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)
  • Nostromo by Joseph Conrad (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky (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 a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

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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