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Connector of the day: Nina Sankovitch

October 19th, 2009
11:36 AM ET

Nina Sankovitch has become an Internet phenomenon by documenting her goal of reading and reviewing a book every day for 365 days. Despite having four children and a very busy life Sankovitch has stuck to her goal and published her reviews on her Web site.

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 On Tuesday Sankovitch will have read her 358th book in as many days. The environmental lawyer is using reading to cope with her sister’s untimely death and to inspire a love of books in others.

Her read-all-day project has some ground rules: all books are ones she has not read before; she reads only one book per author, and she reads one day and posts a review the following morning. By necessity she sticks to books no longer than 300 pages (with a couple of exceptions). 

With just over one week to go, Sankovitch talks to Connect the World about her amazing feat. Is reading a pre-Internet, pre-TV anachronism? Nina insists not. She thinks the joy and inspiration you can get from books cannot be found elsewhere.

Send us your comments, questions for Nina and we’ll do our best to use them on Tuesday's show.


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  1. Ayesha

    Which one of the books that you read helped you gain the most closure?

    October 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  2. Raymond Chong Lee Cheong

    How long does it take you to read and review a book? Is there a book you would recommend?

    October 20, 2009 at 1:14 am | Reply
  3. Lena

    As for me it's too fast to read one book a day. You don't have enough time to understand it at all. But nevertheless, greetings from Russia:) it's very interesting project, especially having 4 kids))

    October 20, 2009 at 5:01 am | Reply
  4. Malcolm Schreiber

    Big deal. Harriet Klausner reads and reviews about 6 books a day on Amazon, and has been doing it for almost 10 years.

    October 20, 2009 at 5:45 am | Reply
  5. Francesca Castiglione

    I wonder what her household looks like? She obviously isn't
    as busy as she claims & family has to totally self-sufficient

    October 20, 2009 at 6:30 am | Reply
  6. Julien Rath

    My hero! That's just awesome.

    October 20, 2009 at 7:59 am | Reply
  7. mary jane

    how do you find the time to read every day with 4 kids? i've only got 1 and i have only read 2 books since he was born over a year ago!

    October 20, 2009 at 9:11 am | Reply
  8. opal

    the things people do these days for attention, i sympathize with her for the lost of her sister; but people died every minute. I agree with one of the bloggers where does she find the time to do this. The kids are the ones who are now suffering, not only her. Everyday we loose another solider, they are heros. People find heros in the weirdess things.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:03 am | Reply
  9. Ahmad Malik

    That's just Awesome.

    October 20, 2009 at 11:02 am | Reply
  10. mariam

    was it recommeded that reading and reviewing of books would help you find closure OR you assumed it would.which book has helped u with this closure u are looking for?

    October 20, 2009 at 11:22 am | Reply
  11. Elias Zaidman

    Bravo 1000 000 times. I am an Ophthalmologyst and you are proof that eyes are able to do this much and more for the soul.
    I recommend you use artifitial tears often.
    Bravo again
    E Zaidman

    October 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  12. Erin Sanders

    Do you find authors to have a similar style of writing or do you feel that each author has a distinctive writing style of their own?

    October 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  13. adin

    How do you get through a book that doesn't at all engage you personally?

    October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  14. Ephraim

    She's inspiring... I'v bn tryn 2 keep up with 1 book per month..hv 2 review my timelines. Thx Nina & CNN

    October 20, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  15. Lilia Irene

    Congratulations! I imagine you'll go to the Guinnes world record! You have a special mind, and memory, please let me know those you have enjoyed most. Keep on!

    October 20, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Reply
  16. Lim Boon Chuan

    While I applaud her determination, I guess feel that reading should be an enjoyment, a leisure activity. Just curious, how does it feel like to make it an obligation to read a book a day for 365 days? Won't she feel tired of it?

    October 21, 2009 at 1:30 am | Reply
  17. Alejo Conejo

    Wow!! she has to read very fast, but this is totally reachable with many practice, I'd want can read at least one book in a week but I am really busy, I don't think that she is anachronistic, the books still are the largest fount of good information in the world and they will be for a long time and when you really love the lecture nothing is comparable with the pleasure of a book.

    October 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  18. mam636

    Nina Sankovitch rocks!

    May 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Reply

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