What I’m Reading Over Spring Break

What’s on my reading list for Spring Break? Glad you asked. I’m more than happy to share with you.

1. Show Your Work

First up is Austin Kleon’s latest release – Show Your Work. I read Austin’s last book, Steal Like an Artist, in less than 24 hours. I stayed up late into the night to finish it (and for those of you who don’t know my sleeping habits, staying up past my bed time is a BIG deal). Steal was one of my favorite books of 2013, and I plan on reading it again in the near future. But for now, I can’t wait to dig into Show Your Work.

2. The 4-Hour Work Week

I started Tim Ferris’s initial book, The 4-Hour Work Week, years back when it first came out and captured everyone’s attention, but I never finished. The other day I was clicking through Tim’s blog, fourhourblog.com, and decided I need to finish his book. A few pages back in and I’m already blown away by the practical teachings and resources Tim offers.

3. Inside the Room

I’ve always been interested in story. After watching every episode of How I Met Your Mother back-to-back, I became obsessed with figuring out how the writers created such an interesting yet simple story arch that has lasted 9 seasons. One day, I mentioned this preoccupation to my journalism professor and he threw Inside the Room at me. I’m only a few pages into it, but I can already tell it’s really going to shape how I construct stories from here on out. The editor for this work, Linda Veins, also has a book out on writing movie screenplays, Cut to the Chase. I’m planning on reading that soon.

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People always ask me, “How do you have time to read so many books?” My answer is always the same: I make reading a priority. By that I mean — every morning I mark reading time down on my calendar because what get scheduled gets done. I typically aim to finish a book a week, and I’ve truly never regretted the time I spend working towards that goal.

Mark Twain once said, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” I try to keep that true in my life too.