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Group Read: The Hobbit (Spoiler-free thread)

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1foggidawn
Nov 21, 2012, 8:22pm Top

A while back, we discussed doing a group read of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. We had mentioned doing it in conjunction with the folks over at The Green Dragon, but I'm not entirely sure how we were going to work that, since the threads have to live in one group or the other. Also, I felt like I ought to see about getting the thread started, if we're going to do this. Of course, our Green Dragon friends are always welcome to participate!

This is the startup/spoiler-free thread. Feel free to share if you've read the book before or not, etc., and any thoughts or questions you have going in to the story. Also, do we want one spoilery thread for discussing the book, or would it be better to break it up into chapters?

2donnao
Nov 22, 2012, 4:12pm Top

I read the book along, long time ago. Decades, even. I'm now reading it to my 7 year-old daughter in preparation for the movie release. I'm enjoying it more the 2nd time around. I always enjoy reading aloud well written books. The words simply flow off the tongue.

3Rozax
Nov 22, 2012, 9:55pm Top

Starring this topic.  I love the audio book with Rob Inglis narrating.

4reading_fox
Nov 23, 2012, 4:55am Top

Have read several times. It's a short (ish) book and breaking into chapters might be too bity. But you could break it into sections maybe?

Whenerv you're ready to start the thread, just post in GD with a link. Those that are interested will come over. It's not hard!

5Rozax
Nov 23, 2012, 7:48pm Top

Good idea.

6clamairy
Nov 30, 2012, 6:28pm Top

OMG, I completely forgot about the shared read.
:o(
I guess we'll just have to hop back and forth from group to group.

7foggidawn
Dec 20, 2012, 5:15pm Top

I have had such good intentions to do a reread of this, and time has just gotten away from me. I think I'm going to wait until after seeing the movie to do my reread, anyhow, as I tend to enjoy movies better if the book they're based on is not fresh in my memory!

8biblioholic29
Dec 21, 2012, 8:37am Top

#7: That's what I ended up deciding too. Knowing that they split the book into 3 movies, I decided it would be best to go in with only vague memories of events. (It's been about 11 years since I last read it.)

9clamairy
Dec 21, 2012, 9:43am Top

I'd say that's a wise choice. :o)

10hellosis
Feb 7, 2013, 10:43pm Top

just read it, wasn't very interested

11beatles1964
Edited: Mar 22, 2013, 9:14am Top

I'd love to participate in a 2013 Group Read because I love re-reading the book either on a yearly or at least every other year basis. I've read The Hobbit 4 times in the last 5 years & I can verify reading it a total of 10 times in all. Although I have to admit since I'm missing a lot of my records for the Books I read on a yearly basis the number of times for having read The Hobbit could even be higher. Even if we don't have a Group Read in 2013 I still plan on reading The Hobbit & LOTR as well. In the last five years the only one I failed to read The Hobbit in was 2011.

Beatles1964

12beatles1964
Apr 3, 2013, 2:16pm Top

On Monday I finished reading The Hobbit for the fifth time in the last six years. And I'm ready to start reading The Lord of The Rings The Fellowship of The Ring. Right now I'm reading
The Barbarian Princess by Laura Buchanan and The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice.

Beatles1964

13Rozax
Apr 4, 2013, 11:39pm Top

I've listened to the Rob Inglis audio book many times.  However, after seeing Peter Jackson's Hobbit, I want the composers of "Misty Mountain" to do ALL of the poems/songs that Tolkien wrote.

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