New Book Review: LOTR – The Fellowship Of The Ring by J R R Tolkein

download (14)The first volume in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy: The Fellowship Of The Ring is the epic adventure fantasy novel by J R R Tolkein. Published in 1954 by George Allen and Unwin, it follows the story of Frodo Baggins from the Shire who is bequeathed a magical ring with dark powers. For the first time since the so-called Elder days, Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves and Men must work together to overcome the ominous threat of a terrifying enemy.

Tolkein creates a deeply vast world of riveting histories, romantic folklore and ancient legends, riddled with beauty and magic that uproots you from daily banality and firmly tethers you to a world of fantastical lore and mysticism. The details concerning the histories of this fantasy world from language to attire is incredibly thorough documenting ancient legends and wars of years past. Given its context, I can forgive the many clichรฉs surrounding prophecies and quests and villains that are evil for no good reason because this piece of fiction is undeniably a pioneering contribution in the world of fantasy literature.

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Classics Reads and Double Takes

IMG_20180802_194724_011It’s finally the weekend! And after a long and taxing week, I’m determined to do as little as possible today save for catching up on my behind schedule tbr and posting these all important updates.

Last month on social media, I announced that I was going to incorporate one classic book into my monthly reads. Though mentioned in hushed promulgation i.e. casually and in passing, it is indeed a feature I would like to adopt going forward.

In keeping with our theme, my ‘Classics Reads’ for the Month of August was a Wordsworth Classic staple; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, which I’ve just posted a review for now, so I would love if you guys could read it and tell me what you thought, as it was written in accordance with my new condensed commentaries policy ๐Ÿ™‚

And one final note; I’ve almost finished the first volume of The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy namely, The Fellowship Of The Ring, but I’m still deciding whether or not I need to read it again in order to write a worthy review of this momentous book. In any case, don’t expect a review anytime soon, as I probably will re-read if not the whole book then large chunks of it.

And one final final note, I’m interested to know what you think, particularly my fellow reviewers; Do you think it’s necessary to read a book more than once before it can be worthily reviewed or not?

Until the next post friends, enjoy the rest of your weekend!ย ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›โŠ‚((ใ€ƒโ‰งโ–ฝโ‰ฆใ€ƒ))โŠƒ๐Ÿ’›

‘Classic Reads’ -August; Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

download (18)The first time I read this book back in my Sixth Form days, I felt so intellectually cultured as though I possessed a literary depth that my peers lacked. After all, most of the prose flew right over my head, so it just had to be a work of higher intellect. Now that I’m older and have had another crack at this iconic romance, I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book more about marriage and nothing much else than this one. Mrs Bennett cares for nothing other than the business of ensuring that her five daughters are duly wedded in high station and this just about sets the tone of the story.

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Reviews Too Long?

Hey Friends,

IMG_20180802_194724_011I hope you’re all having a splendid weekend! Here in London, it’s a beautifully cloudless warm day and spirits are high..(well mine are at least)!

I am most grateful for all the positive interactions I’ve had with my intimate audience regarding my reviews. Thank you all for taking the time to read them, it means a great deal as I’m sure you can imagine.

I wanted to post this hopefully short blog to let you know that from this point onwards, you should start to notice a change in the way I conduct my reviews. I’ll keep the old ones listed on my Book Reviews page for your leisure but after re-reading some of my earlier commentaries, I wasn’t happy with the way they were written. They seemed to lack structure above all else and waffle on a bit..๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…ย So I’ve decided to make sure that any future reviews are much more condensed (no more than three paragraphs, excluding the intro and conclusion). They will also focus a bit more on technical aspects such as; tone, pacing, development, any underlying themes and the like.

I will maintain the 5-star points system that I’ve opted for, and the picture link at the end of reviews for the books I most enjoyed, but to wrap things up I’m implementing these changes to hopefully make my commentaries a bit more fun and engaging to read. All comments and suggestions are readily welcomed, please feel free to add anything you like.

With that said friends, I hope the rest of the weekend finds you well!

To read my most recent review; Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney, please click here!ย ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›

 

New Book Review: Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

IMG_20180901_094721_742Do you know what I love about book hauls? The colourfully varied array of bookmarks they give you at the counter promulgating new books you absolutely have to read. One such bookmarker I received was commercialisingย Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney, published in 2017 by Faber & Faber Ltd. Set in modern day Dublin, Conversations is about relationships and the complexities that typify them… but seriously though how often do you find the perfect bookmarker for your current read?!

From the outset, this book held my interest until the very end, compelling me to turn yet another page and bear witness to the events that would unravel next. The prose is very unromantic, so don’t expect any atmospheric imagery, but I think that the pragmatist style of writing and serious tone go hand-in-hand to complement the more serious moments in the book…

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

51dFVDHybrL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Author of critically acclaimed debut The Kite Runner brings us this heart-wrenching gem; A Thousand Splendid Suns published originally in 2007 by Bloomsbury Publishing. Set in Afghanistan and spanning a period of almost thirty years during the time of Soviet occupation up until Taliban rule, this tragic tale recounts the deeply moving lives of Mariam and Laila. The Mother-daughter dynamic that buds between them is irresistible and serves to give a greater attention to the undeniable sufferings of like women and children who live in Afghanistan.

The Author Khaled Hosseini instituted his humanitarian foundation in 2007 with the aim of providing to the most vulnerable groups in Afghanistan, namely; women, children and refugees, access to primarily shelter and education. This, in my opinion is a most noble endeavour of which I have in equal measure both admiration and deep respect. From the outset, it is to be noted that the only reasonable shortcoming I have with this book is that I had not read it sooner and on that front, it is only just that I rate A Thousand Splendid Suns…

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That means……..

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I’ve finally given my first 5 Star Rating!!ย ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Hopefully there are many more 5 Star Ratings to follow. But for now, it’s on with this review!


Mariam is a young vulnerable girl conceived from the humble beginnings of illegitimacy. She is forced to marry Rasheed, a man twenty-five years her senior, at only fifteen years of age. Many years later, Laila, whose upbringing was very much unlike Mariam’s in that, she was educated and daughter of a man who wholly advocated women’s rights, is also forced into marriage with Mariam’s husband. The two form an unbreakable bond that carries them through even the most dire of situations.

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Social Media Update

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Looking like a rookie! XD

Hey Bookish friends!,

I recently attained the humble milestone of 100 followers on my Instagram, of which I am most grateful. It’s definitely humbling and almost surreal when I get positive feedback on my content as though I were having an out of body experience! I very much enjoy being part of the Bookstagram community as the continued support and positivity incites me to continue, in turn to produce interesting and original content that will keep my intimate audience engaged. I therefore started going live on Instagram with the intention of putting a face to my Insta account and hopefully interact more with my audience. Needless to say, the last two shows I’ve posted have yielded extremely modest views which I’m still ecstatic about, so much so that I wanted to express my great many thanks here!! <<<(^O^)>>>

Lois @lochanreadsinstaย ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’