Oh and for next month's LOtR read? It is totally acceptable to watch the movies. I am a sucker for those movies. And make a snack. And let's all agree that I can have Boromir for an imaginary boyfriend.
I know that for some the book is hard to get through, so just enjoy this story however you'd care to, just don't google "Boromir Fan Fiction" because, WOW.
Update: I am unable to respond to comments for some reason, so I wanted to absolutely agree that the movies are not the same as the books, but if the books are just not the writing style you enjoy, or you find the read simply not for you, please enjoy the movies; because this story is too good to miss.