Monthly Archives: January 2013

Book Review: The Hobbit

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Second review of the year!

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Genre: SF/F

Summary (from Goodreads): In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!

Review: I wanted to read this before I saw the movie. Also, this was my first Tolkien. I wanted to love this book, like so many others do. However, I think I missed the age group. Yes, it is wonderfully written, but it is completely aimed towards a child. I didn’t like the “all-knowing narrator”. I felt that it distracted from the story. Also, I didn’t feel connected or concerned with the main character. Maybe I’m just used to those sort of books. Anyway, overall, the book was pure story. Nothing random, nothing frivolous. And that’s what a book should be. Though I thought there could have been more description about these places. I’m intrigued to see the movie, but I’m not sure I’ll read any more Tolkien. 

Recommendation: I say read it and figure it out for yourself, but don’t put too much pressure on loving it. Perhaps borrow instead of buy. If you have younger siblings or kids or cousins you could read it to them or with them. I think children, who the book was written for, will love it. 

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WWW Wednesday!

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading! I just answer three questions:

What are you currently reading? I’m finishing up The Hobbit and halfway through Along for the Ride (Sarah Dessen).

What did you recently finish reading? Unfortunately I got distracted with reading two books at the same time, so I haven’t finished anything since my last review. But SOON!

What do you think you’ll read next? Divergent by Veronica Roth! It’s already on my bedside table. Just waiting. And taunting. 

What about you guys? What’s your WWW?

Cheers!

 

Who else can’t control themselves with their own books?

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So, keeping with my Bookish Resolutions, I have started reading The Hobbit. Also with keeping up with the resolutions, I haven’t purchased a new book. I think I was having with-drawls or something, because I have ended up starting another book. I am currently reading two books. No joke.

The other book has been on my shelf for a while. Not because I didn’t want to read it, just because I kept getting distracted with others and buying even more. I suppose you could say I got in over my head with all these books. This one is Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen. 

My reading schedule? During my lunch break and my train ride every day I am reading The Hobbit. I really want to finish this one first, since I started it first, and get my review up! And then at night I have been reading Along For the Ride. I must say, it’s very fun reading two such totally different books at the same time!

Does anyone else ever read multiple books at time? Is it because you just can’t help yourself or is there another reason? I would love to know what you guys think!

Cheers!

Tuesday Top Ten

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I’m joining in on the Tuesday Top Ten hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

My Top Ten Reading Goals for 2013:

1. Read 3 books that I currently have before buying another. (Harder than it sounds!)

2. Read 3 books that have been on my TBR list for years. (Currently on the first! The Hobbit)

3. Read 3 books that are out of my “normal” genre. 

4. Read 3 new authors.

5. Read 3 books from NYT Bestsellers List. (Will probably end up with more than 3)

6. Read 3 books from debut authors.

7. Read at least 10 books. (I know that seems low, but some will be thick!)

8. Reread at least one book that I enjoyed in the last two years. (I don’t reread enough anymore! If you love a book, it should be read and reread and reread again!)

9. Convince BF to read one book of my choosing! (Also, shall be hard)

10. Give thorough reviews of every book!

Well, there you have it! My bookish goals for this year! I’m off to a good start. Currently reading The Hobbit, which has been on my reading list for years. Also, this is my first Tolkien! 

(You may have noticed that my list is full of 3’s. It hasn’t nothing to do with 2013, though it’s a cool coincidence. I just love the number 3. It’s been my favorite since I can remember!)

What are your Bookish Goals for the new year?

Cheers!

Book Review: The Raven Boys (Cycle 1)

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The first book finished and reviewed in 2013 is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! 

Genre: Young Adult

Summary (from Goodreads): “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Review: I loved the characters! All of them. Including the few adults in the book. It’s not often that I like side characters and want to know more about them! The pacing was great. And the characters are very well developed. I wish the other books were out already!

I can’t say that I have any dislikes. Maggie is a great writer and I believe her strengths are in character development and pacing. She knows how to get the story out there but also how to make you feel the story. No info dumps or pages that seemed to go on and on. 

Recommendation: Buy it and read it now! (No. Seriously.)Image