2016 Reading List

Books Read in 2016


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  1. Dear Sugar (selected chapters) Cheryl Strayed
  2. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
  4. Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher
  5. Winter by Marissa Meyer
  6. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch (didn’t finish)
  9. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  10. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  11. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  12. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  13. Lit by Mary Kerr (didn’t finish)
  14. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  15. Habits of Grace by David Mathis
  16. The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith
  17. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  18. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  19. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  20. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  21. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  22. The Enneagram of Parenting by Elizabeth Wagele
  23. Side by Side by Ed Welch
  24. The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine
  25. The Crown by Kiera Cass
  26. Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
  27. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  28. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  29. A Different Beautiful by Courtney Westlake
  30. The Paper Magician by Charlie H. Holmberg
  31. The Master Magician by Charlie H. Holmberg
  32. Wrath and Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  33. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  34. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  35. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  36. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  37. The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater
  38. Wild and Free by Connolly and Morgan
  39. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
  40. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
  41. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  42. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
  43. Still Life by Louise Penny
  44. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  45. Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
  46. Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass
  47. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  48. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  49. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  50. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  51. Unashamed by Lecrae Moore
  52. The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
  53. A House without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
  54. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  55. Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson
  56. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrick BAckman
  57. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
  58. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  59. The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
  60. Launch by Jeff Walker
  61. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

You can also check out my reading lists from 20152014201320122011, ,20102009, and 2008.

Books Read in 2015

Books Read in 2015

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  1. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  2. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  4. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Threnton Lee Stewart
  5. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  6. Scary Close by Donald Miller
  7. From Good to Grace by Christine Hoover
  8. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  9. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
  10. The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
  11. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
  12. Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
  13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  14. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  15. Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
  16. The 4 Hour Body (selected chapters) by Tim Ferris
  17. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  18. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drivers Our Success by Adam M. Grant
  19. The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart about Money by Ron Lieber
  20. Undone by Michele Cushatt
  21. Smartcuts by Shane Snow
  22. Side by Side by Ed Welch
  23. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
  24. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  25. Do Over by Jon Acuff
  26. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  27. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  28. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
  29. The Church Planting Wife by Christine Hoover
  30. Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt
  31. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
  32. Introverts in the Church by Adam S. McHugh
  33. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  34. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  35. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  36. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  37. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  38. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  39. The One by Kiera Cass
  40. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  41. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  42. Spiritual Warfare by Borgman & Ventura
  43. A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester
  44. For the Love by Jen Hatmaker
  45. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
  46. Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman
  47. Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong
  48. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  49. Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone
  50. The Life You Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson (Released in the UK from IVP press. Will release as The Life We Never Expected in the US from Crossway in June 2016.)
  51. What’s Best Next by Matthew Perman
  52. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  53. Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer
  54. Room by Emma Donoghue
  55. After You by Jojo Moyes
  56. The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay
  57. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  58. Queen of Shadows by Sarah Maas
  59. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

You can also check out my reading lists from 201420132012, 2011, ,20102009, and 2008.

Five Ways Authors Can Use Pinterest

You probably already love Pinterest, but did you know you can use it to build your platform and sell your books? Here are five ways.
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  • Reaching Readers – Many sites are reporting Pinterest as a top referral site. Spend time thinking about your book’s target audience and what their interests are. Create boards that go along with their interests and start connecting with people. Community boards are especially helpful for reaching new followers, and therefore readers.
  • Creating the World – Especially for fiction writers, you can create boards that show the time, place, and feel of the world you are creating in your book. Pin images of clothes your characters might wear, cars they may drive, food they may eat, places they might visit, furniture they may own. You can visually create the world and invite your audience to imagine it with you.
  • Sharing Memes with Quotes – Create images with quotes from your book. Pick the sticky phrases—pithy sayings that pack a punch. If you need help, check out Crystal Stine’s book, Creative Basics: 30 Days to Awesome Social Media Art (affiliate link).
  • Showing Your Inspiration – Create a board featuring books or blog posts by others that inspire you as you are writing. In my recent book, I quoted from fifteen other books. It would be easy to create a board featuring those books or create memes with the quotes I used. People will notice you are quoting from some of their other favorite books and it will make them more interested in your book.
  • Getting Them Involved in the Process – Your audience loves to look behind the curtain to see how your book goes from an idea to being held in their hands. Write about it on your site and share those posts on Pinterest. Show where you’re writing (at a coffee shop, in the backyard on a quilt, from the desk you bought at Ikea), what tools you’re using (Moleskin notebook, Scrivener, Sharpie marker and Post-It notes), and even the team that’s helping you make your book happen (pin posts by your editor, agent, and publisher).

Pinterest is fun, but it can also be helpful. Make it work for you!

How to Use Instagram to Build Your Author Platform and Promote Your Book

How to Use Instagram to Build Your Author Platform and Promote Your Book

  1. Show your work. Do you use a writers notebook? Mind-mapping? An outline? Character sketch? Inspiration board? Share it! (For more on sharing your creative process, check out Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work*).
  2. Show your work space. People love seeing where you work, whether it’s at a desk, a coffee shop, or in your backyard. I even have a Pinterest board featuring authors’ desks and writing spaces.
  3. Show your inspiration. Is there a quote from another book you’re using or that’s influencing you? A color scheme you’re thinking about for the cover? An album you are listening to while you write?
  4. Show quotes from the book. Use free sites like PicMonkey to create memes to share. (Check out Creative Basics* by Crystal Stine to help you find free pictures, use editing sites, and much more.)
  5. Show friends reading it. Have a hashtag for your book promotion and let your readers know what it is so they can share pictures of themselves reading the book or pictures of quotes they love from the book. You can make a collage of their pictures or repost them from your account.

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Have you used Instagram to spread the word about your work?

5 Books to Read If You Want to Self-Publish

books for self publishing

  1. Platform by Michael Hyatt – Everyone who wants to get their message to an audience needs to read this book, but especially authors who want to self-publish. Platform building has to happen as you write so when you finish, there will be an audience to buy your book.
  2. On Writing by Stephen King – There are lots of books to inspire readers, and this is one of my favorites. (Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson are two other good ones.)
  3. Tribes by Seth Godin – Part of platform building is finding your audience, or as Godin calls them, your tribe. It’s all about connecting your message with people who will be passionate about it and share it with their friends, and so on and so on.
  4. Self-Publish by Erin Ulrich and Teri Lynne Underwood – A guide that will take you step-by-step through the process. I don’t know if a book as helpful as this one.
  5. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – A quick read for the days you get stuck and need a push to keep going.

Need more ideas or inspiration? Check out my series, 31 Days of Books for Writers.

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