The Hobbit Read Along

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It’s the first of December, and as you fellow fantasy-lovers probably know, “The Hobbit” hits theatres in less than two weeks.  If you’re like me, you’re wondering just what Peter Jackson is doing to create three movies out of Tolkien’s classic.  And frankly, I know there’s a lot of us out there who love to reread a favorite book before a new movie adaptation.  But with Christmas, end of semester, finals, and work commitments, it’s hard to imagine having time to finish reading by December 14th (or, if you’re lucky to live in the UK, December 13th).

I sat down last night to work out just how many pages you would have to read if you started tomorrow.  That’s 12 days.  Good news!  You only have to read about 25 pages per day to finish the book in time.  I went ahead and broke the pages down into chapter sections, and I’ve outlined them below.  Share the image with your friends and family who might be interested joining with you on the read-along, and let’s get reading The Hobbit tomorrow.

Luckily for us, The Hobbit is a much faster read than The Lord of the Rings, so a chapter or two a day will only take about 30 minutes of your time.  Plus, this agenda allows an extra day to scope through the appendices after Return of the King.  Since Peter Jackson is adding a lot of material (supposedly) about ousting Sauron from Mirkwood, and they’re framing this movie to make sense to people who saw “Lord of the Rings” first, reading the appendices will help place The Hobbit in line with Lord of the Rings story-wise.

Everyday I’ll post a short recap of that day’s chapter(s) for those who maybe don’t have time to actually read but want a Spark Note’s style rundown of the novel before the movie comes out.  Look for these recaps around 8pm GMT (3pm EST, 2pm CST, etc).  And for those of you reading along, hit the comments each day to discuss that chapter.  I’ll be seeing the movie on the 13th, but to save spoilers, I’ll post the movie recap on Friday afternoon.  Once you’ve seen the movie, come back here and talk about the changes Jackson made and what you think!

Sound like fun?  Share the Read-along image via Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter and don’t forget to come back everyday for recaps and discussions.  Let’s have fun rereading The Hobbit!

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Ender’s Game – A Plea

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I need help.  I started listening to the audiobook version of Ender’s Game awhile ago, and I have stalled.  For those that have read it, I have barely met Mazer Rackham and just have learned Ender’s Battle School friends are with him on whatever that planet is called.

Here’s my question – do I keep reading/listening?

I have gotten so bogged down in the depressing pieces that I have found it hard to pick back up.

I was discussing the book with a friend of mine (who recommends I finish it), and I was explaining that the big reason I have a problem with the book is that Ender isn’t really a child.  He’s so young when the book starts, and by the point I am at, he has murdered two classmates, had the weight of the world placed on his shoulders, and been continuously ripped from anything he comes to love by Col. Graff.  Ender does not speak like a child nor is he allowed a childhood.

I love Young Adult and books like Peter Pan because I a firm believer that children should experience a childhood.  So reading a book that has prematurely aged not one but several children is just so hard to take.

My question for you is, do I finish?  Do I wait for the movie to be released and just watch that?  And did you have the same problems when you read Orson Scott Card‘s most famous novel the first time, too?  Please discuss in the comments below!

(You can argue with me about Hunger Games or any of Carol’s books not allowing the characters to have childhoods, but because those characters are older than SIX YEARS OLD, it’s a lot easier to take.  Also, they have a tinge of hope for something better, where I just have never gotten that impression with Ender.)