Gym Reads Poll: What should I read next?


Fun fact:  I read when I’m at the gym.  In fact, I really like reading while cycling, since it distracts from the monotony of doing a repetitive motion and it lets me do some much needed “fun reading.”  Recently, I decided to tweet a picture of a pile of random books to ask folks online what I should read.  I ended up reading The Book of the Dun Cow (1978) by Walter Wangerin, Jr.  And I’ve quite enjoyed it.  But now I need another book, and I like the idea of making that process random and fun.

Thus, the Gym Reads Poll is born.  This won’t be a regular thing.  It’ll be a “whenever I get the chance to do more reading” thing.  The books will be a mishmash of old and new, too, which should make things interesting.

So here goes!  Beneath the fold, there’s a picture, and there’s a poll.  You can select up to five books.  I assume you can figure the rest out on your own.  Feel free to leave a comment if you’ve read something on the list!

What should I read next while I'm at the gym?

  • Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler (21%, 13 Votes)
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (11%, 7 Votes)
  • The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez (11%, 7 Votes)
  • Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds (10%, 6 Votes)
  • Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M. Yoachim (8%, 5 Votes)
  • On the Eyeball Floor by Tina Connolly (6%, 4 Votes)
  • House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Nostromo by Joseph Conrad (5%, 3 Votes)
  • The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Grim Tidings by Caitlin Kittridge (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Hell's Gate by Bill Schutt and J.R. Finch (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous by Michael Bishop (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire by Joe R. Lansdale (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Colossus by D.F. Jones (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Cythera by Richard Calder (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Star of Stars edited by Frederik Pohl (2%, 1 Votes)
  • A Long December by Richard Chizmar (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

2 thoughts on “Gym Reads Poll: What should I read next?

  1. I appreciate you listing my new novel Hell’s Gate on your site, Shaun, and I hope you enjoy it. I think readers (especially fans of seriously unique thrillers) will be in for a rather interesting ride. Please let me know what you think.

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