Here's a picture of some books. The top one I got 13 years ago, read it for a few chapters but I was 10 and dumb and didn't finish. I tried again in High School and got all the way to the second book, but I was still pretty dumb and gave up. At age 23 I was finally just enough not-dumb to finish the whole thing. The moral of this story kids is that I'm slowly getting less dumb, Tolkien is a genius, and Samwise is the bro to end all bros.