This morning I finished the last chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring, thus drawing me 66% closer to completing #10 on the list.
It's a slow process for me, reading. Usually I do my reading just before bed where I only last about a chapter or so before I nod off, or first thing in the morning to ease into my day. So, there's quite a sense of accomplishment when I finally make it through a book, especially a long one. Even more so when I finish a book that I've been meaning to read for so long. This one in particular has been a long time coming.
Over the summer I was out for a walk around the square and discovered what is now my favorite shop in town, Mason's Rare and Used Books. After a long time exploring the shop I stumbled upon a set of 3 hardbacks containing The Lord of the Rings books for a great price. I was very excited to find the set because I had been wanting to read them for some time and planned on spending my remaining afternoon perched on the back deck with a new book. Unfortunately I didn't have cash on me, so I resolved to leave empty handed and return another day and purchase the set.
Sensing my disappointment, the shop owner took my name and phone number, then handed me the books and an IOU with the amount written on it so that I could get started right away. What a guy right?! Course, I didn't get started right away. I had to do things right and read The Hobbit first, I decided on my walk home that day with my books in arms.
So yes, I read the Hobbit, which I loved, then a couple other books, and finally just before my birthday I began The Fellowship. And this morning I finished it, the first of the 3 Lord of the Rings books. Yay!
He's truly a wonderful teller of tales that Tolkien, and I had to share my enthusiasm. But there's much more of the story to read, much more of the journey ahead, so I'm off to begin part 2, Two Towers! Goodnight!