I’ve joined a readalong! I don’t usually do challenges or readalongs, as I have enough personal literary challenges in my reading resolutions without joining in any others. Also, like Simon at Savidgereads, I’m a big fan of what he calls “whimsical reading” and not over-tying myself into pre-planned reading.
However, one of my reading resolutions for 2010 was to try and re-read some books this year. Reappraising, and hopefully, still enjoying books read years ago is a very worthwhile activity that I’m keen to make time for. So when Teresa at Shelflove announced the Lord of the Rings readalong I couldn’t resist. You can find out more about it here.
The plan is to read one book per month, including The Hobbit which is the starting point. It’s probably about twenty years since I last read LOTR. Before then I think I read it three times, loving it anew with each visit, and I haven’t read the Hobbit since I was about twelve. I am so looking forward to reacquainting myself with all my favourite characters on the page – especially Aragorn of course, with whom I was passionately in love as a teenager.
Back then too, I had the most amazing poster on my wall – the artist was Jimmy Cauty, who was half of the archarchic and influential duo the KLF (who famously set fire to £1,000,000 back in 1994). Cauty painted this aged just 17, and it perfectly matched my vision too. I still have the poster, maybe it’s time to get it out of storage and hang it back on my bedroom wall, slightly dogearred that it is …