I just finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

This was the ninth time. Although I’ve read a ton of books throughout my life, there are only a handful I’ve read more than once. And this is the only one I’ve read nine times. Truly the greatest epic book ever: action and romance and history and depth and a grand scale unlike anything else in fiction. I love it.

On a related note, Alex has started reading it. I guess some of the themes in the books have been discussed in his classes at school, so he decided he should find out what all of it means. He read The Hobbit a few years ago, but as we all know that’s really just a children’s tale and only a lighthearted introduction into the real story. It’ll be interesting to see if he enjoys it.