I finally read "The Lord of the Rings", pretty much reading each book around the time of the corresponding film. I don't own a copy; I borrowed them. That's probably what held me back from ordering a copy of "The Silmarillion" when I saw it for sale -- in of all places -- my son's Scholastic magazine. He's in the third grade for heaven's sake!
Actually, I do have some Tolkien collection that I got from a library sale. Don't recall which stories they are, and I'm not going to get to read it any time soon.
I'm in a bit of a bind here. I buy way more books than I'll ever read, usually telling myself, "The library needs the money" or somesuch. My wife has been trying to get me to get rid of many of these tomes. (We've moved with them twice!) I told her, "Okay, but let me read some of them first.")
Well, that was about ten years ago -- or about three weeks before I got transferred to an office in New Jersey which required driving to work. No more transit reading time. (sigh)
Anyway, excuse the digression, I pretty much have to read things that I own and can divest myself of (although I still make occasional trips to the library to borrow newer stuff.)
You and I sound like two peas in a pod! I am always going to the library's used book store and stocking up on books. I have a whole section in my book shelf devoted to books that I've bought but haven't read yet. Some have been there for a few years. I don't know what it is about old used books but I like them better than new ones.