Looking Ahead

As September draws to an end, I can’t be more happy with the posts I put up this month. Doing double features was a lot of fun! I blogged about things that really mattered to me, so I didn’t anxiously look at my Stats page and sweat about the views. I was again reminded of the fact that blogging won’t seem like a chore if I’m writing about things I love. I wanted to do another Inspiration Circle post today, but the WordPress website seemed to be shutting me out, so with the limited functionality that the app offers, I decided to turn this one into a ‘How I Spent September and What to Expect from Me in October’ post.

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The Reader in Me

I intend to keep this post short because I just received some devastating news and it has totally put me off. However, I made myself a promise that I won’t skip a day in September, so here is the customary Monday post, the last for the September Reading Month.

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Best of The Lord of the Rings: OST

I don’t have much time on my hands today and I really couldn’t schedule this post beforehand, so I was looking to write a short post this time around. This gave me a sudden inspiration. Although I’d originally conceived this series to be a book discussion (and fangirl feels outlet), I decided to include the movies as well. After all, why not? The movies introduced me to the books and The Lord of the Rings is the highest Oscar-winning movie series till date. Purists might discard the films as crass commercialization and call it but a shadow of the published works, but the movies did get a lot of things right. The first thing that comes to my mind is the soundtrack.

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Book Review: King Ottokar’s Sceptre

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Title: King Ottokar’s Sceptre

Author and Illustrator: Hergé (Georges Prosper Remi)

Genre: Comic, adventure

Series: The Adventures of Tintin #8

Setting: Syldavia

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Best of The Lord of the Rings: Setting

Forgive me for almost missing the deadline in this one. I’ve been busy these few days, what with tests coming up next week. I hope I somehow manage to put up posts next week. Anyway, let’s worry about that later. Today I shall continue to explore my favourite series, The Lord of the Rings, and talk about the one place I loved more than the others (Don’t worry, this post will be small). Every reader knows that setting is very important to a story, especially in the fantasy genre. This series has extremely complex world-building and not only is it detailed, it is exquisitely beautiful. There were several options to choose from – the white towers of Minas Tirith, the quaint and simple Shire, the dangerous mines of Moria, the dwellings of Elrond in Rivendell… well, you get the picture. [Once again, please note that since this is a book discussion, the post may contain spoilers.]

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Best of The Lord of the Rings: Character Arc

Never have I been so excited about a new series on the blog, or more nervous. My first association with The Lord of the Rings series happened when I was 10 years old. I watched the entire movie trilogy with my family and I was instantly impressed. I finished reading the series in 8th grade and I vividly remember that it took me 3 weeks to complete it. I had taken a few days of sick leave and I had the book with me throughout. Ever since, I have never truly let go of it. I make it a point to watch the trilogy and read the books every year at least. If this hasn’t already told you how crazy I am about this series, perhaps the blog posts that I have in store for September will.

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