The place for books

No sooner did I come upon a book I really need to read (Marinaomi’s Kiss & Tell), the Toronto Public Library workers were one day away from going on strike. Since then, I’ve been building my reading list and if I get through it during long summer days, it will make for a good year. Hearkening back to my Asian American Literature Summer of 2010, I want to do it again. Sure, I’m pigeon-holing myself but reading got done. I constantly stumble upon books that interest me (same goes with movies) from so many sources that I need to centralize my reading list… like here!

Here is my annotated Asian American Literature Reading Wishlist for 2012:

A few non-AA Lit that caught my eye:

Then there are novels that I would never pick up and read, but they are intriguing and/or part of popular culture enough that I could be captivated while listening to them in audio book form. It works out well since I will be spending endless hours on treadmills, ellipticals, Stairmasters, and steppers this spring and summer. While it’s brain junk food for me to tune into the reliable Star Trek: Voyager (only on weeknights), some of the storylines in combination with a lame workout can make me feel like I’ve really wasted my time.

I am listening to these books on audio:

  • Stephen King’s UR, interestingly penned for Kindle users and then released as an audiobook; this is a cute and geeky literature fantasy novel that I think is appropriate for my first Stephen King novel
  • Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, got this as I was browsing audiobooks; I haven’t read a single Stephen King novel but this is format will make the memoir go down
  • Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, definitely not my style of novel but it’s so wildlly popular I’ll get it in this format
  • Wil Wheaton’s Just a Geek, I would read this book but it’s fun to hear him read his own memoir
  • Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, junk food for the brain to get me through a workout
  • Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, even junkier food for the brain to get me through a workout

On this day..