A Book A Week + Paper vs. Techy

For a recently-former high school English teacher, I have been a total slacker in my reading as of late.  This is made especially apparent when I read about guys like Inaki Escudero who had the diligence to read a book a week for a year, (only 52 books).  Michael Surtees interviewed Escudero, and asked him how he was motivated to set the goal of reading a book a week.  Escudero referenced a New York Times article where a reporter had been in a race with the president to read the most books, and the president read 28.  (George Bush - really??  Ok sorry...).  Escudero rationalized that if a man as busy as the president can accomplish 28, then surely he could up the ante on his own literary intake.

One of my goals for 2010 is to read more print material.  My default waiting-around reading material is twitter on my iphone, which is beyond sad, and embarrassing to admit.  This is partially why I've started debating the merits of an electronic reader.  As much as I love (love) printed books, I have a difficult time justifying the amount of paper they use, and the space they take up in my small apartment - not to mention how many heavy boxes they fill every time I move, (which let's remind myself, was four times last year).

The two I've heard the most about are the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook.  Are there others on the market?  Does anyone own one?  The idea of being able to carry a chunk of my library is incredibly tempting, especially since I'm the type to read three books at once, and just keep each one in a different room of the house.  I also leave books out of my purse if they are heavy or thick, but I like being able to write in the margins.  Dilema.

I've got a huge wish list on Amazon, and my eye on a few books I'd like to get to this year:

Fever Chart by Austin author (and friend of Eirik) Bill Cotter

Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing, recommended by my favorite Kinkos Club president and friend Laney

Life Is A Verb by Patti Digh

The China Study, because I'm one of those weird healthy food obsessed people... except for Cheetos.  God, I love cheetos.

Jesus Wants to Save Christians by Rob Bell.  I also love Rob Bell.

For wanting to be a fiction writer, I certainly snub fiction.  I'm always open to good book recommendations, though, so if anyone's got any they are itching to share, please send them my way.  I love any excuse to buy a new (or used) book.