The Month in Books - December 2009

At the start of 2009, I set a goal to read 30,000 pages by year's end. I am measuring progress in pages, rather than titles, to avoid last year's bias toward shorter books. Here's what I read in December:

  1. Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks (review)
  2. Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith (review)
  3. People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks (review)

Pages Read: 1,165
Year-to-Date: 33,933

December Classical CD Purchases

My December purchases came in two main waves, a large order from Amazon at the beginning of the month which brought several of Beethoven's symphonies as well as a pair of two-disc sets from Rubinstein's renowned catalog of Chopin, the Mazurkas and the Nocturnes. Later in the month I got several more discs at bargain basement prices from a seller on Half.com, and finished off the month with two of Mahler's symphonies purchased at my local Borders with 30% off coupons.

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