Just when I think I'm doing a pretty fair job attacking my reading list and satisfying my 2004 resolution, along comes Sue Gatton, some insomniac with a newly decorated living room to spoil my mood:
The Lake Oswego day-care operator once again demolished the field in my annual reading contest, reading 482 books and 157,672 pages....
...She apparently had a sleepless September: In that month alone, Gatton read 33,885 pages, more than the year's total for all but 25 of the contest's entrants.
Ok, so let me do a little math. Ms. Gatton averaged reading 1.32 books per day. The books she read averaged just over 327 pages, so she was able to read an astounding 432 pages per day.
Nowhere in the article does it mention what she read. I want to know how many picture books or poetry collections. Has she once picked up a David Foster Wallace novel (you know the one I'm talking about)?
No, I'm not jealous. I just have that little defeated feeling one gets upon realizing that a lot is never enough.