Read It

 “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
― Stephen King

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.” ― William Faulkner

Entering 2013 I set myself a personal challenge: read one book each week this year; 52 in total.

Why? Because if you read well you write well. And, I really want to be a great writer.

The essence of this series is about books I read + that you should read… thus, ‘Read It’.

:: the list ::

(note: if the text is pink it means it’s been read + directs to a post about it. yay!!)

1. Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller

2. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

4. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins

5. Wrecked, by Jeff Goins

6. For This I Was Born, by Brian Houston

7. Greater, by Steven Furtick

8. Bittersweet: thoughts on change, grace, + learning the hard way, by Shauna Niequist

9. Another Man’s War, by Sam Childers

10. Bread + Wine, by Shauna Niequist

11. Jesus Is, by Judah Smith

12. One in a Million, by Priscilla Shirer

13. The Last Camellia, by Sarah Jio

14. Love Does, by Bob Goff

15. Half The Sky, by Nichols Kristof

16. More of the Fit Woman’s Secrets, by Lorna Jane Clarkson

17. One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voscamp

18. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

19. The War of Art: Break Through the Block and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield

20. Every Shattered Thing (Come Alive), by Elora Ramirez

21. 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us, by Jarrid Wilson

22. My Name is Hope, by John Mark Comer

…on the list to read…

The Devil Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Persuasion, by Jane Austen

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, by John C. Maxwell

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John C. Maxwell

Moving Forward, by Dave Pelzer

…to be added

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” - Stephen King