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 Seven: Read to Chapter XVI
Eeeeeek, can you BELIEVE we are almost to the end. I LITERALLY cannot remember how this ends.
I was so stressed out while waiting to see what happened to Smaug.” ‘Arrow!” said the bowman. ‘Black arrow… if ever you came from the forges of the true king under the Mountain, go now and speed well!’ ” Right on the edge of my seat (seriously, the edge of my seat, if anyone was watching me read they would have thought I was crazy) with my face almost pressed to the book. Whew! Thank goodness we took care of that – and Bard, you are awesome and we love you.
But wait! Now war? Thank goodness Bard and his clan are sane enough to wait them out. I was sure they were going to storm the mountain. I’m rather glad they didn’t. I am hoping (and crossing my fingers even though the conclusion to this has been solidified for decades) that there is no war. I get exhausted reading about war. Please, Thorin, come to your senses and wipe the greed from your eyes.
I will always fancy Bilbo as we really do have so much in common:
” ‘Back now to the mountain!’ cried Thorin. ‘We have little time to lose.’ ‘And little food to use!’ cried Bilbo, always practical on such points.”
“Bilbo, of course, disapproved of the whole turn of affairs. He had by now had more than enough of the Mountain, and being besieged inside it was not at all to his taste.”
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 The Hobbit discussion (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!