All posts tagged: The Hobbit

Filipino ReaderCon 2013 – Filipino Friday 3: The Pinoy Book Drop

The 3rd installment of the Filipino Friday, a meme that is a sort of preparation for this year’s Filipino Reader Conference, is an interactive activity called The Pinoy Book Drop. It’s basically leaving a favorite book (and yes, as the title implies, you can actually drop the books) anywhere. Did I or did I not participate? Did you participate in the Pinoy Book Drop? If yes: –  First, kindly detail all the books that you have dropped, and where and when you dropped them. – Next: tell us all about your experience. How did you feel before and after you dropped the books? How did you choose the places where you dropped them? Did you check back and see if the books were still there? Do you have any idea who might have found them? If no: – Tell us about your most memorable or favorite book hunting experience. Have you ever found a book in a most unexpected place? If you find a dropped book somewhere, what would you do with it? Where do you …

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

An Unexpected Adventure – The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Before I started this, I didn’t know how to read it. That sounds a little foolish for reading to us fortunate people is like breathing. What I mean is how should I read it, what approach is needed for me to enjoy it. These are necessary questions for me because I intend to read The Lord of the Rings books. I thought I’d appreciate the books more by reading the prequel first. Some of my bookish friends say that it’s like a children’s book. And with that, I read it with childlike curiosity. I’m not used to this genre, but this does not mean that I am not familiar with it. Growing up playing console games allowed me to appreciate and even love this book. So what’s it about? Just in case you are one of my kind who never really bother with facts, the book is the story of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. What is a hobbit? Well, hobbits are a race of creatures who inhabit the earth along with men, dwarves, and …

Illustrations do help the reader's imagination

A Preparation – The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

I didn’t expect to read this as soon as now. I have always been curious what is it with The Lord of the Rings but I never really got around to it because I am not a fantasy reader. Besides, I was traumatized when I was forced to watch the film adaptation of the third book some good years ago. It bored me to death that I spent 75% of the movie sleeping. And surprise, surprise, last Christmas, I asked my office mate to gift me the whole series. Excuse me for the verb gift, but I think you know what I’m saying. The gift was pretty neat and timely because the first book of the trilogy will be our book club’s upcoming book of the month. I asked some of my bookish friends if it would be better to read the prequel of the trilogy first. It doesn’t matter, they said. But I insist. I should read The Hobbit first. I heard random strangers before complaining of the difficult language that Tolkien employs. I …

These are pretty important books

The necessity of these books

Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams by Alexander McCall Smith – It is necessary to have this book because the Celtic god is my namesake. I’ve been longing to have a copy of this for that reason. Our bookish friend, Doc Ranee, promised to give me this book, and yes, although the promise was delayed for almost five months, it’s now a promise fulfilled. Promises are never broken; they remain to be promises until you can come back to make them come true. Anyway, the book is a hardback first US edition. I don’t know what to expect from this, but expect something to come out of this, like another blog project. Wink, wink. XXXX. (May 7, 2012. Thanks Doc!) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien – It is necessary to have this book because this edition, this orange trade paperback, matches and completes my Lord of the Rings books. The mass market copy that I have before this one, the green one, I will still keep for the purpose of sentimentality, if ever …

TFG Christmas Party Gifts

Holiday Book Gifts

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are over. Gifts have already been opened. For book lovers and book hoarders, piles of books that will probably be stocked on the shelves must have been wished for and granted. And life resumes to normal programming. But before all that, let me just list down the books that I got during the holiday season. Some of these I bought for myself, some given to me, and some I wished for. First is my set of J. R. R. Tolkien books, The Lord of the Rings series plus The Hobbit. The last two of the LOTR series were given to me by my office best friend during our Christmas Party last December 16, 2011. She, or rather we, couldn’t find the first installment, so I had to hunt for it online. Fortunately, I found one at eBay.ph. It was delivered last December 23, 2011. I didn’t realize that these used trade paperback editions are hard to find as one set. The Hobbit was given to me by my team mate …