Reading is like gas to the writer engine

Posted on Posted in Before March 1st 2011, Book Mentions

in 2007, I noticed that not only my writing career was in total abandonment, but one of the most important ingredients for a Writer, the ingredient that allow the engine to move, was also almost inexistent. I begin reading at a really early age, and read most of my life until decide to quit writing, there was no more reason to read, but honestly bother me that I was not reading, and after that begin bothering me that I was not writing.

So for my goals of 2008, I set a goal of 52 books. I didn’t reach the goal, but was able to read 47 books. I decide to repeat that exercise and goal in 2009 and reach 55. I rinse and repeat for 2010 and celebrate my 52 in September and end up the year with 71. I am proud of that goal, and I believe it is a great routine, so for this year 2011, I am also setting my goal to 52 books.

I am a believer that if you want to write, you need to read, and if you want to write a lot, well, you need to read a lot. I am looking forward to 2011, for me is an important year, to bring my career as a writer forward, to present to my readers some new work, some novellas (I have one in final edition at this moment), short stories and tell about the Novel I am writing and plan to finish before the end of the year.

In the mean time, I will continue writing and feeding the engine with more reading. Feel free to recommend a book.

In case you are curious, this is the list of books I finish in 2010.

Books I have read in 2010

(71)

Kindle/eReader/iBook (53)

– Bird By Bird. Anne Lamonth

– The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life. Leo Babauta

– The Happiness Project. Gretchen Rubin

– Linchpin. Seth Godin

– Insubordinate. Seth Godin

– From Idea to Book: Writing, self-publishing and print-on-demand…for your book. By: Joanna Penn

– Way of Aikido, The: Life Lessons from an American Sensei: Life Lessons from an American Sensei by George Burr Leonard

– Mojo. Marshall Goldsmith

– The Sales Leader Playbook. Nathan Jamall

– The Power of Full Engagement. Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by James E. Loehr (Author)

– Rework by Jason Fried

– Harry Potter and the half blood Prince. JK Rolling

-The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Robin S. Sharma (Author)

– My Name is David Cole. Jon Souza

– Write Good or Die. Varios Artist

– A Writer’s Coach: An Editor Guide to words that work. By Jack Hart

– Heroes for My Son By Brad Meltzer

– Your Money: The Missing Manual. J.D Roth

– Small is the new Big. Seth Godin

– The Promise Doctrine (a guidebook and system for consistently delivering on your promises!) (Volume 1)

by Craig P. Womack, Jason W. Womack

– Black Echo. Michael Conelly

– How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters by James N. Frey

– The Book Thief by Markus

– Her Side. Mur Lafferty

– Get Paid For Who You Are. David Wood

– Retrato en Sepia. Isabel Allende

– Winning by lossing. Julian Michaels

– Black Ice. Michael Connelly

– Concrete Blonde. Michael Connelly

– Heat Wave. Richard Castle

– Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins

– Catching Fire.Suzanne Collins

– Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins

-A Million-Miles-in-a-Thousand-Years. Don Miller

– 279 Days to Overnight Success. Chris Guillebeau

– The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World. Chris Guillebeau

-Too soon Old, Too late Smart. Gordon Livingston

– The highly effective habits of 5 successful authors.

– The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay (Author)

– WRITE NOW! How To Write. Francine Saint Marie

– focus : a simplicity manifesto in the age of distraction. By Leo Babauta

– Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach

– Snow Day. Billy Coffey

– The Mark of the assassin. Daniel Silva

– Creating Flow with Omnifocus. Kourosh Dini

– Vanished. Joseph Finder

– The 4 hour Body. Tim Ferris

– Mac at Work. David Sparky

– Daddy, Where’s Your Vagina? What I Learned As a Stay-at-Home Dad. by Joseph Schatz

– Watchlist. Various Authors

– Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows. JK Rolling

AudioBooks (12)

– The 30-Second Commute: A Non-Fiction Comedy about Writing and Working From Home by Stephanie Dickison

– The Legend of Bagger Vance: A Novel of Golf and the Game of Life by Steven Pressfield

– A whole new mind by Daniel Pink

– Drive by Daniel Pink

– The Dip. Seth Godin

– Stumbling on Happiness.Dan Gilbert

– Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

– Tribes. Seth Godin

– Purple Cow. Seth Godin

– Switch. How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

– This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True. by M. J. Ryan (Author)

– Linchpin. Seth Godin

PaperBooks (6)

– Cuando ya no importe. Juan Carlos Onetti

– Las Luces de Septiembre. Carlos Ruiz Zafon

– A Parent’s guide to Ear Tubes. By Richard M. Rosenfeld

– Hilos de Esperanza. Rodrigo Lares

– Delivering Happiness. Tony Hsieh

– Cuentos para Principiantes. Maria E. Mayobre

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