Come 2017 these are the two books I intend taking in small doses throughout the year:
I had read Book IX of Paradise Lost back in college, and it was beautiful. Yet I have not been able to get around to reading all twelve books as I have always struggled through epic verses. It is not that I don't understand what I read, merely that prose sticks better with me. However, I am determined to read Paradise Lost and have so decided to imbibe it bit by bit. I shall, therefore, be stretching it out over the entire year -- one book per month.
If you would like to join me, welcome! I would be delighted to read it with you. I am hoping to post a little something after each book at the end of each month. But I don't intend making it a 'have to'.
January - Book I
February - Book II
March - Book III
April - Book IV
May - Book V
June - Book VI
July - Book VII
August - Book VIII
September - Book IX
October - Book X
November - Book XI
December - Book XII
Now, where The Lord of the Rings is concerned, it has been many years since I last read it, and I've been meaning to re-read it for a long while. Nearly two years ago I bought myself a slipcase edition that has split the novel into its seven separate parts. I have decided to read a book a month starting from January 2017 through July 2017. I would love to write about each book after I am done. But again, I am not going to make it compulsory for myself, because the moment I do so I am bound not to! If you would like to join me in this relaxed re-reading of The Lord of the Rings I would be happy to have some company.
The Fellowship of the Ring
January - Book One: The Ring Sets Out
February - Book Two: The Ring Goes South
The Two Towers
March - Book Three: The Treason of Isengard
April - Book Four: The Ring Goes East
The Return of the King
May - Book Five: The War of the Ring
June - Book Six: The End of the Third Age
July - Appendices
It would be wonderful if I could stick to this schedule and complete these two books!