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    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 ♥

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    Reader Comments (8)

    LOVE Kate Atkinson, and the adventures of Kavalier & Clay is one of my favorite all time books. There are so many books on your recommended list that I've been dying to read. I've found some through inter-library loan, but others I'm just going to have to break down and buy! I was reviewing my 2011 book list and noticed I had read 14 books in the first 2 months of the year, but then in March I created my art space and all but stopped reading! (only 6 books read during the next 10 months).

    {Tammy}: iamrushmore, I just finished Case Histories and LOVED it! I've been hearing about Kavalier & Clay for years... I like Chabon's quirky style. Our library also has a super limited selection of art and creative books, which is unfortunate. In fact I went to "the largest indie bookstore" in Dallas-Ft Worth last week and there was one one shelf width sized section for crafty/sewing/mixed media type stuff (mostly knitting). And to your point about art time and reading time - I totally get that! No question that I read fewer books a) since having kids and b) since I started to do art.

    01.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenteriamrushmore

    i just found your blog and couldn't be happier. i love your style, your creative experiments and the bright energy of your posts. your art book list is so much like mine that I had to leave a comment today! i just started blogging about art journaling about a week ago and wanted to tell you that you're someone i'll be looking to for inspiration. thanks for the beautiful art!

    {Tammy}: Caroline, Welcome! We do have a lot of fun at Daisy Yellow and I am happy that you stopped in to say hello. I hope you find creative blogging and sharing your artwork fun! So many books, such little time...

    01.6.2012 | Unregistered Commentercaroline

    I notice when I have creative dry spells, I usually am reading a lot. I've finished 5 books already this summer. . . but pretty much no art journal pages. ;) I love your list, there are some new-to-me authors there.

    07.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

    I love this list, and I love your heart system. :) I have read much less books since I began arting, but this year I decided to make a concerted effort to read more. I have never counted art books in my total. I am going to now. It makes me feel better.

    07.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

    Oooo! I love Atkinson! Really great mysteries. And Amsterdam. I should follow you on Goodreads. Thanks for the mention here.

    07.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdiana trout

    Great list here! I just finished reading Vanessa Dieffenbach's The Language of Flowers and really loved it.

    08.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Warren

    On Writing (Stephen King) is one of my all time favorite reads on creative habit (and I own them all, I think). Love it.

    Just finished Gold by Chris Cleeve it was a good read and timely with the London Olympics
    Also non-fiction The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball - a Memoir of farming, food and Love. Really enjoyed this one. Already 2 more in hand at least . . . . .probably like 5-10!!!

    08.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCArol

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