This year I challenged myself to read at least 200 books. Now for some bibliophiles this is a paltry number but I thought it be realistic. I have always been an avid reader but I never thought about how to track the many books that I'd read in any given year. I have become quite active with Goodreads.com and also with sharing my thought about books with others here on this page (not that too many people care about what I have to say). Since beginning the challenge, I have read books by some of my favorite authors, people I have never heard of and some that I haven't read in a long time. Part of the reason that I have been exposed to so many different authors is the Kindle. In November 2010, I gave one to myself as an early birthday present and it was one of the best gifts I have even received. I have access to books on my wish list and books by authors unknown to me; some of which I have become fans of. even with the Kindle, however, the best books I have read this year have been in print form: The Shack, Jane Eyre, One Day and The Help. Funny how these books were ones that I had been putting off reading because of their popularity and mass appeal. Most of the books that I read are of the many romance genres, so it no surpirse about why I loved all of these books. Each book was based on a different romacntic principle but it was the powerful emotions, truth of words, and beuty of language that have kept thse books in mind throughout this year.