Blogmas Day 16: Favorite Authors

Happy BLOGMAS Day 16!

I never talk about who my favorite authors are. I don’t know if you have to read so many books from a certain author to consider it a favorite, but I don’t really want to follow the rules. These are the authors I have read book(s) from and loved. I will also link the Goodreads page to the book(s) that made me love these authors.

P.S: I apologize these posts have been so simple. I definitely expected more out of myself, but my internet has been out and I’ve been working. I get them written/scheduled when and if I can. I hope you all understand. There are 15 more posts to come, so I hope you all stay excited!

William Kent Krueger

This Tender Land

Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The Evidence of the Affair

Christina Lauren

Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

The Unhoneymooners

Claire Lombardo

The Most Fun We Ever Had

Rachel Kadish

The Weight of Ink

Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere

Riley Sager

Lock Every Door

Final Girls

Paula McLain

Love and Ruin

Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

The Sea Prayer

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Honorable Mentions

A.S. King

Everybody Sees the Ants

Dig

Catherine Chung

The Tenth Muse

Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

The Fellowship of the Ring

Alex Dahl

The Boy at the Door


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Book Review: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings #1)

By: J.R.R. Tolkien

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ISBN: 9780547928210

Published: September 18, 2012 by Mariner Books (Originally published: July 29, 1954)

Pages: 398

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.75/5


Goodreads Synopsis:

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.


All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken, 

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken:

The crownless again shall be king.

I could have used the quote about one ring ruling them all but I thought I would use a different one that I loved.

Pros:

  • This novel was beautifully written. The language does get confusing at times but you just have to take your time if you aren’t used to it. This is not a book you fly through unless you have read it a hundred times. It took me over a month to read it and I’m not ashamed. I wanted to enjoy everything it had to offer, and it was more than I ever expected.
  • I can see how reading this could discourage someone just from how slow the plot is. I almost gave up but then I realized that the journey they take is not a quick one. They are traveling by foot, and it really suits how slow the book is. This was advice that my boyfriend gave me and it really opened my eyes. I enjoyed it more once I stopped whining over how nothing was actually happening. It was all there for a reason.
  • I absolutely loved that you could not tell if someone was a good guy or bad guy. I will admit though there was a lot of foreshadowing now that I look back on the book. Boromir was definitely one of those characters as the ending of the book grew near. His behavior was unacceptable, but I guess that’s what happens when power is within grasp.
  • The loyalty between the hobbits was incredible. Sam, Pippin, and Merry were dedicated to Frodo. They had faith in his choices 95% of the time. More often they questioned who other people were and if they could trust them; Aragorn is a great example of that. *Jokes on them because Aragorn turned out to be a bad ass.*

Cons:

  • I was not a fan of the singing. It happened far to often and to me it became annoying. Tom Bombadil was probably my least favorite when it came to singing. I understand that it was a story being told but I just didn’t find it all that necessary. I see how it would break the book up a little bit, but it’s just not for me honestly.

Theme:

I don’t usually discuss themes about a book, but I figured I would maybe give it a shot. Good vs Evil would definitely fit this novel. I know it sounds lame and childish but it fits the description very well. Frodo needs to destroy the ring so that the enemy, Sauron, doesn’t find it and take over. It’s very simple, and I’m not the best person to sit and analyze a book like crazy. I wish I was though, and I know I can definitely learn but as of right now I do not.

Favorite characters (no order):

Gimli: Son of Gloin

Frodo

Aragorn

Elrond

Gandalf

Obviously there is a lot more to discuss, but I feel as if I shouldn’t discuss everything until I read all three books. There will be a lot more to the journey than I think. It probably won’t be as easy as just finding the Cracks of Doom and throwing the ring in. I will discuss everything when I make my last review for the third book.

If you read The Fellowship of the Ring let me know what you thought of it down in the comments! If you enjoyed reading this then give it a like and follow me while I continue my journey with Frodo and all of his companions and enemies. Be respectful and happy reading!

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Book Review

The Hobbit

By: J.R.R. Tolkien

306 pages (Mass-Market)

ISBN: 9780345339683

Published: July 12, 1986 by Del Rey Books

Rating: 4.75/5

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Goodreads Synopsis

Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Although quite reluctant to take part in this quest, Bilbo surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar! Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant success when published in 1937. Now, in 1997, this special new edition, illustrated by Alan Lee, commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of a great classic.


“out of the frying-pan and into the fire”

Never would have expected this book to end up being a 4 star rating from me. For many years I have declined the offer to watch or even read The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings. I figured it wasn’t my type. I was very wrong and, even though I don’t read fantasy, I enjoyed this book a lot. I’m going to describe what I didn’t really enjoy about the book first since that will be a much shorter list.

  1. The last 60 pages were very boring. After Smaug was defeated, absolutely nothing happened. I know that there needs to be a wrap up to the book, but I was expecting a little more excitement. That doesn’t mean I don’t like how it ends. It’s cute and I’m happy that Bilbo made it back in one piece. This was the only part of the story that made me drop the rating a quarter of a star.
  2. This book also made me very sad because not all the dwarves made it home. You go throughout the book with these ten dwarves, not including Thorin, and end up loving them with all your heart. That didn’t really affect my rating though. I just wanted to let out all my feelings.
  3. I hated that when Bilbo returned home, his belongings were being auctioned because they thought he was dead. I wanted to climb into the book and slap everyone that took something from him. It says he didn’t mind, but I know he did. (Again, this doesn’t affect my star rating.)

Here’s what I did enjoy:

  1. Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit. He was such a wonderful character who tried his hardest throughout the whole story. He was witty, smart, and he knew when to put the dwarves in their place. He was brave enough to go on this journey with Gandalf, the wizard, and he prospered.
  2. Bombur, the fat dwarf, was absolutely hilarious. He was always either eating or sleeping and I could totally relate. He was always chosen last and at one point he just said that somebody else can have a turn at being last. I always felt bad because they had to basically haul him around everywhere.
  3. The trolls were another favorite for me. The best part was when William called Tom a booby. I honestly can say that I laughed out loud. When I’m reading I don’t usually do that. I just wasn’t expecting them to be so funny.
  4. The world building was incredible. I know it feels like a long story but I just find the majority of it to be necessary. It’s supposed to be a journey, and do you think the quest they were on was short? NO! I found it to be accurate.
  5. The writing was also beautiful, even though some parts I just couldn’t quite understand. I loved the songs that the dwarves sang, and the riddles that Gollum and Bilbo made up. The writing was clever and well thought out.
  6. I loved that each character had a very distinct personality. I could completely understand how they were feeling towards one another. They all showed incredible emotion and it really helped me put myself in the story. I wanted to connect with the characters in person, which is a bummer because they are fictional.

Overall I fell in love with this book. If you don’t read fantasy, please give this a try. It’s easy enough to follow and very funny. You will fall in love with the characters and the world. I’ve learned that fantasy isn’t all that scary and I should definitely give it a chance. I am moving on to Lord of the Rings next and I have never been more excited. I’d say it was a success and will probably end up being one of my top 5 favorite books of 2018, and it’s only January.

If you have read The Hobbit, let me know what you thought down in the comments. If you enjoyed reading this post, give it a like and follow me for future blog posts if you don’t already. I will also be doing a book to movie adaptation, so keep an eye out for that in the next week or so. Be respectful and happy reading!

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