Reading is like gas to the writer engine

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
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