Welcome to the The Hobbit read-a-long! We’re reading this book through November and December. You can see the reading schedule and guidelines on the Starting Post Page.
Week One: Read to Chapter III
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First of all, look at the blurb under the picture of the book. Do we say the The Hobbit Read-a-Long, or is “the” redundant? I thought not since we still need an article considering the word “The” in front of Hobbit is actually part of the title – right? Let’s make sure that’s correct, shall we?
Now onto more fun things. What did you think of this first week’s reading? What I kept saying over and over is, “I am a Hobbit!” How many of us felt that way this week? I even started (subconsciously) noting each instance that demonstrated my Hobbitishness. Do let me show you…
- We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them… (p.4)
- He had only just had breakfast, but he thought a cake or two and a drink of something would do him good after his fright. (p.6)
- The next day he had almost forgotten about Gandalf. He did not remember things very well unless he put them down on his Engagement Tablet: like this: Gandalf Tea Wednesday. (p.7)
- “Up you two get, and off we go!” said Thorin. “I’m awfully sorry,” said Bilbo, “but I have come without my hat, and I have left my pocket-handkershief behind…” (p.30) Anyone who knows me in real life, knows I always have tissues with me – it’s a must, and I’m notorious for needing them. So you can imagine how happy I was to read this… “They had not been riding very long, when up came Gandalf very splendid on a white horse. He had brought a lot of pocket-handkercheifs, and Bilbo’s pipe and tobacco.” (P.31) PHEW!
- Off Bilbo had to go, before he could explain that he could not hoot even once like any kind of owl and more than fly like a bat. (p.34)
And some last sentiments…
Though I did read this book about 20 years ago, I have still not read the LOTR trilogy, so the only Gandalf I know is a very faded memory of one from this book and, of course, from the movies. Is he a bit shorter on patience in the books than he was in the movie? Or is it just in this book? He’s a bit gruff. For example, on the last pages of this week’s reading, “Don’t interrupt!” said Gandalf. “You will get there in a few days now, if we’re lucky, and find out all about it. As I was saying…”
And then, of course, there’s this, which will now be my toast whenever having drinks forever and ever, amen: “May the hair on his (or her) toes never fall out!” (p.16)
And then there’s this, thanks to my fellow Book Rioter, Ed McCracken (and inspired by Jacqueline’s post about our Wuthering Heights Read-a-Long)…
Who’s Reading Along:
** Please don’t forget to come to this blog each Friday and share your thoughts in the comments section of the weekly Wuthering Heightsdiscussion (see below for more information).**
Catlyn Lawson (@ZombieCupcake90)
Meg @ A Bookish Affair
Jenny Colvin (@readingenvy)
kai charles (@YogiKai)
- If you are participating and I don’t have you on this list, please let me know in the comments section. I did not include people who said ‘maybe’ so if you have changed your mind and are definitely reading along with us, let me know so I can add you. Also, if you are not going to be able to join us anymore please let me know and I will take you off the list.
- Comments from the previous week’s reading will be closing Thursday afternoon (before the next discussion takes place on Friday). If you would like to be part of the discussion, please remember to comment before then.
- Each week, on Friday, share your thoughts about the previous week’s reading. If you are stuck on what to comment about, you can respond to my post or others’ comments. Regardless, you MUST check in each week (two weeks without a response and you will be taken off of the list — see below for details on why). You may have only one “off week” (which may not be the last week of reading for obvious reasons) and still be kept on the list, but you must let me know in the comment section by saying something like, “I’m catching up,” or “I’m still reading.” ***for all week’s discussions please refrain from posting ahead, even if you have read ahead, as to not spoil the book for others***
- If you are a blogger you may post a link to your blog if you are posting about each of the each week’s reading. If I, or other readers, have extra time we will gladly try to visit your blog; however, you must make sure to share your thoughts here on this blog, and be part of the main conversation or your comment will not be counted.
- If you go for two weeks without commenting in my weekly update comments section, I will assume you are no longer participating and will take you off of the list (*NEW GUIDELINE*, in order to get back onthe list, you need to a.) Have missed no more than two weeks of discussion, b.) Let me know you would like to be on the list again, and c.) consistently be part of the discussion for the next two weeks after requesting to be put back on the list.). This is in no way to be discouraging, but helps to keep the read-a-long organized (and helps me remember who’s completed what read-a-long…there (ahem) might be something fun for different levels of participants at the end of the year! Thanks!