100 Books and What Santa Brought

I did it! 100 books in 2011. Goodreads provides this handy little graphic on members' Stats page. I love the visual. Most of the books I read were 4 stars with 9 books marked as 5 stars. That's some good readin'. 

From this graphic, I see that I borrowed a lot of books thanks to my great library. I'm so lucky to have such a resource close at hand and now with digital borrowing it's even better. I'd like to make the Canadian piece of the pie bigger in 2012.

The ebook slice of the pie is a nice size and I suspect that it will be bigger this time next year. Santa left a Kobo Touch under the tree for me! I'm enjoyed using it this week while reading Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt. It's taking some getting used to and I'm still figuring it out but I'm liking it. 

I also got a couple of books for Christmas too: Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy (I loved Everything Beautiful Began After, it was a 5 star) and Good Evening, Mrs Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes (a Persephone book).

We had a wonderful Christmas here. It was a white Christmas which was a nice surprise. The day before Christmas Eve it started snowing. It was beautiful. My family and I took a walk while it snowed. It was a wonderful quiet moment before the season really began. We've been busy ever since. 

December 24
Sometime soon I'll make my own Best Of 2011 list (I've seen a few around already) but for now I just want to wish you all a...

Happy New Year!


  1. I never knew there was a stats page on GoodReads - how interesting. I went to check mine out and saw that I didn't keep track of the books I read on there very well. *Sigh* Maybe my goal will be to do a better job in 2012. Santa was good to you! I hope 2012 is as well!

  2. congrats on meeting your target :) And lucky you with Santa - I loved Minnie's Room by Mollie P-D but have yet to read Good Evening, Mrs. Craven.

  3. Like Kathy, I had no idea I could access my stats on GoodReads. I clearly need to play around a bit more over there. :)

    Congrats on making 100 books!

  4. Happy New Year, Chris. What a great reading year. Now you having me running for my own Goodreads graphics!

  5. Woohoo! Congrats on the Kobo, and you can never have too many Van Booy books in the house. :)

  6. The snow totally was a nice surprise! And... now we are back to the rain...

  7. Hmmm, I didn't know about Goodreads stats either! Will have to start using it more, I love your representation of your reading.

    Sounds like you got some great Xmas gifts! I love my Kobo Touch, even more than I thought I would. Strangely enough, I've just read Ragnarok on mine too ;) Hope you enjoyed your holidays!!

  8. Happy New Year Chris!!

  9. Happy New Year! Happy Bloggiversary! Happy Goodreads-ing! Happy 100 books!
    I will have to go check out that maritime category...

  10. Congratulations! Are you going to to aim for more in 2012?


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