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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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