages in the store probably every time I look at art books & I own the Kaleidoscope book. I do tend to read several books at once - currently 5! I am reading a book on Yoga a book about body image throughout American history, and then 3 books for the college classes I am taking! The best book of 2010 was The Long Run by Matt Long - a great story about a very courageous man.

I have several Robin Cook books so they are probably first and i have recently discovered Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child so proably some of them too. I also have a couple book series going but the authors haven't added to them in awhile so i'm always on the lookout for them.

Best in 2010 was the Twilight series . I also loved The Body Thief by Anne Rice ~ Bigest let down was Memnock the Devil by Anne Rice...couldn't even finish it. Very not like me.

Short stoy i've written i think 6th grade about a horse race. I don't have a written list of books i've read but i only buy hardcovers and i keep the ones i love in my library. I don't have a To Read list either. Alot i stumble across or word of mouth from other people.

Fav reading spot definatley bed just before lights out.......Since i don't keep a list i'm not sure how many books i read in 2010 somewhere between 20 and 30 i'm sure. I used to keep two books going at once. One at work and one at home but now i don't work so just one at a time. I read totally fiction. Very few non fiction. Life is real enough thankyou. I need a little fantasy. LOL! Thanks for asking! deb

01.15.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

Love your site! I also read several books at once. Discovered one of my newest favorite authors this year - Cathy Lamb - and have read every one of her books. They are fantastic!

01.15.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJami

Wow! Just checking in and I'm finding a lot of new-to-me authors to look into. Seems that reading before bed is a theme, of course I crash too soon so I don't read as much as I'd hoped.

I'm definitely a list-maker and have been keeping tracks of the books I read for almost 20 years!


01.15.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

What an inspiring example; love the ease of "might read" ... I am currently savoring, Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison. Thought-provoking, art-full and authentic! ★

01.15.2011 | Unregistered Commenterstargardener

looks like some fun "art + creativity" titles. I seem to never have the time anymore! hmmm...

01.16.2011 | Unregistered Commenterstorybeader

I might have to check out some of those art books!

I blogged my answers to the book quiz here:

01.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Churchill

I'm an avid non-fiction reader. Anything from biographies, science books, history as well as book after book of how-to books. I read a lot of news and magazines too. And blogs. Do they count? And encyclopaedias and dictionaries. Hey why not?

I wrote a lot in my youth, mostly screen plays, and I found that whenever I read fiction I would start to overanalyse things and get no enjoyment from them. So I stopped. Nothing really appeals to me these days either. I find real life stories far more intense and thrilling so I stick to those now.

People who read are scientifically more happy then those who don't did you know?

07.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLianne

I'm a reader and come from a family of readers - you're never alone when you have a good book!

If you enjoy Bel Canto, you will love The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barberry. It has to receive my Favourite Fiction of the Year Award. I rather enjoyed The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas although it's a very different book from my FFYA - a little bizarre but possible??

11.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

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