Mind-Bending Information-Downloading…via BOOKS.

I usually have no real agenda when it comes to reading. I just DO.

My flow is this: Find books via work, bibliographies, read Bookslut, add books to my amazon wishlists, find other books via lists on amazon, go to library, seek out that list while I am there, take out books, let them sit on the floor, renew them, pay overdue fees for books I didn’t even get around to reading…etc.

All this when I have about 200 books at home I haven’t read.  I used to have 3 times as many. The madness stops now!

My bookshelves:

I have several books that I own that I am adamant about reading this year. My goals for the year are very specific and these books are all geared to learning more about specific subjects. Going off on tangents of reading and garnering obsessions is a difficult thing for me to avoid doing, so I have made a goal of at LEAST one of these books a month, two at best. Then anything else I want to read is cool.

I started with The 80/10/10 Diet – this was my definitive first read because one of my top two goals was to get back on track with raw the RIGHT way – I’ve owned this book since last summer and I can happily say I’ve finished reading it. I overdid it with the raw food books for a while so I guess I needed a break from them.

I am now reading Nutrition and Athletic Performance by the same author – a slim book with great strategies on becoming the best you’ve ever been athletically. I always thought I was a non-athlete. Knowing what I know now, it’s easy to see why I had such problems with physical exertion in the past. It’ll be interesting to see how this diet affects me in that way. I’ve always wanted to be athletic and it has eluded me for so long.

For the rest of the year, this is my list of must-reads:

Tribes by Seth Godin

The Dip by Seth Godin

Nikon D50 Digital Field Guide and my camera manual.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

The Vortex by Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks

ProBlogger by Darren Rowse

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

73 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know by Goddess Leonie Dawson

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Thompson Brande

Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts – this will be a re-read! It’s great.

The Rough Guide First-Time Around The World

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine

Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho

Fundamentals of Photography by Tom Ang

Photography and the Art of Seeing by Freeman Patterson

Art Marketing 101 by Constance Hale

Deep Play by Diane Ackerman

Free by Katharine Hibbert

This works out to two per month – easy! Generally I want to learn more about photography, working for myself, promoting art and writing, creating as much as possible, and generally living frugally, happily, and traveling a lot! Another goal is to really pare down my books – I want to own much less than I do.

I take this shit seriously! I even have a shirt!

I LOVE reading. I started early 🙂

4 thoughts on “Mind-Bending Information-Downloading…via BOOKS.

  1. Oh dude, I know the last thing you need is more recommendations, but if you enjoy Dorothea Brande and Anne Lamott, I think you’d absolutely love Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones.

  2. Susan Jeffers’ book on fears ias awesome I red this one abd bought the on about relationships, very insightful and it helped not only me but riends too !

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