Obama’s Reading Habits Have Shamed Me

I used to read so much more, but now I read for research, and then about a half a dozen books a year on top of that for fun or general enlightenment. This recent article about Obama’s readings habits shocked me. How does he do it?? I used to read about 30 + books a year, but I wasn’t the President and I didn’t have a family.

But I love reading, and I think I’m happier when I’m reading more. So, starting today, more reading. Today I will try to finish a book I recently started, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

Finney on my lap, showing where his hair has yet to grow back.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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3 thoughts on “Obama’s Reading Habits Have Shamed Me

  1. Thanks so much for the link – I missed that article! I love reading about Obama because he has such an interesting life philosophy. I enjoyed his last press conference today and how his family deals with the election loss. …. Anyway it took me all morning to get through the Dallas Morning News, much less get to my stack of books. Something has to go and I suspect it will be all the cable news I watch…. DT will be an incentive too – who cares to hear about him? David Brooks column was interesting too – he will not comment on DT’s tweets, only his actions. Life is too short for keeping up with his tweets. Thanks again! I’m not watching the inauguration – listening to our local classical music station.

  2. I got rid of the small tv in the bedroom and now I read each night before I go to sleep. Granted, I usually only get a few pages done before I nod off, but sometimes, I stay awake for a whole chapter. I still watch too much tv in the evening, but I love tv so I’m not willing to give it up. These days, I am a woman of leisure in that I have submitted my apps for grad school and all I CAN do is wait, so I am reading more fiction for fun. I hope when I find a place and move there and settle in, I will still find time for reading not associated with philosophy, even though I do love philosophy.

  3. I’m not will to give up tv, but like Rebecca I won’t be watching the news so much anymore. I realized this morning, there is at least a good hour or so in the early evening when I’d watch the news. That will be my new reading time.

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