Guess what I did last night. I purchased the Kindle edition of “The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien. I figured I needed to give myself a small gift for being such a good boy lately.
I finished reading my previous Kindle book, “The Mystery Of the Hidden Room by Marion Harvey” and found it just okay. While the author was brilliant in writing, I found the book to be kind of dragged out and unrealistic. It was like, “Ahh, the professor must have committed the crime!” “No, he didn’t because what you don’t know is that there is a hidden room around the corner!” The conclusion to the book was based on facts that weren’t laid out previously, so I couldn’t put any pieces together. I like mystery books that give me all the details and let my mind work in the meantime. Oh well. As I mentioned, it was okay.
But like I’ve said a million times, I really enjoyed reading “The Hobbit.” I’ve been planning on reading each book in the later trilogy and went on Amazon last night to purchase the first one. Funny thing – I found that each book was around $8.99, but there was an edition that has all three books combined for only $9.99. And I also learned that The Lord of the Rings isn’t a trilogy at all. It’s actually one long book broken down into something like 6 sections. Each title of the trilogy is included, but this collection is 1220 pages.
I started reading last night and I can’t tell you the relief I felt when I cracked this thing open. Like I was telling my mother earlier, I had given Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” a try and felt like it was all work. I’m sure it’s amazing, but at this age, I feel like I’m entitled to enjoy stories, rather than laboring through them. And that’s what “The Lord of the Rings” offers me. A relaxing adventure. Something for me to read and get away from it all.
I’ll probably write short updates throughout the book. I’m hoping Youtube has more clips available than they had for the Hobbit. If so, things here on this blog will make a whole lot more sense.