4 Amazing Books On My Nightstand Now

As a busy husband, dad, and artist, I make sure I stay sharp and up-to-date on my reading. I do most of my reading on the train home from my day job or after the kids have gone to bed. Here’s what’s stacked on my nightstand right now.

A quick look at what I’ve been reading lately

Art Money Success

Maria Brophy has packed this book with lots of practical advice from many years working alongside her artist husband Drew. This helped me finally figured out how to price my work realistically and sustainably.

The 12 Week Year

I haven’t actually started this yet, but I’m intrigued by the idea of focusing your projects in short cycles, rather than dragging things out longer than necessary. This ties in well with the 8-week cycle Shawn Blanc uses in his business. Cory Huff told me about this one last year when I was in the hot seat at one of his workshops.

The Lord of the Rings

Like a lot of people, I read The Hobbit in seventh grade. I never read the rest of the series, although I picked up The Fellowship of the Ring some twenty years ago. I never finished it since I got bogged down with all the songs and stuff. So I’m determined to read this entire gigantic 50th Anniversary volume, especially since a few years ago my daughter and I read an entire The Chronicles of Narnia volume out loud. The best way to read this is with a hot beverage in hand while sitting by a roaring fire.

Count Zero

I discovered cyberpunk about a year before “The Matrix” hit theaters. I’ve re-read Neuromancer several times, but I don’t think I’ve re-read this one. It’s surprising how much Gibson got right about the future, and how much he got wrong. (What’s a fax machine?) I picked up this British edition when I was in London in the late 90s.

Next Up, some re-reads:

Once I finish reading Art Money Success and and The 12 Week Year I will probably give some other books a re-read.

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp, which I reviewed here several years ago and wrote about further regarding the topic of spine.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, which I put on my list of required reading for artists, is always good for a much-needed mindset adjustment.

So what are you reading?

What are you reading these days? Sound off in the comments. I’d love to know.