"Take no heed of her...She reads a lot of books."
~Jasper Fforde

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Summer Reading 2012

Hi, everyone!  I'm finally back for summer!  And that means that there will be plenty more posts forthcoming, as well as book reviews, quotes, and summer stories!  I'm really looking forward to a lot of fun this year :)

First things first, a bit of business.  This summer, as with every summer, I hope to have a theme.  This year, it's "A Summer in Middle Earth".  I'm going to try and tackle the entire Lord of the Rings series this summer, as well as sample from some of Tolkien's other works.  As I'm sure many of you know, this December, the first part of a two-part movie series of The Hobbit is coming to theatres, and my excitement knows no bounds!  That's the reasoning behind this theme; I'm really trying to get into the Tolkienien spirit!  As a kick-off to the summer, therefore, I'm going to be starting with The Hobbit, which I read last summer.  After that, I'll be reading the other LoTR books, along with anything else I can get my hands on.  It's finally time to pull out the trusty reading list (a fat little notebook packed with books to read and movies to watch).  And of course, I'll be reviewing most of what I read :)

A running list will be kept of all the books I read this summer.  I've established it as a tab at the top of my page, along with Weekly Wodehouse, Wilde Wednesdays, and of course, the ever-present LXG Challenge.  I'm going to try and read at least one book from that list this summer.....Last year, I sadly only touched on one book from the challenge: The Picture of Dorian Gray.  Hopefully, I'll be able to add a couple more completed entries to that list.  (I have a copy of King Solomon's Mines sitting in my room--perhaps that will be next?)

So, with all that established, I believe it's time to get back to reading The Hobbit so that I can start posting as soon as possible :)  And, also, those of you who follow me on Goodreads can also see possible reviews and ratings of my reading selections.  (Not going to lie, though, they are not going to be as good as the reviews I'll post here; my heart's just not in Goodreads as it is in this blog).


  1. I do hope you are enjoying "The Hobbit". I have an imagination trained by books, radio programs of the 1940's, comic books of the 1940's and drugs of the 1960's so this book was in vivid intricate detail and color for me. Although I love everything Tolkien I have to admit I skipped over most of the poetry.

  2. OF...

    I'm so glad you're a Tolkien fan. This should make my summer reading theme a lot more exciting, since I'm sure you'll be able to provide some wonderful insight to the books I read (of course, you ALWAYS do!)

    The Hobbit is one of my favorite books, and has been ever since I was a child. Reading it again is just like spending some time with an old friend. Everything is familiar, but there are still some things you forget, and it's a delightful surprise to rediscover them :)

  3. you will love the Lord of the Rings! I finally read it a few years ago under pressure from my cousin and I loved it! actually, this summer, I am reading Unfinished Tales since I read The Silmarillion last year. can't wait to talk about it with you!

  4. Sarah....

    Really looking forward to it! I'm sure it's going to be a great read. I'm currently halfway through "The Hobbit", so as soon as "Fellowship" comes in, I intend to start it :)

    Also, your comment totally reminded me (although I'm not quite sure how) that I still need to read the Gormonghast series (and I'm sure I've misspelled it). Which book comes first?

  5. Titus Groan is the first book, then Gormanghast, then Titus Alone if you like the first 2.

  6. Titus Groan is the first book, then Gormanghast, then Titus Alone. note: it is not necessarily necessary to read the last book.

  7. I would recommend 'the children of hurin' it's quite a bit darker than the other middle earth tales but very good.

  8. Wonderful! Thanks, Tom and Sarah!


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