I think I'm about 3/5s through The Hobbit. I'm where
Bilbo and company left Lake Town and are now approaching the entrance to the Mountain Lair of Smaug.
And I finished that Fall of Cthulhu omnibus. Amazing story, amazing artwork, compelling characters... fantastic piece of fiction.
I find I like The Hobbit more and more as I get older. I used to think of it as the LotR trilogy's younger, less sophisticated brother, but the narrative is actually pretty tight and the writing is just more enjoyable overall than LotR. I've read through The Hobbit several times, but have only read the LotR trilogy in its entirety twice.
Anyway, I finished up Clash of Kings during my winter break. It was also just good, solid fantasy. It has yet to blow my mind in any way, shape, or form, but it's clear that Martin is a meticulous writer that pays very close attention to detail. I can see why the series is taking him so long to finish.
After reading Clash of Kings, I read the fourth book in the Expanse series, Cibola Burn. It was another solid entry in the series, but wasn't as good as Abaddon's Gate (but I've read few sci-fi novels as good as that one). I did have some problems with it, though. Holden's role in the book seemed pretty far-fetched to me, and I also got the impression that, like book two in the series, this book is a set up for the next one. The only thing is book four only featured Bobbie in the prologue and epilogue while she was a primary character in book two. The more Bobbie there is, the better the book, so I'd rate this as the low point in the series despite the fact that it's still good, and the writing is solid.
I'm back in school now, but I'm planning on reading Storm of Swords when Spring Break rolls around, and I'll get back to The Expanse come summer.