WWW Wednesday | 11-30-22

Hello, My Lovely Bookworms!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

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

My audiobook will be Pride and Protest by Nikki Payne but I won’t be starting it until tomorrow since it is a pick for my readathon tbr! I can’t wait!

I will be starting Death Checked Out (Larkspur Library Mysteries #1) by Leah Dobrinska. It is an arc from Netgalley and sounds very interesting. Hopefully it will be another cozy mystery I like!

  • The Do-Over by Lynn Painter (🎧) ⭐⭐✨
  • City of Time and Magic (Found Things #4) by Paula Brackston (🎧) ⭐⭐⭐
  • Nine Liars (Truly Devious #5) by Maureen Johnson (arc) ⭐⭐
  • Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien (🎧) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I will be listening to Five Survive by Holly Jackson or A Thousand Heartbeats by Kiera Cass. Both came in today from the library!

My next couple reads will be for my readathon and they are A Fire Endless by Rebecca Ross and The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT READ? ARE YOU LOVING IT? HAVE YOU READ OR WANT TO READ ANY THAT I HAVE LISTED? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

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Audiobook Review: The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings #3) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Title: The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings #3)
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Classic
Publication Date: October 20th, 1955
Publisher: Varies
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf returned, miraculously, and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo progressed towards Mordor to destroy the Ring, accompanied by SmEagol–Gollum, still obsessed by his ‘precious’. After a battle with the giant spider, Shelob, Sam left his master for dead; but Frodo is still alive–in the hands of the Orcs. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing. J.R.R. Tolkien’s great work of imaginative fiction has been labeled both a heroic romance and a classic fantasy fiction. By turns comic and homely, epic and diabolic, the narrative moves through countless changes of scene and character in an imaginary world which is totally convincing in its detail.” (Goodreads)

I still don’t know why it took me so long to read this trilogy. It is now one of my favorites and I know that I will revisit it often. If you like audiobooks, I would suggest the ones done by Phil Dragash! It has music from the movies as well as sound effects. I googled to find them. I do think the audiobooks were the way to go and gave me all of the feelings. I’m now just sad that I have finished it all…

This one took me a lot longer to get through but not because it was slow. I just hadn’t been listening to audiobooks as much as so my progress in this one suffered. I’m glad I decided to focus on it more and as I got farther into the book I couldn’t help but filled with all sorts of feelings, especially feeling anxious about what would happen next even though I have seen the movie before. Haha.

Sam and Frodo got into a pickle a time or two but I loved that no matter what, Sam never gave up on his friend. He would do anything for him even if it meant carrying the burden of the ring. That is true friendship because it is a heavy burden to carry such a thing. The ending was very hard for me to get through, not because it was bad, but because I didn’t want what was to happen. Their friendship is just so pure and I couldn’t help but cry for the last 30 minutes of the book.

“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

That quote hit me hard and it’s one that will stay with me. It reminds me of times in life where I have felt too emotional about things. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that not all tears are bad and it is indeed okay to feel. J.R.R. Tolkien is just a genius with his words!

I honestly enjoyed where all of the characters left off. It all made sense in the grand scheme of things. I also liked how much different the last part of the book was compared to the movie. It gave more depth to the hobbits and the Shire. It was perfect in every way. Merry really stole the show and I have a newfound respect for him.

I’m sure there is more I could say but I’m also quite sure it has already been said about this book and the trilogy. Tolkien created a wonderful world with great characters. There is a reason that these books are still talked about. If you haven’t gave them a chance, I suggest the audiobooks I recommended above. But seriously, this trilogy is amazing and I already want to dive in again.

Audiobook Review: The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Title: The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2)
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Classics
Publication Date: November 11th, 1954
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The Two Towers. Book Two in J.R.R. Tolkien’s acclaimed trilogy, a masterpiece of high fantasy.

Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs.

Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin — alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.” (Goodreads)

If Goodreads is to be trusted, it’s funny that I am publishing my review for this particular book on it’s anniversary. If my math is correct and the publishing date is accurate then it has been 67 years since it came out. That’s pretty crazy! But I mean, it is a classic after all!

I’m glad that I finally finished the second book even if it took me two months to get through. The timeframe wasn’t because it was a bad book or anything (as I gave it 5 stars) but I just wasn’t listening to audiobooks at the time. I am still enjoying the audiobooks of this series because they bring life to the story and really make me feel like I am watching a movie, although with no pictures besides the ones in my head, ha.

The journey starts pretty much where the first book left off. I will say that for me this one did feel a bit slower until you got to about 50%. The plot is focused a lot on their journey and they don’t meet as many people as they had in book one for obvious reasons since they are trying to get to the Mordor.

One of my favorite characters is Sam. He is always reliable and has Frodo’s best interest at heart. You couldn’t have a better partner along for the ride! I mean seriously, who would keep Gollum in check if it wasn’t for Sam? Frodo does a terrible job, ha. I do get feeling sympathy for the guy but he let the power of the ring consume him. Maybe that is why Frodo understands him best because now he has a duty and is so close to the power of the ring.

Even though I have seen the movies before, a lot of the plot twists that happened still surprised me and one particular one made me smile and laugh. It’s just been nice to relive this story in a different way than the movie.

Overall, I am still loving this trilogy and can’t wait to continue on with the third and final book!

Audiobook Review: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Classics
Publication Date: July 29th, 1954
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.” (Goodreads)

I’m not sure why I ever put this off for so long! As a fantasy lover I probably should have already started this but at least I can now say that I have, haha. The audiobook was so so good and definitely gave me the push I needed for this series.

The audiobook narrator did such a fantastic job of bringing each character to life. It was easy to differentiate between the characters. His Gollum is really good! I also liked the added bonus of familiar music from the soundtrack of the movie as well as sound effects.

It’s been a long time since I have seen the movie so listening to this felt like a fresh start. I had forgotten many details over the years. I enjoyed my time getting to know these characters once again and the struggles they would soon face. My favorite character was Tom Bombadil, haha. He is such a wild and hilarious guy with his singing. He definitely was the comedic relief for a couple scenes when it came to the hobbits and their traveling.

Frodo has a lot of pressure on his soldiers when it comes to the ring and what he must do with it. It’s easy to see the pull that the ring has on those around it. Not everyone falls victim to it’s lust but when they do it gets interesting. The power of the ring reminds me of the choices that we face and the one ugly voice telling us to pick the wrong way. Some are stronger than others but we must learn to overcome.

I’m not going to lie, even though I knew the outcome for Gandalf it still had me teary-eyed. He is the glue that holds them together as well as the one that pretty much has the plan. This is another one of those things that reminded me of life. We try to plan out every detail to make sure everything goes smoothly but there will always be obstacles no matter how hard we plan. I liked seeing the eight come together as best as they can with Aragorn trying to take over Gandalf’s spot. Aragorn is definitely much better of a character in the book than the movie in my opinion.

Legolas, my cute little elf, he hasn’t done much yet but I do like the banter that has already started between him and Gimli. It was one of my favorite things from the movie. I can’t wait to see how they both progress in the next book.

There are so many other things that I loved about this book. There are messages throughout that I liked picking out and thinking about as the audiobook went along. Not much has happened with the orcs but they are coming and I am ready!

Overall, I loved this one. I can’t wait to start the next book!

Book Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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5907Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy/Classic
Publication Date: September 21st, 1937

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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. (Goodreads)

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I have done it! I’ve finally managed to read this wonderful book! As a huge fan of the movies I knew one day I needed to actually read it. I have tried multiple times over the years but quickly forget about it as I wasn’t such an avid reader back then. Seriously, shame on me. Oh well, it’s done now!

Many know this adventurous tale and if you don’t then you’re missing out. Bilbo is very relatable as he is a homebody but decides to take a chance and go on an adventure. Along the way there are many characters that are introduced.

There are definitely differences between the book and movie. I’m sure if I were to watch the movies now my opinion would change a bit. I still think they did a decent job of putting it together and honestly, it was hard not to picture the cast for it in my head while reading.

There wasn’t anything I didn’t like so I can’t complain. Yay for good reads!

Overall, I loved this one and will hopefully be starting Fellowship of the Ring soon.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)