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New Year Resolution

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments


I haven’t made a New Year’s resolution in years. Decades. Come to think of it, maybe I never have. Until this year.

I read 45 books in 2012. Or was it 46? I’m not sure. I do know that the rate was icnreasing: 5 in November, 7 in December. My resolution? Read fewer books. I’ve all but stopped reading my magazines. Newspapers pile up unopened. I don’t even want to think about what else isn’t getting done. With less book reading, I can restore balance. Everything in moderation.

By the way, remember the news a few years back about the book reading competition between George Bush and Karl Rove that evil person whose name I will not speak on this blog? Here, here’s an article the evil person wrote in the WSJ four Christmases ago, in the final weeks of Bush’s presidency. He says:

With only five days left, my lead is insurmountable. The competition can’t catch up. And for the third year in a row, I’ll triumph. In second place will be the president of the United States. Our contest is not about sports or politics. It’s about books.

It all started on New Year’s Eve in 2005. President Bush asked what my New Year’s resolutions were. I told him that as a regular reader who’d gotten out of the habit, my goal was to read a book a week in 2006. Three days later, we were in the Oval Office when he fixed me in his sights and said, “I’m on my second. Where are you?” Mr. Bush had turned my resolution into a contest.


At year’s end, I defeated the president, 110 books to 95. My trophy looks suspiciously like those given out at junior bowling finals. The president lamely insisted he’d lost because he’d been busy as Leader of the Free World.

All I can say is, really? Two books a week? Hey, I did that last month. But I wasn’t busy as the Leader of the Free World. Not that anyone thought Bush ever worked that hard at it. Nonetheless, this just isn’t plausible.

In any case, I plan not to keep pace with my ever growing booklist. Not this year.

How am I managing so far? More on that in upcoming posts.

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  1. russmcduff
    January 13, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    I find aspiring so much more pragmatic than resolving. I do aspire to read more. I’ve become pretty consistent with NYT and Economist. Books: single digits this past year. I aspire to do better…

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