Reading Together #16

I present to you my sixteenth instalment of Weltenwanderers and SchlunzenbüchersGemeinsam Lesen“ (Reading Together).

Each Tuesday one of them asks four questions, with the first three always being the same about the book one is currently reading and the fourth a new one by either of them. All questions below are obviously translated from today’s German post.

1. Which Book are you currently reading and which page are you on?

This week I’m kind of reading two books.
On the one hand did I start with The Fellowship of the Ring, Part One of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, which I chose as part of BiblioSmile’s Summer Book Challenge as a book I always meant to get around to.
With this one I’m on page 69.
On the other hand did I start with The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, which is the first part of the Chronicles of Narnia, even though it was published last.
Here I’m currently on page 146.
I kind of switch between them on occasion and today I explored Narnia.

2. What is the first sentence on your current page?

„What’s the Thing talking about, Horse?“

or in German:

„Wovon redet das Ding, Pferd?“

3. What do you desperately need to tell about your current book? (Thoughts, Feelings, a Quote, whatever you want!)

One of the reasons I switch is because it is exhausting to read the long and carefully structured sentences in the Fellowship. I have to read some of them several times before I fully grasp what they mean and that means I can’t follow the story as easily as I had hoped. The Narnia book is a nice alternative here, as the phrasing is fit for children, though sometimes just as confusing.
While reading I remembered bits of the first LotR movie already and I think, I also already saw a few differences between the written and the movie-version. But it’s still nice to get a different angle on the whole thing.
And there weren’t as many pages describing the Shire (I had to think for a moment what it was called in English as I’m too used to the German version: Auenland – meadowsland) as I had anticipated from others‘ tales.
The only thing that actually bugged me was that it was never said which dwarves visited Bilbo on his 111th Birthday. I wanted to know if there were some we knew from the Hobbit. >_<
And I was surprised that Frodo turned 50 before the whole story actually began…the movies give you a totally different impression here…
Narnia has a completely different narration and it’s odd when the narrator addresses the audience, but it is still quite interesting to read about the discovery and birth of Narnia.

4. Do you put the books you are going to read into an order early on or do you decide spontaneously which one will be the next after you finished a book?

Like so many things this depends.
Most of the times I just pick a book I feel like reading, but there are also times – especially now in regards to the challenges – where I think which would be best to read next in order to finally finish them.

Additional thoughts

You can obviously participate in these questions by either using my translated or the original German version.
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  1. Hello,
    I’ve already read some parts of Narnia and find the books better than the movies. 😉 The other book, I do not know and I also think that’s not my „taste“ i like more … love stories. Sorry 😀 my english is not the best lol, but i try. Can i ask why you writing in english?
    Best regards

    1. Hello Viki,
      books are usually better than movies. 😀
      I do believe there is a bit of a love story in Lord of the Rings, but it is not a main topic. 😉
      Thanks for trying, but if it is easier for you, you can also comment in German – if that is your native language. 🙂
      Simply to keep using the language and improving in doing so. There is no big reason behind it.
      Best regards

      1. Huhu,
        ja deutsch zu schreiben fällt mir dann doch einfacher lol, wobei ich englisch auch nicht vernachlässigen sollte, denn ich Lebe nun schon seit über zwei Jahre in den USA. Ich bin dort mit meinen Mann hingezogen, hatte aber immer in der Schule eine 5 in Englisch von dem her ;)… sprechen klappt gut, schreiben auch wobei ich dann immer EWIG brauchen und auch ein kleines th Problem habe. Meinen Freunden ist das hier schon bekannt und wenn sie schnelle Antworten brauchen rufen sie einfach an lol. Ich dachte vielleicht Lebst du auch hier ;).Aber ich finde es klasse das du deinen Blog in Englisch betreibst!, ich werde sicher öfters vorbei schauen.
        Liebe Grüße

        1. Siehste, ich war noch nicht mal in den USA, aber irgendwann kommt das bestimmt auch noch. 😀
          Bei mir ist es eher anders herum: Ich kann relativ gut auf Englisch schreiben, aber beim Sprechen verdreh ich mir gelegentlich die Zunge, aber gefühlt wird es immer besser, jetzt wo ich wieder regelmäßig sprechen kann. Ist aber immer noch zu wenig.
          Freut mich, dass du öfter vorbei schauen möchtest. 🙂

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