Bruce’s 2012 Summer Reading List

If you’re anything like me, there’s a stack of books sitting in your home that, every time you walk past it, the bindings stare you down longingly pleading, “Read me. Please read me.” to which you reply, “Soon, books, soon . . . as soon as I have some free time.”

Yeah riiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Unlike some members of my family who have a gift for curling up with and disappearing into a book for hours on end, I am easily distracted and often ready 3-4 books at a time.  Summer is one of those times, however, that I am often able to carve out chunks of time to read. I read for both fun as well as “work” all with an eye towards expanding my current thinking and broadening my view of the world.

Five’ish I am reading for my own enjoyment.

These are ones that I’ll be reading via my Kindle or in actually book form. Many of these books are what I affectionately call, Brain Candy. Many of these books keep me sane amidst the other great content I try to absorb along the journey. Please do not judge 😉

The Alienist (a re-read) by Caleb Carr – I have read this one 3-4 times and am riveted each and every time.  Set in the late 1890’s New York City, it is a must-read for you historical crime fiction lovers out there. While some of Carr’s other books were not as gripping, Carr’s follow-up to The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness is also a great read.

Shift!: The Unfolding Internet – Hype, Hope and History by Edward Burman – Don’t let the the price tag discourage you. Because this is used as a text book in many places, it can be found through various other means. I found mine for less that 10 bucks via another amazon seller. Just started this one and it is one of those books that looks like a quick read, but every sentence and paragraph is packed with meaning. If you are a social media person, I would highly suggest this one if you want to REALLY understand how and why we have gotten to where we are today.

Koko Be Good by Jen Wang – This one has been sitting on my shelf ever since RKP introduced me to graphic novels. The illustrations are simply beautiful and the story is intriguing. I will admit that I have failed before at trying to read graphic novels in the past – Watchmen – but am hoping to jump in again.

In reading order, I am jumping on the Seth Grahame-Smith train by checking out from my library  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and/or/then Unholy Night and/or/then Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance. I will admit, other than my own cute zombie, vampires and other communities of undead have never really been my thing. But since a colleague recently told me that Grahame-Smith’s tales were worth a read, I’m giving them a try.

Five I am reading and hoping to review this summer.

These are books that will accompany me on my trips in actual book form, be generously marked up and be reviewed on this blog.  If you happen o review any of them yourself, please feel free to send me a note or leave a comment here and I’ll link to your reviews.

Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology by Mihee Kim-Kort

Follow You, Follow Me: Why Social Networking is Essential to Ministry by John Voelz

The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation by Stephen Prothero

Geography of Grace: Doing Theology From Below by Kris Rocke and Joel Van Dyke

On My Honor: Real Life Lessons from America’s First Girl Scout by Shannon Henry Kleiber

Bruce’s Friday Five + Five v5.18

[Photo by OliBac]

ONE | Other than through personal relationships and/or from one White guy to another, I am not sure there will ever be a good way to talk about and unpack the dreaded P-word, Privilege. So while way outside of the scope of this old school Galaga boy’s gaming world, I found this post from a, ” . . . white guy who likes women,” John Scalzi, interesting: Straight White Male, The Lowest Diffiuclty Setting There Is.

TWO | When people ask me, “How many cups of coffee do you drink in a day?” I often respond with, “Well that all depends on how you define cup.” . . . so, yeah, I drink a lot of coffee. Some say I might be self-medicating, but according to a recent study, ” . . . coffee consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality” which means drinking coffee doesn’t kill you, in fact, a little Philz might just let you live long enough one more cup. Score.

THREE | If you have been wanting a way to connect with your actually neighbors, check out I have been part of our neighborhood group for a few months and have found it really good. Joining was secure – including a log-in and verification note mailed to your home – and the conversations have been exactly what they should be: alerts, garage sales, events and referrals. Case in point, this is how we found out that there has been a coyote sighting just a block from our house. Looks like no more dusk parties for Fawn.

FOUR | I have recently shift my blogging focus back over to my blog on Patheos and have remodeled and simplified www.reyes-chow. So, please subscribe to my Patheos and share it with your friends.

FIVE | Insert “Silentbutdeadliasaurus” joke here.

BONUS 6-10 link love:

SIX | Follow on Twitter: @booksmith, an indie San Francisco book store.
SEVEN | Like on Facebook: Wildgoose Festival. Bummed I can’t be there.
EIGHT | Subscribe to the Blog: – a great blog about Asian America.
NINE | Read this book: The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation by Stephen Prothero
TEN | Check out this video: The One Where Joey Speaks French.

My Friday Five is somewhat of a mishmash of stuff I have recently seen around the interwebs, some of which I actually kept track of and others, I just remembered upon the writing of this post. Enjoy.