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It is 25th March, the downfall of Sauron and the end of the War of the Ring, and therefore Tolkien Reading Day. Most years I forget to take part, but today I decided to mark the occasion by reading the first chapter of The Hobbit. This was my first exposure to Tolkien; it appeared in a book of children’s short stories (fairy tales etc) given to me by my great-uncle Tom when I was about 9 or 10. It was only when I got to junior high school and saw a copy in the library that I realised that it was properly the beginning of a wonderful book, and my love of Tolkien and all things Middle Earth began there. It is also the 75th anniversary of the first publication of The Hobbit, so all seems very fitting.

And now that I have started it I think I will add it to the list of reads I’m making for the Once Upon a Time challenge; but more of that later!

Despite quite a bit of travelling this week I only managed to finish one book: The Telling of Lies by Timothy Findley which is one of my big re-reads.

But the opportunity to go book shopping in Glasgow plus some temptations via the internet meant that the following new books arrived in the Bride’s home this week:

  • The Storyteller by Antonia Michaels – “a spellbinding tale of suspense, danger and transformative love”
  • Mudwoman by Joyce Carol Oates – “extraordinarily intense, racking and resonant”
  • HP Lovecraft by Michel Houellebecq – “indispensable reading for anyone interested in Lovecraft”
  • Fated by Benedict Jacka – Camden. Mysterious relics in the British Museum. Probability Mages
  • Spitalfields Life by The Gentle Author – the book of the blog, a lovely thing in itself

I am currently thinking of signing up to Carl’s Once Upon a Time challenge, and also the 24 Hour readathon in April. I’ll post on those separately once I’ve (a) made my mind up and (b) started the appropriate book piles.

And at least the sun has been shining; spring is just around the corner.

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Scottish, in my fifties, love books but not always able to find the time to read them as much as I would like. I’m based in London and happily married to the Book God.

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