I just learned about a Westport, Conn., resident named Nina Sankovitch, 46, who is living my dream. She is reading a book a day for a year.
As a teenager, I clipped a story from a newspaper that contained the names of all the books a truly educated person should read. They were heavily weighted toward male-authored works (as in, like, all of them) and they were completely Western civ. So the list was faulty, but I needed some structure, so I began to read the books and checked them off as I finished. Years passed and I hadn’t gotten very far down the list. Now, Nina has a large family — a husband, a 27-year-old stepdaughter and four boys ages 16, 14, 11 and 8 — and still accomplishes her daily task. So what’s MY excuse?
Nina started her project last Oct. 28, so she has almost reached the finish line. Here is a bit from the New York Times story about her:
Ms. Sankovitch, a former environmental lawyer… follows some rules. All the books are ones she has not read. She reads only one book per author. She reads one day and posts the review the next morning. But mostly she makes it up as she goes along. By necessity she mostly sticks to books 250 to 300 pages or fewer… She’s partial to high-intensity fiction, but also reads memoirs, mysteries, science fiction, graphic novels and general nonfiction…
Granted, Nina’s family is well-off and she has household help, otherwise she could never do all the reading she is doing. But if she inspires anyone to read who hasn’t been reading, then I think her achievement is most notable.