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 Five: Read to Chapter XI
Bilbo Baggins, you are a brave little man, aren’t you? All it takes is knowing Gandalf believes in you and you can do anything!
Really, wasn’t he quite clever once he got his act together? And who wouldn’t have left the dwarves to go get a bite to eat. It’s not like he could let them all out easily, or tie them back up again when it was time to float down the river… no sense in starving oneself just because others can’t eat. Well done, Bilbo!
That magic ring sure is coming in handy, isn’t it?
I’m expecting we see Gandalf sometime soon since he was mentioned and since we have now gotten to the part where I think we might get some dragon action. I 100%, seriously cannot remember the ending of this book and can’t wait to find out what happens. I still think Tolkien is a genius storyteller (I admit I’m a tad jealous of his marvelous talent… he really was meant to do this wasn’t he?), and no one can make up a word like him either. Southerly? I only paused once half a page past that upon realizing that no, Wallace, that’s not an actual word to describe direction (though, apparently it is an actual word I’ve found). Well played, Mr. Tolkein… I would have (and maybe will) gladly tell people I’m on the Southerly Westerly corner of the street.
P.S. Was I the only one feeling quite claustrophobic on behalf of the dwarves? Had I been there, I would still be in the cell waiting for some other type of rescue… there is no way my brain could handle being stuffed in a barrel and rolled out to water.
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).**
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!