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About the Project

Lots of people make New Year’s Resolutions. Personally, I’ve never bought into things like “lose 5 pounds”, “call my aunt every day”, “make my bed twice a week”, etc. Sometimes, it is like we are setting ourselves up for failure by picking the things that we normally have the most difficulty with, and setting them as “resolutions” we should keep just because the calendar changed from December 31 to January 1.

I’d rather set myself up for success. One attribute that has stuck with me my entire life is my love of books and reading. Words, stories, characters…it’s a world to get lost in. As a child, my uncle would sit up at night and tell me stories…not fairytales; that wasn’t really his forte. My uncle was a history buff, so my nightly tales were not about princesses and evil curses; they were about revolutions and discontent.

Did I know what he was speaking about? Absolutely not. But I loved the words. Even as a pre-schooler, I tried to read my mother’s college textbooks. By the time I was in 3rd grade, I was reading at a 6th grade level. When I was in 6th, I was reading adult mystery novels by Mary Higgins Clark.

As I got older, other responsibilities (work, school, friends, college midterms, and eventually a “real job”) meant less time for reading. When I did reach for a book, it was generally something that I’d already read; something that required little focus and was more a comfort than a challenge.

And so, instead of some arbitrary resolution, I am setting a goal: To read as many new books as I am years old each year. That means in 2012, I need to read new 26 books to be successful. That means no re-reading the Harry Potter series, or Now I Can Die In Peace ,  or The Catcher in the Rye. It’s a pretty daunting task, reading over 2 new books a month while working full-time and studying for my GMAT, but I think I am up to it.  The question is, are you?

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