Before I get this post started, I’d like to point out an exciting milestone. I’ve just reached 200 WordPress followers. Isn’t that exciting?
I think it’s pretty exciting. Anyways, as this title suggests I’d like to take some time to share with you my reading goals for this new year. I’m writing this post especially for book lovers (which I feel YOU ALL should be) but if you’re not, I have no prejudice against you. Well, I should rephrase that. I have a little prejudice, but not a lot.
Anyways, because I love to re-read books I’ve read (and there is the possibility that I am just batcrap crazy) I’m reading Lord of the Rings…again…for the sixth time now. I haven’t read it in, oh gosh, four to five years and it is my favourite novel of all time. This all came about for two reasons. I had a Lord of the Rings marathon with my brother and our parents, just after Christmas, and I went to go see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Naturally, I read The Hobbit already in December, and am now onto Lord of the Rings. I’m reading my REALLY nice, far too expensive copy, though.
I’m currently on page 270 of 1031. Not bad, considering these are very large pages with incredibly small printing. So, to begin the year, I’d like to complete Lord of the Rings. What do I plan on reading after that? Well, I’m glad you asked.
I have about 130 Star Wars books, of which I am ashamed to say I have not read them all. On top of this, a lot of the ones that I have read, I read probably ten years ago or more. I feel like I could appreciate them so much more now than when I was a kid, so I have a goal to re-read ALL of the Star Wars novels written. I have all but 20 novels in total, and so my goal is quite simple. Read the novels chronologically and any time I get to one I do not own, I will just have to go out and buy it. This could take awhile…but, I have a head start. Last fall I mad this my prerogative, and quickly burned through about eight novels in as many days. I got sidetracked reading the five novels of The Belgariad by David Eddings (for the second time) but I plan to pick up Star Wars right where I left off.
This is a good segue into my next item on the list, which includes more novels by David Eddings, including five-part sequel series to The Belgariad, of which I’ve only read the first book. Some fan I am. I think that this is all a lot on my plate…for now…and it’s only a matter of time before I get sidetracked reading something else that doesn’t appear on my ‘To Read’ list anywhere. This is life.
I have to say I’m enjoying Lord of the Rings more than I ever have (which is saying A LOT). I’ve seen the movies countless times – extended versions, not the measly three hour versions – and they are done so magnificently that it just adds to the picture in my head when I’m reading. If you haven’t read Lord of the Rings and find yourself with a considerable amount of time (and a little patience for the first half-dozen chapters or so), I highly recommend reading this icon of Epic Fantasy. It’s funny how when you read Lord of the Rings you start to notice that there are all of these different fantasy writers out there that have been heavily influenced by Tolkien – in some cases, to the point of practically copying (but I won’t mention the name of any particular novels, for that would just be unfair to the writer of that on series about a teenage wizard named Harry).
What are your reading goals for 2013? Apart from my blog, that is. 😉
Thanks for reading!
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- “The Hobbit”: One Book to Rule Them All (newyorker.com)
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