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What I'm Reading This Month (or so)

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As I have stated before, this has been a very busy semester so I haven't had a lot of time to read for pleasure. But here is what I'm reading (or hope to read) this month. Hopefully I can go into details on individual posts.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (Re-read): I'm revisiting this wonderful book for my thesis (since it will be my primary source material). I've read it several times before but I always get something new and different each time I revisit it.

The Diviners by Libba Bray: Yes, I'm still reading this. To be fair it's a long book. I'm enjoying it so far and looking forward to the sequel coming out this year (I think this summer).  Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman: I am very excited about this story collection. There is a story about Shadow (from American Gods) and a Doctor Who story! I'm eagerly awaiting on my copy to arrive (I ordered it this week). 
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan: I've been wanting to read this for a whi…

Thesis Time and Tolkien

Wow, my blog has been very neglected. In my defense, I am writing my senior thesis this semester. This is a graduation requirement and I have to write a big research thesis on a literary work. I decided to write mine on J.R.R. Tolkien. There's a lot to work with there but I think I've got my topic narrowed down. I'm going to write about the themes of loyalty in The Fellowship of the Ring and how Tolkien's views of loyalty were affected by his time in the military during WWI. It's a lot of work but at least it's a topic I enjoy. Ever since I read The Hobbit when I was about 11 it's been my favorite book. I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy about two years after and that is when I really developed a love for Tolkien. I loved the movies (they're still my favorite movies) and everything Tolkien related. I read The Silmarillion and Tolkien's translation of Beowulf in college. My favorite class I've ever taken is a seminar on a major author all about…