18 April, 2010Daily Archives

It’s Monday, what are you reading?

Sheila from One Person’s Journey through a World of Books hosts this meme and I love to participate in it!  Head on over and check out her blog and the great participants there.

Well, I almost made it through my journey of Tolkien.  I’ll finish it up this week though so I’m not sad!

Here’s what I read this past week:

  1. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  2. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
  3. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  5. Fruits Basket Vols 1-2 by Natsuki Takaya
  6. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

To be read this week:

  1. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Bridegrooms by Allison Pittman (Blog Tour!)
  3. The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
  4. Unknown by Rachel Caine
  5. Coming of the Storm by Michael Gear
  6. The Girl with the Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

Those of you who picked my reading list for this last week – I haven’t forgotten you! Just waiting for the books to come in at the library then I’ll be devoting an upcoming week. My vacation threw this one off, but I still plan on reading your suggestions!

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2) The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Two Towers is one book where the movie and the book cause two completely different reactions from me. The movie – not so much a fan of. It’s okay but it’s the middle movie, it’s the go-between. But the book.. man, every time I read this book I forget just how much greatness is in it.

Seriously, Boromir’s fall, the battle at Helms Deep, the march of the Ents, the reintroduction of Gandalf.. as the White. The characters are so fantastic with my favorite being Éowyn. Such incredible, understated strength she has.

But most of all, and surely this is a surprise to those of you who know me!, I love the tales told by Fangorn (Treebeard) of the Entwives. I love the stories and songs and the way of life of these creatures. I feel their sorrow at the loss of the forests around Isengard, understand their rage and get a thrill of a mixture between fear, sorrow and excitement when they start on their march. These battles are so huge, so full-scale it seems like it would be impossible to fully grasp what is going on, but still, if you pay attention, the scene opens up and it is unlike anything I’ve read before.

I love the beginning and the end of the trilogy is fantastic beyond fantastic, but The Two Towers is something special too and I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it.

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Sunday – What’s New?

Seriously, I am having so much fun!  I came home to books books and more books in my mailbox with still more that I’m expecting this upcoming week!  On top of that.. I went to a local library sale and made out like a bandit.  So happy with my purchases there!  This was the first library sale I’ve attended and… yes, I’m hooked.

In my Mailbox (Hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren):

  1. Labyrinth by Kate Moss
  2. Artemis Fowl, the Eternity Code by Eoin Coifer
  3. Crazy by Han Nolan
  4. The Mermaid’s Mirror by L.K. Madigan
  5. The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn
  6. Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt

Purchased this Week:

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  2. Fallen by Lauren Kate
  3. Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
  4. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran
  5. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  6. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  7. Metropolis by Elizabeth Gaffney
  8. Murder on the Leviathan by Boris Akunan
  9. The Waterworks by E.L. Doctorow
  10. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  11. Keeping the House by Ellen Baker
  12. How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Ellen Bried
  13. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

Library Loot:

  1. Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner
  2. Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
  3. Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show by Frank Delany
  4. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Fransisco X. Stork
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