So. It’s the last day of (northern hemisphere) spring—although given the weather lately, you could forgive me for believing that summer started a while back. I’m currently attempting not to melt. But since the “official” first day of summer is tomorrow, that must mean today is the last day of Carl’s Once Upon a Time VI reading challenge.
I have to say, I’m a little disappointed: June 19 already?! Where did the time go? I only managed to complete one book for the challenge, and that was actually an essay, “On Fairy-stories”. Let’s just say I got a little distracted by other, non-qualifying books this spring. And by the completely totally wonderfully awesome post-season run by the Kent State Golden Flashes baseball team—I spent three hours last night that would otherwise have been devoted to reading watching their improbable and gut-wrenching win over top-ranked Florida. (Why do the teams I follow always make it so close???)
But that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the half-starts. I’m over half-way through The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien), and I think it’s getting better with every passing page. I’m currently on Chapter 19 (of the Quenta Silmarillion section), “Of Beren and Lúthien,” which is proving my favorite chapter so far. I’ve already made a note to borrow my brother’s copy of The Lays of Beleriand so that I can read the poetic version of Beren’s and Lúthien’s story. I also picked up The Hobbit the other day, mostly to verify which copy I had, and found myself starting the first chapter, becoming quickly engrossed, but I made myself set it aside: first The Silmarillion, then The Hobbit. So, you can see that although I didn’t finish as much as I had hoped for Carl’s challenge, I’ve still had fun with it (which I believes covers the first two rules!). So of course I’ll have to play along again next year!
Looking down the road, I’ve already committed to two more reading challenges, Allie’s Victorian Celebration and Stu’s & Richard’s Spanish Language Lit Month, so I’ll be switching my reading over towards those topics. This should take me fairly through the summer. But after that, I think I might try to steer clear of any more commitments for the year, as I don’t seem to be keeping them very well. Easily distracted reader, I am! I’m hoping to begin to make faster progress through my reading, however: I have a new plan for these dastardly hot and humid days. Read. Preferably underneath a ceiling fan with a nice cold beverage on hand. Today is day 1/3 predicted for this week, so perhaps The Silmarillion will be finished before the week is out. And with that, I must set the (way-too-hot) laptop aside and return to Beren & Lúthien. Their story is calling.
Happy reading Summer/Winter!