I just wrote a note in the front of our Lord of the Rings book: "Finished September 17, 2008." Which completes the started it entry made on October 28, 2007 and blogged about at the time.
We read together most nights, but it took longer this time, partly because my voice was out of commission for almost a month back in April and partly because we just went slower. But once again, it almost stunning what you can accomplish in small increments. When I wrote about it last year, I titled the post 1036 — as in that's how many pages were remaining after the first night of reading. And here we are all done, just by doing a little bit on a regular basis.
We figure that was our fourth or fifth time through LOTR, but we've also read many other books over the years: several if not all of the Dune books, James Herriot's series, Philip Gulley's books, Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, and who knows what else.
Last night we began Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why. It's non-fiction obviously and sounds dry, but I've read it myself and quite enjoyed it. To me, it's both a readable and eminently sensible book about the scriptures. I read part of the introduction to Cuppa last night, and she thoroughly enjoyed it, but we'll see how it goes when we get into the actual text.
Does anyone else have any candidates to nominate for good bedtime reading aloud? Nice comfy stories are preferred because one doesn't want to get hooked on a whodunit and the like when one just reads in brief snatches before lights out.