The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)

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I’m quite embarrassed to admit that I just finished The Hobbit for the first time. Ever. And here I consider myself a fantasy gal. It’s shameful, really.

Anyway, I finally read it…and I loved it. I expected nothing less, of course, but there it is. I loved it. J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous novel about a little hobbit who ventures out into the Wild on an adventure with the dwarves and the wizard Gandalf was a pure joy to read.

It was a much “lighter” read than The Lord of the Rings series, and a sense of play permeated the entire novel. This book’s reputation preceeds it, so I don’t feel like I have to say a whole lot. Really, the gist of this post is that you should read The Hobbit. It’s fun. It’s short. It’s well-written. What more do you need to know?

GOOD FOR:  Fantasy fans, Tolkien fans, readers interested in testing the fantasy-genre waters.

BAD FOR:  People who dislike the fantasy genre, anyone who’s addicted to stark realism, and those who feel they’re too “mature” for a book like this (although maybe that means you should read it anyway).

GOOD WITH:  You’re probably already aware that this book would go well with The Lord of the RingsThe Silmarillion, and the whole History of Middle Earth series.

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