As you may or may not know, I’m currently tackling re-reading (or, in the case of the last book, reading for the first time) the Lord of the Rings trilogy. My history with these books is… not great, lol. Though I love the tale of Frodo and company, I always found Tolkien’s habit of going off into long, rambling tangents to be a tough slog. I made it a few chapters into The Two Towers before I completely gave up 😅 But this time, I’m determined to get through them. This time I have two things going for me: I’m listening to the audiobook as opposed to reading it physically and I’m buddy reading it with a bunch of the Write Reads gang! It’s already helping because my rating for The Fellowship of the Ring, which we just finished last month, jumped from one star to four. There’s just something about listening to this book makes it so much easier to get lost in the world.
Now, having just finished the first book, I thought it would be the perfect time to do The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag! I was tagged by the wonderful Fiona @ Fi’s Bibliofiles, who has an incredible bookish blog! If you’re a fan of fantasy, you can’t go wrong checking out her posts and giving her a follow. Also, her blog is just so pretty 😍 This tag originated at Unputdownable Books and Fi found it on FMN’s top 100 book tags list.
Now, let’s get to the tag!
Gandalf – A book that taught you something
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
Though this entire series is focused on magic and the doings of magical beings, I’ve really been enjoying how much focus is on the police work and the history of the different communities in and around London. I’ve learned a lot about the city through this book and the author is so detailed about different sections of the city that I feel like I’m there! I’m also a fan of true crime, so I love learning about the workings of the Met.
Frodo – A book that left a mark on you
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Look, ever since I finished this book last year, I have not been able to shut up about it. I’m sure y’all are tired of hearing me talk about this by now 😂 If that’s not leaving a mark, I don’t know what is! I adore this book so much that I’ve already re-read, which is very rare for me. I’m planning on re-reading it again this year before I pick up the sequel! This is a stunning, young adult fantasy that has incredible world-building, fantastic characters, and will just settle in your heart in the best of ways.
Legolas – A book you finished in one sitting
Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall
I read this book for a blog tour hosted by The Write Reads last year. I had been hearing nothing but fantastic things about it from a lot of bloggers. It’s a fantasy that involved bonding with magical creatures, as well! The premise had me hooked and, then, I actually picked it up. I’ve never read a book over 300 pages faster! I tore through this story in one day and had a bit of a book hangover once I finally emerged from its pages. This was incredible and, even better, it’s just the first book in a series!
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