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A book a day

According to Goodreads, which I keep more or less up to date, I have read 31 new books so far in 2009. This does not include the substantial amount of re-reading I do, but it seems like a reasonable number to me–almost three new books a month.

However, this New York Times article (much like this L.A. Times piece, which Anne blogged about in January) makes me feel a bit inadequate. Nina Sankovitch, a Harvard-educated former environmental lawyer, has made a project out of reading one book a day for an entire year. Lest you think she’s taking the easy way out, some of her past reads include The Emigrants by W. G. Sebald, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Little Bee by Chris Cleave, The Nick Adams Stories by Hemingway, and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz–not exactly fluff.

Sankovitch posts her reading list–and reviews of each book!–on her blog Read All Day. I’m not sure if that’s “I like to read all day” or “I have read all day,” but either way, it’s pretty impressive. Her last day of the project is October 28. Check it out for some reading inspiration.

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