The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring

We’re already a full month into 2017! We’ve hopefully adjusted to writing the new date, we’ve learned that people are going to keep right on dying in the new year and we’ve abandoned at least one resolution by now. What a year so far!


How have you been doing on your reading goals? I feel pretty good about mine, but I (predictably) made a couple of changes along the way. Let’s start by reviewing my initial January 2017 TBR list and comparing it to what I actually read this month. Then stick around to learn what I’ve got coming up for February!


My January 2017 TBR List:
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, story by J.K. Rowling, screenplay by Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
  4. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy (finish)



My Actual January 2017 Reads:
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, story by J.K. Rowling, screenplay by Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
  3. WildCheryl Strayed
  4. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (not yet finished)


As you’ll notice, I ended up not getting around to finishing War and Peace. Part of the problem was that I did not have access to my copy for part of the month and the other is that White Trash took ever so much longer to read than anticipated (still working on it!). In fact, I am considering putting War and Peace off again until next winter, possibly. Not that I’m not excited to finish, but the books I have lined up to read are quite numerous and War and Peace is too long to slip into a lighter month. I’m also just getting into a sort of mood where I primarily am hankering for socio-political nonfiction and wanderlust books. Go figure!


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child


I blazed through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in just two days and give it about 3 stars. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I know many people have mixed feelings about this one, and of course you risk that anytime characters you’ve loved forever are revisited. The fact that it’s a screenplay means it’s very different from the original Harry Potter series for that reason alone. I had a few issues with the story, but there was also a lot that I liked. Scorpius is just such a gem. If you haven’t given it a read yet, I say just keep an open mind and expect that a story told almost completely through dialogue is going to feel very different right off the bat. I’d be interested in actually going to see a performance of it at some point to see what I thought.


Monthly Favorite?

It ended up being harder that I thought to pick a favorite book out of what I read this month. The Fellowship of the Ring is, of course, an all-time favorite of mine. But holy cow, did Wild ever come out of nowhere! Over the course of the past week or so, it came up in discussion about 5 different times between me and different groups of friends. Many of these people recommended it highly and I am here to do the same for you. READ THIS BOOK. If you’ve ever had an interest in adventuring, solo travel, camping or have just been a human who has lived on earth, I think you will really enjoy this book. Okay, so it doesn’t quite rival The Lord of the Rings for the top spot, but it is really wonderful. I grabbed onto the enthusiasm I was feeling for the book and knew I needed to read it right then and there. And I did. It was a whirlwind. I blew through it in just a few days.


Wild by Cheryl Strayed


Reading Journal

I am now one month into using my reading journal. So far, I’m really happy with it! I don’t have a particular format that I follow. I don’t put a rating for the book or even a “review,” per se. I do include lines or excepts that meant something to me. I do like to incorporate a little doodle pertaining to my experience with the book. And outside of that, I just write what comes to mind about it. What stuck out to me. An analysis of characters, plot points or just generally what I think the author’s up to. All that sort. Perhaps in future I’ll do a more detailed look at my reading journal, after I’ve got a little more to show.


Without further ado, the list below is what’s coming up for me in February.


MY February 2017 TBR LIST:
  1. White Trash, Nancy Isenberg (finish)
  2. The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. March, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  4. 1984, George Orwell
  5. A selection of African American poetry, various authors


1984 was recently the best-selling book on Amazon! Get yours here. Check out the graphic novel memoir trilogy, March, by Congressman John Lewis for Black History Month.


What are you excited to read this February?




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