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Woman Reads a Book a Day For an Entire Year

When I was in college, in addition to all the books I had to read for school, I was an avid fiction reader. Even then, if I read a book a week, I felt I was doing pretty well.

Forty-six-year-old Nina Sankovitch of Westport, CT, made it her goal to read book a day while blogging (naturally!) about her activities, in part to share her love of books with others and as a way to get through the pain of her sister's death in 2005. Her rules: the books have to be ones she's never read before, she reads only one book per author, and she posts her reviews the next day. She's a couple weeks away from the end of her self-imposed reading marathon.

How does someone, even a fast reader, have time to read a book a day? It doesn't hurt that the former environmental lawyer appears to be at home most of the day, and she has someone coming to her house to help her with household chores every other day. With all the things you have to do (job, school, cleaning, socializing), how long does it take you to get through a book these days?


MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
lol, I said the restrictions were silly, not excessive. I was referring to some comments about it being time too consuming, needing cleaning help, etc for most "normal" people to acomplish. That if there were less restrictions, no blogging, etc it is very easy to read a book a day. As an avid reader, i obviously support reading as much as possible and never said what she is doing is excessive or silly.
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
Whoops, last thing because the article words it better: "Aside from the pleasure of it, Ms. Sankovitch had other goals — inspiring a love of books in others and finding her way through a period of sorrow and soul-searching brought on by the death of her sister Anne-Marie in 2005."
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
Oh, yes, her goal being that aside from the pleasure that she derives from reading for herself she is also grieving the passing of her sister and wants to inspire others too. That is only good and I wish her the best on all of it :)
ShelleyHFan ShelleyHFan 8 years
MissSushi, I'm not sure that her restrictions are that excessive. Her "rules" (or, rather, restrictions) are as follows: -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. (note: But mostly she makes it up as she goes along). -By necessity she mostly sticks to books 250 to 300 pages or fewer. The other things they mentioned were just things she is partial to but doesn't rule out those that she isn't. Sounds reasonable to me, not limiting, she needs some kind of structure to accomplish her end goal.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i was in my final year in university when i swallowed Twilight saga in 6 days :) all 4 books. i ate, went to the bathroom, answered my mum's emails and slept - all other time was devoted to the books. the same goes for any good book that I enjoy. i don't go out or watch tv until i'm finished
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I don't have time to read books at all really. I read things on the internet now...
nicklover nicklover 8 years
that is crazy! I can read a good book in 24 hours if im really into it and can hold out on social activity for day other than that about 2-3 days.
odyssea odyssea 8 years
I usually end up reading about 400 books a year... I do read more than one book by a single author, though, especially when it comes to mystery series. I've just always been a voracious reader since I was a kid, so I'm not too impressed.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
it really depends on the book for me. if i like its no problem. if its a slower read, then itll take me a couple extra days. for example, i read the entire harry potter series in 1 month....
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
Yeah, there is no realistic way for me to do this...I wish I was a faster reader, but I usually read a book every 2-3 weeks. Due to work, chores, pets, etc., there is no way for me to do this.
sidra5397 sidra5397 8 years
You said it for me, Bella.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I read Matthew Reilly's last book (6 Sacred Stones, ~500 pages) in a day. Granted I didn't move for 8 or so hours. Usually a book will take me a couple of days to finish if I'm really into it. If not it can take months!
kellylouise kellylouise 8 years
It is still one of my goals- but I doubt I'll ever be disciplined enough to do it. I could make the time by going to bed early and read a book in a few hours, but there'll always be something else more important to do. Plus school and work has pretty much got me worn down by the end of the day so I won't really feel like it anymore. Currently I read about a book a week, sometimes more, sometimes less.. but I'm always reading at least one book. But if not for free periods at school and travelling time in trains, I would barely have the time so I'll probably be retired by the time I'd accomplish something like this, though I doubt I would be able to do it then. So all the more kudos to this lady.
merie33 merie33 8 years
I always finish my books in a day. I recently read 'The Time Traveler's Wife' in a little over two hours. I lost an hour of sleep to do so..I told myself I'd only read an hour..couldn't resist the rest! I've always been a very fast reader, so this is nothing out of the ordinary or amazing to me..
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I can and have done this.. as a child and teenager, i read a book, sometimes two a day all the while continuing my other activities, school, swimming, etc. Now that I'm a busy mom with chores and responsibilities, I only read a few hours at night, and I still often nearly complete books. I have over a 2,000 book collection. I've always been a very quick reader. That being said, she has a bunch of silly restrictions with the authors and such, and then blogging a review the next day would take way too much time.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Wow, must be nice. Wish I could afford to not work and have someone do everything for me so that I could lay around all day. F*** this.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
If I'm really into a book and ignore all my other duties I can read a book in a day. But in reality I can't do that every day so about a book a week these days (depending on the book, sometimes shorter, sometimes longer).
cheekachu cheekachu 8 years
I can totally do a book (300+ pages) a day, but not for a year straight. I've got real life to deal with.
michelle-c42934 michelle-c42934 8 years
When i'm doing nothing i can easily read a book in a day, but with school i don't have as much time to spare as i'd like :(
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I thought I had a goal but she blew me out the water. My goal is to read 100 books this year and I shy of my goal by 4 books. My books are usually 250 pages +. I will make the goal but wow, I wish I could read a book a day. I use to do that when I was in college or when I had an extra long commute. I just don't have that type of time anymore. I wish her luck!
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