Connecticut Woman Reads a Book Every Day Because She Has Nothing Else To Do

10/14/2009 12:29 PM |


The Times just ran a profile of Nina Sankovitch, a 46-year-old woman from Westport, Connecticut, who’s set out on a quest to read an entire book every day for 365 days. One of her goals, she says, was “to inspire a love of books in others” and not, surprisingly, to make you hate people who don’t have to go to work every day.

Sankovitch is a “former” environmental lawyer living in one of the richest neighborhoods in the country. She has four sons who range in age from 8 to 16 and are therefore presumably in school all day, and she has someone come clean her house once every two weeks. The biggest sacrifices she’s had to make in order to stick to her plan? Get your tissues ready:

Still, to make this work she’s cut out a lot — the garden, The New Yorker, wasting time online, ambitious cooking, clothes shopping, coffee with friends.

Omigod, you’re right, New York Times, that is a lot! But perhaps next time you could profile a middle-class woman with four sons and a job who manages to read a book every few weeks. Would be far more impressive.

One Comment

  • You know, she actually has very good taste. I’m not saying those are the 365 books I would read in a year if I had no responsibilities–mine would, of course, be much cooler and better–but one could do worse.

    “At an average of five books a week, not counting all those sighed at and nibbled on before they go to the Strand, I will read 13,000. Then I’m dead. Thirteen thousand in a lifetime, about as many as there are new ones published every month in this country.” -The late John Leonard. Somehow this seemd apropos.