I have been meaning to read The Lord of the Rings for ages. Well, for years anyway. But for some reason or another, I always put it off. Several years ago I was too busy studying, then I was always in the middle of some other book, I was reading the seven Harry Potter books in the last two years, and many other similar excuses. Now, the time has finally come for me to read them. And so far, so good. I am enjoying The Fellowship of the Ring as much as the Peter Jackson’s films.
Tolkien had been under my radar since I was a teenager but I never considered him worthy of my time. My best friend LOVED his books. All of them. She could spend hours and hours discussing The Hobbit, TLOTR trilogy, The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, anything by Tolkien, really. But I simply wouldn’t buy it. And now, many years later, here I am. A self-proclaimed Tolkien fan making up for all the wasted time during my teens.
I am already on Book 2 of The Fellowship of the Ring, so I still have many, many pages to read but, hopefully, I’ll finish all three books by the end of the year. In the meantime I am enjoying this journey and to get a better insight into Tolkien’s masterpiece, I am following a read-along hosted by Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice. She has been writing detailed posts for every chapter and it is always a joy to read her opinions, favourite quotes and little nuggets of wisdom. I am way behind her, anyway, but I still think that it is a great thing to do and I can’t thank her enough for all the time she dedicates to write those beautiful posts and answer the comments discussing them.
So, this is pretty much what I’m up to these days. I haven’t had that much time for writing this month and I haven’t completed almost any of the projects I had in progress. Hopefully things will get smoother by the second half of the year because right now I’m busy, busy, busy. And exhausted. Always exhausted regardless of how many hours I sleep at night.
Anyway, because I haven’t had that much time or energy or the appropriate mindset or whatever it is that I need for writing, I am focusing on reading and on improving my critical reading skills. So one thing I have done this month is to come up with a list of fifty classics to read during the next five years and join The Classics Club (a blogging community of sorts for people interested in classics). You can check my list here. And yep, another blog. I thought it would be best to start a new blog for all the things related to this new literary quest.