Sometimes I wonder where I was during my school years, I was actually a pretty model student, I wasn’t part of the ‘in’ crowd and I wasn’t particularly a geek, I just plodded along at my own pace, got my work done and came away with pretty good grades. But when I talk to other people about books and films, they will often say “oh yeah I read/watched that at school” and I wonder why I didn’t. One such book is The Hobbit.
I remember when The Lord of the Rings came out at the cinema I absolutely loved it and Hubby just laughed at me when I told him I’d never read The Hobbit. Well, for those of you who don’t already know The Hobbit has now been made into a film too and will hit our cinemas in December this year. As is often the way when books are made into films, the book has been re-released and I was asked if I would like to review a copy so I jumped at the chance to see what all the hype was about.
I am now just a couple of chapters from the end of the book and I must admit I found the first chapter pretty hard going. To be honest, it’s the first “fantasy” type book that I have read before so it took me a while to get there but from the second chapter onwards I have been hooked and will often be found reading way past my bedtime and looking worse for wear the next morning. Obviously I don’t want to tell you too much about the book but it basically follows Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit) and his adventures with a group of dwarves. There is the odd chapter with Gandalf whom I loved in Lord of the Rings and the first meeting with the creepy Gollum. Reading The Hobbit has answered a few questions that I had from Lord of the Rings because it precedes it.
If you would like to re-live old memories and refresh your mind before the film comes out this winter or if, like me, you haven’t read the book yet then I have secured two copies of The Hobbit to give away to Mummy Matters’ readers, all you have to do is enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter entry form below.
July 11 at 6:35 am
I want to read this book like you I have never read any fantasy books! and then if I win I will also pass onto my beautiful Grandaughter Ebony as she would also love it and is an avid bookreader …takes after her Grandma!! :-))
As a young child I loved famous 5 & secret 7 amongst other Enid Blyton books!!!
July 11 at 8:16 am
My favourite books were the Mrs Pepperpot books and a book called The Lonely House.
July 11 at 5:41 pm
I remember this from school. Three years our English Lit teacher made us study this book & I wonder why I have never liked the Lord of the Rings flims!
Mr Bird had a lot to answer for!
But he also introduced me to Charles Dickens with Great Expectations being my favourite book ever! But also to The Chrysalids by John Wyndham whihx is probably fourth or fifth on my all time list, if you haven’t read it I recommend it.
I also loved anything by Enid Blyton, still do, her books were always page turners. I had the pleasure of re-reading them to my own children, so had a second helping of them.
I’d love to just read The Hobbit again without having to read beytween the lines & think why has he done that etc. I just enjoy reading I’m not bothered about all the things that can be read into the text!
July 11 at 7:54 pm
I enjoyed the adventures of adrian mole
July 15 at 1:46 pm
I’d love to read this, completely missed out when I was young.
July 15 at 2:38 pm
I love this book and film.
Tink Rhonda Lee Mse
July 15 at 3:26 pm
I have always wanted to read the hobbit.
July 15 at 4:00 pm
July 15 at 4:02 pm
Never read this book but always thought I should
July 15 at 4:29 pm
love to read this and compare it to the film.
July 15 at 6:16 pm
I loved The Famous Five series or any Enid Blyton book. They’ve been read so many times that they ended up having to be replaced with new copies (several times!)
July 15 at 6:39 pm
July 15 at 7:28 pm
Anything by Enid Blyton… I just couldn’t put them down.
July 15 at 7:28 pm
the lion, the witch & the wardrobe was my ultimate favourite
July 15 at 8:02 pm
Think I must be a bit odd but when I was little I loved the English version of the book Der Struwwelpeter by Henrich Hoffman. My favourite was The Story of the Thumbsucker where the tailor cuts off the boys thumbs with scissors. I remember all the stories were terrifying but all based on good morals!!
July 15 at 10:44 pm
I really loved the Aristocrats
July 16 at 8:33 am
Famous five books by enid blyton x
July 16 at 11:00 am
The Magic Faraway Tree
July 16 at 4:32 pm
I loved to read the hobbit as a kid as we studied it in class and even our groups in that class for all studies were named after characters. I was in Baggins!
July 16 at 7:17 pm
Blyton’s Faraway Tree series!
July 16 at 7:57 pm
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton was my favourite.
July 16 at 9:22 pm
My fav book as a child was elf and the shoe maker,Then when i got into my teens it was little women i loved that book,Still makes me smile now 🙂 Xx
July 18 at 10:47 am
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory was & still is my favourite.
Emma J Lowe
July 18 at 10:45 pm
i remember enjoying the cheerleading series of books from my early teenager years
July 19 at 2:39 pm
the lord of the rings – my daughter loves it too
July 21 at 2:46 pm
as a chiil i read all the famous five books and i just love all enid blyton books like the faraway tree and the wishing chair, they took me into a great imagination and i loved to read so i would be taken into this mysterious fun world
July 21 at 7:22 pm
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – great for the imagination!
July 21 at 7:36 pm
The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
July 23 at 10:45 am
anything by enid blyton, then later (and still!) terry pratchett’s disc world books
Christina Marriott (@Chrissy4116)
July 23 at 1:06 pm
The faraway tree 🙂
July 23 at 1:51 pm
Like you I never read “The Hobbit” when I was younger. This would therefore represent an excellent prize for me and I would welcome the chance to read it now.
Tracey Anne Berry
July 24 at 1:50 pm
A story that has stayed with me since we read it at school over a whole term is a book called (I think!) A Pair Of Jesus Boots – it had quite adult themes for us at the age of 11 but it enthralled us all as we couldn’t wait for the next week to read the next part – fascinating! xx
July 24 at 8:28 pm
I Loved C S Lewis when I was Younger – I fell in love with Aslan and the children who went through the wardrobe ( except edmund boo!!!!! )
July 25 at 1:04 pm
I really enjoy reading, as a child I loved Enid Blighton and Roald Dahl 🙂
July 25 at 7:10 pm
I loved reading the Famous Five books back in the seventies. I always wanted a dog like Timmy.
July 26 at 4:05 am
I used to love the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boy books, great detective stories
July 26 at 4:11 am
Loved all the Famous Five books.
July 26 at 12:01 pm
My favourite kid books were/ are peepo, burglar bill, spot and famous 5
July 27 at 1:12 pm
i used to read Goodnight Mr. Tom. x
July 27 at 8:55 pm
I loved Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers. I used to go to sleep at night dreaming that my parents would send me to this wonderful boarding school but of course they never did.
July 28 at 10:23 am
Georges marvelous medicine
July 28 at 11:40 am
Magic faraway Tree was my fav and The Secret garden was one I’d never read until a month or so ago and I loved it 🙂
July 29 at 8:03 am
I loved, and still do, the magic faraway tree, i used to read it to my sister every night and now i read it to my daughter 🙂
July 29 at 10:26 am
The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, I read that book so many times, and enjoyed reading it again to my children.
July 29 at 10:28 am
I have just found this is my old book collection, I might start reading it to my daughter too 🙂
July 29 at 10:33 am
I loved anything by Roald Dahl and still do!!
July 29 at 10:35 am
Loved the famous five books by Enid Blyton
July 29 at 11:49 am
I read lots of Enid Blyton and the Chalet School books, but then the Hobbit became one of my most favourite books.
LAURA MAGPIE STERLING
July 29 at 12:24 pm
I love the faraway tree
July 29 at 3:56 pm
I loved the Point Horror range when I was growing up.
July 29 at 4:50 pm
I loved Little Women. It is so wonderfully written I felt as though I really knew Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. I hope my daughters both enjoy it too.
July 29 at 5:52 pm
Anything by Enid Blyton.
July 29 at 8:12 pm
My favourite was The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
July 29 at 8:54 pm
July 29 at 10:20 pm
I loved the hobbit and would love to read this to the little ones. I also loved everything by Roald Dahl; Fantastic Mr Fox was my favourite!
July 30 at 12:39 pm
My favourite childhood book was Swallows and Amazons, especially when we used to stay up in the Lake District where the story seemed more real
July 30 at 6:56 pm
The Hairy McClairy books lol!