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 Three: Read to Chapter VII
Important: Would you please take just a moment to make sure that the name with which you are commenting matches exactly the name you signed up with (the one that is on the list below)? You’d be surprised how much of a difference this makes for me time-wise when checking who’s commented for the week. So, if the names don’t count exactly- I’ll assume you’re just chiming in (not part of the read-a-long) I won’t count them, fair ? (Not trying to be a pill – just tricky to sort through comments and make sure I have the right people.) If you’d like me to change the name on the reader’s list, please just let me know, in the comments, and I’ll do that for you. That said, if you are not on the list, and have been participating in discussions, please let me know so that I can add you! Thanks!
Regarding the welcome message, I am going to keep it as is the The Hobbit, apparently it is still correct, and it can be our silly little inside joke. Perhaps you’ll remember it on future re-reads of The Hobbit.
This week was short, just one chapter (be a bit of a long chapter), but after two weeks of a little longer reading, I’m hoping it gave some of you time to catch up, and others of us (who were celebrating Thanksgiving this week) the time to get the reading done, even while preparing for the holiday!
What were your favorite parts this week? Do you have any questions? Any concerns?
My only concern is that Bilbo didn’t tell them the truth about the ring, but rather acted as though he cleverly snuck up on them (instead of approaching the group invisibly). Somehow I feel like this will not bode well (I can’t remember if that’s right or not!). Then again, maybe this will help them out in the long run? I just am a little nervous about the “team” not being on the same page.
I really enjoyed reading about Bilbo soaring through the air, and felt so sorry for him that he was having to hold on for dear life, poor little thing. I did happen to remember that they were saved by the Eagles, which was a fun memory bump. Again, am loving how Tolkien incorporates the animals and gives them human characteristics, but in such a matter-of-fact way.
Are Hobbits vegetarian? Once they were finally fed (whew, I could actually feel the relief), Bilbo mentions wishing he could have had a loaf with butter instead of the meat. Though he could have meant a meatloaf, it seems to refer to bread in this instance. I thought that was interesting.
Also, at the very last sentence of the reading, Bilbo is dreaming of his home, going from room to room “looking for something that he could not find nor remember what it looked like.” Has he done this before (can’t remember)? I’m curious if this is important or if he’s just remembering home… any thoughts?
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!