Reading progress update: I've read 42%.

The Return of the King  - J.R.R. Tolkien

 I'm so ready for us to hop back to Sam/Frodo. It's really astonishing how I like that story better than this one. In fact, the best parts of this story are when Tolkien slows down and lets us into Merry and Pippin's head instead of speeding along, having characters tell their stories (which may or may not have plot relevance).