The only official reading goal I gave myself for 2019 is to read 1.5 books a week or 78 books this year. Another, more casual, reading goal I gave myself was to read at least one book about writing every month of this year. I love to read about writers and writing more than I like to write myself these days. In 2018 I read 5 books about writing or writers and I was hoping to read more about my favorite subject and catch up on the stack of writing related books sitting on my bookshelf.
The books I’m hoping to read for this project this year are:
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
- The Writer’s Journey: mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
- Writing Fiction Step by Step by Josip Novakovich
- No Experience Necessary Writer’s Course by Scott Edelstein
- Page after Page: Discover the Confidence & Passion You Need to Start Writing & Keep Writing by Heather Sellers
- Why I write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction by Will Blythe
- Writing is my Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice by Theo Pauline Nestor
- The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E B White
- Robert’s Rules of Writing by Robert Masello
- Wild Minds: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg
- Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse by Mary Oliver
- Self-Editing Fiction for Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
- Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
- Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
- Weekly Strategies for Writers by Linda A. Lavid
There are actually 15 books for twelve months, but the last book is a book of weekly tips on writing, editing, publishing, website, and marketing areas of being a writer and I’ll probably just read one set of tips each week throughout the year. I will also either not get to two of these or double up in some months with some of the shorter ones.
Four of these are rereads. Bird by Bird, Zen in the Art of Writing, and Elements of Style I read in college and Writing Fiction Step by Step I read before that so it’s been quite a lot of years. The rest are all new reads for me. I own all of these books. I’m hoping to have a great year reading about writing and hopefully doing some writing of my own too.
What are your favorite books about writing?