Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 - New Year, New Posts!

<-------pictures like THAT are the only things that come up in a google image search for 2012.  Happy New Year?

Happy 2012!  So, far this year has been pretty fantastic for reading and that is mostly due to my brand new Kindle Touch!  I love this thing.  I can download books in seconds and I'm finding a lot of fun new books because of the Kindle Daily Deal and the monthly book releases from Amazon that are $3.99 or less.  I think I've downloaded 10 books in the last week alone and only spent about 20 dollars.  That's a helluva deal.

The only complaint I have about the Kindle Touch is that literally anything that touches the screen will change the page.  My cat frequently changes the page unbeknownst to me.  It is also hard to find your place again in the event of a rogue cat turning.  Otherwise, I like it.  It is super lightweight, easy to use, and is small enough so that I don't even notice carrying it on my walk to the train.

2011 Reading Recap 

In 2011, I read a lot.  I didn't quite reach my goal of 75 books last year, but I was damn close with a total of 73 books.  That's over 28,000 pages in 12 short months.  I've set my goal at 75 again this year in hopes of cramming in those last two books.  Here are some stats about those 73 books:

The longest book:  Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon at a whopping 1,088 pages.  Whew.

The shortest book:  Freaks by Tess Gerritson.  This was really an Amazon short for my Kindle. 60 pages.

The 5 best books:  World War Z by Max Brooks; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; In Cold Blood by Truman Capote; Mudbound by Hillary Jordan;  and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The most disappointing book:  Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later by Francine Pascal

The most rewarding book: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The funniest book:  Supreme Courtship by Christopher Buckley

It was a good year for books and a good year for reading.   I'm looking forward to more fascinating stories in 2012, especially with my fancy schmancy Kindle.

Happy Reading!!

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