Weirdly, I’m sitting in a hospital room with my sister who resolved to donate a kidney last January and then, yesterday, did just that. I suppose that resolve rather puts my own resolutions to shame.

My 2019 resolution was more of an intention than a resolution — I set out to read a book a week for the entire year. I grew up an avid reader. When I went to college I’d slowly moved from reading for pleasure to reading…