Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (3/24/2014)

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Final exams ended not with a bang, nor a whimper, but with a heavy snore. I'm at my parents' house hanging out with my brother and sister. Spring break is only a week long, so I'll have to make the most out of it in terms of reading, hanging out with friends and family, and sleeping. :) I'm taking a course on Vampires in Literature this coming quarter. You can probably guess at least one of the books that we'll be reading.

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This week, I finished:



1. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

I ended up reading the bulk of these two novels during the last week of my Tolkien class. The Two Towers is my favorite installment of the trilogy - it flows so much better than The Fellowship of the Ring. The Return of the King left me feeling pretty bummed out about the end of the quest, because their paths separate and the hobbits have to say goodbye to all the awesome people they'd met on the road. Having put up with Aragorn for so many pages since the beginning, I was sad to see him go, too. Hope I didn't spoil anything.

Ongoing Reads:




I'm almost done with this book! Noble Smith interprets Tolkien's philosophy into ways that we could apply to our lives. It's been a peaceful read, and a wonderful reminder of what's important in life.
A story about two brothers fresh out of adolescence who move out of their toxic home environment to achieve their dreams of a better life. But their path to success is full of obstacles: they struggle to make ends meet as they go to college while working migrant jobs. 
I'm trying to finish this before I hit the theaters with my hubster-bear-pie later this week!

Thanks for reading! Take good care.

10 comments:

  1. I haven't seen those movie tie in covers for LOTR before, I think I prefer the originals still,


    Have a great week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. Hi Shelley, I was taking the exam for final and saw the stack of books (it was open book) on the desk of the student next to me - they were the non-movie-tie-in covers, and they were simplistic and charming to look at. But I couldn't stare, lest I be accused of cheating! :P

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  2. That certainly sounds like an interesting course you have coming your way.

    Jesse sounds like an interesting read. I'd love to know how you find that one.

    Happy Reading!
    :-)
    Bits & Bobs

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    1. Hello Jade, indeed it does - I look forward to the vampiness of spring quarter. Jesse is wonderful - Gary Soto knows how to characterize and paint a picture of their lives without overloading you with pages of details. Thanks, have a wonderful week!

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  3. I was sad when everyone split up in Return of the King too! :(

    That class sounds really fun! I want to take it too now! Lol.

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    1. Heya Quixotic Magpie, hahaha! Maybe there's one in a community college nearby. Or you can download some professor's podcasts somewhere, that'd be cool too.

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  4. The Lord of the Rings- that almost makes me want to reread the series again. I wish I would have had a Tolkien class- sounds like fun!

    Have a great week.

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    1. Hey Greg, that's cool that you're familiar with the series too. :) The Tolkien class was fun and also demanding, since we had to read so much of Tolkien's works within 10 weeks. Crazy - but it was worth it!

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  5. I am a big LOTR fan and I have found The Two Towers to be the easiest of all of them to read... at least the fastest. I'm not sure if I have a favorite amongst them or not. :)

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    1. Hello Lois, great to meet a big LOTR fan! I think each of the three contributes something different. I do like the second one because it reads well. <3

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