Ten Day Book Challenge: Day One

I’ve been tagged by the spook-tacular Rami Ungar to do the ten day book challenge – Blog Style! This especially resonates with me because back in the day when social media was young, all tags were done in blogs. None of that facebook feed stuff, no quick five word statuses. No pictures without explanation.

Anyway, so the rules are simple:

  • Thank whoever nominated you with big, bold print. If they have a blog, link to the post where you got tagged there.
  • Explain the rules.
  • Post the cover of a book that was influential on you or that you love dearly.
  • Explain why
  • Tag someone else to do the challenge, and let them know they’ve been tagged.

Day one I’m kind of cheating because otherwise I have to use up three days to cover The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.

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Yes, these are the covers I grew up with, too. I still have Two Towers and Return of the King but Fellowship disintegrated. (I have newer copies of all, of course.)

Why were they influential? My dad was a big Tolkien geek, so we were raised on them. We started with the cartoons as toddler, moved to The Hobbit, as children, then on to the series proper in sixth grade, and later Silamarillion, etc. When I was four, the main characters were as familiar to me as Big Bird was. needless to say I was in heaven when the movies hit and it all became mainstream. People finally understood my jokes and references. I was no longer the only person I knew who was in love with Legolas. As to how it influenced me…Just as his universe (which encompasses so much more than just Middle Earth – named because it is the middle incarnation of the world, meaning there are other epochs besides that) is too expansive to get into in a single blog, so is listing all of the ways it has influenced me. However, I’ll pick one and say that I love the way the characters weave together to create the world, all of the little background people that pop up here, and then pop up there, and just the sheer expansiveness of it. It’s probably the reason I have a universe and not just a series for my own books.

I’m supposed to tag people, so I shall tag CG Coppola who is an awesome author and blogger!

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  1. Love it, Joleene. I’m not much of a Tolkein fan, but I’m glad he had such a great influence on you. Otherwise, we might not have met.


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