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review 2018-06-11 13:57
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Oh my. This has to be my all time favourite series ever. I just--Oh my gosh I can't even begin to tell you my feelings for these books! That being said, these books are not for everyone, I'd recommend them to hardcore fantasy lovers who don't mind a little description ;)

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video 2018-05-05 22:31
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton
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url 2018-04-26 19:51
The Great American Read: America’s 100 most-loved books
Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery
I, Alex Cross - James Patterson
A Separate Peace - John Knowles
The Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells
Moby Dick - Herman Melville,Frank Muller
The Martian - Andy Weir
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

Voting starts May 22 and ends October 2018.  See link for more of the 100 nominees.


I'm about this but do wish they had done it by categories or even time periods (I.e., published before 1900, before 1950, before 2000, type of splits).  I agree that those are 100 of the most read, most popular and even most influential books.


I just mean it's weird seeing beloved childhood books like Charlotte's Web and Anne of Green Gables up against Carch 22, Then There Were None, and long running contemporary series like Alex Cross and Wheel of Time?


Then the hordes of fans for Twilight, Fifty Shades of Gray, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter  ...


(I am not at all disrespecting Harry Potter; frankly I think those books are responsible for an entire generation of readers.  It's just weird to see it up against the other nominees.)


How would you vote -- a childhood favorite that made you a reader or your favorite recent read?

Source: www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#
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review 2018-04-20 02:03
I left my heart in Middle Earth.
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are my go-to books when I want a comforting, lovely adventure. While the epic fantasy genre has certainly evolved since Tolkien's time, there's something to be said for the classics and these books are absolutely classics. 


Tolkien's world-building abilities were legendary and his characters - while, admittedly, less developed than I usually prefer - are memorable and compelling. The journey that starts in The Hobbit and continues all the way to The Return of the King is enjoyable, full of wonder, and - as the genre suggests - truly epic. I've lost count of the the number of times I've read these books, and it's only a matter of time before I go back to them. 

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review 2018-04-01 00:00
The Hobbit
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit has always been one of those books I've always thought I should read. I've been wanting to get into Tolkien's work for a long time before I caved and finally bought The Hobbit on the Kindle store. I should have gotten a paper copy. This is something I don't think about a lot or rather, I don't think this way for the majority of books I read on my iPad. With The Hobbit, however, I started to get bogged down by the fact that I was reading it on a device.

The Hobbit is dense. Tolkien's writing is full of descriptions of places, languages, and people. Sometimes, the action feels almost like an afterthought. I know The Hobbit is supposed to be a children's book so I didn't expect it to be like those books I read today. However, having a paper copy would have allowed me to highlight and make notes on the paper so I could feel more engaged. I feel like reading it the way I did kind of took away from my enjoyment of the story.

The story was fine, if unconventional in some ways. The way it was told was kind of matter-of-fact but I nevertheless enjoyed the structure. Mostly, it's the narrator describing how Bilbo the hobbit got in an adventure, managed to get into shenanigans, but was able to save himself in the end. It's clear that Tolkien's strength is worldbuilding, not storytelling from the way he describes his world and narrates the story. The story could have been more interesting if the writing was a bit less dry, I think.

Bilbo's adventures were pretty fun if you run through the sequence of events without paying much attention to how it was written. He manages to get himself in and out of a lot of difficult situations, and manages to befriend the dwarves who were originally annoyed by him. In the end, he makes friends with the lot of them, although I felt like he never managed not to be the odd one out in the group. That fact certainly served him well at times, though.

I honestly thought that the last 35+ pages or so would be anticlimactic and I would be disappointed at the lack of action near the end but I was wrong. I hadn't seen the movies, I didn't know it was going to happen. However, Tolkien managed to surprise me and pulled it off in a pretty interesting way. The manner in which it was described can read out of a history book if you took out Bilbo. The end, with Bilbo safely back in his hobbit hole, telling stories with old friends was heartwarming and a perfect conclusion to their adventure.

I think in the end, I don't have a lot of qualms with dry text. Just some when I start to remember what I'm reading is a story, not a biography or a history book. It's still readable. It's just that if I'm reading something that's drier than usual, with more geographical descriptions than it needs, I'm better off reading it with a pen and a highlighter. Will I reread this? Yes. Will I still read the Lord of the Rings? Yes, but I'll read it and the rest of Tolkien's works with paper books.
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