I’ve just signed up for The Hobbit Read-a-long on Unputdownables! I am especially excited to participate because I’ve never read it, and we’ll be finished part one right before the film is released — what perfect timing!
I hear you saying, “What do you mean you never read The Hobbit, nerd woman!?” Well, it’s true! I have a distinct memory of reading Lord of the Rings in 6th grade, for the reason, I’m sure, that every sweet 11 year old girl reads Lord of the Rings… to help decipher Led Zeppelin lyrics! I remember enjoying it, but I was much more involved with my budding teenagerhood Jimmy Page obsession at the time.
Fast forward to the first LOTR movie release. My husband was chomping at the bit to see it. I had just started my yearly winter break (the University I work for gives us paid leave from right after grading is complete until the new year) so I said, “Why not?” and went. I had no expectations or excitement (although Ramble On was Pavlovian-ly playing in my head as I sat in my seat) and WOW. I LOVED it. I was completely transported into Middle-earth. I fell in love with Frodo and Gandalf and OMG SAM!!!!!! I spent the rest of my break rereading the trilogy and the rest is history. I am now the person who begs my husband for a marathon rewatching of the trilogy every. winter. break. (of course we own the extended version boxed set!). It makes absolutely no sense that I’ve never picked up The Hobbit after my LOTR conversion late in life. None! I am so glad that I will finally remedy this major oversight.
So why don’t you join us? We begin discussion next week!
P.S. I found my copy in the drugstore of all places. You can get your soap, extra milk, and a copy of The Hobbit in one fell swoop!