The Reading Stack #2

Here’s my reading stack #2 from the library:

reading stack no 2

All nonfiction in this stack, in keeping with my reading resolution this year to read more nonfiction. Mind you, my intention is to read more nonfiction as research for my writing, so perhaps this reading stack #2 doesn’t really qualify as helping me to fulfill this particular resolution!

1. Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art, by Helen Birch

Because another one of my resolutions is to “make good art”, as Neil Gaiman says. For me, that would be both writing and art – not that my artwork is any good, mind you. But there was a time when making visual art played a larger role in my life, and I’d like to get back into the habit this year.

Make good art.

2. Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do, edited by Meredith Maran

My writer-self loves reading books like this. For some reason, reading about other writers’ creative processes both motivates me and inspires me to keep on writing.

3. Breakthrough!: Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination, edited by Alex Cornell

An assortment of creative types give their solutions to getting through those creative blocks: “a lively compilation of strategies for combating creative block offered by a who’s who of leading graphic designers, typographers, cartoonists, photographers, illustrators, musicians, writers, and other creative professionals.” Sounds good to me.

4. Writers and Their Notebooks, by Diana M. Raab

I have this thing about writers’ notebooks, mainly because I keep trying to make a habit of keeping one. I can’t tell you how many half-finished notebooks I have lying around. I was decluttering earlier this week, and found so many notebooks that are about half-full (better than half-empty, right?) I’m getting much better at it, though. Keeping a writer’s notebook is a habit kind of thing, I’ve discovered.

5. Quotology, by Willis Goth Regier

This one is all about quotes, including how they are collected and organized. Apparently there are fifty-nine types of quotations! One of my creativity resolutions this year involves quotes, so I thought this might be a helpful read.

6. Illustration School: Let’s Draw Cute Animals, by Sachiko Umoto

This one is just too cute for words. Seriously. I couldn’t resist it. See for yourself:

illustration school lets draw cute animals

7. A Blueprint for Your Castle in the Clouds: Make the Inside of Your Head Your Favorite Place to Be, by Barbara Sophia Tammes

A self-help book … although there’s also Sherlock Holmes’ mind palace, right?

8. The Collage Workbook, by Randel Plowman

Back to my “make good art” resolution. I’ve always found collage challenging, probably because it’s so playful. I get way too serious about things like this sometimes.

9. Garfield’s Sunday Finest: 35 Years of My Best Sunday Funnies , by Jim Davis

garfields sunday finest

It’s Garfield! I simply couldn’t resist this one.

I’m pleased to say I’ve finished Writers and Their Notebooks. So that’s one down, and eight to go (let’s not mention my reading stack #1 …)

Any plans to read nonfiction this year? Writing this post I realized a lot of the books have something to do with the resolutions I’ve made. Are you reading any books that will help you stick with your New Year’s Resolutions?

9 thoughts on “The Reading Stack #2

  1. Care

    Quotology sounds absolutely fabulous! I love reading, collecting, searching, using, etc quotes in letters, but especially in work meeting minutes. ha!
    I am really thinking that I need to find similar-minded creative people to meet with on a semi regular basis so that we not only have it scheduled to support each other but then not feel guilty of ‘wasting time’ which is what I sometimes suffer from when I want to sit and not ‘do’ life important crap like clean.

  2. Bernadette

    I used to read a lot more of it but over the past 8-10 years have almost stopped all together. I think it’s got a lot to do with the fact that my day job involves a lot of reading and is a lot more about ensuring I process what I read, commit what I need to to memory, learn etc – when I read for leisure now I have tendd to go for fiction because it is something completely different than what I do for work. I occasionally bring home a non-fiction book from the library these days but often they just sit on my library book shelf for a month then I return them. I would like to get back into a more varied reading diet but haven’t yet hit on the magic formula to make me disconnect reading facts from being all about work. A book about quotes and how they are collected is pretty tempting though

  3. Charlie

    As the other commentors have said, Quotology sounds very interesting! I am planning to read more non-fiction this year, and may make one or two part of my list for What’s In A Name so that they actually get read.

  4. Joy Weese Moll (@joyweesemoll)

    These all look good. I love the mix of words and visuals. I’m intrigued by this title: A Blueprint for Your Castle in the Clouds: Make the Inside of Your Head Your Favorite Place to Be, by Barbara Sophia Tammes. But my local libraries don’t have it. I’ll have to see if you like it enough for me to think about buying it.

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