Tonight was our second family read night. We had fun, we read 330 pages (I know I said we weren't going to do a daily count, but it's still a novelty so we counted) and Josh fell asleep reading. New plan, we read earlier in the evening before everyone gets tired, lol.
I also finished my first book of the year. Yay! I read The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain. I won't give away much of the plot, but basically a midwife commits suicide and as her friends are cleaning out her house and trying to figure out why she did it they uncover all sorts of secrets.
I just finished reading it and I'm still on the fence as to whether I liked it or not. The first part dragged a bit and then there were all sorts of twists and turns that were interesting and kept my attention and then it ended rather abruptly, which annoyed me. I hate it when I'm really into a book and suddenly I find myself abruptly at the last page when there is still more story to tell. I need proper closure. This book left me with a bit too much "then what happened?".
So it wasn't the greatest book I ever read, but it did remind me that I love reading and that I have done far too little of it lately. Getting wrapped up in a book, even if it wasn't the perfect book, felt great and has made me excited to get started another one.
Which brings me to my new obsession!! Goodreads.com! If you love books you absolutely must go there and sign up. You can make lists of books you've read, books you want to read, read reviews from other people and get suggestions based on the books you've already read. I went there last night and entered a bunch of books I've read and it compiled a list of books it thinks I'd like and it was pretty accurate in the choices. I came up with several books that I want to read and I'm planning to spend more time there exploring the suggestions and coming up with more ideas.
Normally I do my book browsing on Amazon but I had a lot of fun at Goodreads. I'm sure I'm going to be spending more time there!
They also have a book challenge where you can enter a goal of how many books you want to read this year and then you can keep track of them on the Goodreads site. I set a goal of 30 books. That was a random number, I actually don't think I'll have a hard time reading that many at all and probably could have set a bigger goal, but 30 sounded good to start. I can always adjust it later. I have a counter on the side of my blog if you care how my goal is coming along.
So that's where we're at with the Year of the Books. Two days in and we're loving it! Let's hope we're still loving it in a month! :)