2016 Reading List

I love reading.

Reading gives me a way to relax and escape the demands of the real world. My goal for 2016 is to read 55 books. I hope to read five per month, which would be 60, but I know life happens and I may not get through five each month. Four seems much more attainable. I read books from all different genres. I am currently reading two business books and a Dean Koontz novel. I just finished a romance/suspense/mystery novel. See? All over the place.

If you recall, one of my business goals is to read all the business/art books I picked up in 2015, mostly over Black Friday weekend.  I have a tendency to be super organized and made a reading spreadsheet. I have five lines per month and each month has one of my business/art books listed. I will not bore you with all of the books on the list but instead will share with you the art/business books I hope to read.

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I wanted to read the more business based books first, How to Sell Art and The Copyright Zone. I entered all the other more art based books in a random generator to determine the order. All links are set to open in a new window. I try to make it so you don’t have to click and come back or right-click, open in new window. Disclosure: All links are from my Amazon Associate account and I will receive payment if you buy through the link.

January How to Sell Art

February The Copyright Zone

March Light it. Shoot it. Retouch it.

April Photoshop for Lightroom Users

May How Do I Do that in Lightroom?

June The Moment it Clicks

July Light, Gesture & Color

August The Creative Fight

September It’s Not About the F-Stop

October/November/December I don’t have any art books left! I have a few random free business books I’ve picked up for my Kindle and will read those but I did not pick them up for my business.

I have a couple of books by Scott Kelby on this list. I have read several of his books. I have taken a seminar from him, as well as Joe McNally. I admire both of them as photographers and teachers. Chris Orwig also does videos for CreativeLive is an excellent teacher. Jay Maisel is just an amazing photographer. I tried to take a class with Jack Reznicki but about an hour into the seminar the hotel was evacuated. I ended up having lunch with him and a few others from the class. It was definitely an interesting day!

Yes, these are all actual books. I also have a kindle (with hundreds of books) but certain books I like to have in my hands. Art and cookbooks need to be real. For me, they just don’t translate as well on the Kindle. I also like to mark pages with flags and will often reference back when I am working.

Are you on Goodreads? If so, let’s be friends!

Do you have any books you want to read this year, if so which ones? Are there any books you’d recommend to me? I’d love to hear them! Lastly, do you prefer real books, ebooks or a mix and why?

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Jenna Volden studied photography in high school and college but ultimately ended up with a business degree. After spending 10-plus years in the rat race she returned to her first love, photography by starting her own photography company. She can be found either chasing sunsets around the globe or making women feel like rock stars in her home studio. She is currently based out of Phoenix, AZ.

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