WWW Wednesday – 2018/02/28

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WWW Wednesday is a book meme run by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

TheLordoftheRingsI’m currently a chapter away from finishing Book One of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (or the first half of The Fellowship of the Ring). My attention has been a little more divided than I’d like, but regardless reading this book is slow-going. I can see why so much of what happens in the beginning of this story didn’t make it into Peter Jackson’s film. So many meals at different peoples’ houses. The story just plods along at its own pace, and while I do like a lot of what I’m reading it also gets tiresome. I’ve also found I’m a lot more prone to being distracted from reading by stray thoughts than usual. The novel is quite rich in lore, though, which I do like for what its worth.

Recently Finished

MansSearchForMeaningI finished reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl over the weekend. I will hopefully have a review written and posted within the next few days. Frankl’s account of his time within concentration camps was harrowing and compelling enough, but the exploration/explanation of logotherapy afterwards gave the whole book an extra punch. It has framed things about life and human psychology in a new way for me that I hope I can apply to my own life when needed. I feel a little awkward at the prospect of reviewing it, as it’s a rather significant text. I hope I can do it justice.

TheVisitorCoverI also finished reading The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed by Mike Mignola et al. It’s a book that answers the question that’s probably crossed the mind of most Hellboy fans: “What’s the deal with that alien guy in Conqueror Worm?” This book quite completely answers that question, as well as a little about his species and where he comes from. The story maintains a respectable amount of mystery on that latter part, however, which I think was for the best. It tells a good, bittersweet story that ties in with the original story he appeared in quite seamlessly.

Reading Next

SkeletonCrewDespite my previous desires to keep my prose reading restricted to The Lord of the Rings, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about starting Skeleton Crew by Stephen King. I’ve gotten a hold of a few of his short story collections lately and it’s high time I at least started one of them. Perhaps it will help with when LOTR makes me a little stir-crazy too. My decision hinges on the average length of each story. I would prefer something that I can pick up and finish a story relatively quickly.

13 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday – 2018/02/28

  1. The LOTR trilogy is my favorite. I have read it so many times and I still enjoy every word of it. Though I understand it might get slow for some but Tolkien’s writing is what makes my reading experience amazing.

    • His books were always all over my house growing up because of my dad, but it’s only recently that I’ve started seriously reading his stuff. Making up for lost time!

    • Oh no, one more chapter in book one haha. There are six “books” in total. The first two make up The Fellowship of the Ring, so I’m quite a ways away.

      • That’s what I meant, in book one, lol! I tried reading the first book but couldn’t get past the 20 or so page description of a hobbit’s house. Loved the movies, but doubt I’d get through the books.

  2. I suspect Lord of the Rings is one of those books I’m just never gonna read. I remember trying to read the Hobbit in high school and pretty much skimming through it. I think it’d be a little too heavy on description for me but sounds like you’re winning.

    • That’s honestly where I was with it for a while. Had I not bought it years ago I might never have started it. My copy is big, red, and would glare at me from the centre of my bookshelf though, so I knew I had to crack it open eventually. Might as well be now ha ha!

  3. I have to be honest, I have never made it all the way through LOTR. I’ve tried! Good luck persisting.

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