Presidential reading challenge
I like fiction as much as the next guy, but she wanted something more specific. I was surprised I didn’t have an immediate answer, as I sheepishly realized I not as avid a reader as I was about five years ago. In fact, since starting grad school in 2009, I don’t think I’ve read a book for pleasure in its entirety. I just get so burned out from reading boring textbooks that it becomes difficult to focus on a leisure book.
I mentioned I enjoyed reading biographies when I was an undergrad, so she suggested I make my way over and look for something that piqued my interest. Not sure what I was looking for, I knew immediately it when I saw it: Ron Chernow’s new biography on George Washington.
At just over 900 pages, I know I’m in for a chore. But despite being such a prominent figure in our nation’s history, I’m a little hazy about his meteoric rise to fame. I’m sure I’ll have more than enough detail when I’m all said and done.
Later that night after reading the first few chapters, I decided to set a goal for myself of reading one presidential biography per year, starting with this one. That should keep me busy for the next 45 years or so, and I’ll post a recap once I’m done, probably around New Year’s.