Books of My Childhood, Books of My Life

A million. books get published in a year and there are TOO MANY for us to consume. Oh, but try we do. Before I started blogging, I read some amazing books. Books that are amazing and that I love to this day. Reviewing them would be ideal but I can’t review every book I’ve ever […]

The Lord of the Rings | Comfort in the Cold

With Christmas being right around the corner and the weather getting mighty cold, I am reminded of things that give me comfort and things that I am grateful for. Ranking very high on this list though, is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings stories. I say stories because I am grateful for them […]

Story, Characters, Plot, Worlds

Two of my favorite series are Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Actually. Scratch that. As much as I’ve read and loved some others books/series, these two are unhesitatingly my favorites. They are stories I continue to come back to and read over and over again for different reasons. I’ve had quite a […]

Is Pity for Gollum Misplaced?

The beginning of The Return of the King is my least favorite part. It’s a little gross and I don’t particularly like watching Smeagol kill his friend. The thought crossed my mind though, why would the Ring have such an immediate and drastic impact on Gollum? The answer is probably rather simple and obvious, but I […]

The Lord of the Rings: A Story of Sacrifice & Bravery

I am a person who acknowledges that there is great evil in this world. I am a person who realizes that terrible things happen, terrible people exist, and it’s frightening sometimes. I acknowledge that there are terrible tragedies and accidents, and that people make horrific mistakes and decisions. I understand that all. But I am […]

The Courage of a Hobbit

It’s March 25th. What better way to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day (which also happens to be the anniversary of Sauron’s defeat) than by talking about Middle Earth and its populace? Or, more specifically, what better day than to talk about Frodo? (I’ll also be listening to a bit of The Children of Hurin – narrated by […]

The Great Guilt of the Classics

I read an interesting article a few weeks ago about the culture surrounding classics. To be honest, it really struck a cord in me. The gist of the article was that we shouldn’t be afraid of classics and we shouldn’t feel obligated to read them. This is something we’ve heard more than once but are […]

5 Fantasy Series Perfect for Your Book Club

While I’ve never been a member of a book club, every once in a while I come across a series of novels that I know without a doubt would be perfect for one. Enjoying a novel or series doesn’t necessarily mean either is the perfect book club choice. There needs to be something of substance […]

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