What I’m Reading | Stephanie Lum
KHNL Anchor

Q&A with Christine Thomas
December 2007

-What are you reading?

Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!” by Anthony Robbins. Before that I was reading “Peony in Love” by Lisa See, but I didn’t finish that one because I got sidetracked with “Awaken the Giant Within.”

-How did you discover them?

Awaken the Giant Within” was sitting on my bookshelf. It was my boyfriend’s book and I would always see it but never had an interest in reading it. I don’t know if it was coincidence but all of a sudden I‘d run into people or hear from friends and coworkers about how wonderful it was and how it motivated them to made powerful changes in their own lives. “Peony in Love”—I read a book review in music magazine about that, and it stuck out because it’s about a young Chinese girl who dreams about finding true love and I’m totally a sucker for romance. But more so I wanted to learn more about my culture—it takes place in 17th century China.

-What captivates you about Robbins’ book?

So far I guess I love that it motivates me to continue to work hard toward accomplishing my goals, to never give up. It also reinforces my belief that I am the creator of my destiny that I can control the outcome of situations and challenges by the decisions and choices that I make in life. That might sound like a no-brainer, but personally speaking, it’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind and before you know it time has just passed by. So it helps me stay focused on the things that I want to do in my life.

-Is it typical of books that you read?

I like to read books more like “Peony in Love,” books that take me to another place, because sometimes my career can get stressful, and I can escape and relax, and go to new places. I also read National Geographic Traveler and Newsweek—a variety of publications to learn new things and relax.

-As an anchor you deliver stories to help educate the public, so does reading sharpen your newsroom skills?

Definitely. In our industry we read every day to complete our stories so we’re telling a complete story to our viewers. We’re always reading and proofreading to make sure it makes sense and all the angels are covered and nothing is missing. I believe that reading equals knowledge; the more you read the more you learn. And that definitely relates to what I do.