Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Reading the Hobbit..

and readying the family for a one week stay in Washington DC. Today I got the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. To think that the Hobbit was written in 1937! We've had the films for a few years now and I finally 'got around to' getting the books. I read the first chapter to my ten year old and then told him, sorry, I'm going to finish this off first, you'll get second dibs.

The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien

He finished reading the Golden Compass and started with the Subtle Knife but somehow isn't that much into the second book.

The Golden Compass - Phillip Pullman

Reading a book that gets your juices going is a great feeling. I used to have it with murder mystery books and I had to finish it, even if it took me well into reading till 3 or 4 am in the morning (naturally usually on weekends)..

What are you currently reading and what book is the kind that keeps you up late??
Also, since we'll be in Washington next week, I'll be so lucky to finally meet one of my bloggers against torture-compadre; Mash from Docstrangelove. My family will be having lunch at his house with his family and I'm guessing we'll have some great Bangladeshi dishes..(big scoops or raita for me please, I'm pretty pathetic with spicy stuff but my dh can make up for that)..

Anyhow, I'm in and out of checking out blogs and probably will try to post more about the trip next week if we have internet access. I expect that at least Mash will have some pics to show from our luncheon..how fun.. I'm looking forward to the trip AND meeting Mash!

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Blogger R.J. said...

That is cool. I hope you have a safe trip and tell Mash I said hello.

9:39 PM  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

That sounds like a wonderful blog meet-up you have planned. Hope you get some nice NON-humid DC weather! The Hobbit ring trilogy is perfect DC reading material; so easy to imagine Bush as Golum, Cheney as one of the RingWraiths, etc.

Summer is usually Sci-Fi reading for me. Right now, I'm into The Neanderthal Parallax (a trilogy by Robert Sawyer).

After your trip, stop by my blog and pick up your Arte y Pico Award, Ingrid. You don't really have to do anything with it unless you want to. The gown alone is worth it.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Robbie, will do for sure!!

DK, so how is it that summer means scifi reading? I know very little scifi books to be honest but I do miss my scifi channel (ah, stargate sg1 etc) I don't know why I never felt like looking into scifi books. What would you recommend as a newcomer to the genre? and gee..thanks for the award.. I'm not 'the type' to get awards and I was just thinking I needed to spiffy up the place AND write more thoughtful posts.. so this is a good kick in the pants..I'll try to do both once we come back from DC..

9:39 PM  
Blogger D.K. Raed said...

Summer = scifi to me, because that is the section of the library I spent all my free summer vacation hours in as a kid. But honestly, if you've never been bitten by the SF bug, you're probably immune to its lures. I started off with Asimov and Heinlein; both are so prolific, you can read them forever. Arthur C. Clarke is a wonderful read. Start with "2001" & see what the movie was REALLY all about. If you like dark stuff, try anything by Harlan Ellison. If you can wipe the bad taste of the movie "Dune" from your mind, read the book (by Frank Herbert), you won't be sorry (and will be forced to read all the sequels). I still cry thinking about the short story of "Flowers for Algernon", so if you're in that kind of mood, go for it. It was made into a movie called Charly (don't bother).

1:38 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy - those are my favorite books. I re-read them as often as I can. Nothing else measures up for me, not really. We love the LOTR movies by Peter Jackson, but of course there are quite a few differences that were made for the movies.

We both read the Pullman books recently too. Pretty good. Not *Tolkien* good, though, IMHO.

10:16 AM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

oh have a wonderful trip...and a good time there in DC....Hmm, about Books- the Hobbit- the first one- was always the favorite...really wonderful...

harry potter was the same way- absolute magic...

Watership Down was another good one with a 10 year old...
that same year we read:
a book called the "The Egypt Game" - it is really interesting book....and a mystery too....great for 10....but also has messeges in it...

and we also read " A Wrinkle in Time" the same year...

Have a wonderful time in DC and also with your blog meet up ;-)

12:28 AM  

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