It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share some of the titles you’ve been enjoying, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.
Happy New Year, friends! Suffice it to say, 2017 wasn’t a very good year. Some great things did happen – I traveled to New Zealand and Japan, and I published my very first picture book. But it was also a terrible, terrible year in which I lost someone very close to me, and I don’t think I’m alone in wishing 2017 good bye and good riddance. Here’s hoping for a better year in 2018, complete with health and happiness!
This is going to be a bit of a brief post because with all the madcap zaniness of the holiday season I haven’t had a lot of time (or energy) to sit down and read. I have however managed to read for a few minutes before bed every night, and although I have more books on my TBR pile than I could ever read in a single lifetime, I’ve felt the need for some comfort reading. Which brings me to my single entry for this week’s reading recap:
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.
There’s something so comforting about rereading a childhood favourite. It’s been years and years since I last read The Hobbit, but I do have very fond memories of it. My mother is a life-long Tolkien fan, and the copy I’m currently reading is actually hers, so there’s a great familial connection there, too. Despite what the overblown film adaption might try to have you think, The Hobbit really is a children’s book. It isn’t without its moments of danger and adventure, but at its heart it’s a wonderfully old-fashioned fairy tale, a bedtime story on a grand scale. I’ve been longing for comfort recently (the holidays can be tough when you’re missing a loved one), and this gentle, familiar read has been exactly what my spirit needs.
I wish you all a wonderful year filled with wonderful reads and plenty of opportunities to share them with all your family and friends! Happy New Year!!