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lexionlover's 30 Day Book Challenge Day 3

This is part of lexiconlover ’s 30 Day book challenge. Her original post is here .

Day 3 is Favorite series of books

For me, there is no question: Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings . A cousin gave me a copy of The Hobbit when I was 13 or so and I was hooked. I plowed through that, then read through the series one at a time slowly, as if to savor every moment over the next year or so, then read through them again. I’ve probably read the whole series probably four times since I was kid, each time discovering something new.

I could not have articulated what attracted me to them as a kid, but I think that I understand things a little bit better now: I like their identification with the common person, or hobbit. I like their understated humor. I liked the total immersion in another world. When the Silmarillion , the collection of tales of Middle Earth, came out in paperback, I was a starving college student and couldn’t quite afford it. I remember looking at on the convenience bookstore shelf, not far from the car magazines and other magazines of special interest to guys. Could I spare $3.95 (or whatever it was) then? A friend of mine told me in no uncertain terms that I didn’t need it. And no, I didn’t, but—

It has had a profound influence not only on what I’ve read since then but on my own writing. I gave up writing about “halfings” and elves and dwaves quite a while ago, but I still write fantasy and along mythological themes, and I have Mr. Tolkien in part to thank for giving me permission to do so.



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lexiconlover wrote on July 16, 2015, 11:49 AM

I've only ever successfully completed The Hobbit. I haven't ever gotten through the whole series of books or movies.

deafdiva wrote on July 16, 2015, 12:28 PM

I like any series that Karen KIngsbury does! I think she is an awesome author!

msiduri wrote on July 16, 2015, 2:45 PM

You are not alone in that. I think I'm the only member of my family who's read the whole series.

msiduri wrote on July 16, 2015, 2:46 PM

I'm not familiar with that author. What does she write?

lexiconlover wrote on July 16, 2015, 2:47 PM

I just couldn't get into it. I may try again, since its been about ten years since I have tried. The movies I'm sure I would be more apt to sit through now that I am older.

msiduri wrote on July 16, 2015, 3:34 PM

The movies weren't bad, but they weren't the books. The movie(s) about "The Hobbit" did mess the book up and added melodrama and bathroom humor that wasn't there to begin with. As a matter of fact, it was something of running joke that for as much time as Tolkien's folk spent in the great outdoors, not a one of them ever had to duck behind a bush.

lexiconlover wrote on July 16, 2015, 3:41 PM

I am about to check eBay to see if I can find the books on sale, if I can't find them there for pretty cheap. Then I will check the used book store this weekend. I guess it's about time for me to try again. Lol

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 16, 2015, 5:01 PM

I have never read those, but dont get into the fantasy type too much.

msiduri wrote on July 16, 2015, 6:09 PM

I hope you like them if you read them. The movies are good, but the books are better, esp. if you curl up in a quiet room with a cup of tea. Either way, let me know what you think if you read them. I know not every one likes them.

msiduri wrote on July 16, 2015, 6:11 PM

Not everyone does, I know.