The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien


Come catch up with me and take a look at what I read this past month as well as what’s coming up for next month’s goals and events.


February flew by so quickly that I didn’t even get around to wrapping it up here. And now they tell me March is over, too? Unbelievable. As a result, you get two months together this time! Not a huge list even though it’s been two months, but any time spent reading is time well spent. 🙂

 

February 2018 Reads:
  • The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov


 March 2018 Reads:
  • The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated ed.), J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald


Monthly Favorites
February

As you probably know, I’ve been working my way through my 30 books before 30 list. For some reason, I suddenly decided to pick up Lolita this month. And, because I’d been considering it for the 30 by 30 list, I’d forgotten that it wasn’t actually on the list. Oops! But I kept reading anyway, because it was GREAT and I like I said the spirit moved me, haha. It was what I expected and more. Revolting. But so, so incredible.

Everything you’ve heard about good writing and Lolita is truer than true. I was immediately drawn in and could hardly put it down! As most of you probably know, the book deals with a man’s attraction and relationship to a child. He’s an absolute monster. It’s incredible to me that the writing is so lovely that it makes you want to keep reading something that you might otherwise throw away in disgust. If you haven’t read this one yet, I’d encourage you to at least give it a try!

 

March

I have to say my favorite read of March was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This was my first time reading any of the illustrated versions, though I do own all three that are out so far. I picked it up on a day I was feeling particularly blue as a means of self-care, I suppose. I was really in my head and wasn’t getting anything done and realized all I needed in the world was to crack that book open. I read it in just a couple of days and loved every moment of it. It’s probably my favorite Harry book, just because it’s first, and it was so fun to experience it again with all of Jim Kay’s incredible illustrations. I’d definitely recommend checking these out, if you haven’t yet! A word of caution for those who are afraid of spiders… Chamber of Secrets is going to be really rough for you. I have almost thrown the book across the room several times just while leafing through. You might want to give it a look before purchasing it!


 

February & March Events

Both months were mostly full of personal and non-bookish events. My book club is still going strong after three meetings and we’re loving our book, The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse. I’ve still been spending a lot of time designing and working on some projects such as putting a Cask & Quill online book club together. As well as a couple of things that I unfortunately can’t tell you about yet! But all that’s certainly been keeping me busy!

March was super busy with #MiddleEarthMarch on Instagram. For those who haven’t participated before, it’s a month-long celebration of Tolkien and his Middle-earth that takes place on Instagram each March. Together with the rest of the Tolkien Tribe, we created a list of photo prompts for people to follow each day. Along with that, I was part of a couple of giveaways. It was a great month and it’s always so fun, but I’m ready for a bit of a break now!

 

Looking Ahead

As mentioned, I’m trying out a Cask & Quill book club this month. We’ll be reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and you’re more than welcome to join us! Other than that, I’m just looking forward to chipping away at my 30 books by 30 list. Time’s running short!

 

What’s going on with you in April? What are you reading? Let me know below, or come say hello on Instagram!

 

Anna

 

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